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

hI ALL!!
I am going nuts... i have had left sided (ovary0 cramping since 5dpo(2/6/2013) and I am now 15dpo(2/20/13) I have been bloated crampy and headaches along with sore bbs constipation and some other things. I am confused. I have had 5 pregnancies...all five are angel babies(4 MC & 1 Ectopic) my last pregnancy was 3months after my ectopic so i know i can become pregnant. My problem is...I have had these symptoms since my december cycle. Flushed face, cramping from 4/5dpo till cycle. my cycles have all been weird. 4 days or so with 1 day of real bleeding and serious cramps then spotting.... this month...same thing except my pants are extremely tight over a week. Sad HELP

I need help please, I was on the injection for 4yrs then went onto the pill pill towards the end of last year, had my period every 28 days like clock work, then on the 4 jan 2013 I got my period, wen on like normal, then I stopped taking the pill as my fiance and I wanted to have a baby! On the 15 jan 2013 I started bleeding quite heavily, I bleed for a week. Then nothing, its now the 19 feb and still no period, I took a pregnancy test last week 2days after my due date for my period but came out negative, I am tired, feel bloated, craving things I don't normally have a lot of, back aches badly and headaches that are worse then my normal ones I get.. Can anyone help me please. When should I take a home test again and if I'm not pregnant can anyone tell me what's going on with my period then!

so, I was having my normal cramps and what not but me & my partner had sex that same weekend and I'm not trying to get pregnant im only 16... But I saw very few drops of blood started red and slimy then very light brown ones.. i am having really bad stomach pains just like the period.. i get tired when doing. just nothing.. and i am also having headache for no reason.. and get really.moody and have tenderness of the breasts as well im more then a week late.... if anyone can give me advise please email me @ brewer.5524@yahoo.com

Hi, I came of my implant last Monday and after I got it taken out I have been having unprotected sex since. I have been getting horrible headaches, bloating, constipation, mood swings and I'm very tired all the time. Am I pregnant or have I still got my hormones from my implant. I'm so confused please comment as soon as possible

Okay , ive been on the depo shot for 6 months one the shot id have my period on a month basics and for the past couple of days my boobs have been tender ive been feeling dizzy , and i cant hold anything down... Me and my boyfriend have had sex and no protection.. what should i do?? HELP

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!

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