Top Ten Signs You're Pregnant

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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Me and my bf had sex a day before my ovulation in the morning of my ovulation clear discharge came out of me couple hours after I got real sick nausea and headache then a couple days like a week or so bf my period I started feeling light cramping and like pinching type feelings in abdominal and ovuriese like but sometimes I do get cramps like 3 days before my period and my breast get tender as well but this time it didn't get tender I'm confuse could I be pregnant

ok i hd sex on the 14th and i had a monthly for three days and we had sex on the 18th and i had alittle blood and the next day it was gone can i be prego help ??????

I had my period on October 8 then it went off like it was supposed to then I started spotting on the 23 till the 26 and then I spotted on the 31 and 1 and my next period was supposed to be on 1. What do that mean ?

my period started on 3/10/2014 and my spouse met me on 20/10/2014,i suppose to see my period again on 30/10/2014
am i pregnant now or wil i still see my period?

I had my period on October 18and it went off on the 22 me and my hubby had sex the day it went off and then the 26 27 28 29 31 and the day i ouvlate today November 1 i feel cramps and i feel. Bloating what is goin on yes we are trying for a baby

I had my period on October 18and it went off on the 22 me and my hubby had sex the day it went off and then the 26 27 28 29 31 and the day i ouvlate today November 1 i feel cramps and i feel. Bloating what is goin on yes we are trying for a baby

So yesterday I went to the dr I filled out paper work I could swear up and down I marked not pregnat and before I got my script for some type of muscle relaxer the nurse calls me ask if I'm pregnat I said no and she said I marked yes I lol said sory for the mistake than ask for me to do a pregnancy test said ok it was my 2nd urine of the morning since appointment was at 7am and than 3-5 later calls be back says congrats you are in deed pregnant I'm super happy we been trying but had test done less than a month and said he had low mobility swimmers count is boarder line so me all excited took a test at home and got a big fat negitive gonna see my obgyn but it's weird don't know which test to trust dr office or clear blue also tried 2 dollar store one any one else had this happen it has me really stressed and emotional

I'm having upper and mid abdomen pain..I have a nine year old daughter so I can't remember what my first pregnancy felt like..even though I don't have frequent urination, morning sickness or anything like that...I am tired a lot and my senses are heighten a little...and I have sore breasts...even though my menstral isn't due until 8 days I have been having these pains for about 3 days..most of the day..they go away but always come back... and I'm starting to have faint lower back pain..could I possibly be pregnant

So me and my boyfriend been trying to have a baby for a couple of months now , but we can't yet ? :/
So this week I've been feeling so tired lately and so hungry!!! I got cramps like 3 days ago but didn't have my period , my period is soppose to come like a week from now but I'm craving so much food , & I'm always tired and have huge headaches when I wake up and have sore boobs , but I dont know if they're signs of my period coming .-. Aaaah!! Can someone help me :/ ???

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

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