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

For the past week or so I have been having most of the common and not so common pregnancy symptoms. Yesterday I had bright red spotting once. Only when I wiped. And nothing else for the rest of the day. Then today I have been spotting. Its light pink and sometimes bright red. My period is not due for another 3 or 4 days. Usually my periods are really heavy and dark. Now I'm just spotting. Its been like this for most of the day. Could I be pregnant or is this my period early?

Hi my name is Ashly. I am 23 years old and happliy married. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and will we had sex about two weeks ago. A few days before today I had lower back pains, my breasts felt heavy and tight. I was also craving alot of food. I have also have been feeling nauseated all day long. If I eat something i feel like I am going to throw it up right away. Now my period came a week early. Wanted a opinion if i should take a pregnancy test or not. If some one could answer me that would be great. I know every women goes through different symptoms of pregnancy I just need some help.
Thanks
Ashly

Hello, So I have had several symptoms such as...
1. Being Very TIRED for no apparent reason.
2. Constipation(eww I know)
3. Very HUNGRY & THIRSTY!
4. High Temp.
5. Moody!
6. Feeling like I'd vomit, but never did.
7. Urinating Frequently.
8. Spotting, Very Light Pink, Only When I wiped(Feb 3rd 2013)

Okay.. So.. I had my last monthly on January 16, 2013.
Normal Cycle Length is 28 days, I had sexual intercourse on Jan 26th&27th, and Feb 2nd.

According to an Ovulation Calculator App that I downloaded after noticing these things, I was Fertile on the 26th-30th of Jan.

Since then I have continued with the symptoms listed above minus the spotting, except for once.

Which the spotting, the first time occurred on Feb 3rd.
The other day, Feb 11th I had some more of that odd light spotting, once again, only when I wiped.

Then today, Feb 12th I had some cramping and a very weird colored blood... I could only see it when I wiped. The odd color looks like a pink color, but then it turnt into a orangish pink color...

I am wondering if anyone has had any of this happen and if so, did you turn out to be pregnant, having a miscarriage, or a very weird monthly??
PLEASE HELP!

    I would Highly Appreciate It!

So like I'm 18 and I had my period on the 9th of Jan 2013 and like I had unprotected sex on the 26th of Jan the day after I had sex my stomach started paining, and then all of a sudden I got my periods again on the 31st of Jan, but it wasn't normal it was brown and lighter, I have being eating a lot and drinking a lot, feeling tired and having a bloated stomach and lower abdomen pains could I be pregnant?

the comment above insulting teens. excuse me but I'm 19 nearly 20 and I'm 16weeks. how dare you insult the younger generations. it is up to your pwn individual when you want a child. not you. I will be just as good a aren't like any of you. understand society is changing and you will have to accept it. your just a cruel person. get a grip because calling people like me dumb and immature is pathetic when you make a comment like that. grow up!

Hi i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend the days i was ovulatin which was Jan 25, & Jan 26. And i ovulate every 30days . And i juss gor my period in Feb. So i was wonderin if i was pregnant. Do i miss my period right away or no. Helo im tryin to conceive.

I had unprotected sex on Dec 23 2012 and after 5days which was on a frdy,i woke up feelin dizzy,bloated and had a upper abnomial pain,after a week my nipples were painful n my period came on 6th jan 2013 but was light n it came for two days,the nipple pain went way aftr ps...i continued feelin dizzy and took pregnancy tests every week but they ar ol -ve,i also went to c a doctor and she did a pgncy test and it came out -ve buh told me i av a vaginal infection n gave me antibiotics..on 7th feb 2013 i got my periods n they were for 3 days,i had a nipple pain n it went away aftr my p's i also did another pregncy test n its -ve n if am pgnt it cud be week 8....my problem is my stomach is so painful when i touch it,it rumbles every night and i av a lower back pain,my mouth is tasteless right now n all pgncy symptms are gone...what could be happening to me??pliz i nid ua help coz am goin crazy of all this

Hi, im 25 & my husband & I have been trying to conceive the last 3 months. Im 19 dpo & my AF was 3 days insted of the 5 regular days. 2 days after my period, I had CM with some small amounts of blood. I didnt think anything of it but now im wondering if it was implantatiin? I still haven't ovulated but im having headaches everyday(not normal) backaches,fatigue,change in appetite, & really moody. Today I had some CM but I dont know if im ovulating or just because Im suppose to start my period in 6 days? Please help! Its much appreciated. Thanks!

hey my names fay im 20years old and i need serious advice. me and my boyfriend had sex regulary last month and my after 3times of sex i took the emergency pill (progestern- only). then my period was ment to come on the 12/1/2013 but it cam on 16/1/2013 thats 4days late but i heard that the pill makes ur period early or late, my period was red and watery for the 1st day but then was little heavy but normal, but i experinced this sever abdominal pain and this wired thing came out of me in 2 pieces and i was fine so i searched it up and it said it was a miscarrage due to an ectopic preganacy but i didnt belive it and i was fine so i forgot about it i havent had sex since my period and now its 09/2/2013 and my nipple are sore and sensitive i have a lot of gas, heartburn and my left lower side feels kind of burised like theres a lump and i have no idea what it is. what could be the reason for this could ?

I didn't have my period for a month and two weeks what can cause that.. Am i pregnant? Help plz

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