Top Ten Signs You're Pregnant

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Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

We've all heard stories from women who just knew they were pregnant from the moment of conception. The rest of us, however, are left to rely on other - less intuitive - means of determining if there's a baby on the way.

Here's our list of the Top Ten Signs you may be pregnant (but if you want to cut to the chase and find out for sure, home pregnancy tests can help you confirm your suspicions). Please keep in mind that, while the signs described here are quite common in early pregnancy, you may not experience all - or even any - of these symptoms. See also > Pregnancy Symptoms 101: Symptoms by Trimester

1. Missed Your Period?
This is the classic sign of pregnancy - especially if, like many women, your cycles are typically like clockwork. If you've missed your period, it's probably time to take a home pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests work by determining the amount of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) present in your urine. Remember - your first urine of the day tends to have the most concentrated amount of hCG. Early morning urine will give you your best chance at detecting the small concentrations of hCG that are present in the early days of pregnancy.

2. Feeling Sick in the Morning - Or Any Other Time?

About one-half of all pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness (nausea, vomiting, etc.) in early pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief, "morning" sickness isn't always limited to morning; many women experience nausea in the evening, in the afternoon - and a substantial percentage of lucky ladies feel sick all day. (Note: Although rare, morning sickness can be extreme in some cases. Contact your doctor if are becoming dehydrated as a result of morning sickness.)

3. Are Your Breasts Sore?
Are your breasts or nipples feeling a bit sensitive - perhaps in the same way they feel right before you have your period? This is one more sign that you may be pregnant. Breast sensitivity is a common phenomenon in early pregnancy - and thankfully, one that begins to fade by the second trimester. But if you're one of those "glass is half full" types, look at it this way: for many women, sensitive breasts translate into heightened pleasure during intimate moments…

4. Checked Your Areola Lately?
Along with more sensitive breasts, you may notice a slight darkening of the areola, the concentric zone which surrounds the nipple. (Some say this darkening serves a purpose; it makes it easier for your baby to find his/her food source!)

5. Honorable Discharge?
In the early days of pregnancy, mucous begins to accumulate around the opening of the cervix to form the mucous plug, a barrier that helps protect the baby during its development. As a result of this mucous formation, you may notice a bit of vaginal discharge. (Discharge as a sign of pregnancy should not be accompanied by other distinguishing features of an infection, such as a burning sensation, foul smell, or itchiness.)

6. Gotta Pee?
Although pregnancy is indeed miraculous, it does not involve a suspension of the laws of physics. That means that as the baby grows larger in your uterus, the space that once allowed for expansion of your bladder is decreased. The result? You feel like you need to pee more often. Also, you may notice bloating similar to what you experience prior to your period.

7. Not Tonight, Honey. I've Got a Headache...
As a result of the complex mixture of hormones coursing through a pregnant woman's body, it's not uncommon for women to experience headaches more frequently during pregnancy.

8. Seeing Spots?
Around the time when implantation occurs (the moment when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterine wall), it's not uncommon to notice a bit of spotting. You would look for this sign at around eight to ten days after you last ovulated. (You can use the ovulation calculator located on our home page to calculate your ovulation date.) Spotting as a result of implantation usually looks a bit different than your regular period; it tends to be light in volume and pinkish in color, as opposed to the deep red color associated with regular menstrual bleeding.

9. Temperature Climbing?

A raised basal body temperature past the time when your period is due is another possible indicator of pregnancy.

10. All Stopped Up?
Another sign of pregnancy is constipation. This is caused by certain hormones which are present in early pregnancy relaxing your intestines and slowing the digestive process.

These signs are ones often experienced in early pregnancy - but that's not to say there aren't others. Many women have reported experiencing other "tell-tale" signs such as:

  • an enhanced sense of smell
  • fatigue
  • hunger
  • weepiness
  • heartburn
  • complexion problems ("breaking out")

Once you suspect you are pregnant, home pregnancy tests can confirm you suspicions. For FDA Approved pregnancy tests that allow you to begin detecting pregnancy at around 7-10 days past ovulation, please click here.

See also > Symptoms 101: Symptoms by Trimester
See also > Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

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Comments

I had my period for 3 days. started Thursday: Normal period and ended Sunday. Now its Thursday again and I have been spotting the lightest pink with I wipe and some pink in my panty liner.. Is that normal? Ive been on the pill almost 4 mths

Im 22 and I had brownish discharged but im not pregnant at least I don't think so because I a pregnancy test at the clinic but I don't know.

i had sex four days before i ovulated and on the first day i ovulated and my husband came inside me both days how long will it take for me to find out if im pregnant or not?

I had protected sex on the 29th of September on ovulation day, then had protected sex on Oct. 6th. Was expecting my period on the 13th of October it was 2days late. Got it on the 3rd day- medium flow for two days. Then 3rd day it as light ,4th day old blood. So it last for 4-5 days. My period usually last 7 days. Cycle is 25-26. Symptoms: cramping on left ovary, heartburn, dizziness, emotional, and back pain. Best friend asked if I was preggo said my breast was fuller and I had a glow. Mind you I never told him I suspected to be pregnant.

What if your girlfriend started two weeks early and then ended by that night, then same thing happened the very next day. Does that mean she is pregnant?

I havent been feeling to good lately my head has been hurting off and on I feel sick to my stomach and I'm a lil backed up whent in to subway to and the smell made me feel sick I suppose to start my period tomorrow I just don't no what's wrong with me someone pls help

Hy I need some help I was with my boy friend we didn't do sex but he places his penis on ma virgina his penis was having a jelly substance. I am pregnant??

I really don't know if it is normal. I had my period last month august the 15 and for 4days than 11 days later i got it again the 30 for three days. And now i feel bloated , sleepy , hungary all the time, bad mood, but i feel like im about to get my period again. And also i have like cramps. But i don't know if i could be pregnant or not because i took a test and it came out negative.

My period last came on 28 of june. Me and my boyfriend had sex on 14 july but he took out his penis outside my vagina when he came to know that he is about to cum. Still my period has not arrived. I took prega news pregnancy test on 4 august and it was negative and its 9 august today but still there are no symptoms of period. Please help me to know what is the issue.. Is there any chance of being pregnant.?

Am Jessica Cris from Canada After a 8 months relationship with my boyfriend, he changed suddenly and stopped contacting me regularly, he would come up with excuses of not seeing me all the time. He stopped answering my calls and my sms and he stopped seeing me regularly. I then started catching him with different girls friends several times but every time he would say that he love me and that he needed some time to think about our relationship. But after l contacted Dr. AGUBA of agubaspelltemple@yahoo.com he cast a love spell and after a day, my boyfriend started contacting me regularly and we moved in together after a few months and he was more open to me than before and he started spending more time with me than his friends. We eventually got married and we now have been married happily for 3 years with a son. Ever since Dr. AGUBA of agubaspelltemple@yahoo.com helped me, my partner is very stable, faithful and closer to me than before. is Facebook address is agubaspelltemple@yahoo.com.

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