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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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Nikki Sep 6, 2017 08:11:59 AM ET

The last time i got a period was in july. haven't gotten one in august. i have been feeling sick can't eat dinner and feeling bloated. could i be pregnant?

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Mel Sep 1, 2017 02:29:24 PM ET

My last period was 07/17-07/22. i recently have been late the past 3-4 months. but the days between ranged from 30-39 days. this is day 45 for me. i've had 2 negative tests. i don't want to go spend 0 for a blood test for it to come up negative like i did last time:( i feel ready, i lost my daughter in november due to the hospital staff's mistakes. i hate being late all the time noe because it hurts to think that i won't ever get a chance to be a mom:/

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Shae shapree Aug 27, 2017 08:18:06 AM ET

I normally have my period on the 25th, sometimes even 26th. missed both days, it's the 27th. this morning still nothing. my boobs are huge like never before, having belly and back pains. and i'm so moody, crying at work and etc. ladies what do you think?

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Guest Aug 9, 2017 10:32:46 AM ET

My last period started june 29th. i have yet to have one.. i was supposed to have one in july and never got it. my period started out with light brown spotting for a day then got a lighter pink. it wasn't like a normal period. i've taken 5 tests and they're all negative. i'm waiting untill tomorrow to take another. any clues to what's going on. i don't even feel like imma get a period. no swollen breasts, do have lower back pain that's usually normal but it's worse then ever now. i don't know what to do? maybe a blood test?

Guest Aug 11, 2017 04:32:41 PM ET

I'm in the same boat.

Stephanie Zaragoza Aug 15, 2017 11:10:20 PM ET

I'm on the same boat. i have taken tests and nothing. my period was june 26-30. still no period.

L Aug 23, 2017 11:06:20 AM ET

I'm in the same boat as well. my last period was july 7th. my breasts are not sore and i feel very bloated and tired all the time but, pregnancy test is negative. not sure what's going on with my body.

Mel Aug 30, 2017 04:14:27 PM ET

I feel you. my last was 07/17-07/22. i've never been over 40 days in between. i can't remember when i found out during my first pregnancy either. it makes me so upset thinking it might just be a big ol' joke in my face.

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Bree Aug 6, 2017 10:55:28 PM ET

Okay soooo.... having a lot of symptoms. last normal period june 1st, then again on the 25th but very short period. no period since. my breasts are swollen, tender, sore. i feel bloated constantly, nausea in the morning and throughout the day especially if i don't eat. trouble sleeping but always tired. most signs point to pregnancy but i'm not 100%. i am taking a test in the morning since it would have been 7 days after my second missed period.

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Keshia Aug 5, 2017 12:13:46 AM ET

Hi ladies, my last period was june 20th...i was supposed to start july 24th, still no period but on july 27th i had some brown spotting that i assumed was my period starting because usually it starts off that, just pinkish and gradually gets heavier.. the spotting stopped, still no period... but my breasts are tingly, and i'm having terrible headaches and lower back aches. i've also gotten light headed a few times, and hot flashes, and almost passed out while in the shower the other day... i've been testing like crazy and all negative. so i guess we will just play this waiting game.

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Lina Jul 31, 2017 10:46:17 PM ET

I had my period last month on june 23, and i didn't get a period until july 31 and i'm in so much pain and have light bleeding. my breasts hurt so badly and i'm not sure if this is a period or is there something else wrong.

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Guest Jul 30, 2017 01:05:52 AM ET

I saw my flow 29th of june,and i'm yet to see it this month of july. please help...

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renee gressett Jul 17, 2017 11:33:16 PM ET

Hi my name is renee .. i started my monthly on june 15 and didnt have another monthly until july 15. i started by spotting light and the day after bled badly at one time. today is day 3 and i'm about off. can i be pregnant?

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melissa Jul 15, 2017 11:58:44 PM ET

I had some spotting last month, june 7th untill the 10th. it wasnt like my period. done tests, they have come back negative. now 13 july. had more spotting, stopped 15th. i have been having pains in my belly and back . also, my partner is saying i i'm moody. could i be pregnant? answer please.

Shakira Jul 26, 2017 11:17:21 PM ET

Maybe you are pregnant . me to.

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