Early Signs of Pregnancy Quiz 122

Early signs of pregnancy are a tricky beast. The problem is many of the same hormones that are present in early pregnancy are also present just before your period, so if you’re having a particularly hormonal cycle, you could seem pretty pregnant and not actually be pregnant. Likewise, if you are trying to conceive you may notice symptoms you actually get every month more assuming they are early signs of pregnancy.
early signs of pregnancy quiz
So, that said, why take an early pregnancy symptom quiz at all? I suppose for curiosities sake, but you’ll also find an explanation after each question as to why a symptom may be an early sign of pregnancy. Understanding what causes early signs of pregnancy can help you puzzle out whether or not your period is just late or you may actually be pregnant. Alternately, if quizzes aren’t your bag, beyond the start button to this quiz you can simply read about common early signs of pregnancy covered in the quiz.

A note about early signs of pregnancy:

While many women claim they got early pregnancy symptoms say, 2 or 3 days after they ovulated or had sex, these symptoms are not relevant to pregnancy as implantation does not occur until 6 to 12 days after fertilization with the average being 8 to 10 days. You will not have pregnancy symptoms before a missed period unless your periods are irregular. As mentioned above, those women who think they experienced early signs of pregnancy really, really early were likely just dealing with typical PMS symptoms, and if they were pregnant it was coincidental or they got pregnant earlier than they thought they did. When taking this quiz or reading the early pregnancy symptoms below, please keep this in mind. It’s a waste of time to try to find out if you are or are not pregnant until after implantation, and so pregnancy, is actually even possible to avoid the confusion and heartache of constant wondering. I know the two week wait can seem an eternity if you’ve been trying to conceive, but hang in there.

You might also find this guide to determining your chances of pregnancy helpful.

The non-quiz version of early pregnancy signs:

Early signs of pregnancy: Spotting

Implantation usually occurs 6 to 12 days after ovulation (which is typically about 14 days after the first day of your period). Occasionally, implantation will cause minor spotting which may be as light as single drop. Keep in mind not all women experience implantation bleeding and spotting before your period is not always an early sign of pregnancy. If you experience bleeding around the time of your period, this is also not necessarily proof you aren’t pregnant. You can read more about period-like bleeding while pregnant here.

Early pregnancy symptoms: Sustained Elevated Basal Body Temperatures Over 16 Days

Sustained elevated basal body temperature is one the earliest symptoms of pregnancy. After ovulation the hormone progesterone elevates body temperature slightly. When this hormone dissipates, the uterine lining is shed and your temperature will drop again slightly as your cycle begins again. If you are pregnant, progesterone levels continue to rise rather than falling which keeps temperatures high or even causes a second rise (if you’re charting this is referred to as a tri-phasic chart). Generally, a sustained temperature rise for 16 days is considered an early pregnancy sign. You must be checking your basal body temperature to catch this early pregnancy sign, simply taking your temp and finding it to be higher than usual is insufficient.

Early Signs of Pregnancy: Yellow Discharge

Once you become pregnant, your body creates a mucus plug within your cervix (the opening from your uterus to the vaginal canal) to protect your new baby from infection. Early in pregnancy as this plug is formed, many women notice an increase in vaginal discharge which is often yellow in color and thick, sort of like snot. Though some women notice this same change just before their period begins. You can read more about regular vaginal discharge here and pregnancy discharge here.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms: Breast Changes

Breast changes are often cited as one of the most common early signs of pregnancy noticeable as early as the first week after a missed period. This is yet another bi-product of rapidly rising hormone levels. You may notice pain, tingling, sensitivity, darkening of the area around your nipples, or just seem a bit bustier than usual.

Early signs of pregnancy: Fatigue

Are you feeling really tired for no good reason? Making a baby is hard work, especially during the first trimester being that a baby goes from about the size of a pin  head to the size of your hand in 13 short weeks. While fatigue can be a symptom of all sorts of things, it’s also very common in early pregnancy. Again, this symptom would not appear until at least 6 to 12 days after unprotected sex, likely longer.

Early pregnancy symptoms:  Vomiting, Nausea, and Food Aversion

It’s suspected hCG, or the hormone that causes a positive pregnancy test, may be one of the primary culprits of morning sickness– which does not, by the way, only happen in the morning. While vomiting, nausea, and food aversion can all be signs of say, the flu, they can also be one of the early signs of pregnancy, particularly if no other signs of sickness like a runny nose are present. Some women also experience odd food cravings or notice their tastes change.

Early signs of pregnancy: Gas, Constipation, Bloating and Other Gastro-issues

Progesterone, the hormone that sustains pregnancy, peaks in the first trimester. Coincidentally, it also works to relax smooth muscles– which is what your intestines are made of. This can lead to an increase in pregnancy gas, constipation, and bloating. Progesterone is present prior to pregnancy though, just in a lower concentration.

Early pregnancy symptoms:  Abdominal Movement? Nope.

This was a trick question included in the quiz– unless you are much further along than you think. Yahoo questions abound with folks who claim they knew they were pregnant because they felt their baby move, but shy of about 10 weeks, this is pretty much impossible and even that early is unlikely unless you are carrying twins. Feeling movement just weeks after unprotected sex is likely gas or just muscle twitches, so while I wouldn’t call no movement a sign, you won’t feel any this early.

Early signs of pregnancy: Frequent Urination

As early as 3 weeks after unprotected sex, if you are pregnant, your blood flow has already begun to increase. This increase cases your kidneys to go into overdrive which can cause more frequent urination. Of course, frequent urination can also be a sign of bladder or kidney infection or even just drinking lots of fluids.

Early pregnancy symptoms: A Late or Missed Period

Yes, I know, this seems a no brainer, but many women begin trying to find out if they are pregnant before a missed period, and honestly, that’s very difficult to do. You’ll notice nearly all of the points on this early signs of pregnancy page pertain to at least 6 to 12 days after unprotected sex with more women landing on the close to 12 side. That’s pretty close to when your period would be due. On average pregnancy symptoms do not appear before 1 week after a missed period. You can read more about when pregnancy symptoms start here or read our guide on when to take a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions here.



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122 thoughts on “Early Signs of Pregnancy Quiz

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I’ve been trying TTC for 4 months. This month I got light spotting that’s pinkish/red only when wiping then light when wiping brown clear drainage for a few days. Neg pregnancy test. It’s been happening for 3 days. It’s weird because I have the heaviest reddest periods normally. It would be a very short cycle for me if this is my period as well. The brown is strange. Any ideas?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      It’s possible you’re just seeing some pre-period spotting. If you’ve started any supplements or made lifestyle changes TTC, that can be a common culprit for slight cycles irregularities. Light bleeding like this can be from an implantation hormone dip, but in those cases usually you’d see a positive test about 48 hours after.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I am hoping you can help me. I had unprotected sex one time 2 weeks ago (on the day I ovulated). However my boyfriend did not ejaculate, but I am scared of pre-ejaculate. I was supposed to get my period today, but didn’t. I took a pregnancy test but it came back negative. I am experiencing no symptoms of pregnancy other than fatigue (although I am very tired and stressed from just returning to work). I am terrified that I may be pregnant. Is it likely that this is the case? Thank you:

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Regular period variance is +/-3 days, and a test taken the day of your missed period is pretty accurate (upwards of 90%), so my guess here is you’re just seeing a bit of variance this month and you’ll get a period soon. You are right though, for future consideration, precum can result in pregnancy.

  • Janisha Byrd

    Hey my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on 17 of this month and my period started 5-13 also this month. I have this app which told me my ovulation was around 14-19. I really hope I’m not pregnant because I’m too young for a child. Because of this I can’t sleep because of the worrying and I’ve been trying intense workout to insure nothing starts to grow. Right now my belly hurts because of the abs workout or eating pineapples. I haven’t token a pill because I’m not so good with the constant taking at by a specific time. When I was done with my workout I felt to throw up but I believe this was because I went to exercise on an empty stomach. However my eyes have been kind of watery which I normally get before my period starts which my period is suppose to start in two weeks. I haven’t gotten any other symptoms of pregnancy.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      You won’t get pregnancy symptoms before a missed period, so you can stop worrying there. Things like strenuous exercise and pineapple also have not been proven to affect pregnancy at all (well, except pineapple in late pregnancy). At this point, you are too far beyond the act for plan B to help either. All you can do now is wait and hope. Unprotected sex during a fertile time always comes with a fair chance of pregnancy, but then, in teens hormones are irregular and so is ovulation as a result. This lowers your fertility. Keep in mind that if your period doesn’t show, you should test, and if that test is positive see a care provider right away. The earlier a pregnancy is terminated, the easier that process goes (if you wish to end your pregnancy). Home abortion efforts are both dangerous and usually ineffective.