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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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Tia Oct 20, 2014 04:48:27 PM ET

I had cramping 1 week before my period, and it came on time last month, but it lasted two days. then, i just had the clear pinkish discharge for 2 days and cramped for the rest of the week. this month, my period is 4 days late and i've had headaches almost all the time. i've been feeling sick, but only a bit, plus i'm experiencing stomach cramps stronger than my period pains, but still no blood. could i be pregnant?

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spanky2807 Oct 13, 2014 01:07:22 AM ET

I have been feeling a lot of these symptoms. but, i am not sure when my period is due, and i'm not really sure when to take a pregnancy test. i have never been pregnant before. i don't know what to even do. can anyone help me?

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Guest Oct 8, 2014 01:29:09 AM ET

1 week and 2 days missed period. i'm having slight cramping, breast soreness, and i noticed a yellow creamy (cm), but its not sticky when i put my thumb and index finger. i use pantyliner everyday. is this an early sign of pregnancy? please advise me. thank you!

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cynthia Oct 7, 2014 02:05:24 PM ET

I got my tubes tied 10 months ago during my c-section. i missed my period last month. i spotted brown for a week, and now nothing. i'm not having any pain, but have been been having mild headaches and i've been really tired. i took a pregnancy test and it said negative. what could it be?

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Guest Oct 7, 2014 07:07:35 AM ET

I have been having light bleeding for the last week and a half. it has been a brown like color. can anyone help me figure out what this could be?

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yacky Oct 6, 2014 07:18:36 PM ET

I'm late for my period. it's been six days now. i had a little spotting, which is not normal for me, but have had headaches and a nauseous feeling; in the car especially. i have two children already, but never had these symptoms. am i pregnant or just having an irregular cycle this month? i'm confused. please help.

karla Oct 20, 2014 08:05:33 AM ET

It has been 3 days since i missed my period, and i get really nauseous when i'm in the car too. i haven't spotted and i'm freaking out. i'm 17 years old and i don't want to tell my boyfriend, until i'm 100% sure. i'm scared.

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kizzie Oct 4, 2014 05:25:28 PM ET

I had my tubes tied 8 years ago. my period was two days late, and on the third day it came on heavy. what is going on?

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Selina Oct 2, 2014 06:21:47 AM ET

My nipples are sore and tender, and i just had my period almost 2 weeks ago. what does this mean?

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Yasaida Sep 30, 2014 02:50:35 PM ET

Today i'm supposed to get my period. as we all know its the last day of this month. and still no period. could i be pregnant?

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carissa the worried Sep 29, 2014 06:16:14 PM ET

I'm worried that i'm preggers because i'm 25 days late. i'm so afraid that i can't bear the thought of taking a test. oh my. *sigh*

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