by Dr. Jill Blakeway, DACM, L.Ac

How to Spot the Early Signs of Pregnancy

Patient’s often ask me what the early signs of pregnancy are. It is useful to look out for them even though they can be a little confusing. Realistically, the only conclusive way of knowing that you are pregnant is a positive pregnancy test however the signs outlined below may give you a hint. Our book Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility 
gives more information about this.

These are the symptoms I tell my patients to look out for.

Digestive Changes

Feeling nauseous or vomiting is one of the most common signs of early pregnancy. Gas, constipation or abdominal bloating are also common because digestion slows down in pregnant women.

Breast Tenderness

Extreme breast tenderness or itchy nipples are also a sign of early pregnancy.

BBT Chart

A BBT chart that goes up at ovulation and then goes up again about 4-6 days later, especially if the temperatures stay high.

Mild Spotting

As the fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining this can cause some very light bleeding. Women experience this as very light spotting a few days after ovulation. Heavy bleeding could be a sign of something more serious and should be flagged up to your health care provider.


This feels like a mild menstrual cramp and is often the first sign of pregnancy for many women

Extreme Fatigue

In early pregnancy a lot of your body’s energy is diverted to the developing fetus. My pregnant patients are often surprised to feel as tired as they do.

If you are feeling these symptoms regularly but your pregnancy tests are negative you may be experiencing chemical pregnancies. If you are a patient at The Yinova Center we would like to know about this as this effects the treatment plan we draw up for you. We also advise you to tell your OB/GYN or RE as it will help them with their diagnosis.

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