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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

by Kathleen Roberts
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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

If it is still a bit early for a pregnancy test or a missed period, you may still wonder if your body is giving you signs that you may be pregnant. Often, there are, indeed, signs that you are pregnant even before you get the official word. The problem is, often these signs are similar to signs that you may be getting your period. You'll need to listen carefully to what your body is trying to tell you to be sure.

Fatigue

One of the first things you'll notice during the early weeks of pregnancy is fatigue. This isn't just a normal fatigue after a long day at work; this is a draining, can't keep your eyes open fatigue. One that makes you say, "Why am I so tired?"

The reason you go through this is simple--your baby is using calories that your body usually uses for itself. This caloric drain may lead to another early symptom of pregnancy--craving carbohydrates. Your body will need more carbs to give you more energy.

While you may be craving carbs at times, at other times you may also notice that you feel nauseated when you're reading or riding in the car. This isn't morning sickness; it is just another sign that you may be pregnant.

Basal Body Temperature

Another sign that you may notice is your Basal Body Temperature (or BBT) will stay elevated. If you have not been tracking your BBT, you will not be able to take advantage of this little secret sign of pregnancy, but if you have been tracking it, continue to do so. Normally, your BBT will rise slightly when you ovulate. If conception occurs, it stays elevated. If there is no fertilization, your temperature will drop and you will get your period. This could easily be your first indication that you are pregnant.

Pregnancy Hormones

Changes in your hormone levels will cause some symptoms of early pregnancy as well. When you become pregnant, your body produces more progesterone and hCG. These hormones will cause symptoms such as sore breasts, fatigue and moodiness. Other breast changes can include a darkening of the nipples as your level of melanocytes increases.

Inplantation Bleeding or Spotting

As many as 25 percent of women experience spotting, also known as implantation bleeding, when they become pregnant. In some cases, women will mistake this bleeding for a period and ignore this early pregnancy symptom. They don't realize that this "period" is actually caused by the fertilized egg implanting in the wall of the uterus. Looking back, many will comment that it wasn't a normal period, which is what you should consider if you notice any light bleeding. Ask yourself, "Is this how my period normally is, or is this unusual for me?"

Cramping

Another symptom caused by the implantation of the egg in the uterus is cramping. Again, this might seem like a normal occurrence before you get your period. It also indicates that the uterine wall is stretching to accommodate its new tenant. Just think about how it feels and determine if this is what your body usually goes through when you get your period or if it seems unusual this time.

Headaches

Other signs you may be pregnant can include headaches triggered by an increase in blood flow. While it can be inconvenient, this is usually only temporary. If your headaches continue or get worse, discuss them with your doctor.

Frequent Urination

You will also notice that you have to visit the ladies room a bit more frequently. This is because your kidneys have to work harder at eliminating excess fluids from your body as it works on supporting another life. You may also notice that you feel constipated and bloated. This is because your digestive track is a bit slowed due to an increase in hormones. And this is not only temporary. Sorry.

Missed Period

Of course, the most obvious signs of pregnancy are a missed period and a positive pregnancy test. However, you may notice many of these other signs before you miss your period. If you suspect you may be pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor. Early prenatal care will ensure that both you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy and beyond.

Kathleen Roberts is a freelance writer/editor specializing in health and parenting topics. She is the mother of five beautiful children who all live happily on their family farm in Colorado.

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Josie M Aug 21, 2014 11:41:17 AM ET

Hi everyone! i got off the nexplanon on aug 11th and spotted very light from the 16th to the 18th. what can this mean?

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judith on August 18,2014 Aug 18, 2014 01:55:32 PM ET

Hi. so, i had my period on august 6th and had unprotected sex. is it possible that i can get pregnant? can someone help me out?

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diane Aug 17, 2014 03:44:53 PM ET

Hi. i had unprotected sex nearly 3 weeks ago. i came on my period, but it was heavy for the first day and half. now it is really light and it's only been 3 days. my period normally lasts 7 days, and are usually heavy until the last two days. can anyone help?

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tina Aug 12, 2014 09:37:38 AM ET

Hi all. it was my ovulation date last week and i've been having light spotting today. could i be pregnant? i stopped taking my pill 2 weeks ago, but haven't been taking it properly anyway for a month now.

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bianca Aug 11, 2014 03:32:52 PM ET

My period came on july 10 2014, and stayed on for 7 days now. it's aug 11, 2014 and just spotting very light.

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Monica Aug 7, 2014 04:59:08 PM ET

Its been 7 weeks since my last period. i have light headaches, bloating, and nausea, but had two negative home pregnancy tests. can i still be pregnant?

tina Aug 12, 2014 09:39:25 AM ET

Most likely, if you haven't had your period. to be sure i would get a blood test from your doctor to make sure ;)

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Moni216 Aug 6, 2014 02:28:54 PM ET

What does swollen ankles and back pain mean?

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jasmine Aug 3, 2014 03:32:57 PM ET

The last day of my period was july 17th and it lasted for five days. i think no more then 4-7. then, i had unprotected sex where he came inside me on the 26th. 5 days later i had bloating gas, back pain, feeling tired around the day, and for one day had intense left side cramping. could there be a chance i could be pregnant?

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erica Aug 1, 2014 09:14:13 AM ET

Had my period last week, and i had sex. after, i was having light bleeding. what does it mean?

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Mheg Jul 29, 2014 07:40:22 PM ET

Hi. my period for this month started july 8th up to the 11th. we had unprotected sex on the 11th, and also on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and the 17th. the last unprotected sex we had was on july 25. and by 27, i thought my period is on. but it was just spotting. and then cramping comes on. my average cycle is about 29 days.

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