If you’re currently with a partner and you are sexually active, of course there is always that chance (no matter how slim) that you could get pregnant – even if you do use contraceptives. If you have a feeling that you may be pregnant, here are some ways to tell, even before you miss your menstrual period:
- Determine whether you had sex during your ovulation period. Do know that women get pregnant if they have sexual intercourse during their ovulation period – the days when they are most fertile. Typically, this ovulation period is from the 10th to 19th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle (the menstrual cycle is the time from a woman’s first period for one month until her first period for the next month). On average, a woman’s most fertile day is during the 14th day of her menstrual cycle. If you yourself had sexual intercourse during any of these days, there is a greater chance that you may get pregnant.
- Take a pregnancy test. This is of course the one best thing you could do to find the answers for yourself. However, do know that the accuracy of most home pregnancy tests could be reduced if you take it before your expected period. For example, if you take the test 4 days before your period you can expect only about a little more than 50% accuracy from this test; this accuracy rating goes up to 90% two days before your expected period, and then finally to 99% on the day of your expected period. That’s why it’s still best to wait as close to your expected period as possible before you take the pregnancy test. Another smart move is to purchase at least three different brands of pregnancy tests, to ensure the highest level of accuracy.
- Know of some typical signs of pregnancy. Because women’s bodies are so diverse and many symptoms may not be the same throughout all women, it’s best that you closely observe your own body and notice whether anything feels out of the ordinary. However, here are some common signs of pregnancy that you might watch out for: nausea, food cravings, changes in your breast (with regards to size, color of the nipples, and fullness), bloating, and frequent urination.
- Calculate your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). This can be done using a basal body thermometer, available at drug stores. However, it’s best that you have a record of your BBT during the times when you were sure you were not pregnant, because you will have to compare your current BBT with your BBT in the past. If your BBT is consistently higher than normal for more than 17 days, then there is a high likelihood that you are pregnant.
- Consult your doctor. This is still the best advice, especially if you just can’t get over the anxiety of knowing whether you are pregnant or not. This is a good move, because if you are indeed pregnant you will want to know about it right away so that you could start preparing your body and caring for the growing life in your womb.
There you have it! These are the best ways to find out if you are pregnant even before your expected period. Remember, the key is to closely observe and care for your body, because only you yourself will know whether something feels a little different from usual. Good luck, and hope this helped!