Early Pregnancy Symptoms or Just the Flu?

Can Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms at Two Weeks Really Indicate Pregnancy?

Woman asleep on a bed, experiencing fatigue from the flu or pregnancy symptoms as early as two weeks
Fatigue is common during early pregnancy, but feeling tired can also be due to lack of sleep or stress. Cultura / Sporrer / Rupp / Riser /Getty Images

Early pregnancy signs and symptoms are something that just about every woman obsesses over during the two-week wait. But how can you know if those pregnancy symptoms are pregnancy symptoms... or just the flu? Or your period coming?

The honest answer: you can't.

But like that keeps us from obsessing over every ache and twinge we feel. 

Sure Signs of Pregnancy

The only way to know if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test when your period is late.

What if it's negative, but you feel pregnant? Does this mean it's the flu?

Well, don't give up yet. You can get a negative pregnancy test result if your body isn't producing enough pregnancy hormones yet. Wait a few more days and test again.

The absolute sign of pregnancy is when a fetus is found via ultrasound, something you have to wait quite some time to see. You also need to see your doctor for this.

13 (Maybe) Early Pregnancy Symptoms

For those of you that can't stand the wait, and insist on obsessing, here are some potential signs of pregnancy that some women experience.

Consider these 13 early pregnancy signs with the following disclaimer: you can have these signs and symptoms and not be pregnant. Or have none of these early pregnancy signs and turn out to be pregnant.

  • Tender breast.
  • Nausea, in the morning ("morning sickness") or at any time.
  • Increased fatigue.

Of the above potential signs, the most reliable is a late period and an 18-day luteal phase as indicated on a body basal temperature chart. (This means that your basal body temperature remains high for 18 days past ovulation.)

If your period is late, you might consider taking a pregnancy test.

Should you test if your period isn't late but you feel pregnant? I don't think so...

If your period isn't late, and you just have "early pregnancy signs," I wouldn't read too much into it.

Many of signs and symptoms of pregnancy occur every month after ovulation before your period arrives. 

Sad but true.

I can't tell you how many times I thought I was pregnant, but it turned out to be the flu or bad PMS.

More on getting pregnant:


Pregnancy Symptoms: Early Signs of Pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed January 1, 2009. http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/early-pregnancy-symptoms/

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