Are They Signs Your Period Is Coming or Pregnancy? Are They Signs Your Period Is Coming or Pregnancy?
Menstrual period occurs every month. Some women, however, have irregular menstrual cycles and never know when to expect it. Some may experience a host... Are They Signs Your Period Is Coming or Pregnancy?

Menstrual period occurs every month. Some women, however, have irregular menstrual cycles and never know when to expect it. Some may experience a host of signs that indicate their periods are imminent while others experience nothing. The signs and symptoms experienced before the menstrual period are collectively termed pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) or pre-menstrual tension (PMT) and can vary in each individual woman. PMS is due to the fluctuating levels of hormones and can be similar to the signs of pregnancy. Keep reading if you’re confused by the symptoms.

What Are the Signs Your Period Is Coming?

Some individuals experience severe symptoms that affect their daily lives over those few days of the month. The signs and symptoms usually start a few days before the expected period and stop within 4 days of the period commencing. Some common symptoms experienced include:

Emotional Signs

  • Irritability, unexplained anger and mood swings
  • Food cravings and changes in appetite
  • Anxiety and decreased self-esteem
  • Unexplained bout of crying
  • Insomnia, confusion and forgetfulness
  • Depression and trouble concentrating

Physical Signs

  • Muscle and joint aches, back ache, abdominal cramping
  • Constipation, diarrhea and nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fluid retention causing weight gain
  • Exacerbation of acne
  • Headaches, dizziness and fatigue
  • Bloating

Could It Be Period or Pregnancy?

This is an extremely valid question because many signs your period is coming are common to sings of being pregnant. There are also other signs that are not common to both conditions and can be used to determine whether you’re pregnant or merely experiencing PMS. Bear in mind, the best way to definitively know if you’re pregnant is to do a pregnancy test with the urine passed first thing in the morning or visit your doctor for a blood test.

Symptoms PMS Early Pregnancy
Tender breasts and swelling Yes Yes
Bleeding or Spotting Yes Yes
Bloating and Constipation Yes Yes
Increased sense of smell No Yes
Headaches and insomnia Yes Yes
Fatigue Yes Yes
Abdominal cramps Yes Yes
Nausea and vomiting Unusual Frequent
Backache Yes Yes
Missed period No Yes
Darkening of skin No Yes
Increased urination No Yes
Food cravings Yes Yes
  • Breast tenderness in pregnancy usually occurs between 1-2 weeks after conception. It continues as your pregnancy hormone levels increase. In PMS, the tenderness resolves after your period starts.
  • Bleeding or spotting when pregnant occurs within 2 weeks of conception. It is light and either pink or brown in color. There is no bleeding during PMS except if the actual menstruation has begun, and then the flow will be a lot heavier than in pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting experienced during pregnancy can start 3 weeks after conception. It can prevail the entire pregnancy but mostly stop after the first trimester. Nausea in PMS will stop as soon as the period starts.
  • Food cravings in PMS can occur to a lesser extent than when experienced during pregnancy.
  • In PMS, the cramping is acute about 24-48 hours before the period begins and stops at the end of the menstrual flow. Cramping in pregnancy occurs for weeks or months as the uterus and abdominal muscles stretch and ligaments relax to accommodate the growing fetus. If you’re worried about the cramping in pregnancy, see your doctor to rule out complications.

How to Ease the Signs of PMS

Women with severe PMS can visit their doctor to discuss prescription medicines to ease the symptoms. Doctors may prescribe antidepressants, painkillers, water tablets to reduce bloating or hormonal contraceptives to ease signs your period is coming. However, you may choose to make a few lifestyle changes or try home remedies:

1. Make Dietary Changes

Reduce bloating by eating smaller meals, more frequently during the day. Reduce salt intake which exacerbates fluid retention. Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Add calcium to the diet. Limit alcohol and caffeine.

2. Increase Exercise

Regular exercise will decrease the depression and mood swings. Daily activities such as swimming, walking or cycling for 30 minutes should help against PMS. Regular exercise will also help you to reduce your weight.

3. Minimize Stress

Yoga and massage can help decrease stress levels. Get sufficient sleep that your body requires. Try learning deep-breathing exercises or muscle relaxation.

4. Take Supplements

There are many commercial products available with supplements to reduce signs your period is coming. These products may typically contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, gingko, St John’s wort, etc. Some of these alternative remedies may interfere with your other existing medicines, so consult your doctor before you begin any new supplements.

5. Try Acupuncture Therapy

Some women have had PMS relief from acupuncture therapy. It involves inserting sterile needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Ensure your therapist is licensed.

6. Other Methods

Applying heat to the lower abdominal area may provide relief from cramps. Gentle lower abdominal massage may provide relief. Take warm showers and drink warm beverages, like green tea. Lie on your side in the fetal position or on your back with your legs raised. These positions may help with the pain and discomfort of PMS.

Credit: Rel Facts


  • Alexia boyle

    2016-09-26 #1 Author

    It’s amazing what the femal body can do.


  • YEVONNE Evans

    2016-09-26 #2 Author

    Female body is amazing


  • Aricka

    2016-09-27 #3 Author

    This is shocking information


  • Zaia

    2016-09-27 #4 Author

    Never knew this information females bodies go through alot


  • Michelle Williams

    2016-09-27 #5 Author

    Learn something new everyday


  • Brandi james

    2016-09-27 #6 Author

    I think its amazing how our body can send us signs that something is about to happen


  • Jalliyah St Louis

    2016-09-27 #7 Author

    Wow , I had all them same symptoms .


  • LaEisha Barkley

    2016-09-27 #8 Author

    It’s crazy because when I first got pregnant my mood swings went thru the roof


  • Sesiky

    2016-09-27 #9 Author

    I learn something new everyday,it’s a good thing sharing ideas as woman


  • Khalyiah Bell

    2016-09-28 #10 Author

    These are all so true I had these symptoms…


  • Kala Young

    2016-09-28 #11 Author



  • Tasheana

    2016-09-28 #12 Author

    Amazing what the female body can do.


  • Tierra

    2016-09-29 #13 Author

    Useful information since I’ve been TTC myself and it’s so hard to tell the two apart.


  • Elsie

    2016-11-06 #14 Author

    I have had my periods regularly even last month but my stomach is growing big,I have cramps, nausea,mood swings. Could I be pregnant yet I have done tests and they come out negative please?


  • Elsie

    2016-11-06 #15 Author

    I have had periods regularly even last month it was heavy,my stomach is growing big,I have nausea and crampings c and smell sensitivityccould be pregnant yet tests come out negative. Help urgently plz


  • princess jude

    2016-11-13 #16 Author

    I enjoy dis lecture


  • olatokunbo mayowa

    2016-12-21 #17 Author

    Thanks a lot for this info it really help me a lot cause this is the exact way I feel can’t just differentiate btw pregnancy symptoms and pms.thanks


  • Oniyide blessing

    2017-03-03 #18 Author

    So amazing guys stop beating girls it causes damage


  • Zharkahyel Yakubu

    2017-04-24 #19 Author

    Thanks a lot I’ve been try TTC 4 pass three month but is difficult to differentiate BTW Pregnancy and PMS


  • Win

    2017-06-01 #20 Author

    Yes it’s true i experience those signs to both


  • Maddy

    2017-06-01 #21 Author

    I haven’t seen my period in 2 months took pregnancy test and they are coming out negative
    In need of help


    • Kemmy

      2017-10-26 #22 Author

      Same problem….I need help Pls


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