Signs That You May Be Pregnant






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Most women at one point or another have wondered if they may be pregnant. Deciding if you are pregnant may also be difficult to determine because oftentimes symptoms are similar to common menstrual cycle symptoms. In order to know for sure, you should see your regular doctor or take a home pregnancy test.

However, there are some symptoms that are more telling of a pregnancy rather than with your monthly cycle. If you are wondering if you may be pregnant, the following symptoms may be key indicators that you are pregnant. About seven out of every ten women experience some if not all of these symptoms early on in their pregnancies.

1. Food Aversions

One of the most common symptoms that pregnant women have is food aversions. Sometimes they find that just the thought of their favorite food to be repulsive. Most often, we hear about the strange things that pregnant women have cravings for, but food aversions are also just as common.


2. Mood Swings

If you have ever been around a pregnant woman, you already know how emotional that they can be at times. If you are experiencing major mood swings, you may be experiencing them due to pregnancy. Although these feelings are common, it is important to see your doctor if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or are having difficulties dealing with your everyday activities.


3. Bloating

Bloating is also common in pregnancy, especially early on. However, this issue is also commonly related to the feeling that women feel just before their period starts.  This symptom, by itself, would be extremely to recognize as a sign of pregnancy.


4. Feeling Fatigued

If you suddenly find yourself feeling fatigued, you may be experiencing the early signs of pregnancy. Morning sickness and fatigue are the most common complaints that women have during their first trimester. Usually this feeling diminishes over time, but some women experience fatigue well into their pregnancy and some for the entire duration of it.


5. Swollen or Tender Breasts

One of the very first symptoms of pregnancy is swollen or tender breasts. This is caused by your hormones that have just begun to rise as they begin preparing your body for the pregnancy journey. This symptom is also most common during the first trimester and most women see it complete disappear until their milk comes in after giving birth.


6. Nausea

Most women also experience certain amounts of nausea, especially in the morning, during the early stages of pregnancy. The amount that they experience varies from one woman to the next, so it is difficult to know what to expect. Usually, nausea and vomiting also diminish as the pregnancy progresses, but it is possible for women to experience it further into their pregnancy.


7. Missed Period

If you have missed a period, your first instinct may be to think that you are pregnant. Many women, in fact, first learn of their pregnancy symptoms after they have missed a period.

Although this is commonly a pregnancy related symptom, missing a period is sometimes caused by other factors. If your period is irregular or if you are going through an especially stressful time in your life, missing a period may be a symptom from these issues.

Other women who have been trying to get pregnant who are keeping track of their basal temperature may notice elevated temperatures for an extended period of time if they are pregnant. It may be time to take a pregnancy test if you have recorded these elevated levels for 18 or more days.


Although the symptoms listed above are typical signs of pregnancy, it is still possible that they are related to something else. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, it is best to take a home pregnancy test to make sure.

It is also possible that you experience little to no symptoms early on in your pregnancy, but you should not be concerned if it is several weeks before you find you are pregnant. Most doctors will not see a pregnant woman until she has reached around 8 or 10 weeks of pregnancy.

There is little that can be done by a doctor at this time, but it is still important that you take care of yourself if you find out that you are pregnant. After you learn of your pregnancy, be sure to stop any bad habits that you may have and begin preparing your body for the wonderful pregnancy journey that it will be taking.

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Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.