Early signs of pregnancy

Do you think you may be pregnant? The possibility of having a baby can bring joy, worry and many other feelings. If you’re trying to get pregnant or are in between periods, you may be looking for the earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy. While it’s not possible to know for sure if you’re pregnant until you take a pregnancy test, there are some pregnancy symptoms to watch for early on, such as:

  • Sore, swollen or tender breasts

  • Sore nipples

  • Bloating

  • Food cravings

  • Urinating often

  • Upset stomach or feeling queasy

  • Tiredness

  • A missed period

  • Mood swings

  • Constipation

  • A slightly higher body temperature

  • Light spotting/bleeding

  • A stronger sense of smell

  • Changes in how food tastes

These symptoms could also mean you’re about to get your period. And, some women may not have any symptoms of pregnancy at all. Both situations may be normal, which is why testing is important.

How and when to take a pregnancy test

There are two types of pregnancy tests. One can be used at home. The other is a blood test you can ask for at your doctor’s office.

Used properly, a home pregnancy test can be 99% accurate. Each brand works a little differently. It’s important to read the directions all the way through before you start using a test.

When to see your doctor

If your pregnancy test is positive, you should make an appointment to see your doctor or a health care professional as soon as possible. If your test is negative and you still don’t have your period after one week, you should test again.

If you suspect you are pregnant, even if your test is negative, you can call your doctor’s office or a nurse line. If you’re a UnitedHealthcare member, you can sign in to your account to find this information or call the number on your plan ID card.

How to figure out your due date

After you become pregnant, you may want to know when your baby will be born. Use the calculator below to find a good estimate for your due date. Remember, this is only an estimated date. Your doctor can tell you a more exact time window and the baby’s gestational age when you have your first ultrasound.