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

You are defo pregnant.... 2 lines is a YES!! Lucky you

How similar is spotting to actual menstruation? Can you differentiate between the two from the very first day it occurs?

Its 11 days post ovulation
I've gotten 4 negative HPT
I've had a headache the past two days
cramping the last two days
Yesterday I started shaking about 12 then was ok after I ate something
I was sweating to death the night I ovulated
My breasts have been hurting.
When should I take a blood pregnancy test or should I.
It's CD 30 for me.

My cycle is very clockwork, it's usually every 28 days, 1 week following the Full Moon. Very consistent. I just made a significant move, so I understand that there could be stress involved in that, and I'm aware that stress sometimes prolongs bleeding. However, I'm living in a house with two women, one pregnant, one with the identical cycle, that's already 4 days bleeding and I have yet to experience any form of spotting. My partner and I had unprotected sex 4 days after my last cycle, and one day after this full moon - the week prior to my (expected) period. I experienced all of the symptoms of my cycle last week, including (noninfectious) discharge, breakouts, and cramping. The only unusual symptom i've had is serious moodiness - I've pretty much hated my partner this last week, and the pregnant roommate said that's how she knew she was pregnant! My worry here is that I should have probably responded to the hormones of the other woman in the house, especially when her cycle is in line with mine, right? I'm currently only 4 days late, so it's not a big deal, but I was just wondering how normal that is for somebody who's typically very regular? And could I have picked up on the hormones of the pregnant roommate at all?

Well my last period was 6/22/209and u had sex with my husband on 7/7 without any protection and i have been really moody and having cramps and breast tenderness. We already have 2 children and just decided to try for out 3rd. I took a hpt and came up neg. It is too early for that? Could I be prenant?

Very new to this and just ordered some goodies fro this site as we are trying to conceive. And I am sooo confused. I got my period 4 days ago which only lasted three days which IT NOT normal for me at all!! Usually it is 6-7 days and heavy! I am having a bit of pressure down there and I can't stop peeing(five times in 6 hours,usually twice a day for me, LOL) So why? Could I be pregnant? I am nervous cuase if its not pregnancy gosh is something wrong? Any input would be great. I don't wanna waste money on HPT when I have several on the way! I just have a weird feeling and not sure if it is a good one or not....

Thanks.

if you get pregnant your first day of ovulation will you still have ovulation symptoms for the rest of the week like normal?

I was supposed to get my period yesterday, and it still hasn't come and today is almost over.... when should i test? should i wait a full week after i have missed my period? ....

I did a test bout 2weeks ago and it come back with 2lines so i did one more and there was only one line. but i kept feelin sick 4about aweeks, so did a test yesterday and it add 2lines but 1 was really light so did 1 2day and was the same what does that mean help me...??

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