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15 Early Signs that You May be Pregnant


A lot of changes take place in a woman’s body when she gets pregnant. These changes can be experienced in form of certain signs and symptoms. Take a quick look at the signs and symptoms of early pregnancy.


Are you spending sleepless nights wondering whether a life has started growing inside you? These 15 signs will help your confirm whether you are pregnant or not. Well, the assured way to determine your pregnancy is undergoing an ultrasound. However, if you are too caught up with your work to visit an obstetrician, these 15 signs will confirm whether you are pregnant or not.


1. Missing Periods

The first thing that invades your mind when you miss your periods is being pregnant. However, not all missed periods can be associated with pregnancy. Some women with PCOS or PCOD encounter delays in their menstrual time. Therefore, it is always better to get tested for confirmation.


2. Sore Breast

Your breast is preparing for the lactation. Therefore, one might feel a little tenderness on the breast area. The hormones estrogen and progesterone cause breast to retain more fluid, thus leading to sore breast.


3. Spotting

One might experience light spotting after 5 to 10 days of conception. This occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself to the lining of uterus. This is harmless. However, consult a doctor immediately.


4. Backache

This is quite common in many women and is caused due to implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining. The uterus is preparing for the little stretch in the coming months of pregnancy. Some light exercises will help relieve the pain.


5. Constipation and Frequent Urination

During pregnancy, the uterus grows and exerts pressure on the bladder leading to more frequent urination. The added pressure and intestinal changes may also cause constipation.


6. Nausea

The surge in hormone levels cause women to experience morning sickness during pregnancy. However, some women feel nauseous all day long.


7. Fatigue

You are growing a human inside you. You are carrying extra weight along with your own weight. You are bound to feel tired as your progesterone level will soar. Take good amount of rest as this is a long journey and you will need more energy on your way to childbirth.


8. Headaches

Some women complain of frequent headaches during the onset of pregnancy. The hormonal changes in the body might elevate the pain. However, some people experience respite of migraines while expecting.


9. Unusual Hunger Pangs

Some women are hungry all the time during pregnancy and crave for unusual food items that they will devoid eating during a normal scenario. This is where we can blame the hormones. During pregnancy, the body needs extra 300 calories to function. It is always better to opt for healthy diet during your pregnancy.


10. Mood Swings

Well, pregnant women can be difficult at times. The changes in the body and the stress level work towards the frequent mood changes. Be gentle towards her. It is not an easy change for her.


11. Indigestion and Bloating

The hormones are forever working during pregnancy and are the cause of indigestion and bloating during the period. The growing uterus pushes the bladder that causes indigestion during pregnancy.


12. Feeling Lightheaded

The body works differently when you are expecting. The heart pumps more blood causing the blood pressure to rise. This might cause light headedness or dizziness when you are in pregnancy stage.


13. Rise in Body Temperature

There might be a slight rise in the basal temperature when you are pregnant. This is to indicate when you are ovulating. The temperature might be a degree or two higher than usual.


14. Darker Nipples

Yes, your areolas will be darker than usual. The hormones are responsible for the darker nipples. The colour will come back to normal after a certain period of time.


15. Insomnia

Yes, you read it right. It is unfortunate that many women experience sleepless nights during pregnancy. The growing bump, the surging hormones are the main culprits. Try to get some rest and try to remain calm for better sleep.

The above mentioned signs are just the usual symptoms. Nowadays, there are several home pregnancy tests available in the market. Initially, such test can be taken to confirm the pregnancy and then an appointment with a doctor can be scheduled.


Which are the early signs of pregnancy? How to confirm pregnancy? Are the home pregnancy test results accurate? Discuss here.

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