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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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Guest Apr 12, 2014 07:20:09 AM ET

Hi. my fiancee and i had intercourse on feb. 16 without any protection. i am now 28 days late, and i am experiencing many symptoms of pregnancy. should i take the test? i don't want to be disappointed again.

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Guest Mar 18, 2014 10:51:48 PM ET

My period came on the 7th of feb and went off on the 10th of feb. then, it came back on the 28th of feb and went off on the 3rd of march. could i be pregnant? i did not see my period on the 7th of march. do i wait until the 28th for it to come?

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Guest Mar 16, 2014 11:26:35 PM ET

I had sex on the 26th of feb and went and got the morning after pill the next day. i got my next period on time on the 6th of march, but it only lasted 2 days. i know this can happen, but i have taken the morning after pill before and had a normal period. i took a pregnancy test it was negative, but now i have bad cramping and a bit of lower back pain. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Mar 12, 2014 04:52:48 AM ET

I had sex on the 26th of feb and went and got the morning after pill the next day. i got my next period on time on the 6th of march, but it only lasted 2 days. i know this could happen but, i have taken the morning after pill before and had a normal period. i took a pregnancy test it was negative, but now i have bad cramping and a bit of lower back pain. could i be pregnant?

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Guest Mar 3, 2014 06:16:32 PM ET

Hi. me and my boyfriend been trying to have a baby. last week he came in me on my last day of my period that lasted 5 days. last month it lasted 4 days. now, this week my face broke out i'm having cramps on my left and right side of my stomach. i've been urinating a lot and catching mood swings, hot flashes, lower back pain and smelling funny smells. can i be pregnant? my boyfriend says i am. lol

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Guest Feb 27, 2014 09:24:15 PM ET

I had period last month on january 26th. this month my period never came. before the 26th and 27th we had a sex. please help. am i pregnant?

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Guest Feb 21, 2014 08:15:47 AM ET

I am a bit concerned after feeling something like a heartbeat in my abdomen. is that normal? i also got my period jan 8th and it only lasted 3 days. this month, i got my period on the 5th and it lasted 7-8 days followed by a one day, one hour, spotting exactly a week after my period ended. is this normal?

Giamarie Mar 18, 2014 03:47:49 PM ET

I would get a pregnancy test but there is absolutely no way for you to feel the baby's heartbeat. sorry.

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Guest Feb 20, 2014 04:14:18 AM ET

I had my last period january 17th. i've had 3 negative tests. there are no signs of my period and no symptoms of being pregnant. although, i am a bit constipated and feel a bit nauseous in the evenings?

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Guest Feb 19, 2014 04:52:41 AM ET

I had my period on the 23rd of january 2014 it lasted for 5 days. my partner and i are trying for a baby. i've been taking folic acid and last month i purchased seven seas mum to be to increase the rate i usually judge my period around 5 days before my last date. it always comes around 5 days before i use the super drug. used ovulation kit and had sex everyday over the most fertile 4 days. would i be pregnant? i'm afraid of disappointment again.

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Guest Feb 17, 2014 10:57:45 PM ET

I am 38 days late. i started my period on jan 8. i thought i started my period yesterday, feb. 17th, because when i went to the ladies room, blood was coming out. not a lot but some. i wiped it away and got a tampon and later that night it was still white. well, i used one earlier in the day and one during the afternoon but anyways, i didn't get my period. as today comes, i still didn't get it. my stomach hurts like i'm going to start it, my back and my chest is a little sore, and all my pregnancy test are saying negative. do yall think i'm pregnant?

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