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If you think you might be pregnant but it’s too early to test, there are some symptoms you can look out for. While these aren’t solid proof of early pregnancy (only a test can offer this), you may start to experience some changes very early on.

The very early signs of pregnancy

It’s important to note that some of these symptoms are very similar to how you might feel when you have PMT; it’s frustrating when you’re symptom-spotting, but keep in the back of your mind that you won’t know for sure until you get a positive test.

Exhaustion

Exhaustion is a very common early symptom of pregnancy. I know in my experience, exhaustion was the first thing I felt in my pregnancies. And when you think about it, it’s not surprising: your body is going through a big change.

This is caused by a huge surge of the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. It can also, unfortunately, cause you to feel pretty wiped out. It may also slow your metabolism, which can also make you feel sluggish.

Tender breasts

Tender breasts are another classic early pregnancy symptom. Confusingly, many women also have tender breasts in the run-up to their period, but early pregnancy can cause you to become more tender than usual.

You may also notice that your breasts look fuller than usual. They may be swollen and tender to the touch. You may also notice that the skin around the nipple is darker, and the veins in your breasts may be more prominent.

Nausea

You might start to feel nauseous very early in the pregnancy. You may find that you lose your appetite, and that you feel queasy throughout the day.

This is not a fun symptom, but it typically settles around your second trimester.

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Increased passing of urine

Pregnancy causes increased urination. As your uterus starts to swell, it presses against the bladder, and you may need to urinate more often than usual. This can start a few weeks into the pregnancy.

Metallic taste in mouth

This is a classic early pregnancy sign. A metallic, unusual taste in your mouth could be an early sign of pregnancy. Tasting a bit like having a mouthful of pennies, this is caused by a flood of oestrogen into your body, which moderates your sense of taste.

Food craving

Food cravings are usually a sign that your body wants something. You might find yourself craving carbs, or dairy; this is because your body is wanting some energy, and you need that fuel to keep going.

If you do start to crave non-food items, you should contact your midwife. This may mean that you have a deficiency.

Backache

Backache can start in the early weeks of pregnancy. At this stage it’s not caused by a big bump; it’s actually because your ligaments get softer and begin to stretch, which can cause lower back stress and pain.

Mood changes

A flood of hormones in your body can really mess with your mood. Some women feel overjoyed in the early stages; others feel very angry, sad, or stressed. This is normal, but if you think you may be experiencing depression, please go and see your GP as soon as possible.

Changes in vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge changes during your cycle. In early pregnancy, you may notice an increased volume of clear or milky-white discharge. This is there for a reason, as it helps to prevent infection from reaching the womb.

I think I’m pregnant – what now?

According to Clearblue, their Ultra Early Pregnancy Test can be used up to 6 days before your period.

It’s worth noting that if you do test very early and get a negative, it may just be a bit too early to tell. So you’ll need to re-test a few days later if your period doesn’t arrive.

The first thing to do is contact your GP surgery. They’ll be able to help you to access the healthcare services you need.

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