Expected or unexpected; a pregnancy will change your life forever. It can be hard to determine if you’re pregnant, because many of the symptoms of pregnancy are also signs your going to start your period soon.
Symptoms can manifest themselves over several stages of a pregnancy, and are typically different for every woman. Some women have reported symptoms as early as a few days after conception, while others might go months before they feel any of the symptoms.
Below is a list of the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy. If you think there’s a chance you could be expecting, and you are experiencing most of the symptoms below, you should seek medical attention. It’s important for a Doctor to monitor your pregnancy to ensure your baby is safe and healthy.
Am I Pregnant?
If you’re experiencing some, or all, of the symptoms below, there’s a good chance you might be pregnant.
“I missed my period, am I pregnant?”
This is one of the most common signs of pregnancy, but it doesn’t always mean you’re going to have a baby in nine months. There’re several other reasons a period might be delayed. If you usually have your period the same day every month, and have never missed it before, you may be pregnant.
Note: some women have reported having their periods the entire time they were pregnant, so this is not the only sign you should look for.
“My period was really light and only lasted a couple of days, could I be pregnant?”
It could be that you just had a light flow this month, or it could be spotting from the egg implanting in your uterus. Implantation bleeding occurs between six to twelve days after conception, and can last anywhere from a couple of hours, to a couple of days. Many women mistake this for a period the first month, and are shocked when they realize how far along they are.
“My breasts feel sore and tender; Am I pregnant?”
Your body undergoes many changes while pregnant, and swollen tender breasts are one of those changes. When the levels of progesterone and HGC rise, it increases the blood volume in your body. This is what makes your breasts feel heavier, and more tender, during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Later in your pregnancy, you will start producing milk, and this will cause them to become even more tender (Yes, it gets worse).
“My sense of smell is much stronger; Am I pregnant?”
This can actually be one of the earlier signs of pregnancy. Most scientists agree this is due to the increased levels of estrogen in your body, but they aren’t exactly sure how the estrogen effects your smelly senses.
The bad news is this has been linked to morning sickness, but the good news is that some people think morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy.
“I feel nauseous several times a day; Am I pregnant?”
Unless you have the flu! Nausea is one of the more prominent pregnancy symptoms. No one knows exactly what causes a person to feel nausea when pregnant, but hormones are a likely culprit. Luckily, there are numerous ways a woman can battle morning sickness.
“I feel really tired all the time; could I be pregnant?”
Fatigue is very common during pregnancy. In fact, many women will say it’s the first symptom they felt. Some women may not feel tired at all. Fatigue tends to be most prominent in the very early stages, and last stages of pregnancy.
“I’m getting cramps more often; am I pregnant?”
It’s not uncommon for a woman to get cramps in early stages of pregnancy. Your body is changing from the inside out, there are bound to be side effects of that. Unfortunately, many women mistake them for period cramps.
“I’m getting headaches more frequently; is this a sign of pregnancy?”
Yes, headaches are a symptom of pregnancy. Remember why your breasts are tender? Hormones and blood volume are to blame for your headaches too. Stress, poor posture, and other factors can contribute to the amount of headaches you get as well.
“Is constipation a sign of being pregnant?”
There are a few reasons you may experience constipation during pregnancy, and don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than half of women, who have been pregnant, have reported constipation at some point during their pregnancy. Those pesky hormones are at it again! Especially progesterone, which relaxes the muscles throughout your body, and intestines, and causes food to become disgusted more slowly. It could also be the result of the vitamins you are taking.
“I’m suddenly craving things I never liked before; am I pregnant?”
Food cravings, or aversions, are a typical sign of pregnancy. There are a lot of theories around why women crave certain foods during their pregnancy. Many believe it could be their body telling them they need something specific, while others think, their unborn child wants it. The more likely reason is the changing hormones in your body.
Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
- Missed period
- Tender breasts
- Heightened sense of smell