10 Common Pregnancy Symptoms After A Missed Period

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

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Have you missed your period? Wondering if it is a sign of pregnancy or not? Such questions are common for most women who have missed their period. Menstrual cycle in a woman’s life hold a special place, as its timely appearance signifies that her hormones are balanced and the reproductive system is functioning properly.

Understandably, when period doesn’t appear on time it becomes a cause of concern for many women. A missed period can be linked to several concerning factors-it may be a sign of hormonal imbalance, or it may also mean that you have been under a lot of stress lately. Some dietary changes, medications or weight fluctuations may also affect the menstrual cycle. Menopause or menarche can also be the cause of irregular periods. Sometimes, a simple mistake in the calculation of the date can cause you to think that your period is missed or delayed.

10 Common Pregnancy Symptoms After Missed Period:

A missed period may also mean that you are pregnant! For those who are planning to conceive or even those who don’t want to conceive; the sign of a missed period can be equally anxious. These women would be eager to know the reason behind the missed period and whether it’s time to book an appointment with the gynaecologist.

If that sounds like you, here are a few pointers that may help you calm down and understand more about the situation. You may have conceived if you missed your period and have some or all of these symptoms.

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[ Read: Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period ]

1. Tender Breasts and Tender/Sore Nipples:

Unusually tender breasts and nipples signify that the stork may be visiting you soon. Some women find their nipples protruding more than usual during pregnancy. Their areolas too, appear darker and spotted. The tenderness of the breast during pregnancy occurs mainly due to changes in the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is one of the most obvious and noticeable early signs of pregnancy after missed period.

2. Nausea and Other Digestive Problems:

Nausea is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. An estimated 80% of women experience nausea or morning sickness during their first trimester! Don’t worry though- the feeling of nausea stops in the second trimester for most of the women. If you feel nausea or an urge to puke at the most unexpected time, you may want to investigate it further.

These uncomfortable feelings during pregnancy usually occur as a result of the changes in hormones and abdominal structure. An increased sense of smell escalates the feeling of nausea. Expectant mothers also experience digestive issues like constipation or gas in the initial stages, and for some others, these issues continue throughout pregnancy.

3. Bloating:

Experience bloating, even with your regular water intake, can be a sign of pregnancy. Suddenly you feel your clothes are getting tighter in early pregnancy stages itself! Bloating is believed to occur due to the increased levels of the hormone progesterone. Some women even experience mild cramps and backache. Though all of these symptoms can occur in pre menstruation too, they usually point out to a successful pregnancy.

4. Mood Swings and Irritability:

Mood swings is one of the common signs of pregnancy after missed period due to the hormonal changes. If you find yourself getting emotional at the drop of the hat, then it may be a sign that you’re pregnant. Thankfully, you’re not alone- a lot of women experience mood swings during pregnancy. Once again we have our old friends- the hormones estrogen and progesterone to blame! Other factors like fatigue and metabolism changes may heighten the mood swings.

5. Changes in Food, Flavor and Smell Preferences:

Believe it or not, but lot of women stop liking their favorite food during pregnancy and it may happen to you too! A lot of women can’t even stand the smell of their favorite food preparations! Obviously, if you suddenly find yourself pushing away your favorite food or craving for something unusual or something that you never liked before then you may have conceived.

6. Spotting in Some Cases:

Few women report spotting, little bleeding or discharge in the initial stage of pregnancy. Though the exact reason for it is not known it is believed that spotting may occur when your fertilized egg gets implanted in your uterus, resulting in active pregnancy hence missing period. Spotting or light bleeding could also mean that your menstrual cycle has not completely silenced yet, though it should. Sometimes an infection or an intercourse too can cause spotting.

7. Fatigue and Tiredness:

If you have been feeling unusually tired without doing any physical work and tend to get fatigued easily, pregnancy may be the reason. Our usual suspect- progesterone may have been causing all the tiredness along with the mood swings. The feeling of nausea and vomiting further depletes energy levels in early pregnancy. At the same time, the body is now working on creating placenta- the vital life support system for the fetus, which diverts energy and leaves you feeling fatigued.

[ Read: Tiredness During Pregnancy ]

8. Dizziness:

You ate well, you slept well and yet you feel dizzy without an obvious reason- if that sounds like you, you may be pregnant. In the early stages of pregnancy, your blood circulation system is making a lot of effort, but your body is yet not producing the required amount of blood, which causes your blood pressure levels to go down. The result-light headedness and unsteadiness aka dizziness!

9. Increased Urination:

Are you visiting the bathroom more often than usual? It may be an indication of an active pregnancy. In the early stage of pregnancy, the uterus is growing bigger, which results in an increased pressure on the bladder, which means more bathroom visits for you!

The increased level of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) too is at blame for this pregnancy symptom. The hCG causes increased blood flow to your pelvic area, resulting in increased urination.

[ Read: Frequent Urination During Pregnancy ]

10. Positive Home Pregnancy Test:

When you see that fateful pink line on your test kit, you have a very strong reason to believe that you have conceived. This is a very popular method to check the pregnancy at home. This test checks the level of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, popularly known as pregnancy hormone or hCG, in your body. If the hCG level is high, then it strongly indicates the existence of an early pregnancy.

[ Read: Cryptic Pregnancy ]

It is important to note that these early pregnancy symptoms after missed period are not conclusive. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and their pregnancies. It is always a good idea to visit and confirm with the doctor when in doubt.

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  • Niharika

    Hi Roshica, many girls find they throw up or feel like they might throw up just before or during their periods. Hormone changes are probably the cause, and these feelings usually go away in a day or two. However as there is a delay in your periods for more than two weeks in August it would be advisable to take a pregnancy test or consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tiffany, it is possible that you have taken the test too early and so the pregnancy hormones were not detected. Wait for a couple of more days and take the test again. Also take the test early in the morning that is with the first urine of the day. If the results still come as negative then consult a gynecologist to check for the reason of your delayed periods.

  • Niharika

    Dear Liv, having cramps and swollen nipples during periods is common and may not necessarily mean pregnancy. However if your bleeding is delayed and light then this can be spotting or implantation bleeding. So, do go ahead and take the test. All the best !

  • Niharika

    Hi Notty, using a morning after pill may sometimes lead to early periods or delayed periods. Wait for one or two weeks more and till then if your periods do not occur then take another home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kenia, all the symptoms mentioned by you can signal pregnancy. Hence instead of speculating…take a home pregnancy test to confirm. Also if you do not get proper results then do consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Stac, the accuracy of a home pregnancy test depends on how and when you take the test. If you take a home pregnancy test very soon after you think you may have conceived, or if you didn’t follow the test instructions correctly, you might get a false negative test result. A home pregnancy test will be positive only if it detects the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). If it’s very early in your pregnancy, your body might not have produced enough hCG yet. as you have exerienced spotting then take another hpt after a couple of weeks or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Emilie, it would be advisable that you consult your gynecologist as soon as possible. Your doctor may help you and guide you with the kind of diet and medication to follow and get back your periods on track.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nokwanda, all the symptoms mentioned by you can also be the signs of PMS. However, if your periods do not occur in another week then take a test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Evora, its true that stress can be the cause of delayed periods. If you wish to avoid getting pregnant then it would be wise to use protection instead of worrying so much. Also if you suffer with irregular periods then it would be difficult to know your fertile and infertile period of your cycle. The symptoms mentioned by you like cramps can also mean PMS. If your periods do not occur in a week or so then take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

    • Evora

      Thanks I posted again, haha sorry ^~^

  • Niharika

    Hi Evora, PMS refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman’s period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. The pattern of symptoms may change over time.

  • Niharika

    Dear Bec, congratulations on your pregnancy !! Secondly, cramps can generally be described as pulling sensations on one or both sides of your abdomen. During the first trimester, cramping often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. In most cases, cramping is a normal part of pregnancy. However, there are some instances when cramping can be a concern. If you suffer with severe cramps then it would be wise to consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sang, sometimes a delay of periods for a couple of days or a week can be normal and nothing to be worried about. But a missed periods coupled with all these symptoms might suggest that you may be pregnant. However to be sure, wait for a week or so before you take a home pregnancy test. As a delay of three days can be too early to detect pregnancy hormones. If you suffer with severe cramps or fatigue then immediately consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Sheena, the only sure way of knowing that you are pregnant or not is by taking a test. However a delay in periods by two days may be too early to predict anything. It would be wise to wait for a couple of weeks before you take a test. Also in the meantime it is important to keep yourself well nourished. If you feel too weak or dizzy or have any cramps then it would be advisable to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Dear Success, as you haven’t mentioned what kind of pills you took… you might want to visit a doctor to help you to ease with the pain. May be your periods are on the way….however it would be wise to get a check up done.

  • Niharika

    Dear Hema, if you have trying to conceive then the best time to try would be when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. If your periods lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. By following your ovulation time, yo could n’t conceive then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jothi, missed periods can also signal some other medical condition other than pregnancy so to be sure..it would be advisable that you consult a gynecologist and get a check up done.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shalini, If you are planning to conceive, then you should try to get pregnant two or three days before the ovulation starts. This ensures that there is adequate number of sperms in your fallopian tube waiting for the egg when it is released.It is important to know the date of ovulation this will help you to conceive without any delay. For more info check the article below:

  • Niharika

    Dear Asma, wait for one more week and take the test again. Sometimes when a pregnancy test is taken at a early stage, it may not provide an accurate results. So wait for one more week and take the test, early in the morning or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Chwayita, sometimes taking a pregnancy test at an early stage may not provide accurate results. Thus, take a test after one or two weeks again. Or consult a gynecologist.

    • Rochelle

      Hi niharika
      I am 29 yr old lady have missed my period it was to be on 13 march and until now my period still not arrives so could i be pregnant

      • Niharika

        Hi Rochelle, sometimes there can be a delay in periods and that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are pregnant. Delayed periods can occur due to hormonal change, lack of proper nutrition, excess weight gain or weight loss or stress. If your periods do not arrive in the next couple of days then take a home pregenancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Carle, periods can be delayed due to various other reasons apart from pregnancy like, nutritional deficiency, stress, hormonal imbalance etc. Therefore it is important to check for the accurate results using a pregnancy kit. Also if you confused about the results, then consult a gynaecologist. For free expert advise, you can ask a doctor here – http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=362435934&iu=/25351654/RON_TEXT

  • Niharika

    Hi Nitu, to know if you are pregnant or not…you need to take a pregnancy test. If you have irregular cycles, it is a good idea to allow for your longest cycle in recent months before testing. If you have no idea when your period is due, we recommend waiting at least 19 days after the last time you had unprotected sex before taking a pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Joshni, as you have mentioned that your cycle is of 26 days, then the bleeding on Dec 28 can signal your next period. Also, if the bleeding on Dec 28 was very light and was not followed by the normal bleeding then wait for a couple of days and take a home pregnancy test. Taking the test or consulting a doctor will help you to know, if you are pregnant or not for sure.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sonceria, periods that last 3-7 days are considered to be normal and the number of days can alter due to any hormonal changes. Also, sore breasts can be the sign of your periods. If you haven’t shown any signs of pregnancy then consult your doctor and get a hormonal test too.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sonceria, if you are showing the same symptoms like your previous pregnancy then do consult your doctor and get a blood test done.

  • Niharika

    Hi I.P, precum does contain sperms, and there is possibility of getting pregnant due to precum. However, as you have mentioned that your periods was back and you do not show any other symptoms of pregnancy then there should be nothing to be worried about. Also, check for your next periods, if they occur as per your cycle then do not be worried. If you shows the signs of irregular periods then consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lexi, usually you can take a pregnancy test one week later after your missed periods. Sometimes the symptoms of pregnancy can be confused with PMS. So do take a test to confirm whether you are pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hello IP, sometimes change in hormones can change your cycle and you might experience change in the symptoms before and after periods. If your periods are delayed by couple of days or a week, once in a while then there is nothing to be worried about but if your cycle becomes irregular every month then consult your gynecologist.

  • anna

    Hi my name is Anna I have pcos and I am trying to have a baby. I am not taking any fertility meds. But since I had sex I missed my period this month i exexperienced dizzyness fatigue sore breasts and bloating. Do u think its possible that I am pregnant?

    • Niharika

      Hi Anna, if you have missed your periods for more than a week and also experiencing symptoms like fatigue, sore breasts and bloating then it would be wise to take a pregnancy test to be sure. Because sometimes PMS can be confused with pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Glad to be of help to you !!

  • Niharika

    Hi Megan, sometimes it is possible that the home pregnancy test may not give out the accurate results. It would be wise to check or consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Elly, waiting at least a week after a missed period may give you the most accurate result. Results may also be more accurate if you do the test first thing in the morning, when your urine is more concentrated.

  • Niharika

    Hi, an unprotected sex can result in pregnancy, therefore, if your symptoms do not subside in a couple of days then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Asia

    Hi im 15 days late on my period . I took 9 Pregnancy testes and all came back positive . I do have the sore breasts, nausea, crazy food, mood swings, tired, and hungry all the time. I feel like its to good to b true because I don’t get the morning sickness .

    • Niharika

      Hi Asia, pregnancy symptoms vary from person to person and it need not be the same for everyone. As your pregnancy test already revealed your status and you notice the other symptoms, it would be wise to consult your doctor/gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Abena, the change in the pills may cause little change in the cycle. Hence, wait for one or two weeks and if your periods do not arrive then take another home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kath, Sex could delay your periods but not make them very late. The delay is due to the higher surge of hormones that you may experience during arousal which can play havoc with your monthly cycle, causing a delay of 1-2 days. However, if you notice a longer delay, it is wiser to carry out a pregnancy test.

  • Kalpana

    Hi Megha,

    I would suggest you to go for home pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy, because you had unsafe sex.

  • MomJunction

    You could wait for a week and if you still don’t get your period, take the home pregnancy test to check your pregnancy.

  • MomJunction


    You can wait for a week, if she doesn’t get her period, you can go for home pregnancy test to confirm her pregnancy.
    That’s the only way to know if she is pregnant or not.