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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

by Kathleen Roberts | January 31, 2010
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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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sonia Dec 9, 2014 03:10:29 AM ET

Hi. i had my last menstrual cycle on 5th nov 2014. then i had intercourse with my husband on the 18th and 19th, and tried for the first time to conceive a baby. after a few days, i started feeling like i am pregnant due to some symptoms like food cravings, nausea, headaches, etc. i've done a pregnancy test through kit on 26th & 2nd, but it came negative. my periods are on a 28 days cycle and normal, but this time it should come on 2nd. but, it delayed and arrived on 6th dec 2014. first spotting, and then after 1 hour light bleeding for 2-3 days with clots, a severe backache and knee pain. this wasn't like my normal period. it was not heavy bleeding. after this bleeding, i still feel nausea and faint. so am i pregnant? if so, when should i check through pregnancy kit? please do reply.

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Guest Dec 5, 2014 08:16:00 PM ET

I'm honestly scared. my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex, but during i started to bleed pretty bad. but, my period isn't due for another two weeks. i'm scared. could this mean i'm pregnant?

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joy Dec 4, 2014 03:02:33 AM ET

I had unprotected sex 7 days past ovulation, and i am having cramps a day before my expected period. can i be pregnant?

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keerthi Dec 3, 2014 12:24:47 PM ET

Hi, myself and my husband had an intercourse for first time to try for pregnancy. i had bleeding for the first time, and it's heavy. after that, no spotting. but it's before 4 days of my normal menstrual cycle. i didn't go get a pregnancy test yet. why am i bleeding? can anyone let me know?

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fairest Dec 3, 2014 12:06:31 PM ET

Hi me and my fiance had unprotected sex last month. i didn't have my period that month or this month. sometimes, i skip a month, but i was due for a period in october and didn't have anything. i was supposed to start this month, but i'm 3 days late. we use the withdrawal method during sex. can i be pregnant, or is this getting my hopes up? i am having cramps, horrible headaches, backaches, and almost every symptom. i took a test too early, which came back negative. that was around november 16. should i take another? i have been having vivid dreams. like taking a test, and it being positive that i'm pregnant. but, i wake up and i'm not. what do i do?

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alyssa Dec 2, 2014 10:47:31 PM ET

I had my period on the 17th of november and it ended on the 22nd. the next day, i had sex. on the 26th and 27th, i had clear cervical mucus with a little blood, and on saturday, i had spotting. could i be pregnant?

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m Dec 2, 2014 07:55:15 PM ET

Hi. i had my period in october, but in the month of november, i didn't. it's now december, but the funny thing is i don't feel sick, tired, or anything. however, i have cramps in my stomach and pain in my back. could it just be a late period? i have kids already and when i was pregnant with my first two babies, i knew that i was pregnant. it doesn't feel like i am now. can anyone tell me if it is late?

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anonymous Dec 1, 2014 04:42:19 AM ET

Hello. i had my period on 11/11/2014, which lasted until 14/11/14. on 15/11/14, i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. later, on 22/11/14, i again had unprotected sex. i took a pregnancy test at home on 30/11/14 and tested negative. now, on 1/12/14, again, i'm having my periods, and it's thickened than usual with pain in my lower abdomen and lower back.

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Guest Nov 30, 2014 12:48:10 PM ET

I am sandra. i had unprotected sex on my last day of ovulating and my due date to menstruate is past. can i become pregnant?

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Guest Nov 30, 2014 10:44:46 AM ET

I never had my period on october. then, i had my period on november 1. it last for 2 days. then, i had spotting for the whole month of november, until now. what could this be? am i pregnant or not?

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