Essentially, yes, you can experience symptoms that are from your pregnancy before you’re even late for your menstrual period. However, it can be very difficult to notice these signs. Alternatively, if you are sure that these symptoms mean you are pregnant, you may not get a positive result on a pregnancy test yet.

When you ovulate, your body has high levels of estrogen and LH in it. These two hormones promote a fluid and sticky discharge and can cause abdominal discomfort. Additionally, straight after ovulation, your body starts to produce high levels of progesterone, which causes the endometrium to build up in preparation for implantation. This can also cause bloating and discomfort in the uterus. Progesterone is also responsible for creating a thick, white discharge that appears soon after ovulation and can continue throughout a pregnancy in many women.

All of these symptoms are common in the normal cycle for most women. They are also often intensified if you conceive on that cycle. Women often confuse these symptoms for the early signs of pregnancy or believe they could be pregnant because the symptoms are more intense than usual.

IMPORTANT: When a woman is anxious to fall pregnant, she may experience the symptoms of early pregnancy psychologically. This is why it is always best to get a positive test result before getting your hopes up.

What are the symptoms of early pregnancy?

The most common symptoms of pregnancy can show up even before you’ve experienced a delay in menstruation. Aside from the hormonal changes mentioned above, they include:

  • nausea
  • unusual food cravings
  • feeling tired
  • mood swings
  • frequent need to urinate
  • bloating in the lower abdomen

It’s very important to know your cycle so that you know when you ovulate and when your fertile period is. This way, you’ll know when any of the above symptoms are new, intensified or different in your cycle.

It’s important to note that not all women experience any of these symptoms. You can easily have no idea that you are pregnant until you miss your menstrual period – even if you are incredibly vigilant and watching for signs of being pregnant.

How can you tell if you’re pregnant before your menstruation is late?

It isn’t always possible to know at this early stage if you are definitely pregnant because your body may not have had enough time to build up sufficient levels of hCG – the pregnancy hormone. However, there are times when you can get enough for a positive result, for example:

  • A shorter cycle means that you ovulated early and you are actually late on your menstruation, even if you don’t know it.
  • A very sensitive test may pick up trace amounts of hCG in your blood.

If you have been using the basal temperature method to track your ovulation in order to fall pregnant, you can also be reasonably sure that your timing was correct. However, it is best to confirm this with a proper pregnancy test.

It’s best to wait and take a pregnancy test

Yes, these early symptoms may be truly showing you that you’re now pregnant. However, they may just be a false alarm. It can be incredibly disappointing and frustrating to get your hopes up, only to have them dashed by a pregnancy test or the onset of menstruation. This is why it’s important to wait until you’re menstrual period is officially late and then take a pregnancy test.

If you are pregnant, these early symptoms will likely intensify the longer you wait. Additionally, the longer you wait, the more time your body has to build up levels of hCG in order to show up as positive on a test.