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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

by Kathleen Roberts | January 31, 2010
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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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Irija Feb 24, 2015 08:06:52 AM ET

I had sex on my ovulation days, but now i am always spitting saliva, and feeling nauseous. please help.

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Guest Feb 18, 2015 04:47:20 AM ET

My last period was on the 21st of january, and my cycle is 25 days. i am 3 days late, and do feel very pregnant, bloated, constipated, fatigued, and moody. i haven't gone for a test because in the past months i took 3 tests, and they were all negative. i don't want to stress myself more.

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deedee Feb 16, 2015 06:46:43 PM ET

I had sex on jan 17, 2015, the day before my period. i had spotting on the 13 of february. my period wasn't normal. i only spotted, mostly, and it didn't last long. could that have been implantation?

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Kayla Feb 16, 2015 09:19:54 AM ET

My last period was on jan 21st - jan 24th. i had unprotected sex on the 25th. february 1st, 3rd, 6th and 7th were my fertile days, and the 4th was ovulation, and had unprotected sex twice on this day. can i be pregnant, or is my period coming? i had a little spotting on the 4th, and today there is some more. my period is suppose to come on feb 18th, and end on feb 22nd.

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Sky Feb 14, 2015 02:35:12 AM ET

Hi guys, i need help! can someone answer my question? i had unprotected sex while i was on my period, and 21 days after i've noticed some spotting. plus, i'm so tired all the time, and i get cramps. :( is this a 70% chance i'm pregnant?

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shelley Feb 13, 2015 07:59:29 PM ET

I had my last period on the 27th of december 2014, and haven't had a period since, and all the tests are negative. can anyone help?

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Rockstar Feb 13, 2015 07:40:51 PM ET

I had my last period on jan 12th. i had sex on jan 21st and haven't started my period yet? is there a chance that i could be pregnant?

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Princess Feb 12, 2015 04:55:52 AM ET

Hi. i'm just wondering if anyone can help me? i had my last period at the beginning of january 2014, and i haven't had one yet this month. i'm constantly going to the loo, and i'm more tired than normal. i have taken a pregnancy test, but i'm wondering whether it's to early. i don't know what to do.

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Terri Feb 11, 2015 04:49:33 PM ET

My last period was on the 7th of jan. i ovulated on the 17th and 22nd, and i had sex on 18th. i was due for my period on the 31st to the 4th of feb, and it didn't show. i had a 1 day bleed on the 6th, but not normal heavy flow or clotting like i normally do. i then had 1 positive pregnancy test on the 9th, followed by two negative tests later that night. i'm so confused right now.

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yenna Feb 11, 2015 02:50:51 PM ET

I just had my period on jan 24, two days late. i was supposed to start on the 20th, and today i started spotting light pink blood, but i only see it when i wipe. sometimes, it's heavy and then lightens up again. but, i am not due for my period for another eight to ten days.

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