How To Know if You Are Pregnant: Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Learn To Spot the Signs That You're Pregnant

Are you looking for signs that you're pregnant? Knowing whether or not you are pregnant isn't always an easy thing to do, especially in the early days of hormonal changes. There are a few early signs; however, it should be noted that a lot of women have these right before their period. If you have a few symptoms and signs then it is probably time to head to the drug store for a home pregnancy test.

Check out these early signs. Here's how to know if you are pregnant.

Step 1

Sore Breasts. A lot of women complain of sore breasts, both in the early days of their pregnancy and later on. This can be accompanied by slight swelling and happen as early as two weeks after conception. This is because your breasts are very sensitive to hormone changes in your body. While not every woman has sore breasts before their period some do.

Step 2

Fatigue. There is tired and then there is really fatigued. If you are feeling abnormally fatigued it may be that you are indeed pregnant.

Step 3

Swollen belly and feeling of fullness. Lots of women feel full early on. They may associate it with bloating before their period for it is a similar feeling. If your pants are getting a little tight it may be a sign that you are pregnant.

Step 4

Cramps. Many women experience cramps from their periods and often pregnancy cramps will feel the same way. However, many women report them feeling different than their normal cramping.

Step 5

Moodiness. PMS is often blamed for moodiness, however it is easy to be a little cranky whenever your body is going through hormonal changes and being pregnant certainly falls into that category.

Step 6

Cravings. Chocolate is known as a period food for many women, but cravings for carbs are also common in early (and later) pregnancy pregnancy. This is because they are easily digested for fast energy and the body is trying to counteract the fatigue.

Step 7

Headaches. It is common for pregnant women to get a lot of headaches. This is from an increase in blood volume. Headaches are also common during your period or the time before your period.

*If you think that you may be pregnant then it is important that you take only acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic form) for your headaches. Start with one to see if that is enough to get rid of your headache. Other medications can be bad for the baby.

Step 8

Changes in your breasts. Your breasts may start to swell and look bigger or fuller. The nipples and aureoles may darken and get larger. Changes in your breasts can happen for a lot of different reasons, but visible changes can happen within three to five weeks of conception.

Step 9

Nausea. Morning sickness including nausea is a common pregnancy symptom, but if you aren't expecting it you could think that it is the flu or a bit of a bug. This can begin as early as three to five weeks.

Step 10

Constipation. Constipation is common even in the early stages of pregnancy. This can begin as early as three to five weeks. The hormones that are produced for the baby also slow digestion which can cause constipation. Make sure that you are eating lots of fiber!
Frequent urination. This is often a shocking symptom of early pregnancy. Most women think of this as a later pregnancy symptom once the baby is large enough to press on the bladder. However, this is an early sign as well. Things are changing and your kidneys are working hard to keep the fluids flushed out.

Missed Period. A missed period is the sign that tips a lot of women off to pregnancy. They have a few signs which may also be something else (such as a stomach bug or their period coming). This is a good time to get a test.

Can I have my period and still be pregnant? In a short answer no. The hormones in your body work against you having a period while you are pregnant. However, many women experience spotting or light bleeding during implantation. This happens at about the same time as you would normally get your period. Other women experience bleeding during the first trimester. It is a good idea to take a pregnancy test if your period was abnormal and you have a couple of signs. If you are pregnant and have spotted or bled it is a good thing to get a hold of your OB-GYN for a first trimester check up to make sure everything is going well.

Take a home pregnancy test. Your body begins producing hGH the moment you conceive. Production of this hormone continues throughout your pregnancy. About four weeks in (usually two weeks after conception) and about the same time that you would have your next period your body will have enough hGH to detect it with a home pregnancy test. If the test is positive make an appointment with your OB-GYN (or obtain an OB-GYN) for confirmation.

If the test is negative, but you have still been having a lot of symptoms wait a few more days and take a second test if your period still hasn't started.

If this test is still negative, but you have reason to believe that you might still be pregnant then take a third test a few days later or make an appointment with your OB-GYN. These tests detect 99% of pregnancies. However there are some who are pregnant and don't ever get a positive result with a test. It could also be that there is something else wrong and seeing a doctor is always a good thing.

Now you've learned how to know if you are pregnant. Early pregnancy is often hard to identify for certain but these symptoms should help you. The signs are easy to confuse with other things. I thought I was sick and getting a bladder infection. However, if you have a few of these signs then it is a good idea to take a home pregnancy test, because all women are different -- you may have one symptom or many of them! If at any point you are concerned or think that your pregnancy test is wrong, then it is a good idea to see your doctor. Good Luck!


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