Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Missed Period: Generally a good indicator.

However, periods can be missed or late with an unusual amount of stress as well. Also, just because you experience bleeding does not mean you aren’t pregnant. Some women “spot” during pregnancy (Another, though not as common sign). This bleeding may be confused with your normal period and you could actually be pregnant.

Intuition: Have a gut feeling?

Some women simply ‘feel’ pregnant. Usually, they are correct with their intuition. Call it a woman thing. Or call it knowing your body very well.

Morning Sickness: Vomiting during pregnancy that can occur any time during the day, but usually in the mornings. It can also last any amount of time.

Studies show that women who experience morning sickness typically have a lower percentage of miscarriage. Why women experience morning sickness is still being researched, but probably has to do with the rising levels of a certain hormone your body is producing.

Tender Breasts: This can also occur before your period…

However, if you notice that your breasts also look a little bigger, then you may be pregnant. You may also feel a tingling sensation.

Extreme Fatigue: Tired much?

This is a sign of pregnancy, especially if you have other symptoms. On it’s own however, not such a great indicator. We’ve all had those hard days…or hard weeks.

Frequent Urination: Baby = Pressure on your bladder

You may feel the need to use the restroom more often if you are pregnant. Especially in the first and last trimester. If you gotta go, go. You do not want to risk getting an infection while you’re pregnant just because you held it in.

Other Symptoms you may experience:

-Headaches
-Heartburn
-Constipation
-Dizziness
-Cravings for food or aversions to other food
-Irritability or Mood Swings (In my opinion, the worst one!)
-Body Temperature: It’s higher during pregnancy.
-Low back pain: Up to 50% of women experience this early on.
-Bloating or Weight Gain: …it’s gonna happen when you’re pregnant. No avoiding it, sorry.

Most pregnancy tests you get at the drugstore are just as good and accurate as if you peed at the doctors. If your test turns out positive, make an appointment. He/She will be able to tell if you are pregnant and may take a blood sample to be 100% sure.

Don’t forget to take your prenatal vitamin before you get pregnant if you’re trying conceive, during pregnancy, and after.