Pms vs pregnancy symptoms

Women, are half the times worried about not getting their periods in time. Everyone may have different ways of expressing concern but the fact remains the same – a delayed period is a cause of concern. The question of PMS vs Pregnancy Symptoms looms large at all times!


Below mentioned are some normal pre-menstrual symptoms, that are very common. These include:

Food Cravings

Even though you are no big fan of sweets, you may suddenly crave for Oreo cookies. Your appetite may go high and you may gorge on food like never before. Such cravings usually do not occur in early pregnancy. Also, during pregnancy, you may not like what you have always liked.

Water retention/Bloating

Many women experience bloating just when they are about to get down. This might happen due to water retention.It is a pre-menstrual symptom. Bloating generally occurs later in the pregnancy when growing uterus will effects the abdominal cavity and slows down the process of digestion.


Below mentioned are certain symptoms that clearly indicate pregnancy and nothing else. These include:


If you want to vomit, it could indicate pregnancy. This can happen at any time of the day, though predominantly in the mornings.

Breast soreness

If you are pregnant, chances are you will feel breast soreness and not just swelling or tenderness. This pain will last longer as compared to the one in PMS as your progesterone levels rise when you are pregnant.


If you feel like lying down the entire day and feel really exhausted, chances are you are pregnant.

You ‘MAY’ or ‘MAY NOT

Some symptoms leave you double minded about whether they are of normal PMS or are these pregnancy symptoms. In such cases, it is advisable that you go for a pregnancy test at home or for a blood test. A blood test can indicate pregnancy as soon as the day you missed your period and sometimes, even before you miss your period.

Breast sensitivity

Your breasts may become sensitive in case of both. The only way it can be spotted is the type of sensitivity that you are feeling. If your breasts are sore, you may be pregnant. However, if they have swollen up and are only tender, chances are that you are only experiencing PMS.

Mood swings

You may suddenly want to cry by just listening to a song or become too overwhelmed by a normal conversation. It is likely that you experience such mood changes in both PMS and pregnancy. Differentiation is difficult in this case.


Cramps can signify both PMS and pregnancy. Though mostly you will not be able to make out the difference between the two by yourself. But if the cramping last slightly longer, then u might be pregnant.

Watch out for other ‘SERIOUS DISORDERS’

A missing or a delayed period is not essentially a symptom of pregnancy. The symptoms can lead to other health issues also, such as:

Recent weight gain or loss/ Abnormal hair growth

If along with delayed or missed periods, you are also experiencing abnormal hair growth, or have gained or lost a lot of weight recently, chances are you may have Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD). PCOD has become very common these days and every 1 in 5 Indian women may have it. Other symptoms of the disease can be- developing pimples, oily skin, infertility etc.

Excess sweating/ Insomnia/Hyperactivity/ Abnormal heart rhythm

If along with delayed or missed periods, you are also experiencing the above mentioned symptoms, chances are that you may have thyroid or hyperthyroidism. It is advisable to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

These symptoms may vary for individuals and you should take a home pregnancy test / consult with your physician in case of any doubts. Whatever the result, the curious case of PMS vs Pregnancy symptoms is going to be a regular part of a woman’s life.