First signs of pregnancy

There are lots of early pregnancy symptoms and signs that could indicate that you are pregnant. Bear in mind that pregnancy symptoms are not the same for each woman or each pregnancy, but we hope this article can help you to confirm anything that you may be experiencing!


Early signs of pregnancy:

  • Missed period
  • Feeling sick/nausea - also known as morning sickness
  • Tiredness
  • Mood swings - caused by a change in hormones
  • Cramps/spotting/implantation bleeding – as the embryo implants in your uterus
  • Changing tastes in food and sensitivity to smell
  • Changes in breast tenderness - they might become larger, feel tender, and your nipples may darken in colour
  • Going to the toilet more often - as your womb grows it presses on your bladder
  • Backache

Don’t worry, it is highly unlikely that you will experience all of these symptoms at once, and some women don’t experience any at all!


When do the earliest signs of pregnancy start?

Early pregnancy symptoms can start either:

  • 14 days after your last period (also known as the conception period).
  • 17 or more days after your last period where you may notice increased body temperature and tender breasts.
  • 20-26 days after your last period where you may notice implantation bleeding and thick cervical mucus.

Ultimately, the best way to be sure if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test or seek advice from a medical professional.


If you find out that you are pregnant, and perhaps need reassurance about your pregnancy prior to your first NHS scan, book in for an EarlyReassure™ scan with First Encounters. This scan is available to mums as soon as 7 - 13 weeks after conception.

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