If you think you might be pregnant, you’re probably wondering how to know for sure. While only a doctor can give you a definitive answer, there are several common signs of pregnancy. Today, we’ll go over 15 of the most common signs of pregnancy. The more symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you’re pregnant. But keep in mind that just because you have one or more of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant.
Missing a Period – One of the most obvious signs is missing a period. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t a 100% full-proof way to know for sure, as there are other reasons why someone might miss a period. If you have other pregnancy signs, missed your period and had unprotected sex recently, take a pregnancy test to confirm.
Just Feeling Pregnant – There is a phenomenon called “couvade” which is when a man experiences symptoms of pregnancy along with his partner. However, this is not the same as women’s intuition. Women’s intuition is a real thing, and it is something that all women have. It is that feeling you get when you just know something. It is a gut feeling that is often correct. Women’s intuition is something that has been written about and talked about for centuries. It is a special power that women have, and it should be respected.
Breast Tenderness – Many women find that their breasts become tender to the touch during pregnancy. Even some tighter-fitting bras may cause discomfort. Some women may also notice that their breast size increases during pregnancy.
Fatigue – As a woman’s pregnancy progresses, she is likely to feel more and more tired. This is due to the extra effort her body is putting into supporting the developing baby. Growing a human being is no small feat, and pregnant women need to be sure to get plenty of rest.
Frequent Urination – Pregnant women pee often because the baby puts pressure on the bladder.
Nausea – The early months of pregnancy can be tough on a woman’s stomach. Nausea and vomiting often occur very early in pregnancy, and the stomach can become quite unstable. This can be very frustrating and uncomfortable for the woman, but fortunately there are things that can be done to help ease the symptoms.
Dizziness and Fainting – Feeling dizzy and fainting during early pregnancy may happen if you overexert yourself by walking or using stairs excessively.
Food Cravings and/or Aversions to Food – Pregnancy cravings are one of the most common early signs of pregnancy. You may start to crave certain foods, or even combinations of foods that you normally wouldn’t eat. You may also find that you are totally disgusted by certain foods that you used to enjoy.
Sensitivity to Aromas – Early on in pregnancy, you may find yourself becoming more sensitive to smells than usual. This may cause you to develop cravings for certain foods.
Morning Sickness – Pregnant women often feel sick in the early stages of pregnancy, particularly in the mornings or upon waking up. This is caused by the increase in hormones in the body during pregnancy, and is often referred to as morning sickness. Although it is called morning sickness, it can actually happen at any time of day.
Heartburn and/or Constipation – One easy early sign of pregnancy that a lot of women experience is heartburn and constipation. This is caused by the swelling of organs putting pressure on the stomach.
Mood Swings and Irritability – During pregnancy, it is common for women to experience mood swings and irritability, especially in the early stages when they are adjusting to the feeling of being pregnant.
High Body Temperature – Pregnant women have an increased body temperature due to their increased metabolism. Even if it is freezing outside, their body temperature will be higher than usual.
Lower Back Pain – Carrying extra weight around your middle can put a lot of strain on your lower back and increase the amount of pain you suffer from, depending on how you lay in bed. To avoid this, try sleeping on your side or on your stomach.
Implantation Bleeding – One of the more uncommon symptoms of early pregnancy is bleeding from the uterus. This can happen when the egg implants itself during the fertilization period, which is typically 3 to 6 days after fertilization occurs. Some women may experience light spotting or cramping around the time of implantation, but it’s not always a sign that something is wrong. If you’re concerned about implantation bleeding, be sure to talk to your doctor.