10 super early signs of pregnancy

No, it’s not just your imagination – you’re most probably preggers!

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Janice Nathan knew exactly when she got pregnant ― it was the morning after she and her hubs had had intercourse on the day she was ovulating.

Says Janice, 35, who had been trying to conceive for several months, “The next morning, I woke up and felt cramps in my lower abdomen and I just knew at that moment I was pregnant. True enough, when I took a pregnancy test four weeks later, it was positive!”

The earliest you can take an over-the-counter pregnancy test is four days before your period is due. This is when the test can detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your urine. As your pregnancy progresses, the hCG levels will keep increasing daily. So, subsequent pregnancy tests will be more accurate than the initial one.

If you’re keen to know if you’re pregnant any earlier ― you’ll have to take a blood test at the doctors. Still, not everyone can bear the gruelling two-week wait ― the period between ovulation (or implantation if you’re doing fertility treatments) and the day you can take a pregnancy blood test at the doctors.

If you’re sensing that you could have a bun in the oven even before you can take a test, here are some subtle signs to look out for…


1. Changes in your breasts  

Similar to that of pre-menstrual symptoms, your breasts may start to feel tender to the touch, appear bigger and feel like they weigh a ton. Breast changes usually happen early on in pregnancy because your breasts start to prep themselves for breastfeeding. Other physical changes you might notice are the veins around the boobs are more visible from the increase in blood flow. The areola ― the dark part around your nipple ― also darkens in colour. Some have even reported noticing bumps on the areola. 


2. Metallic taste in the mouth

While it’s hard to put into words exactly what the experience feels like, the closest will be to compare it to tasting coins or drinking water from a metal cup. Medically known as dysgeusia, this weird taste in your mouth is caused by the increasing oestrogen levels in your body. Not everyone experiences it though and the taste usually subsides after the first trimester. If it’s driving you nuts, try banishing the taste with citrus juices like lemonade and by brushing your tongue more often.


Breast changes usually happen early on in pregnancy because your breasts start to prep themselves for breastfeeding.


3. Lower pelvic cramps    

Another symptom that’s easily confused with Aunt Flo’s imminent arrival, but could be caused by all those hormonal shifts and implantation of the fertilised egg in your uterine lining. The cramps won’t be as intense as menstrual ones either. “It felt more prickly and also sometimes just felt like really, really bad gas,” recalls mum-of-one Cynthia Tan, 32. 

4. Bloating and gas

Speaking of gas, you will experience more of it, plus some bloating. You can thank the increasing progesterone and oestrogen levels for that. Plus, your digestive system will also start slowing down, which explains the constipation and indigestion. Expect more of this as your pregnancy progresses, by the way. Heartburn and nine more months of flatulence are just around the corner!