How Can I Tell I Am Pregnant?

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pregnancy signs

If you are trying to get pregnant and start a family, you can expect a period of waiting and wondering every month. Sometimes, it feels too long to wait until you miss your menstruation.

Before you even miss your period or before you can get an accurate result on a pregnancy test, you can already have an idea if you have conceived. By being in tune with your body, you may notice some of these early signs that women have reported experiencing at the beginning of their pregnancy.

It is important to note that most women will not experience all of these symptoms, but they may report having one or a few of them. It could also be possible that they just do not really notice or they might mistake it as symptoms of having their period or even an illness. The best way to be sure is to do a pregnancy test, either at home or at the doctor’s. Still, some women who are eagerly waiting to get pregnant might want to watch out for these signs.

1Spotting or Cramping

When fertilization happens, the egg will attach to the uterine wall. Because of this, pregnant women experience the first signs of being pregnant – implantation bleeding. These spots may happen between 6 to 12 days after the conception. Beyond this light bleeding, women may also feel cramps similar to menstrual cramping. It may be easy to mistake these symptoms to your period arriving soon, but they are not really the same because the spotting and cramping will not be as strong as when you are menstruating.

Another sign can be the milky white discharge that occurs when the vagina’s walls become thicker after fertilization. This can happen all throughout the pregnancy but they are nothing to worry about so long as it is not accompanied by a bad smell and an itching or burning feeling in the vagina. If so, head to your doctor because it might be a yeast or a bacterial infection.

2Changes in the Breasts

If your breasts feel a bit different, this might be your body telling you to prepare for motherhood soon. This is related to the changes in the hormone levels that will happen after the fertilization. Women say that they start to feel sore or tingly, or even begin to swell. Some even report that they feel fuller or heavier and when touched, feel very tender. The areola, or the part surrounding the nipples, may also look darker than normal.

However, pregnancy is not the only reason for hormonal surges that lead to changes in the breast. Keep checking for other symptoms that may indicate other reasons. If you are pregnant, you can expect your breasts to eventually go back to normal as the body adjusts to the hormonal changes during pregnancy.

3Feeling Tired

Fatigue is one of the most common early signs of pregnancy that women might actually not recognize. As early as a week after conception, you may feel unusually tired. This is because of the higher levels of progesterone, as well as lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and higher blood production.

If you are expecting, it is important to take it easy and rest as much as possible. Having a diet with lots of protein and iron may also help boost energy levels.

4Morning Sickness

Pregnant women are always portrayed as suffering from nausea although not everyone actually goes through it. Some might also experience it worse than most, meaning it will not go away after the first trimester.

The cause of morning sickness is not clear, but it might be related to the hormones related to pregnancy. Women might also report craving certain foods, or would suddenly have an aversion to some. In fact, even just thinking of this certain food might be enough to cause nausea. This symptom normally occurs in the morning, hence the name, but it might actually happen anytime during the day.

Because you have a growing baby in your belly, it is very important to eat healthy to have all the nutrients both of you need.

5No Period

This is one of the clearest signs of pregnancy, though many women mistake spotting for their period. If you notice bleeding that is much lighter than normal or none at all, this is the time to start buying a pregnancy test kit or making an appointment with the doctor. A missed period might also be caused by stress, hormonal imbalance or other conditions, so do not automatically assume that you are in the family way. It might also happen when women stop taking their pills.

If you are confirmed to be pregnant and experience some bleeding, check with your gynaecologist to make sure everything is ok.

6Needing to Pee All the Time

Frequent urination is commonly reported by women especially around the 6th to 8th week after conception. Again, it is the hormonal shift happening in your body that is the cause of this. Confirming the pregnancy with a test is vital, to rule out other causes of this symptom like diabetes or a urinary tract infection.

7Constipation

When a woman is pregnant, progesterone levels increase and this might lead to constipation. This hormone means food goes through the intestines at a much slower pace. To counter this, make sure to keep drinking lots of water, eating foods high in fiber and exercising.

8Being Moody

This can also be a sign of menstruation, but the first trimester of pregnancy has lots of hormonal changes that might mean the mommy-to-be is a bit moodier than normal.

9Back Pain

Some women report back pain that is probably due to the body getting ready for a baby growing inside. This will most likely continue all the way to the end of the pregnancy, especially when the little one starts to become big and heavy.

These are just some of the signs that might signal your impending motherhood and you might even experience others that are not on this list. Every woman’s body is different, therefore it is normal to expect unique symptoms. The only way to be sure is to go to the doctor to have a blood test and an ultrasound, but it is also good to be attuned to one’s body and enjoy your its way of telling you that you are becoming a mom in a few months.

Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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