10 of the Most Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Woman resting on couch at home.
Jessie Jean/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Early pregnancy can be really difficult to see, but many people definitely feel it in a variety of ways. So many of the earliest of pregnancy symptoms seem to be the same as symptoms of your impending period or an illness. So which is it? Pregnancy or period? Look at this list, then you can decide:

Sore Breasts

Sore breasts are a fairly common early pregnancy symptom. Many women find a good fitting bra is a must.

This helps prevent the jiggling that can be so painful. You may not feel these symptoms until around the fifth or sixth week of your pregnancy. 

Frequent Urination

Are you going to the bathroom a lot more than usual? Frequent urination is also a pregnancy symptom. There isn't a lot that you can do about this pregnancy symptom except to know where all the bathrooms are! Be sure to stay hydrated.


Not being able to keep your eyes open at night or needing a nap is a pregnancy symptom. Fatigue sets in early for some women. If you find that you are really sleepy, try learning to power nap to get through the day. Sometimes this is accompanied with insomnia, that's not a good combination, but napping and even sleeping in bits can be helpful.


Is breaking out a sign of pregnancy? Are you breaking out like you're a teenager all over again? An increase in acne and other skin changes can also be a pregnancy symptom.

Be careful of what medications that you use, some medications like Accutane and those high in vitamin A can cause birth defects.


Pickles and ice cream? Strange cravings are something you hear a lot about as a pregnancy symptom. The truth is that it can be anything from a craving to an aversion to certain foods.

This may have to do more with the smell of certain foods. Many women are not used to thinking about aversion or avoiding food as a sign of pregnancy. Sometimes women say that the foods that they feel like avoiding are ones that might be potentially harmful to them anyway.

Morning Sickness

Are you feeling queasy? Sometimes morning sickness, or all day sickness, can be a pregnancy symptom. It can also be a sign that you are simply ill. If your feeling of queasy and/or actual vomiting doesn't abate in a few days, chances are it is not the flu.


Cramping is not something you might think of as an early pregnancy symptom, but rather as a sign of your impending period. Some women experience early cramping in the uterus as it begins to stretch and changes occur. Anything severe should be reported to your practitioner. The same is true if it is accompanied by bleeding.

Enlarging Belly

Early pregnancy is not when most pregnant women begin to show. But some women report an enlarging belly as a pregnancy symptom. This is typically from bloating as opposed to the baby, no matter how much you eat.

Strange Period

Did your period stop and start again? Maybe your period was lighter this month. A strange period can be an early pregnancy symptom.

Be sure to keep track of when it started and stopped. It may alter your due date and confuse you.

Missed Period

Your period being late or missing it all together is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. It is also why most women take pregnancy tests. How late is your period? More than a day or two and pregnancy is one of the more likely culprits, though there are other things that it can mean, including stress.

If these 10 pregnancy symptoms aren't enough, here are 15 more pregnancy symptoms. You can also take a quiz to find out if you should take a pregnancy test.

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. Gabbe, S, Niebyl, J, Simpson, JL. Fifth Edition.

Continue Reading