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Pregnancy Cues You May Miss Before Missing Your Period

By Alex Martin © 2017

Many today believe that the earliest tell-tale sign of a pregnancy is a missed period, but that’s not the case. Other early pregnancy symptoms before a missed period lend great insight for a woman in tune with her body, so she knows right away when life is beginning to grow inside. If you’re a first-time mom (or hoping to be) you may not immediately attribute these cues to a potential pregnancy, but if you know what to look for, and what experiences you may have in the very early stages of pregnancy, you will be able to visit with a physician or midwife sooner.

Frequent need to urinate

You’ve probably heard pregnant women joke about having to pee all the time, but did you also know that a frequent need to urinate is a common early sign of pregnancy? Unless you are diabetic, have a urinary tract infection, or some other condition that makes you urinate frequently, a sudden need to urinate more often can be an indication of a pregnancy!


If you notice that you are experiencing spotting in late pregnancy, this can be cause for concern. However, if you are not pregnant (to your knowledge) and you notice bleeding or spotting that cannot be explained by your regular menstrual cycle, you may be pregnant. This can be a tricky thing to diagnose, however, because early pregnancy spotting usually occurs around the time when you would be expecting to experience your regular menstrual cycle -- instead, it is 'implantation bleeding.'

Fatigue or lethargy

If you suddenly begin to feel very tired or lethargic, you might be pregnant. This goes beyond the typical feelings of being tired at the end of the day. When you are pregnant, some days you can be so tired you cannot function. If there is no other medical explanation for your fatigue, it could be a sign of pregnancy. You will likely feel very tired throughout your first trimester, as your body is going through tremendous changes and hormonal fluctuations – it’s a hard job growing a human being!


If you have unexplained cramping that feels similar to menstrual cramping, it could be a sign of pregnancy. This is different than your typical monthly menstrual cramping in that it can come at any time of the month, and may be more intense than you are used to. If you are having cramping that you cannot attribute to your monthly cycle, take a pregnancy test, or see your physician or midwife. If you’re not pregnant, the cramping could be a sign of something that needs to be addressed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant, even if you haven’t yet missed a period. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. Remember, too, that these symptoms are not necessarily an indication that you are pregnant, only that you may be be. And if so - congratulations! Let the baby-growing commence.

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