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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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Alley Jul 23, 2014 04:24:12 AM ET

I am 37 days late from my period. it was only a day and a half, june 14-15. it is now july 23. in june, i spotted lightly and thought it was my period. but, honestly my periods have been irregular for 4 months now. i have only a few symptoms, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and breast tenderness. so i'm not sure could i be pregnant????

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dee Jul 22, 2014 12:22:07 AM ET

I had sex on my period, which was july 1st (it was light). yesterday, which was the 21st, i started throwing up after feelings nauseous for about an hour. could i be pregnant?

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Christina Jul 16, 2014 11:37:06 PM ET

Hi! my fertility days were july 9-14, 2014. my ovulation day was july 12,2014. i had unprotected sex on those day. my period isn't suppose to start until july 26th, 2014. however, today july 16, 2014 i have started spotting and cramping. is it my period, and does it mean i am not pregnant? is it too early to take a pregnancy test? help? please and thank you.

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Guest Jul 12, 2014 03:10:12 PM ET

Hello, i saw my period on may 21 and june 18. the one i'm seeing now, july 12, and i've been trying to get pregnant. also, i noticed my period this time is early and my cycle is normally between 28 and 29 days. i don't understand because i'm having headaches, back pain and cramps. does it mean i am pregnant or what? thank you.

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Guest Jun 26, 2014 01:07:54 PM ET

I had my period on mat 13th to the 22nd 2014. i had sex with my bf june 1, 2014, but were drunk and he said nothing was put inside. my period has not coming yet. am i pregnant?

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angie Jun 1, 2014 05:44:13 AM ET

I am sexually active and do not use contraception. i had a period for only two days. one week later i bled for one day. i have a severe headache, have a a bloated feeling, really bad constipation, backache, and stomach cramps. what is going on?

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korine May 23, 2014 01:00:31 PM ET

I missed my period last april but got it back may 6 and it only lasted for 2 days which is not normal for me. the 1st week i was experiencing backaches, a metallic taste, and feeling sick. but, now it's gone. all i'm feeling now is abdominal cramps, backaches and headaches. by the way my period comes every month every 27 days. this is the 1st time i missed my period. am i pregnant or what?

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cindy May 22, 2014 09:15:59 PM ET

I need help. me and my husband had sexual intercourse on may 18, 7 days before my period. he finish inside me and for the past few days i been feeling weird then my period came down 4 days after that and my period was supposed to come down.

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Guest Apr 30, 2014 07:14:51 AM ET

In march i missed my period, and during the first week in april i spotted. the next week my period came down. after a week of my period it stopped again. so, it's been a week i've been off again. after another week, i felt little cramps like i'm coming on again and i did. i'm not sure if i'm pregnant or not. i do have a doctor appointment next week to see what's going on. what do you think is going on? i'm so confused on what's going on with my body.

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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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