Are you asking the question “Am I pregnant?” and want to know the earliest pregnancy symptoms? Although a pregnancy test is the only surefire way to determine whether you’re actually pregnant, you may be displaying symptoms before the first missed period. Read on to find out if you could be in the early stages of pregnancy.
Check if you get extremely tired. Due to the increase in hormone levels, most women begin to feel extreme fatigue as one of their first signs of pregnancy.
Check if you get short of breath. The fetus that is slowly developing needs oxygen, meaning that you’ll likely feel a bit deprived. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you’ll continue to feel out of breath if you decide to bring the baby to term.
Recall if you get dizzy and/or faint. Often caused by either low blood sugar or blood pressure, a dizzy spell or a fainting episode could mean that you have a bun in the oven.
Check if your breasts and/or nipples are very tender and sore. Many women feel that their breasts are fuller and more tender with their nipples being more sensitive during early pregnancy.
Look for signs of cramping and/or bloating. This very early sign of pregnancy tends to feel much like your period is coming. It could be your period, but it could also be early pregnancy.
Look for signs of headaches. Usually thought to be a cause of changing hormones in your body during pregnancy, headaches are common maladies of women who are newly pregnant.
Look for signs of backaches. If you don’t normally have backaches, this could be a sign that the ligaments in your back are loosening, preparing for the time when you have to hold extra weight for nearly a year.
Check if you are spotting. Light vaginal bleeding could be from implantation of a fertilized egg into the lining of the uterus. Many women feel that their period is beginning, but it is actually one of their first symptoms of pregnancy.
Look out for sudden mood shifts. Your system is being pumped with new hormones if you’re indeed pregnant. That means you’re likely to blow up over something inconsequential or suddenly find yourself teary for no good reason.
Understand that nausea and/or vomiting could also be signs. Normally, morning sickness won’t occur until about a month after conception, and some escape this pregnancy symptom altogether.
Be aware that urinating more than normal might also be a sign. Increased urination occurs due to the increase in blood and other body fluids, which ends up being processed by the kidneys and ending up in the bladder. This increase in urination will most likely only worsen as your pregnancy progresses.
Check if you missed your period. If you have regular periods and can typically predict when it will start, then this symptom could definitely indicate early pregnancy. You may notice a missed period before any other pregnancy symptom.
Be aware of your cravings for food. Do you have cravings for foods that you normally never eat? Or simply cravings for an unusual food? Cravings are a common early pregnancy sign.
Check if you get more sensitive to odors than normal. This early pregnancy symptom may be due to increased estrogen levels, but no one knows for sure.
Chart your basal body temperature. If you’re charting your basal body temperature, one of the first signs of pregnancy is a higher-than-normal temperature for that time of the month.
Take a pregnancy test. Most pregnancy tests will not detect early pregnancy until your period is missed. If other pregnancy symptoms are present and you still don’t have your period, test again in a few days.
If you are a few days late for your period (and you’re typically regular), then take a home pregnancy test. If it’s negative, wait a few more days and test again. Sometimes the human chorionic gonadotrophin hCG (pregnancy hormone) is not high enough early on to detect pregnancy.
Many of the early pregnancy symptoms are also premenstrual symptoms. You should begin to know your own body rhythms after tracking and charting for a few months.
Wait until you have missed your period before testing. Some women who are trying to conceive test on the day they’re due only to get a negative and their period on the same day.