Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 20, 2012

A missed period is often indicative of pregnancy but there are several other symptoms that a woman may experience before this. A drop in basal body temperature on the implantation day is indicative of pregnancy and this is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms before a missed period. However, this alone will not guarantee that you are pregnant but if you have several other early pregnancy symptoms as well, it is quite possible that you are pregnant. Implantation bleeding is another early pregnancy symptom and it generally occurs about 8 to 10 days after ovulation...

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...Many women mistake this bleeding as the beginning of their period but this type of bleeding is quite distinct as it is extremely light and resembles a slight spotting and is therefore different from the usual flow that is associated with menstruation. During this time, a woman may also experience abdominal cramps. These cramps may be mistaken for menstrual cramps but in reality they are implantation cramps. Hot flashes are also quite common and if a woman experiences light spotting along with abdominal cramps and hot flashes, there is a high possibility that she is pregnant.

To confirm that a woman is pregnant, the doctor may recommend a blood hCG test. This test checks for hCG in the blood and as this is a hormone that is produced by the body during pregnancy, it is a relatively accurate method of finding out if one is pregnant. This test can be used as early as 10 days after ovulation. While a negative result may not be accurate, a positive result is invariably accurate. A sensitive urine home pregnancy test will also show accurate results after about 2 weeks from fertilization. These tests check for hCG levels during pregnancy in urine. A woman who experiences pregnancy symptoms before a missed period can make use of these tests to obtain an early diagnosis.

Nausea and vomiting are pregnancy symptoms before missed period that only set in during the latter stages of pregnancy. However, some women may experience early pregnancy symptoms before missed period. Some women have even experience these symptoms in their very first week of pregnancy, well before the expected date for their monthly period.  When a woman is pregnant, her breasts feel tender and swollen. While this often happens later in the pregnancy, it can sometimes occur within the first week of pregnancy.

It is important to keep in mind that pregnancy symptoms differ from one woman to the next and from one pregnancy to the other. This would mean that not only will you not have the same symptoms as your friends; you may also have different pregnancy symptoms with each of your pregnancies.Women who wish to get pregnant and women who undergo treatment for infertility are asked to keep track of the variations in their body temperature in order to pinpoint the day of ovulation. Obviously, chances of conception are highest around this period. Since they are attuned to the rhythms of their body, they can easily spot the changes that take place in their body once fertilization occurs. Some early signs of pregnancy before a missed period that have been documented include implantation bleeding or period, cramps, and change in body temperature. Implantation bleeding or period occurs when a scanty amount of blood is discharged as the embryo gets embedded in the lining of the uterus.

Pregnancy symptoms before missed period could include mild morning sickness and nausea, cramping, diarrhea, and discharge. The presence of mild cramps and sensitivity to strong smells has also been noted as early signs of pregnancy. Implantation cramps are milder; they are not as severe as menstrual cramps. It is quite possible that most pregnant woman do not experience any of these symptoms or experience only some of the signs. However, women who are trying to get pregnant are often aware of these symptoms as they on the lookout for telltale signs that confirm their expectations. It is important to understand that women’s bodies react very differently to pregnancy, and not every woman goes through the same symptoms. Often women with irregular menstrual cycles are not even aware that they are pregnant as they miss the early pregnancy symptoms before missed periods such as bloating. The nausea, tiredness and bloating are associated with digestive disorders, and they approach a doctor for medication only to be redirected to an ob-gyn specialist. For those women who are hoping to get pregnant, it is nice to be able to recognize the symptoms of bleeding due to implantation as these symptoms are helpful in identifying whether you are pregnant or simply experiencing entering into your period. However, some women mistake these pregnancy signs before missed period to be a result of stress, and very often consider it to be a mini-period.

Remember that bleeding when accompanied by constipation, food cravings, nausea, fatigue, and tenderness of the breast, are mostly signs of pregnancy.

Very often it may be just spotting that may go unnoticed. The color of the discharge is dark or very light and dull. Unlike menstrual blood, there are no clots. In some women, it may happen over three or five days. A woman may notice these period symptoms in early pregnancy or while she is pregnant. Along with the bleeding, a woman may experience cramps and find that her breasts are tender. These are often assumed to be period symptoms and ignored.

However, many women consider a combination of spotting, cramps, and tender breasts as very early signs of pregnancy before a missed period. This is because these symptoms manifest themselves within a week or ten days of ovulation, much before the time the next period is due. Pregnancy tests conducted at this time will help establish whether conception has occurred. If bleeding is noticed closer to the date that the menstrual cycle is expected to start, then it is quite possible that it is not bleeding associated with implantation.

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