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How I Knew I Was Pregnant Before Missing My Period

8 Very Early Pregnancy Signs

Finding out you are pregnant can be scary for some and exciting for others! Either way, we can become very anxious to find out as early as possible. When I got pregnant for the first time, I felt a mix of all the emotions! I immediately ran to my computer and Google searched all the early pregnancy symptoms and whether or not the symptoms I was experiencing lined up with them. They did!

In these next few paragraphs, I wanted to share with you 8 early pregnancy symptoms that I personally experienced that led me to finding out I was pregnant before I missed my period. With that being said, these symptoms don’t always necessarily mean that you are pregnant. If you are experiencing any of this yourself, be sure to check up with your doctor!

High Basal Body Temperature

Basal Body Temperature is the lowest temperature that your body goes to at rest. It is something that many women check when family planning and trying to predict their ovulation. During early pregnancy, your body temperature usually remains high for a few weeks following ovulation.

One day, I was sitting in my room and suddenly my body began to heat up. A LOT. My palms were sweaty (knees weak, my arms were…just kidding!), my ears burned and I had a pretty bad fever. For me, this was unusual. I have iron deficiency so usually, my body gets cold very easily. Heating up was a sign that something was off.

READ MORE: Basal Body Temperature For Natural Family Planning

Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is the bleeding that occurs as the fertilized egg is attaching to your uterine lining. It is usually shorter than your period and lighter in colour (pink or brownish). Not everyone experiences this symptom either! When I experienced implantation bleeding it was much different than I expected. I bled a lot of red blood off and on for two days and then it suddenly stopped. I only knew it was implantation bleeding by its inconsistency and how short it was!

READ MORE: What Is Implantation Bleeding?


Cramping can be an early pregnancy sign and often comes along with implantation bleeding. When I was experiencing implantation bleeding, I had cramps that were more painful than I had every experienced. I never had cramps with my periods so it was new to me. I was very concerned when I took a pregnancy test and it showed up negative. Later on, I was ensured that I was pregnant and it is a completely normal symptom and there was no cause for alarm.


Bloating can occur during early pregnancy as a symptom from a change to your hormones. Basically, the hormone progesterone causes your muscles to relax, including the muscles in your stomach. I went from being in the best shape of my life one day to suddenly struggling to do up my jeans. I definitely knew something was up at this point!

READ MORE: Bloating During Pregnancy

Sore Breasts

A commonly known early pregnancy symptom is sore breasts. Again, this is due to the increase in hormones in your body. This symptom is something I definitely noticed within the very first week that I got pregnant with Atlas and sort of what confirmed my intuition. This was the one symptom I actually had heard about before so it is the biggest reason I asked for a blood test to confirm my pregnancy!

READ MORE: Do Sore Boobs Mean I’m Pregnant? Plus Why This Happens.

Extreme Fatigue

Even in the earliest stages of pregnancy you can become exhausted! Your body has recognized that it is creating a new life and it is now working overtime! When I became pregnant, I went from wanting to workout every single day to wanting to stay in bed. Every. Single. Day. All day. It was honestly the worst symptom of pregnancy for me.


Did you know that congestion can happen because of pregnancy? I didn’t! I was convinced that I had a cold, but it was the beginning of summer and it didn’t seem right to me. After doing a little bit of research on my symptoms I found out that extra fluids in your body can cause congestion! This definitely helped me realize that pregnancy was the likely cause of all my symptoms I was experiencing. Possibly the second worst symptom of pregnancy.

Mother’s Intuition

You can say this is a myth all you want, but I swear mother’s have a very strong intuition! I have had slight pregnancy scares in the past, but when it was real, I knew it was real. When I was pregnant with Atlas, I remember taking pregnancy tests once a week for 3 weeks. Guess what, they all showed up negative! Thinking something must be wrong with me then, I went to see a doctor to have blood work done, mentioning that I may be pregnant. When the results came in, my pregnancy was confirmed. I was exactly 3 weeks pregnant! For some reason, I had an intuition all a long and it was right!

I hope these were helpful! I know the anticipation of finding out whether you are pregnant or not can often feel unbearable. During my first pregnancy, I did everything I could to confirm it was true! How did you know you were pregnant?

Think you’re pregnant? Go ahead and confirm it with your doctor! Then check out my blog post 24 Baby Essentials For The First 3 Months to prepare yourself for your new bundle of joy!