Symptoms of Being Pregnant

Whether you want to be pregnant, or it is the last thing on your mind, knowing the symptoms of being pregnant is important, so that you can make informed decisions about your future.  In this article, we look at common symptoms of being pregnant, from the ones that might be an indication, to those that certainly are.

Possible Symptoms of Pregnancy

Early on in a pregnancy, it can be hard to tell if you are pregnant or not.  However, if you have several, or all of the following signs, then you may just be expecting.

  • A missed period
  • A period that is unusually short, or that is late
  • A ‘feeling’ of being pregnant (believe it or not, many women just know, long before a pregnancy test!)
  • Changes to your libido
  • Food cravings
  • Urinating more often
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Skin troubles (hormone changes in early pregnancy can cause acne or blemishes)
  • Nausea or ‘morning sickness’

Most of these symptoms will occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, so if you notice more than one of them at a time, it should be a warning flag, and you should seek a confirmation on whether or not you are expecting.

Probably Symptoms of Pregnancy

Of course, there is always a chance that you miss the early symptoms of being pregnant altogether.  In that case, you should look out for these symptoms, which will probably indicate that you are pregnant:

  • An enlarged abdomen (could also be water retention, a cyst, or even a tumour, so have this one checked out!)
  • Feeling ‘movement’ in your abdomen (very unlikely though, as this would mean you have ‘missed’ the fact that you are pregnant for several months.

While it is not likely, it is possible to completely skip the early signs of pregnancy noted in the possible symptoms section above.  If that is the case, and you do start to experience unexplained weight gain, or feel ‘butterflies’ in your abdomen, there is a chance that you may be pregnant, so again, have yourself tested, or use a home test.

Definite Symptoms of Pregnancy

There are some symptoms of being pregnant that you just cannot ignore, and that cannot be caused by anything else.  These include:

  • A positive pregnancy test.  Even over the counter pregnancy tests, if used correctly, are 99% effective, so if you get a positive result, it is almost completely certain that you are pregnant?
  • Fetal heartbeat (again, this will only happen later on in pregnancy, so it is unlikely to discover you are pregnant because of this!)
  • Ultrasound or x-ray test that shows the baby in your uterus.

It is always a good idea to be on the lookout for symptoms of being pregnant, and remember that while it is rare, there are genuine cases of women who did not know that they were pregnant for months!  So be alert, pay attention to the changes in your body, and if in doubt, do a pregnancy test!

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