Early Pregnancy Symptoms: When to Take a Test

A missed period for some women can mean they suspect or hope they’re pregnant.

And, for some women early pregnancy symptoms start in the first several weeks after they conceive. Symptoms of pregnancy can also vary in frequency, intensity and duration.

But, many early pregnancy symptoms can be nonspecific and mistaken for other causes easily. Because of this, it might be hard to know when you should or if you should take a pregnancy test, such as the

To help, below are some early signs of pregnancy that you can use only as a guideline. Many early pregnancy signs can mimic those of routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Here are some signs you could be pregnant.

Missed period

This is usually the first noticed symptom and is the most common reasons why women turn to pregnancy tests. Although there are various causes for a missed period, if you’re sexually active, and you miss your period, you could very well be pregnant and should take a test.

Keep in mind, while most pregnancy tests are accurate when you take them after a missed period, in some cases, the hormone levels may not be high enough to show a positive result. So, if you take a test and it comes out negative, repeat it after a few days.

Cramps and Backache

A backache and cramps can often be mistaken by women for PMS symptoms when they are actually early pregnancy symptoms. When due to pregnancy, it’s because of changes in hormones and expansion of the uterus.

Breast Changes

Swollen and sore breasts are other common early pregnancy signs, but tend to occur right before a menstrual period too. Some women notice their nipples becoming slightly darker and larger in early pregnancy.


Tiredness and fatigue can also affect you during early pregnancy. Your levels of hormone progesterone soar during early pregnancy and in higher doses, progesterone can make you sleepy. Also, during pregnancy, other things that can sap your energy are:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Increased blood production

When Should You Take a Pregnancy Test?

Overall, the best thing to do is to wait at least a week after you’ve missed a period before you take a pregnancy test to receive the most accurate results. If you suspect pregnancy but you haven’t missed your period yet, at least wait a week or two after you’ve had sex to take the test. Your body will need time to develop detectable HCG levels. If you take a pregnancy test too early, it could result in inaccurate results.

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SpotRx blogs are for informational purposes only. They are not written by medical professionals and should not be used to treat or diagnose any new or existing conditions. Contact your physician or qualified medical health provider with any concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

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