8 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Have you been wondering if you might be pregnant? Your body can start to show signs and symptoms of pregnancy as early as one week after conception. The tricky part is that a lot of these indicators can also fall in line with your normal monthly period symptoms. However, there are some that hint more towards the start of a new pregnancy!

The Signs:

  1. Missed Period

This one may seem obvious but it is worth noting because this is usually what triggers women to start looking up other signs for pregnancy. Some women may completely miss their period while others might still experience a lighter period than normal.

  1. Darkening Areolas

This symptom is one specific to pregnancy. Your areolas will start to darken and increase in size as your progress through pregnancy. You might even notice small bumps around the area that also hint towards you being pregnant.

  1. Sensitivity to Smell

There are studies that suggest that as many as two-thirds of pregnant women become more sensitive to smell. This happens due to the hormonal changes that occur during conception.

  1. Nausea

Not all women experience nausea. It can be one that hits early on or later into the pregnancy. The heightened sensitivity to smell could be one of the reasons why women feel nauseous during this time. 

  1. Fatigue

Another hormonal change that occurs is increased progesterone levels. This is what causes fatigue during pregnancy. Some women feel fatigued in the first trimester while others aren’t affected until later on. 

  1. Urinary Frequency

The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy. This causes your kidneys to process extra fluid, making you have the urge to use the bathroom more frequently!

  1. Cervical Mucus

Changes to the color and consistency of your cervical mucus happens during the first weeks of pregnancy. You may start to notice it become more stickier or turn white/yellow color. 

  1. Elevated Basal Body Temperature

Some women will track their basal body temperature when they are trying to conceive because your temperature increases around the time of ovulation. Your body temperature will remain elevated from ovulation throughout your entire pregnancy. If you have a raised temperature for over two weeks, it’s a good indication that you are pregnant.


Although you may start to feel some of these early signs of pregnancy, they are not foolproof. If you are noticing these signs, call your midwife or other health care provider to schedule an appointment to confirm you have a little one on the way! Family Birth Services offers free tours and complimentary consultations to answer any questions you may have about starting to plan for the birth of your child.