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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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renee gressett Jul 17, 2017 11:33:16 PM ET

Hi my name is renee .. i started my monthly on june 15 and didnt have another monthly until july 15. i started by spotting light and the day after bled badly at one time. today is day 3 and i'm about off. can i be pregnant?

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melissa Jul 15, 2017 11:58:44 PM ET

I had some spotting last month, june 7th untill the 10th. it wasnt like my period. done tests, they have come back negative. now 13 july. had more spotting, stopped 15th. i have been having pains in my belly and back . also, my partner is saying i i'm moody. could i be pregnant? answer please.

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Guest Jul 11, 2017 01:39:40 PM ET

Maybe everyone should go get some blood work, i'm on the same boat .my last period was may 8-11 and didn't have a june period. and took about 3 tests, came back negative. so i went to the doctors and took a test, came back negative. so the doctor told me to wait till august to get blood work to see if i'm pregnant. i'm just waiting.

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D Jul 10, 2017 10:10:48 PM ET

Haven't had intercourse in 2 months.always used a condom. missed 2 periods. having stomach cramps and spotting and my left boob hurts. could i be pregnant? periods are not regular.

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Brianca Jul 9, 2017 06:51:34 PM ET

The last day of my cycle was june 29. here it is july 9th. my stomach feels like pressure. almost feels like cramps. and wen i go to the restroom and i wipe i'm seeing light red blood and it feels weird wen i use the restroom.

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Ashley Jul 8, 2017 11:15:33 AM ET

Hi, my last period was on may 31st. it's now july8th and still no period. been having mild cramps, haven't tested yet, just wondering what should i do?

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Chloe Jul 6, 2017 02:02:04 PM ET

Hi everyone i need help here. i last had my period on the 31st of may 2017 and it's now the 6th of july 2017 and i still haven't gotten it. i took pregnancy test and they're saying negative. is there still a chance i'm pregnant?

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Brittney Jul 4, 2017 02:08:25 AM ET

I need help, i last had the period may 23 and it ended on the 28th and it's july 4th and i still haven't had my period since. but i took a test but it keeps saying negative ,but i also am feeling tired and my mood swings aree changing & i sometimes feel cramps in the lower of my stomach, also my back bis hurting &and i am having light headaches..i just want to know is there a possibility of me being pregnant? please answer thanks.

Chloe Jul 6, 2017 02:00:10 PM ET

Hi my name is chloe. there is a chance of you being pregnant. i'm in the same boat right now, my last period was the 31st of may 2017 and it's now the 6th of july 2017. i still haven't gotten my period and down pregnant tests and they're saying i'm not pregnant.

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Monique Jul 1, 2017 09:08:58 PM ET

My cycle normally comes the 24th of every month. my cycle did not show up in june. i spotted blood on june 11th and june 12th, can someone please help me out because i'm very concerned because my cycle is usually on time.

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samantha Jun 28, 2017 05:59:00 PM ET

I haven't had my period in 35 days and my periods are crazy. but me and my husband are trying but every test i have taken comes back negative.

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