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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

by Kathleen Roberts | January 31, 2010 12:00 AM
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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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zaakira (worried) Jul 23, 2015 06:17:33 AM ET

Hi. i had a miscarriage 19 months ago, and i’ve been feeling weird lately. i have nausea when i bend down, and after every time i drink! i should get my period tomorrow, 24 july 2015. i have no cramps yet, and normally have cramps heavy. i have been gaseous as well. could i be pregnant? please help, as my husband has no kids of his own and he would be super excited!!!

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amaka Apr 11, 2015 03:44:55 PM ET

I saw my period on the 24th of march 2015, and i am not feeling ok. am i pregnant?

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Maricela Apr 5, 2015 12:21:01 AM ET

Hi. i had my period on february 21st and it ended on february 26. until this day, i haven't had my period yet. may i be pregnant?

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Guest.123 Mar 29, 2015 11:51:40 AM ET

Hello. i had my period on march 3rd and i started spotting on march 25th for about 4 days. do you think its implantation bleeding? i never have my period twice, and they are very light. my periods our normally heavy, but this time i could wear panty liners.

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maria A Mar 28, 2015 12:04:04 PM ET

Hello. in 2015, i had my period on jan 24th and feb 24th. i ovulated on the 10th, 14 days before my period is due, and on march 25th, it didn’t come. i’m 4 days late. i tested 2 times on different days. one was the 26th and today, the 28th. it’s too early for testing, but my breast is sore a bit, and my eyes feel a bit tired. that’s about it. so what going on?

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marisela Mar 26, 2015 02:12:27 AM ET

Hi. i need help. i had my period february 17th-21st, and i haven't had it since. would i be pregnant?

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niecy Mar 23, 2015 10:58:45 AM ET

Hi. i had my last cycle on january 31st, and it wasn't very heavy. i had unprotected sex during ovulation, but i don't know if i'm pregnant. i'm still waiting for my cycle. i get cramps, but they're dull all through the day on an off. i can't brush my tongue without gagging. i'm moody, but that's it. help!!

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Guest Mar 22, 2015 03:47:47 PM ET

Hi! my name is alyssa, and i had my period on january 17th. then i had my period on february 16th. now, it's march 22, and my period hasn't come on yet. am i pregnant?

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Tori 77 Mar 22, 2015 02:26:37 PM ET

I have been taking fertilityaid woman for 3 months, and now this month i’m taking fertilityaid woman (the 4th bottle), ova boost, fertility cm, and tea for fertility. march 6th was my last period. my husband and me had sex on the 16th. my fertilization day was on day 21 and ovulation was on the 20th. my husband and me had sex on the16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th, but on the 16th after i was hurting that night. on the 17th, i was cramping bad and hurting bad. i felt something, like i was having implantation. it’s the 22nd now, and i feel something like i have baby in my stomach. i have been pregnant 5 times with one miscarriage. i have 4 kids, but every time it's been different, but this time i can feel everything. i even felt on the 16th his sperm attacking my eggs. it felt like 3 sperm went to my eggs. i feel like i’m carrying a heavy load. can i be pregnant? it’s too early, but this weird. i am 37 years old. my last pregnancy, i was pregnant with twins, and one of them died during pregnancy. i have been having pregnancy dreams about triplets.

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sasha Mar 17, 2015 11:06:22 PM ET

Hi. i missed my period for one month and two weeks. am i pregnant?

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