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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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Sunnday May 22, 2017 11:34:12 AM ET

I came on march 25 and off april 2nd. today is may 22nd. i'm not sure if i'm pregnant, my tubes have been tied since 9/21/12...i'm really hoping i'm not pregnant but ..what are your thoughts on this? anyone.

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Teck May 21, 2017 10:19:06 PM ET

Hi i'm on my 22nd day now of my cycle. my cycle is usually 25 days and we had unprotected sex on the 10th 11th and 13th. the past few days i fell asleep feeling always tired and sleepy every afternoon. got headaches, sore nipples and cramps. i'm wondering if maybe this could just be a hormonal drop as i just came off frm using a pill last april. took 3 pts and came back negative. i'm confused.

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Maposhio May 20, 2017 07:39:00 AM ET

I last saw my period on the 10th of april and i was supposed to see my period this month on may 08th but nothing more showed up and today is the 20th. so i took a pregnancy test on the 10th of this month and it was like control line bold and test line was faint. so i'm wondering if i could be pregnant or what. please help, i'm confused.

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Jessica May 16, 2017 09:50:33 AM ET

Hi my name is jessica and i have the iud birth control and i always got on my period the end of february early march but i haven't gotten on it yet but this month i spotted very light for two days. and i was wondering can i be pregnant?

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nicky May 11, 2017 08:29:01 AM ET

I had my period the 30th of march, i always do unprotected with my husband. i haven't seen my period from that time and now it's may. is it possible that i am pregnant?

Tania May 15, 2017 02:57:39 AM ET

Yes you most likely are.

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Cici May 10, 2017 05:12:30 PM ET

I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on 8 of april and on april 27. i got my normal period. am i not pregnant?

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Sofie May 3, 2017 05:15:49 PM ET

I had my period about the last week of february, had sexual intercourse the first week of march and i had my period the last week of march also. but nothing for the month of april. is it possible that i am pregnant? any advice please... thank you!

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Sha May 2, 2017 10:17:17 PM ET

Hi i always have regular periods but 15 feb i had period then nothing in march then after unprotected sex i got my period 1st of april then now i got my period 3rd of may. i am bloated ,have tender breasts and food cravings. could i be preg?????

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Jenny Apr 25, 2017 04:25:44 PM ET

My last normal period was february 23 and since then i only got it once on march 23, and it was very light pink. for this month of april, i still haven't gotten it. my periods are always on time. i took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. should i wait longer or should i know already?

natashadaniels May 1, 2017 12:17:31 AM ET

Hi jenny.i was just wondering if you found out you were expecting a bundle of joy in the near future.i am in the same boat as you only our days are off by a few.good luck and i hope nothing but great news for you.

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Thoko Apr 25, 2017 04:32:35 AM ET

Hi. i last had my period on march 21, and i expected my next cycle on 15 april. i haven't see my period until now, and i always have unprotected sex. does it mean am pregnant?

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