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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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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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ann Sep 13, 2014 11:13:06 AM ET

Me and my husband have been trying to have a baby for almost 6 months, but it always fails. lately, i had the signs of sore breasts, vomiting, and getting sick. also my tummy is getting bigger, but, i had my period. what does this mean?

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Guest Sep 13, 2014 11:06:34 AM ET

Hi. i've had my period for last 5 days, but i have a headache, i'm vomiting and my tummy is getting bigger. am i pregnant?

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Annagrace Sep 12, 2014 12:38:05 PM ET

I am currently 12 days late for my period. my boyfriend and i had sex during my ovulation period of last month. the other day we had sex again only there was very light bleeding/spotting. i thought it was my period starting so i put a tampon in. after several hours i took it out to find that there was not a single trace of blood. that only happened once. i've still not started my cycle so i took a pregnancy test this morning with my first urine and it said negative. lately i've been really moody and going through mood swings. my boyfriends swears up and down that i'm on my period due to all the moodiness even though i'm not bleeding. i'm 19 and i've never been pregnant nor have i ever experienced anything like this. i need some experienced advice.

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Haylie Sep 9, 2014 09:00:21 PM ET

I have been trying to get pregnant and it hasn't happened that i know of. but, for the first time, i missed my period in the month of august. normally i start it every month on the 28th but i haven't had it in august. i've been overly tired, and i can't even rub on my breasts or adjust them without them hurting very bad and i have been very low on energy and moodiness. i have also been eating more than usual. could i be pregnant? when should i take a test?

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Diana Sep 8, 2014 01:29:09 PM ET

Hi name is diana. my last period was june 14 and today is september 8. so far nothing. i have been waiting for those days and months, but so far nothing yet. my belly is getting big. i have a doctor's appointment. can anyone help me on this?

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Esther Sep 8, 2014 02:50:19 AM ET

I had my period on july 30. it lasted for 3 days, and it came on the 23rd of august. when will i ovulate?

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Guest Sep 2, 2014 10:52:33 AM ET

Could i be pregnant? i had my period on the 1 august 2014 for 7 days. i was suppose to get my next period on the 28 august but only got it on the 2 sept. could it be that i'm pregnant?

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yoyo Sep 1, 2014 12:38:42 PM ET

Hi. i get my period in about 4-6 days from now, but we had unprotected sex 3 times. that was about 5-6 days ago, which would roughly be between 8-12 days before my period is due. i'm getting slight cramping in the side of my stomach near my hips. could i be pregnant?

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