The Earliest Signs of Pregnancy You Should Pay Attention To, According to Doctors

Whether you’re actively trying to get pregnant (or hoping you do not have a plus sign on that pregnancy test, it can be nerve-wracking to wait it out to get a clear result. Wondering whether or not you’re pregnant, no matter which side of the line you’re on, can take up quite a bit of energy, and it can be helpful to know the first signs of pregnancy so you know what to look out for. 

Whether you’re in the “trying to be pregnant” camp or the “not trying to be pregnant” camp, it’s often better to have a clear answer sooner rather than later. For that reason, we spoke to doctors about what symptoms most might indicate an early pregnancy.

Keep in mind that every person every person is different in terms of what combination of symptoms they may or may not feel during early pregnancy, says Dr. Grace Kong, an OB-GYN at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California. Not only that, but each pregnancy can have different symptoms in the same individual, if you’ve had more than one pregnancy, she added. So just because you didn’t get morning sickness while pregnant with your first child, that may not be the case with the second.

Here are a few early signs of pregnancy — and some advice on when to visit your doctor.

Missed period

We’ll start with the most obvious: the missed or late period, which is what prompts most people to take a home pregnancy test. If it’s positive, make an appointment with your doctor.

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