15 signs you might be pregnant

Not sure if you’re pregnant? We’ve rounded up some of the most common pregnancy symptoms to see if it’s time to pee on that stick.

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1. Swollen and tender breasts Soreness or tingling in breasts is one of pregnancy’s most common symptoms. Early in pregnancy breasts will fill out and change shape as they prepare to produce milk. Breasts may become very tender and sensitive for a few months as a result. But, Teresa Pitman, doula and lactation expert, notes: “that not all women experience these changes, especially if they have been on birth control pills.”

It is possible to know you’re pregnant in those first few weeks—some women even “know” from the moment of conception. Here are the very earliest pregnancy signs, that you might not notice.

2. Darkening areolas For many women, hormones can cause the areolas, the circles around nipples, to widen and darken during pregnancy. This occurs as the body prepares itself for breastfeeding.

3. Spotting About five to 10 days after conception, some women notice light spotting when the embryo implants in the uterus. So if you’ve had a light period this month, you might still be carrying a little bundle of joy—psst, here’s what you need to know about home pregnancy tests, including when it’s best to take one.

4. Urinary frequency or constipation When you’re pregnant, your uterus presses directly on the bladder leading to more frequent urination. The added pressure and intestinal changes may also cause constipation. Of course, the more a baby grows, the more the uterus presses against the bladder and other organs.

5. Fatigue Many women feel very tired early in pregnancy (it takes lots of energy to create a baby!). In fact, fatigue is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, chances are you’ll start to feel less tired around week 12, when the placenta is fully formed.

6. Nausea Nausea is one of the most common side effects of pregnancy. It’s caused by an increase in hormone levels (about 80 percent of women experience “morning sickness” during the first 3 months of pregnancy). For many, this nausea is not necessarily confined just to the morning – some feel it all day long. Click here for all the facts on morning sickness.

7. Smell Sensitivity No, the smells on the bus are not in your head: Many women have a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy. This symptom is one of the most common early signs that you could be pregnant. “Some researchers have speculated that it might be to protect women from eating ‘spoiled’ or tainted foods, thus protecting the baby from any harmful toxins,” says Pitman. We like to think a heightened sense of smell is just one of your many pregnancy superpowers!

8. Elevated basal temperature If you’ve been tracking your basal temperature, a positive sign of pregnancy is an increase of about one degree that lasts for more than two weeks after the “dip” in temperature that indicates ovulation.

9. Missing period The most obvious indicator of pregnancy is a missed period, but a missed period doesn’t always mean a baby is on the way. Stress, diet or an irregular schedule can also be the culprits, so it’s best to get tested before making the big announcement.

10. Unusual hunger or cravings Pregnant bodies are working hard to grow that baby, and need about 300 extra calories a day. Some women find themselves craving food they would never normally dream of eating, while others simply feel hungry all day long.

11. Headaches The frequency of migraine headaches can increase with pregnancy. Many women who get hormonal migraine headaches find they get more of them during especially early in pregnancy, explains Pitman. However, some people have the opposite experience and actually get a little reprieve from migraines while expecting.

12. Mood swings Many women experience emotional mood swings throughout pregnancy. It’s natural to go through a variety of emotions as hormones are adjusting and the body is changing.

13. Feeling faint or dizzy Shifting hormones, combined with the heart beating faster to pump more blood through the body can cause blood pressure to gradually decrease early in pregnancy. As a result many women experience periods of dizziness or feeling lightheaded.

14. Metallic taste in your mouth Some women complain of an odd “metallic” taste in their mouths during pregnancy. While there is no scientific explanation for this symptom, for some it can last throughout their entire pregnancy.

15. Vivid dreams Dreams during pregnancy often intensify. So if your dreamin’ has become more dramatic this could be a symptom you’re expecting. (Thank your surging hormones for this one!)

Please see a medical professional if you believe you are pregnant.

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12 comments on “15 signs you might be pregnant

  1. Ik how u feel depressed I’m feeling the same and I get angry most of the time

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  2. Thanks for your research and the teaching

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  3. I feel nauseous constantly and of course mood swings but other than that I have no other symptoms. The vivid dreams did happen during my first pregnancy

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  4. Halo doctor i hav my irregular periods and i m jus nw mrge i feel a so weight n my rght abdomen

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    • Please see your doctor for help.

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  5. I dont knw wat to explain abt that weight n my stomach i dnt hav any of the symptoms gven above

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  6. Im feeling gasy and ive been waking up with my back hurting but i think its just the way i was sleeping but every morning help please and ive been smelling diffrent things at lunch and breakfast..

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    • Hi Rose. Please see your doctor for more help.

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  7. I am a teenager and I feel all of this things but I didn’t do sex and also I didn’t make prgnancy test because my parents wouldn’t allow me and they also don’t know that I am feeling all of this things and also me I am so scared and I don’t wether I am pregnant or not.

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    • Hi Sandy,

      We’re not medical professionals, I’d suggest visiting your doctor.
      Cheers
      Amy Valm, editor

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  8. I think I’m pregnent

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  9. Thanks for this guide! I had no idea you can actually have more vivid dreams as well… the only symptoms I encountered were nausea (that morning toast that I so so loved just decided to break free every morning). I must say, before I didn’t even know there are so many test types… By the way, no matter how sure it seems that you are pregnant – by trusting only your body acting according to symptoms, I really recommend to do a test and of course go and see a doctor who can clarify everything. Your body is just a good sign that it would be a good idea to go and find a test but even our bodies can go wrong.

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