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16 Early Signs of Pregnancy
It's been a couple weeks since you did the deed, and now you're dying to know: am I pregnant? You'll need a home pregnancy test or a blood test at your OB's office to know for sure, but until you can take one (the best time to take a pregnancy test is once your period is late), click through these early pregnancy symptoms and see if any of them feel familiar.
Shortness of Breath Caused by Decrease in Oxygen
Do you get winded going up the stairs all of a sudden? It might be an early sign of pregnancy. The growing fetus needs oxygen, leaving you a little short. Sorry to say, this one may continue throughout your pregnancy, especially as your growing baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and diaphragm.
Sore Breasts Before Your Period is Late
Putting on your bra this morning felt like mild torture. And are you imagining it, or are the girls a little bigger? Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be early signs that you're pregnant. Wear your most supportive bra—to bed if you need it—to help ease discomfort.
Fatigue As Your Body Handles Increasing Hormones
You didn't even make it through one page of your book last night before falling asleep. If you're suddenly exhausted, it might be a response to the increasing hormones in your body during pregnancy. For many women, tiredness continues through the first trimester, but then ebbs in the second.
Nausea Signaling the Beginning of Morning Sickness
Most pregnant women start to get the queasies when they're about 6 weeks along, but some can experience morning sickness (which unfortunately can occur morning, noon and night) earlier. It will most likely subside as you enter the second trimester. In the meantime, try to eat foods that will settle your stomach, like crackers or ginger ale.
Frequent Urination Accommodating New Bodily Fluids
If you suddenly find yourself unable to sleep through the night without a trip to the loo, it might be a sign. During pregnancy your body produces extra fluids, which has your bladder working overtime—and leads to you taking a lot of pee breaks.
Headaches Brought On By Pregnancy Hormones
Another early sign of pregnancy is an aching head, a result of changes in hormones. Just in case you are indeed pregnant, choose medications you can take while pregnant, like pg-safe acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen, to deal with the pain.
Backaches Signaling Early Body Changes in Pregnancy
Is your lower back a little sore? If you don't normally have back pain, it could mean your ligaments are loosening. Sorry, this one might continue through your pregnancy as your weight gain and shifting center of gravity throw your posture out of whack.
Cramping That's Not Your Normal PMS
Is it PMS or pregnancy? It's hard to tell, but if you're feeling crampy, it might be an early pregnancy symptom as your uterus stretches to get ready for a baby.
New Cravings or Food Aversions
Suddenly, you cannot get enough citrus. Or perhaps fish now turns your stomach. If you notice food issues that weren't there before, it could be your body telling you you're pregnant. These cravings and food aversions often start at the very beginning of your first trimester.
Constipation and Bloating Caused By Extra Progesterone
You swear you fit in your skinny jeans just last week. If you're feeling a little puffy or backed up, it might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
Pregnancy Mood Swings Provoked By Changing Hormones
WWIII erupted over your husband's failure to put his socks in the hamper. Moody much? If you're feeling a little hormonal, it might be because your body is adjusting to new hormones. Assure your husband that the roller coaster emotions will pass.
Increased Basal Body Temperature That Remains Elevated
If you've actively been trying to get pregnant, you may have been charting your basal body temp to pinpoint ovulation. Generally, your BBT is elevated from ovulation until you get your period 2 weeks later. If it stays elevated beyond two weeks, it might be because you're pregnant.
Heightened Sense of Smell or Sensitivity to Odors
Your garbage now makes you gag—guess you're off trash duty! If you're repulsed by certain smells, or have an increased sensitivity to odors, it may mean you've got a bun in the oven. This is common during the first trimester.
Dizziness or Fainting Caused By Low Blood Sugar
This is the go-to symptom they use to signify pregnancy in movies, but it's based in reality. Low blood sugar or blood pressure can cause a woozy episode. Make sure you eat enough and stay well-hydrated.
Spotting Signaling Implantation Bleeding
Darn! You got your period. Or did you? If it was much lighter than normal, and a few days earlier than expected, you may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
A Late or Missed Period
Many of the early signs of pregnancy are also symptoms of PMS. How to tell the difference? The most telling clue yet will be a missed period. If your cycle is fairly regular and you're late, you should head to the drugstore.
A Positive Pregnancy Test—The Ultimate Pregnancy Indicator
You won't know for sure whether you're a mama-to-be until you do the pee-stick test. If you get a negative result and you still don't get your period, it just might just be too early for the test to detect. In the meantime, look a few of these weird pregnancy symptoms that can appear upon conception. Wait a few days and try the test again. And if it's positive—congratulations!