Early Signs of Pregnancy Quiz 108

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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108 thoughts on “Early Signs of Pregnancy Quiz

  • Morningdove

    I usuaully have my period every beginning of the month and in june I was late, and im not sure but I think I have had it on june 20th or it was light vaginal bleeding, but anyways.. bleeding started for only 2 or 3 days was light, but stopped and a couple days later, I started spotting (july 3 when I was due for my period) only when wiped I would see tiny bit of blood, it lasted for 2 days, going on and off lightly.. I wouldnt leak but only see blood when I go to the bathroom, I seen a brown and kinda bloody clot but didnt know what it was til I started reading around, i havent been bleeding since I the spotting, I am wondering if I am looking forwrd to my period still or if I am pregnant?
    I have been more tired than usual lately and I walk around alot, eveyday, but now I get more exhausted easily, I get hot flashes, sometimes I wake up and I will be sweating, I have had been having a weird feeling like bloated or like I did alot of sit ups everyday. Find myself eating all the time but I cant seem to get full, I can smell things much more better, get emotional on the simplest things, I dont know whats happening and dont know wht to think, I have asked many people and told them how im feeling, but some say I might be and some say its probly just something else and I feel kinda frightened to go check myself. Help.

    • unwirklich admin

      The easiest answer is just to take a quick home pregnancy test. The problem is everything you describe could be pregnancy, yes, but it could also just be a hormonal imbalance, because the symptoms minus the baby are the same.

  • Julie

    I had unprotected sex on the 1st of June and had what I thought was a regular period the week afterwards on the 8th. I did notice that it was a little bit lighter than normal, seeing as I have irregular periods that are usually very heavy starting out. It is now July and I had another “period” last week, ending on Monday the 11th. I started a day late according to the app I use to help estimate arrival times, however, I noticed that there was no clump (uterine shedding) on the tampon this time around and I can’t remember if there was one last month either. I’ve been bloated (normal during my periods), nauseated, sensitive to strong odors, eating more, experiencing symptoms similar to heat flashes and having back and neck pains. Should I be worried?

    • unwirklich admin

      Sex a week before your period is unlikely to result in pregnancy as most women ovulate mid-cycle, along with bleeding two months in a row and I’d say it’s really unlikely you’re pregnant. If you are still worried though, a pregnancy test really is the easiest answer.

  • Jenny

    I just had sex on the 27 and he came in me and I just got my period today does that mean I’m not pregnant or is it still possible ?

  • nina

    I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time (i was a virgin) and it hurt a little bit so we decided to take the condom off but i take the pill everyday at the right time and when i forget to i always take it on the 12h period.
    I experienced spotting (light and brown) for the next 3-5 days and now i got my period but it’s not coming out as it usually does? It is red (bright red) as it normally is and but it’s not as fluid, it’s very sloppy and doesn’t get in my pad, it just comes out when i go to the bathroom… Does that mean i’m pregnant?? thanks x

    • unwirklich admin

      Some bleeding is normal after the first time you have intercourse. With proper pill use (and it sounds like you are doing so properly) the chance of pregnancy is already only 1%, then when during your cycle it occurred also affects that. If you are having period-like bleeding as well, in my opinion it’s unlikely you’re pregnant.

  • Brandy

    Hello I had an ectopic pregnancy back in February and now all of a sudden my breasts are very sore and I’m constipated very badly I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend about a week and a half ago and I am due for my period in 5 days, I took a pregnancy test at a doctors office and it was negative but I did have a yeast infection and they told me these symptoms could be from the ectopic pregnancy but I don’t know this far after the surgery.

    • unwirklich admin

      Pregnancy symptoms don’t appear so quickly (in regards to the recent unprotected sex), and yes, by now the aftermath of your ectopic should have passed. Honestly, it’s likely just PMS and you’re having a hormonal cycle. My bet is things will be back to normal next month.

  • jo

    Hi, we’ve been ttc for over 4 years now, hormone tests all coming back normal, cycle fairly regular and ovulating. Doc says just keep trying. So far no joy and this really gets me down sometimes. However this month has been different – I had some brown spotting on CD 21, then period which should have arrived on CD 27 didn’t start until CD 34. I had a negative test on CD 32. The period which started 2 days later was a day of brown spotting, two days of bleeding which was lighter than my normal but contained some clots, then one more day with a bit of brown spotting; this was 5 days ago now. Normally my periods last about 8 – 9 days and are quite heavy for most of it so this was short and light for me. Yesterday I noticed tingling in my nipples and when I was getting ready for bed saw my nipples had got bigger and dark. Today they are still the same and my boobs feel heavy. I felt terrible this morning, queasy, exhausted and intermittently hungry, and have been going to the toilet more than usual. Can symptoms come on this suddenly, or could these be menopause symptoms? Also my mood has been different – been feeling lighter, brighter and sort of more ‘alive’ emotionally if that makes sense? Scared to take a test in case it’s negative and spoils it!

    • unwirklich admin

      Unfortunately pregnancy symptoms are just hormonal imbalance, so hormonal imbalance can mimic pregnancy symptoms. Yes, menopause would be one possible cause. This isn’t to say you aren’t pregnant, you could be, I just try to give people realistic expectations that it really could go either way. I think a test is the only way to find out for sure.

  • Jessie

    Any input appreciated :: I’ve been using an app for the past yr that has been predicting the start of my period perfectly up until this month when I was supposedly a week late if we’re following the app. I finally got some light pink spotting when wiping and figured the next day would be the day I got AF. However, the bleeding was only enough for the top of the tampon sorry for TMI and was very dark brown. This only went on for 3 days of very very light bleeding and I would only see blood either when I wiped or if I had a tampon in. And even then it was either dark brown or pink. Only once did I wipe and it looked to be Burgundy. My question is now….should I hold off a couple days and test or hold off altogether and see if my period arrives next month and just take it as a light period??

    Thank you!

    • unwirklich admin

      That really depends on your patience level lol I mean all you have to lose is a test. You could wait, see if this was just an annovulatory cycle for you (that can cause the bleeding you describe) or you’re getting some spotting during pregnancy, or test now, the test should be accurate either way.

  • Angel

    Im wondering if im having most of the simptoms but not sure if im pregnate i have a heavy period but have only been getting lighter bleeding this month. But i have also been know to have miscarages and not make it past the second month into my pregnacy where the fetas falls out while im in the bathroom bc i am know to stress allot and maybe that causes them im afraid if i am than i might lose another and i would hate that how would i he able to tell whats going on or even if i am pregnat bc no store bought pregnacy text has ever been known to work on me they alway come out negative then i have a miscarage from over stressing

    • unwirklich admin

      If you don’t get positive home tests you would need a blood test from your doctor. If you’ve had more than 3 miscarriages, you may want to see a fertility specialist.

  • Angel

    Me and my fieance have been trying for a few months now to have a baby we usuallyhave sex daily but sometimes we wait a few then go again but i guess he has very liquidy cum but when we r done after he comes inside me and pulls out it seems to poor out or me and i am afraid it is not getting inside me is that possable that we wrent getting any to go enough to inpregnate me

    • unwirklich admin

      Semen is always liquid, and it will drip, but pregnancy is possible if semen is inside at all. Regardless, it may help to stay laying down after intercourse for a little while if you are trying to conceive, yes.

  • fitnesschic

    The last birth control pill I took was on April 15th. I missed the last pill of week 2, all 7 pills of week 3, and all 3 active pills and 4 inactive pills of week 4. I experienced what I believe was very light breakthrough bleeding for maybe two days the week of April 18th. I should have started my period between the 28th of April and May 1st. It is now a week late. Yesterday I had a clear jelly like discharge that was the size of the tip of my thumb. Today I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I’ve been very tired, sore breasts, have had some strong sense of smell, metallic taste in my mouth, and at times I feel like a furnace burning. I’m not sure what is happening or if I could be pregnant or if it’s stress related. I’d assume that even if I missed that many pills that I would still have a period. Any tips or suggestions?

    • unwirklich admin

      You won’t have pregnancy symptoms before you’re pregnant, so either the test was wrong or the symptoms aren’t pregnancy related, however, hormone imbalance will mimic pregnancy and cause irregular periods. Suddenly stopping BC mid-pack would be enough to cause some temporary imbalance. Those pills work by delivering hormones that lead the body to believe it doesn’t need to ovulate (because it’s pregnant) so when you suddenly stop taking them your body is bit confused at first as it struggles to return to it’s normal cycle of hormones without the pills. I would bet within a month or so things will normal out for you. I’m not saying pregnancy is impossible, it just isn’t very likely as ovulation usually happens mid-cycle and you made it half way through the pill pack.

  • Anonymous

    I had a light brown bleeding Feb 5 and it only lasted 4days and then in March I got a dark red period. My nappies are leaking. I crave foods I never ate before and my lower back constantly hurts. Can I be pregnant if I had a period?

  • Mylena

    When should I test? My first postpartum period was when my baby was 12 weeks old. I have pregnancy symptoms…..or pms??? My period should be here any minute (day 29 now). Is it too early to test? Should I test on day 31?

    • unwirklich admin

      Periods can become irregular after labor, particularly if you are breastfeeding. It’ not unusual at all to miss one or several periods after having a baby. If your cycle is 31 days long, I would wait until day 35. 3 days before a missed period would be very, very early to be getting symptoms.

  • April

    Okay, I’m confused. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 36 days ago. I have some major pop-out symtoms, but then I don’t have some. I don’t have vaginal discharges and i’m on my period. But being 36 days after? That should be a sign i’m not pregnant right? But my body has these symptoms that I haven’t had before including: fatigue, feeling bloaded, and boob changes (has not changed darker). I’ve done online tests to see and most of them say negitave but technically, those shouldn’t matter. I’m getting pregnancy tests in a few days but I think i’m waiting till after I get off my period, again i’ll do research on it and see. I have no help, boyfriend is off on BCT for the Amr yand my parents aren’t the understanding type. My friends don’t know what to say or do. I need your help. Or someone’s. If you could help, that’s be amazing. If not, do you have a recommendation? Please answer ASAP. Thanks.

    • unwirklich admin

      It is possible to have bleeding during pregnancy, but a period is usually a good indication you aren’t pregnant. As far as the symptoms, it’s entirely possible those are just a result of hormonal imbalance. Have you made any recent lifestyle changes? Even little things like diet and exercise can alter your hormone balance, other times, they shift on their own as you age. I would say go ahead and take that pregnancy test to ease your mind, but I’d wager it’s going to be negative. Birth control can be one way to balance hormones, and since it sounds like you don’t wish to be pregnant, that’s a worth-while consideration for you. Maybe seek out your local planned parenthood. (No you don’t need an adult’s permission/presence.)

      • April

        It’s been another week. I didn’t wish to be pregnant, no because I’m 16. But I talked to my boyfriend and he’s at ease with it and wants one. I have had a few symptoms that’s like uhhh wow, I had discharge yesterday but it was like spotting discharge so I don’t know if that’s what it’s supposed to be? I haven’t changed in diet really? I eat more than I used to, I used to not eat a lot because of personal reasons and my boyfriend didn’t like it and asked me to eat while he’s gone. I eat more regularly now, maybe that could be it. I don’t know, trying to understand everything going on. I also am taking a few pregnancy tests late tonight/early morning.

  • sofie

    Hello, since my last period I’ve had unprotected sex with my boyfriend I’m due on in 4 days, I I done a a pregnancy test after a week I had sex but it was negative which it assumed it was way too early to of done one. I have been feeling sick 24/7 had weird food cravings, felt sleepy, boobs have been heavy, been sensitive sensitive to smells, is the too early to get symptoms? Could I I be pregnant?

    • unwirklich admin

      Pregnancy symptoms are often just exaggerated PMS basically, so while it’s not impossible to be pregnant 4 days before your missed period, and have symptoms even, it’s impossible to say if they are indeed PMS or early pregnancy symptoms. A week is too early. Some women get a light positive 9-10 days after ovulation, but 7 is unheard of with an accurate ovulation date. So if the symptoms started before that, they’re not likely pregnancy related, which is not to say you can’t also be pregnant.

      • Nicole

        I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend a couple times but he never came inside me. I normally have very irregular periods but this time its scarying me, it might be all in my head. I had my last period 70 days ago.I took a pregnancy test about a month ago and got a negative. Ive been recently having headaches, nausea, bloating and I’m sleepy. Could I be pregnant?

          • Diata Wallace

            I am 4 days late…Been having a dull stuffed feeling in my abdomen. and feeling like gas bubbles are flowing thru..slightly tight feeling…a cramping like pain on the left of my pelvic area. I noticed my breasts were more sore to notice than before…They were sore for almost 3 days…Then for the last 2 1/2 days, I have been sneezing, have a runny nose and sometimes stuffiness. Nausea usually comes and goes and lasts for about a minute. Right now, I wanna lay back down after being up for only an hour and a half….I dont know whats the deal…been ttc for a while. I dont wanna make myself crazy again but this month….Hmmmmm

          • unwirklich admin

            I really recommend no stressing your symptoms until you are at least a week late, because realistically, you can’t really have pregnancy symptoms earlier than that. However, if you’re 4 days late, a test should be accurate.

          • Diata Wallace

            Yeah, I am not anticipating like I used to only to feel let down. I keep thinking I’ll just get a Power Period! lol….But me and my husband had “fun” on the day I was due(thinking he’d bring it down) but nothing, no spotting,nothing. Then again on CD32…still nothing…anyway…gonna focus on life and keep it moving until…