Free Help For Women Facing Unplanned Pregnancy

One of the most common signs of pregnancy is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle; however there are more signs and symptoms that could indicate that you are pregnant. These signs and symptoms may arrive within one week after conception, or they may develop a few weeks after conception or they may not be present at all.

Be mindful that each of these symptoms may be related to another medical issue other.

While signs differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy, the list below is some of the most common signs and symptoms.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, and you have been sexually active, it is important to consider taking a pregnancy test.

Delayed or Missed Menstrual Cycle

One of the most common signs of being pregnant, is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. While some women may bleed while they are pregnant, if you become pregnant your next menstrual cycle should be missed.

Other Explanations

Stress, tension, fatigue, hormonal issues, excessive weight gain/loss, or birth control.

Implantation Bleeding

This may be one of the earliest signs, and may be confused with a normal menstrual cycle as it may occur about 6–12 days after conception, when the embryo implants into the uterine wall.

Other Explanations

Actual/altered menstrual cycle, birth control, infection, intercourse abrasion.

Tender/Swollen Breasts

Your breasts may be tender to the touch or sore and possibly even swollen as early as one- to two-weeks after conception.

Other Explanations

PMS, birth control, or hormonal issues.


Feeling overly tired or fatigued can occur as early as the first week after conception.

Other Explanations

Illness, stress, or depression.


Some women experience a dull backache while they are pregnant; however, early on some women may have just a lower backache.

Other Explanations

Stress, physical strain, PMS, or other back issues.

Nausea/Morning Sickness

About 2–8 weeks after conception this well-known symptom may show up. Some women may feel nauseous all day, while others may have no nausea at all.

Other Explanations

Stomach disorders, food poisoning, or stress.


You may experience headaches early on due to a rise in hormones in your body.

Other Explanations

PMS, eye strain, caffeine, or dehydration.

Frequent Urination

As your uterus enlarges throughout your pregnancy you may have increased need for frequent urination. This symptom typically occurs around 6–8 weeks after conception.

Other Explanation

Increased liquid intake, diuretics, diabetes, or urinary tract infection (UTI).

Darkening of Areolas

The skin around your nipples may darken when you are pregnant.

Other Explanations

Hormonal issues or the effect from a previous pregnancy.

Food Cravings/Aversions

While you may have a sudden craving for a certain food, another food may completely turn you off while pregnant. Cravings and/or aversions can occur all throughout your pregnancy.

Other Explanations

Stress, depression, poor diet, or PMS.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms, and you are sexually active, you may want to consider contacting a local pregnancy center for a free test.

To find a center near you: Find Help Near You. You may also choose to take a home pregnancy test or contact your doctor for a pregnancy test.

Source: American Pregnancy Association