Pregnancy Symptoms

Most Common Pregnancy Symptoms

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex or sex with failed birth control, you might be wondering if you could be pregnant. Pregnancy symptoms often vary depending on the woman and on the pregnancy, so while there are common early pregnancy symptoms, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. However, if you think you might be pregnant, here are the common early pregnancy symptoms and how soon you might be experiencing them.

Missed Period

Most commonly, a missed period is associated with pregnancy. If your period tends to be irregular or you aren’t tracking it, this sign can be misleading. Missed period alone can be caused by a number of different reasons, like your birth control method or stress. However, associated with any of the below symptoms could indicate pregnancy.

Vaginal Discharge

During the early stages of pregnancy, some women notice a thick, milky discharge. This is caused by the vaginal walls thickening. Women typically notice this during the first weeks of pregnancy, and it can last throughout pregnancy.

Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness has been reported as early as the first week or two of pregnancy. Tenderness can mean the breasts feel sore, sensitive, swollen, or heavy.

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Often misleadingly called “morning sickness,” nausea associated with pregnancy can occur at any time of the day. Some pregnant women never experience this, and others report severe cases lasting several weeks. The first onset typically occurs between the second and eighth week of pregnancy.


Women naturally secrete a hormone called progesterone. During pregnancy, the levels of progesterone rapidly increase, causing fatigue. This is typically noticed within the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Other Common Symptoms

  • Mood Changes
  • Frequent urination
  • Darkened areolas
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Implantation bleeding
A woman feels a massive sense of relief knowing the most common symptoms of pregnancy.

My Next Steps?

If it’s possible you might be pregnant, and you’ve been experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to come in for pregnancy testing. At Center for Women, pregnancy testing is available at absolutely no cost to you, and your appointment will be completely confidential.