While a pregnancy test and/or ultrasound is the only foolproof way to know for sure if you’re pregnant, there are some common symptoms that, when combined, can be a pretty good indicator that you are in the early stages of pregnancy. Every woman is different and many of the symptoms are similar to the feeling you get right before you start your period, so it may be hard to tell if Aunt Flo is preparing for a visit or if motherhood is knocking on the door. But if you’re experiencing some or all of these signs, you might want to schedule an appointment at PRC for a free test and possibly an ultrasound.
10 Signs You Might Be Pregnant
10 – Missed Period – If your period is pretty regular, you may have panicked and taken a home pregnancy test before you notice any of the other symptoms. But if you aren’t regular or aren’t keeping close track of your cycle you may notice some of the other signs before you notice you missed your period.
9 – Spotting or Cramping – Light spotting can be a sign that an embryo has implanted into the uterine wall (around a week after conception and before you would expect your period). Abdominal cramping, similar to menstrual cramps is also possible. These signs aren’t as common, so not having them doesn’t mean you aren’t pregnant.
8 – Sore Breasts – This can be kind of like your breasts feel before your period, but multiplied by 10. If you want to wear a sign that says “Look, don’t touch”, you might be pregnant. This is the beginning of your body preparing its milk-making factory.
7 – Bloating – Maybe your jeans shrunk in the wash, maybe you shouldn’t have had that whole burrito, maybe it’s just your pre-period bloating, or maybe you’re pregnant. You can’t blame the growing baby on this one, but you can blame it on the hormone changes slowing down digestion so your body gets more nutrients from your food.
6 – Tired – Exhausted may be a better word. If all of a sudden you just don’t have any energy and want to sleep like Rip Van Winkle, it might be because all your energy is going into building a little person.
5 – Peeing – ALL THE TIME! You can blame this one on the hormones and the increased blood flow through your kidneys. This one isn’t going away anytime soon.
4 – Mood Swings – Hormonal changes often play games with the neurotransmitters in your brain and everyone responds a bit differently. But, if your monthly mood swing is like a back yard playground, this can be more like those extreme swings at the amusement park. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little. If they’re that extreme and you feel like you are unable to cope you should call your healthcare provider.
3- Food Cravings and Aversions – Almost all expecting moms have some type of craving (though pickles aren’t always what you’ll want). And most also experience an aversion to foods they typically like. The good news, often those aversions keep you away from food you shouldn’t be eating anyway.
2- Super Smell Powers Activated – You smell everything! There are odors all around you’ve never noticed that you just can’t get away from. Often these odors lead to the next sign…
1- Nausea – That queasy feeling that sends you running for the bathroom when your super smell powers are working. It’s commonly called morning sickness, but it can happen any time of the day. This one usually lasts for about the first trimester, but some women escape without experiencing it at all.
As we said, not every woman will experience all or any of these signs. But if you were able to check several off the list, it might be time to pick up the phone and give us a call to schedule a free test and consultation with our team to confirm if you are in fact pregnant.
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