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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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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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Butterfly Sep 28, 2014 06:14:34 PM ET

Hi. i am 2 days passed my period date. i have had headaches the last past week. i really just noticed them last week, and i also noticed that i am going to the bathroom a lot more. i have had a few dizzy spells while at work, and have also felt like i wanted to vomit sometimes, gagging almost. i really didn't think much of these signs until i realized i'm two days late, my back hurts, and my nipples are a little tender. i also had my period twice in august, once at the beginning being august 1, and then again towards the end being august 29. i have two children already, but never really noticed any of these symptoms with them in the beginning, except for maybe the frequent urination. my kids are teen and preteen now, so it has been a while. i'm just wondering, could i possibly be pregnant?

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Gemma Sep 28, 2014 01:36:01 PM ET

Hi all. i had my last period about 2-3 weeks ago, and it only lasted 2 days. i've had blood pregnancy tests, and they have all come back negative. i've been having cramps which feel similar to period pains, hot and cold flashes, heart burn, sickness, and headaches. could it be to early to tell? i'm so confused :( i've never been pregnant before.

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Robyn Sep 24, 2014 08:36:27 AM ET

I am 8 days late on my period. i'm having slight cramping, but no other signs of pregnancy. could i be pregnant?

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Tayyyylor Sep 22, 2014 09:37:44 AM ET

Hello ladies! so my fiance and i have not been preventing getting pregnant for awhile now, but every month for the past 4 years we've been together, i've been super regular! my period will either start on the exact date, the day before or the day after. i always know it's coming, because i will start cramping, my nipples will get super sore etc. well i am now 20 days late! i've taken 2 tests back to back (one in the afternoon and one the next morning) and they were both negative. i have no signs or symptoms of my period coming that i usually have either. but, this morning when i got up and used the restroom i noticed some super light brown spotting when i wiped, but nothing else. could i be pregnant? or is this just a really late and rare period!? i'm lost. i did contact my doctor and she said if i miss another period and i test again and it's still negative then i need to come in and see her.

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Guest Sep 21, 2014 07:53:58 AM ET

Hi, i need help. i was due for my period on friday 19th sept, and i started bleeding 3 days after i was due. the bleeding was slightly heavy and bright red. i have slight cramping on and off, lightheaded, and i also have been feeling sick. my boobs are a little sore, and i get tired a lot. i need to pee more often and my sense of smell has gotten stronger. i don't know if it's my period, or if i am pregnant, but i keep getting negative test.

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Alline Sep 21, 2014 01:57:18 AM ET

I had my period in august and september, and i'm not supposed to start until october fourth. i'm bleeding a little. i have been going to the bathroom a lot, and i been cramping. i been tired. are these early signs of pregnancy?

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tash Sep 15, 2014 10:48:35 AM ET

Hi. i have had 3 days of spotting, 4 days after my ovulation finished and 11 days before my period was due. i was due on the 13th and still haven't started my period. i have done 2 hpt. one was inconclusive, and one was negative (same brand). what are the chances of me being pregnant?

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tessy Sep 14, 2014 12:06:20 PM ET

I had implantation bleeding a week before my period. it was spotting brown, and today is my expected period. i'm still having light bleeding. what might be the cause?

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Heather Sep 13, 2014 06:27:42 PM ET

I had a miscarriage on june 14th and bled for 5 weeks, maybe a little more. i think i had my first period on august 2nd, and that it lasted until august 8th. i had sex on the 16th and the 24th of august, but had another period on the 28th. i started cramping on the 26th. i felt like it would be really heavy. it started out light and fairly orange, then it got heavier on the 30th with bad cramps. now i am cramping again, tender breasts, always turned on, and nauseous for a few days since the 10th of september. it is the 13th now and my cramping is mild, nausea is gone today, but have tender breasts still. my period ended only 8 days ago? what is going on?

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