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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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Cee Cee Jan 26, 2015 03:24:01 PM ET

Hello. i was wondering if i'm preggo? i ovulated on the 31st of dec. i had sex on the 1st of jan, and came off my period on the 17th, and had sex on the 18th.

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Guest1234 Jan 23, 2015 09:02:51 PM ET

Hi. i'm very regular (26-27) days. i'm on cycle day 30. i had intercourse on cycle day 10, 11 13, 14, and 15, but no period yet. but, i feel cramping all day, headache, gassy, my breasts are a little tender, my basal body temp is a little high (98.3, 98.2, 98.4). i have a watery discharge. it's very liquid and a little bit white and odorless. yesterday, i took a first response pregnancy test, and it was totally negative. (------) :( i was almost sure that i was pregnant. meanwhile, i'm still have these symptoms. should i re-test again? i feel sad. :(

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Guest Jan 17, 2015 06:44:35 AM ET

How many weeks would i be if i spotted on nov 29 2014?

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Guest Jan 15, 2015 08:01:28 AM ET

I had my last period on 27th dec 2014. i had unprotected sex on the 11th and 12th jan 2015. can i be pregnant?? currently i am having a period pain with cramps, which i generally do have before i get my periods. is it possible that i can still get pregnant? please do reply.

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Beyance Ahmad Jan 14, 2015 03:15:21 PM ET

I had sex two months ago. i had a period one month ago but this period seems late? am i pregnant?

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hope2Bamommy2B Jan 12, 2015 07:55:02 PM ET

My last period started on nov 29th, and ended on dec 3rd. i had unprotected sex on dec 13th and 21st. i was spotting (brown discharge) on dec 25th, which ended dec 28th. i haven't had my period since november. i am 25 years old, irregular, weigh 120 lbs and i'm 5'4". i have a lot of stress. i haven't noticed any change in my breasts. should i take a test? if so, what time of the day will be better to take it?

Guest Jan 22, 2015 08:24:15 AM ET

Right when you wake up.

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Alene Jan 12, 2015 01:43:27 PM ET

If i had unprotected sex on dec 29th, and i had a period on jan 11th, could i still be pregnant?

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lakeisha Jan 6, 2015 07:30:33 PM ET

My name is keisha. i had sex on december 14 2014, and i spotted on december 29th. what does that mean? could i be pregnant?

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Guest Jan 4, 2015 11:52:26 PM ET

If you had your period on december 23, 2014, and it ended on december 28, 2014, can you still be pregnant?

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Guest Jan 1, 2015 05:35:52 PM ET

I went off birth control in september. i had a period on oct 10th for 7 days and also had a period on nov 12th for 7 days. i still haven't gotten a period since nov 12th. i took a couple pregnancy tests and they came up negative. what do you think?

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