Am I Pregnant? First Signs of Pregnancy From 340 Moms

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For 40% of pregnant women missing their period is the first sign of pregnancy that sparks them to ask the question - am I pregnant? Followed by their breasts starting to hurt, nausea and fatigue.

At Cadenshae we surveyed 340 mothers about very early pregnancy symptoms, when they found out they were pregnant, how far along they were, were they trying to get pregnant, how long it took and much much more.

What is in this case study about getting pregnant:

  1. First signs of pregnancy.
  2. How many were trying to get pregnant?
  3. How long does it take to get pregnant?
  4. When can you find out you are pregnant?
  5. How to know if you’re pregnant?
  6. How many pregnancy tests should I take?
  7. When is the best time to take a pregnancy test?
  8. How likely is a false negative pregnancy test?
  9. Pregnancy test brands.
  10. Can you get pregnant when you’re taking birth control?
  11. Advice about getting pregnant and the first signs of pregnancy.


    1. First signs of pregnancy.

    Every mother's body and pregnancy is different therefore the early signs of pregnancy can vary from woman to woman as well. From the 340 mothers we surveyed these were their first signs of pregnancy.

    • 40%    Missed period.
    • 15%    Breasts started to hurt.
    • 10%    Nausea.
    •   7%    Fatigue.
    •   6%    Blood or pregnancy test.
    •   3%    Cramps.
    •   3%    Food cravings or dislikes.
    •   3%    Change in mood.
    •   2%    Intuition.
    •   2%    Dizziness.
    •   2%    Headaches.
    •   2%    Bloating.
    •   1.5% Other.
    •   1%    Bleeding.
    •   1%    Increased urination.
    •   0.5% Heaviness in the pelvic area.
    •   0.5% Heightened sense of smell.
    •   0.5% Thrush.

    The other first signs that a few of these mothers were pregnant was heartburn, acne, constipation, continuous burping, elevated heart rate, weird dreams, oily skin, shortness of breath or chronic abdominal pain.

    For the 3% that thought they could be pregnant due to a change in their mood this included pregnancy symptoms such as:

    • I felt off, from how I normally felt.
    • Increased energy and feeling “buzzed”.
    • Frustrated with anyone who spoke to me.
    • Cranky and mean.
    • Just felt off in general.
    • Extremely short tempered and very emotional.
    • I was so moody!
    • Tired.

    2. Of the 340 moms how many were trying to get pregnant?

    79% were trying to get pregnant while 21% were not.


    3. How long does it take to get pregnant?

    Out of the mothers we surveyed that were trying to get pregnant we asked them how long they had been trying before they got pregnant. We discovered that more than 60% of couples take 3 months or less to get pregnant.

    • 34%  1 month (within 1 cycle).
    • 20%  2 months (within 2 cycles).
    • 11%  3 months (within 3 cycles).
    •   6%  4 months (within 4 cycles).
    •   4%  5 months (within 5 cycles).
    •   7%  6 months (within 6 cycles).
    •   8%  6-12 months (within 6-12 cycles).
    •   7%  1-2 years (within 12-24 cycles).
    •   3%  2 years+ (24 cycles or more).

    4. When can you find out you are pregnant?

    From the 340 mothers we surveyed over 60% found out they were pregnant 4 weeks or less after conceiving. Once you find out if you are pregnant or not the very next question is always “how far along am I?” This is how many weeks pregnant our group of 340 mothers were when they found out they were pregnant.

    •   1%       1 week.
    • 10%       2 weeks.
    • 16%       3 weeks.
    • 37%       4 weeks.
    • 22%       5 weeks.
    •   9%       6 weeks.
    •   2%       7 weeks.
    •   2%       8 weeks.
    • 0.25%    9 weeks.
    • 0.25%  10 weeks.
    • 0.25%  11 weeks.
    • 0.25%  12+ weeks.

    5. How to know if you’re pregnant?

    If you are you wondering if you’re pregnant the first signs of pregnancy don't occur straight away. Most women miss their period at week 4 before they begin to feel anything different whereas some women experience other signs of pregnancy in the first weeks after conception. In this case study, 98% of mothers took a pregnancy test to determine if they were pregnant or not. Followed up with a visit to their doctor to confirm their pregnancy.

    How many of the 340 women took a pregnancy test?

    98%  took a pregnancy test while 2% did not.


      6. How many pregnancy tests should I take?

      When we analyzed the results from surveying 340 mothers we found that 40% of women take 1 pregnancy test to find out if they are pregnant, whereas 33% take 2 pregnancy tests and 27% take 3 or more pregnancy tests to be sure.


        7. When is the best time to take a pregnancy test?

        A pregnancy test is best taken first thing in the morning when the highest concentration of pregnancy hormone can be detected in your pee. During very early pregnancy if the test is taken later in the day results are less accurate due to your body being well hydrated.

        8. How likely is a false negative pregnancy test?

        When we asked a group of 340 mothers if they got a false negative pregnancy test result at the time that they were pregnant, we found that 11% got a false negative pregnancy test and 4% took another test because they got a faint line on the pregnancy test or it didn’t read clearly.

         false negative pregnancy test

          9. Pregnancy test brands.

          From the group of mothers we surveyed we asked them what the brand name was for the pregnancy test that they used to determine if they were pregnant or not. These were the most popular brands of home pregnancy tests.

          • 51%     First Response.
          • 35%     Clearblue.
          •   5%     Can’t remember.
          •   3%     Pregnosis.
          •   1%     Dollar Store Brand.
          •   1%     Easy@Home.
          •   1%     Wondfo.
          •   1%     Crystal Clear.
          •   1%     Life Brand.
          •   0.2%  Accu-Clear Early Pregnancy Test.
          •   0.2%  CVS Digital Pregnancy Test.
          •   0.2%  Freedom Mid Stream.
          •   0.2%  ClinicalGuard.
          •   0.2%  Baby4You.
          •   0%     New Choice.
          •   0%     Fact Plus.

            10. Can you get pregnant when you’re taking birth control?

            Out of the 340 mothers we surveyed 5% got pregnant when they were using birth control.


              What type of birth control were the 5% using when they got pregnant? 

              80% were using The Pill, 13% Intrauterine Device (IUD) and 7% were using a male condom.


                11. Advice about getting pregnant and the first signs of pregnancy from 340 mothers.

                I found out I was pregnant 4 days before I was supposed to get my period and my period before was extremely light and not normal. So I was thinking I was pregnant then but kept getting a negative test. Then one morning I was looking at my Fitbit and my resting heart rate was elevated by 6+ bpm which I had read can be a sign you are pregnant so I took one more test and the result came back clear as day positive without waiting for the full 2 minutes.

                I knew I was pregnant before I got a positive test because I HATED my morning coffee. That never happens. I got a positive test 2 days later.

                Wait until the expected period to take a pregnancy test. I had taken the first response pregnancy test 6 days before my missed period as advertised by First Response but the test was negative. Tested on the day of my expected period and tested positive with Clearblue pregnancy test.

                I had 4 urine sticks say I was pregnant but when I went to the doctors their test was negative. I was sure I was and the blood tests came back positive. I’ve heard lots of women say that the home pregnancy tests are in fact more accurate than the GP urine tests and I found this to be true! So if you are resting early at home (prior to your expected period date) keep this in mind!

                Trust your gut! I felt different and knew I was pregnant so I took a pregnancy test.

                If you think you are pregnant and your home tests read negative go to the doctor. Their pregnancy tests are faster and pick up hormonal changes earlier than the at home tests. I took 4 pregnancy tests and they all came back negative.

                In my very first pregnancy, my breasts were really sore was the giveaway. For my next two, it was nosebleeds that were the definite sign that I needed a pregnancy test. Right now my body's playing tricks with me giving me all my early pregnancy signs and I've done numerous negative tests. Haha, I think my body is telling me it wants to be pregnant!

                Track your cycles! It makes everything so much easier if you are wondering if you’re pregnant.

                No pregnancy is the same and the signs and symptoms vary in time and intensity. Pregnancy tests aren’t accurate until AFTER you have missed your period so don’t get down too fast if you get a negative!

                Read the box of each test as they are all different. I mistook the ‘rapid response’ tests for being the early detection ones so kept getting negative results despite having that feeling I was pregnant! Oops.

                My advice would be if you are trying, wait until you miss your period so you don’t waste your money on tests.

                I was feeling exhausted, but I didn’t want to rush to take the test. I’d had too many heartbreaks. I waited until my period was one week late and then I tested. Be patient. It’s so so hard but waiting until you can get the clearest result helps.

                It’s very exciting but try and hold off on taking pregnancy tests if it’s early because it could turn out negative when you actually could be pregnant! I was obsessed with taking tests and wasted so much money! I took two tests early (so I thought) and typically if you are pregnant the line will appear pretty quick and I knew this because I had miscarried previously. So I took one test at home in the afternoon and one that night (worst time to do it too but I was very impatient) both turned out negative BUT I didn’t wait for the time allocated to take the test, I only gave them about one minute and then binned them! So the test I did that night at home I chucked in the drawer with anger and walked away, came back to dispose of it and it was positive. Then the next day at work I checked the pregnancy test in the work bin and sure enough, it was positive too! So I then re-tested at the end of the week and was further along and sure enough two lines appeared and I was pregnant. 🙌🏻

                Written by Nikki Clarke.





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