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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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Aira Nov 21, 2017 06:24:51 AM ET

My last menstration was on october 16 2017. i have unprotected sex since november 6,7,9,10 but, still my menstruation has not come . is it possible to get pregnant? i'm just curious. also i feel so weak and have tender and painful breast.

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Guest Nov 21, 2017 05:32:24 AM ET

Last month i was spotting for about three days. this month i'm now 8 days late.

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Mackenzie Nov 19, 2017 11:38:24 PM ET

I had my period for at least 2-1/2 weeks. then one day off from it. then it started again and now i think i am constipated. i don't know if it's just my body is getting used do a period or it's something else.

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Natalie Nov 16, 2017 07:24:31 PM ET

I had a period on oct.21st but i have very tender breasts for about a week now and it's nov.16. which means it started way before my period is supposed to come. mind you, in 16 years of having my period i've never had tender breast , it started with my nipples then my breast. i'm also tired all the time and have pain in my back and like, by my ribs. idk if it's my period or i'm pregnant. i'm currently on clomid which helps you to become pregnant. i'm just a little lost.

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Rae Nov 16, 2017 02:28:14 PM ET

I saw my period on the 8th of nov then i had unprotected sex a week later. i saw another period but, this lasted for 2 days.

Stephanie Nov 17, 2017 07:00:20 PM ET

I have a question . i had my period the 24th of october and it ended on the 30th. then had sex for those five days and i've been waiting for 12 days . could i be pregnant?

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Guest Nov 12, 2017 09:24:49 PM ET

My last menstrual period was on oct.10 and lasted until oct.15, 2017 and had intercourse on oct.31-nov.1,. it's already nov.13 today but, i'm still not having my period. what could be the answer to this? please help.

Min Nov 17, 2017 07:59:28 PM ET

I'm in the same boat and i'm now ten days late. last period was 10/10/2017, had unprotected sex on the 25/10/2017, and no sign of af coming. have had tiredness, tingling breasts, urinating more than usual and period like pain for over 2 weeks now. so not sure if it's too early to tell or not and i'm irregular and average between 22-30 days between periods. never had a 40 day cycle ever .s so confusing and annoying as they both have very similar symptoms, pregnancy and your period.

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Teneka Nov 3, 2017 10:13:27 PM ET

I just had a period on 10/29/17. it lasted 3 days and yesterday i started spotting. just trying to figure out what is going on.

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Guest Oct 31, 2017 04:28:56 AM ET

We are trying to get pregnant for almost 5 years now. i had my period last oct. 7, 2017 until oct. 11, 2017. my cycle is 30 days. but, on my day 21 i noticed light blood on my undies. what could be the reason? i feel heaviness in my lower abdomin and a minimal pain too? thanks.

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Guest Oct 29, 2017 10:44:32 PM ET

We are trying to be pregnant for almost 5yrs now. i had my period last oct. 7,2017 until oct. 11, 2017. my cycle is 30days. but, on my day 21 i noticed a light blood on my undies. what could be the reason? i feel heaviness in my lower abdomin and a minimal pain too. thanks.

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Guest Oct 26, 2017 02:20:41 AM ET

I had sex with my husband on first of october and i was excepting i'm pregnant because the date has passed which was on 18 and now the period now appear on 26. i'm confused.

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