According to most sources, there are several ways to deduce whether you are or aren’t pregnant.

The most common, of course is a missed period. However, there are sure signs leading up to your missed cycle that can be a red flag. Most of these symptoms can sometimes also be symptoms for your period, but there are subtle differences that can tell you for sure.

1. Breasts Tender/Enlarged: My breasts are always tender a few days before my period starts, but when I found out that I was pregnant, they had been tender for more than a week before my cycle was scheduled to start. My bra’s were also becoming increasingly uncomfortable, and the underwire started cutting into my sides. And of course, your husband is always going to be the first one to notice and ask, “Are your boobs bigger?” They also become a little firmer with the transformation.

2. Heightened Sense of Smell/Aversions: When I started being able to discern what the neighbors were cooking, or what kind of laundry soap they were using, I knew it was time for a test. Also, when my husband came home one afternoon reaking of some foul smell (that I later found out was Swedish Meatballs) I couldn’t believe how nauseated I felt when he kissed me! Then he had some Berry flavoured juice, and it smelled like a wine cooler! (I can’t stand the smell of Alcohol.)

3. Nausea/Morning Sickness: I have no idea why they call it morning sickness, because it lasts ALL DAY! Do you remember when you were a kid and you went to the fair? You would gorge yourself on funnel cake and soda, and then would proceed to ride the bumpiest, craziest ride there. Then, when you got off, you ran immediately to the bathroom. You didn’t necessarily throw up, but MAN you really thought you were going to! Think Sea Sick times 10 and 24/7. When you do start feeling well enough to eat again and you have a meal, the entire process starts over again.

4. Increased or Decreased Libido: It sounds strange, but they can both be a sign of pregnancy. Some women just don’t want to be touched, and others chase their husbands around the house wearing their sexiest langerie. In the latter case, the bloodflow to your lower regions increases desire and pleasure for both the male and female… although after a while, your husband might be making excuses to go for a walk because he can’t keep up with you.

These are just a few signs among many…including backaches, headaches and mood swings…but those usually accompany PMS, so it’s hard to tell. If you are having any or all of these symptoms, you should contact your OB/GYN for a pregnancy test. If you are….Congrats! If not….there’s always next month!