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8 Signs You May Be Pregnant

by Kathleen Roberts | January 31, 2010 12:00 AM636 Comments
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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Kayla Nov 13, 2018 02:45:57 PM ET

I had my period october 10, had sex october 29th. still haven't gotten a period, also i have the idu birth control.

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megan Sep 10, 2018 11:55:39 AM ET

I had a period on july 8th. it was a 5 day cycle. haven't had another period. what could this mean? i'm worried.

Shelika66 Nov 6, 2018 12:00:27 PM ET

Same for me , expecting july 22 . has anything changed for you ?

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kelley hudzik Aug 31, 2018 01:39:35 AM ET

Back in june, i had 2 periods in one month, had unprotected sex that month and took 2 pregnancy blood tests that came back negative. i've missed 2 periods. could i be pregnant?

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Felicia Aug 25, 2018 07:13:53 AM ET

I had my period, it lasted 3 days. had no cramping and no bloating at all. i spotted a few days after that and it stopped. now, i have headaches off and on. could i be pregnant? i passed blood clots during the 1st 2 days and 3rd day it eased up and went to spotting off and on.

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Ayla Jul 21, 2018 01:20:23 AM ET

I was supposed to start my period july 7th, it's now july 20th. i've had migraine headaches, nauseousness, throwing up, dizziness, frequent urination, pain in my stomach, cravings, sore breasts. but, i took a test about 3 days ago and got a negative. 10 days left in the month. do you guys think i'm pregnant? if so, i hope, any suggestions.

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Taylor Jul 14, 2018 05:08:58 AM ET

I have not had my period since june 8 and i only had my period for 1 day, and it's july 14 and i have a lot of headaches. please help?

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Jennifer Jun 20, 2018 04:48:44 PM ET

My period is normally 28 to 31 day cycle. in the month of may, i started a few days earlier then my expected. my period only lasted 3 days, not enough to fill a pad. i have had headaches. i've been hot a lot and now i am 3 days late for june.

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Lucille Jun 16, 2018 06:05:56 PM ET

Had my last period in may 8 and it's now june 17. i still haven't seen my period for this month. what could be the problem???

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Ashley Jun 14, 2018 02:25:40 AM ET

Today i'm supposed to get my period and i haven't yet. this isn't normal for me.. i normally start before my period date and yesterday i got really nauseous and just felt horrible.

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T Jun 12, 2018 10:50:07 AM ET

I have been cramping since june 1. having headache and nausea. i'm not suppose to get my cycle until tomorrow. could i be pregnant? i haven't been having a appetite either.

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