10 Ways To Know if You Are Pregnant

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So, you think you might be pregnant. This can be a stressful or exciting time, or both. A pregnancy is a huge life changing event. Here's ten signs or symptoms that might indicate pregnancy. You may have all or none of these. Always confirm pregnancy with your doctor and start prenatal care as soon as possible if you are pregnant. Good prenatal care is extremely important.

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Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

  1. Late Period/Missed Period - This is often the first sign that you may be pregnant, but it's not foolproof. There are other things that can effect a menstrual period including stress, weight changes, changes in birth control, and breast feeding.
  2. Morning Sickness/Anytime Sickness - Many people do have morning sickness while pregnant, but there are other reasons to experience nausea and vomiting. People that having morning sickness usually start experiencing it 2-8 weeks after conception, so throwing up the morning after you think you conceived may just be stress or bad takeout the night before.
  3. Food Cravings - These can last throughout a pregnancy, but they are easy to imagine up for the woman who thinks she may be pregnant. Other causes may be an impending period, stress, depression, or a diet that is lacking in certain nutrients.
  4. Sore Breasts - Pregnancy comes with sore breasts, sometimes extremely sore breasts. For some women this is not much different then the sore breasts they experience when their period is imminent. Bottom line here, it's hard to distinguish between pregnancy and PMS. That said, it may be a very encouraging sign for women who don't experience breast tenderness on a regular basis.
  5. Darkening of Areolas - This is a common sign of pregnancy. Personally I have seen this as a very early sign of pregnancy once out of three pregnancies, in the other two pregnancies this sign showed up long after I learned I was pregnant. So, not having this symptom does not mean you are not pregnant. Other causes of darkening of the areolas are hormonal imbalance and residual effects of a prior pregnancy.
  6. Frequent Urination - This usually starts about 6-8 weeks into a pregnancy, so you may know you are pregnant by the time this kicks in. Interesting factoid: Pregnancy is dated from your last menstrual period, so you are calculated to be two weeks pregnant at the time of conception! There's a lot of reasons for increased urination that have nothing to do with pregnancy, such as diabetes, increased fluids, and a urinary tract infection.
  7. Headaches - Many pregnant women have frequent headaches due to the sudden hormone surge of pregnancy. Once again, there are a lot of other reasons for frequent headaches, including stress, an impending period, and caffeine withdrawal.
  8. Fatigue - Are you exhausted? Missing your favorite shows because you fell asleep early? This could be a sign of pregnancy. It could also be a sign that you are stressed, depressed, or getting the flu.
  9. Implantation Bleeding - Sometimes, when the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall there is some cramping and or spotting experienced. This happens 6-12 days after conception. Other causes include impending menstruation, a cut from intercourse, infection, and break through bleeding.
  10. Positive Pregnancy Test - If you get two lines you can start celebrating. Do a dance, call some friends if you like. False positives are extremely rare. False negatives are much less rare and are usually caused by testing far too early. Try to wait until you are actually late for your period, give the hormones a chance to get into your system and be measurable. If you do decide to test early, please don't count on that negative and go out and binge drink or anything! Now, when I talk about a positive test I mean two clear lines, not maybe I see a faint second line if I hold it up to the window at an angle. You know who you are. I've been guilty of such tactics myself. Also, resist the urge to read the test after the time indicated on the box. An evaporation line can occur, looking like a positive test.

Good Luck!

Comments 41 comments

george 5 years ago

if a boy pulls away before he fully sperms without using a condom is there still a chance of getting pregnant?

overeducated girl 5 years ago

Yes, there is a definite chance. A boy who practices that type of birth control is bound to become a father.

tiffany 5 years ago

i have 5days until i come on my peiord and i had sex 2weeks ago could i be pregnant???

naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Tiffany i think we can't assure now if you are pregnant it is only 5 days. Are your menstruation regular? At somehow sex makes the body of the woman specially the reproductive system malfunction, My friend tells me that every time he have a sex, her girlfriend always delay for 3 to 7 days.

This Hub has a very useful tips. I am now aware and have more idea if someone ask me if she is pregnant.

dollybee 5 years ago

im almost 2 weeks delayed i had sex 2 weeks a go but my bf pulls it away before his sperm come's .. do u think am i pregnant ?

christina 5 years ago

me and my husband had sex like two weeks ago and he came out and cleaned and then we did it again. i don't know if i am pregnant or not. i have irregular periods and it comes when it wants. i don't have headaches or mood swings. my breast are pink and brown around. i have been having the cramping but that's it. i really don't know what to do and i don't really need to be pregnant right now.

MessyBebe 5 years ago


I just read ur articles.

I took pregnancy test yesterday for three times and all is positive. So I bought the expensive one and it's positive but with the cheaper one is the other line is faint.

I found out that i am like 3-4 weeks pregnant and would like to see a doctor if I'm really pregnant. When do u reckon I go and see a doctor? But my partner said wait til 2 weeks.

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Overeducated Girl 5 years ago from United States Author

Congrats, MessyBebe. A line is a line, you are pregnant. False positives are extremely rare, 4 false positives, practically unheard of. Doctors usually like to see women for the first time between nine and eleven weeks. Call your doctor for an OB referral and set up that appointment. Your doctor may want to confirm the pregnancy with an in office test but they are basically the same as the home tests. Good Luck!

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Overeducated Girl 5 years ago from United States Author

Christina, if you really don't want to get pregnant withdrawal is not the method for you, it has a failure rate of almost 20%. That's one in five! I guess you have to just wait and see. A pregnancy test about three weeks after the incident should be fairly accurate.

Desiree 5 years ago

My boyfriend always pulls out but sometimes he pulles out a little too late and two nights ago he just left it in and im really scared because I laid there for like an hour until i asked "did you ever come?" and he said "yeah...in you" and Im like really freaking out because i know my period is coming soon but they're kinda irregular they're always 3 or 4 days late..im so scared.!

tilly 5 years ago

desiree, if you stress about it, this will slow it down so much! this can make your periods slow down, and cause you too panic more, if you wait about 3 weeks, if nothing take a test. you should then find out :)

good luck x

MessyBebe 5 years ago

hi girl..

I'm back. =) yeah I found out last week that I'm 5 weeks and 6 days. We went to the ultrasound.. But unfortunately I'm on pain Like cramping or abdominal pain and so Im bleeding once but not heavy just light period. Do u think it's miscarriage? I hope not.. =(

Osita1216 5 years ago


Looking for advice.

- before anything I was on birth control for about 6mnths. I stopped because i've been ttc for abt 2yrs now, but nothing happens. My cycle are irregular but when it does come I always get it around the 14th or 15th - i've been to 3 different dcts. & they want to regulate my period by giving me birth control pills again - I refused. My last period was Sept. 16 ; started taking Fertility Blend had sex & its been 2wks since I was suppost to get my period. & I see nothing which I didn't pay much mind bcuz its irregular. Yet my breast are darker I can see my veins on them... Severe headaches, feeling very bloated .. Like fat!, Very tired always sleepy but that's about it. I don't want to get real happy & end up w. A negative ; any advise on when I should get tested ? Or on what should I do ?


katie07 5 years ago

My fiancé and I had sex a lot Saturday n Sunday its only Wednesday, but I have a lot of the symptoms of bein pregnant now, keep in mind this would be my second pregnancy. Sense its only 4-5 days is it too early to tell?

I'm not on any birthcontrol and we did not use condoms either, my next period is nt due for another couple weeks. I did an ovulating calendar online and according to that we were having sex my days of ovulating. This timing seems to early but a lot of signs are leaning towards pregnant.

I have the very very light pinkish bleeding which only lasted all day Tuesday with menstral cramps but nt extreme like my normal period symptoms, I feel restless a lot foods do not sound or look good at all.

With my first pregnancy I was about 4 weeks along when found out, and only tested than because I craved milk really bad (a lot) and breats were a lil tender, and I had a close call with him very early so I'm scared if I am the bleeding and cramps are from bad things.

Some help and inlightment would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

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Overeducated Girl 5 years ago from United States Author

MesseBebe, I'm sorry I didn't see this for so long. How did it turn out? Are you still pregnant? I had spotting and cramping during my first pregnancy and now that baby is 14, so it doesn't necessarily mean miscarriage. There's a lot of 'growing pains' with ligaments stretching and what not. Please let me know, I'm curious.

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Overeducated Girl 5 years ago from United States Author

Osita1216, test now, if you haven't already. You should get a positive test about 14 days after conception, sometimes earlier. You may want to start charting so you can pinpoint your ovulation. I used fertility friend when I was ttc and it was pretty helpful.

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Overeducated Girl 5 years ago from United States Author


Please understand that I'm not a doctor, just a mommy of three. 4-5 days is way too early for a pregnancy test but some people just seem to know when they are pregnant. With my first one, right after the act, the words "we just made a baby" went through my head like a lightening bolt. We had.

The bleeding could be irritation or an implantation bleed. The cramping could also be from implantation, or a number of other things. If I were you I'd get some dollar store tests and start testing about 10 days out. Believe it or not, they are the most sensitive tests I have ever used.

MessyBebe 4 years ago

Oh everything is fine.. I'm turning 24 weeks this week..

But thanks for ur advice

agermano12 4 years ago

i have been having symptoms of being pregnant for about 2 weeks now i have took 4 hpt and all but one came out negative i was supposed to start my period today .. could i be pregnant

Bcountry 4 years ago

I am 10 days late on my period and my pee is really strong smellin. My breast is kind of sore but not real bad. For my period I spotted about 6 days after I missed my period but that was all I did. Could I be pregnant?? Please email me. Bcountry1997@windstream.net

Edmita 4 years ago

Last month my period was only 3 days and that is not usual for me. This month I have not gotten my period I am 6 days late. My nipples have been sore but no sign of my period. My boyfriend pulls out right before he comes. So can someone help me do u think I'm pregnant?

Worried2112 4 years ago

I am 2 months late on my period. All the tests I have taken have came back negative but I am feeling sick all the time. I am feeling drained of energy. My back hurts and my breasts are very tender. Do you think I could possibly be pregnant?

coquice 3 years ago

For the past 2 months my periods have came every 21 to 23 days on the 3rd monthetook test and im pregnant could i be father along

coquice 3 years ago

For the past 2 months my periods have came every 21 to 23 days on the 3rd monthetook test and im pregnant could i be father along

dana 3 years ago

I need advice,

Me and my partner done things while I was most fertile, exactly 16 days before my period was suppose to come, needless to say I started spotting three days before my period but the spotting turned into my period just hours after spotting. My period lasted ruffly 6 days then stopped, in the mean time I have been sick, well dry heaving and diarrhea, headaches, mood swings a lot, food cravings , and sleeping a lot. I didn't cramp on my period at all, but since I been dry heaving I have had some lower abdominal pain and some in my hips and my breast has changed some. After two miscarriages, could I be pregnant?

TryingToConceive 3 years ago

Hi :)

my period was 12 days late and I started spotting...I guess it could be considered as a very light period (light enough for a panty liner). My husband and I have been trying to conceive for almost 3 years now. My last menstrual cycle started 10 April and the spotting started 22 May. Is there any chance that I could still be pregnant? My cycles are usually 30 says long. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Overeducated Girl 3 years ago from United States Author


You're probably not pregnant, but I would suggest taking a test to alleviate your mind. Also, you may want to see a doctor, your symptoms sound like there is definitely something going on with you.

Trying to Conceive,

You could be pregnant and a test would be accurate at this stage. If you take one please let me know what the results are, I'm curious at a former TCCer myself. As an alternative, you can wait it out and see if the spotting turns into something more. Sometimes people do spot during early pregnancy.

dana 3 years ago

okay thank you overeducated girl, i most certainly will let you know.

Stephy9 3 years ago

Overeducated girl, I'm super happy I found this post! So here's my story, I missed my period, a month late.I notice very light spotting about two days ago, today after having sex my boyfriend notice a very light pink stain.I have used the bathroom and wiped myself many times and only once saw light spotting, it's like I'm bleeding inside.I was suppose to get my period starting April 26-30. It's May 28th and nothing yet I haven't done any at home test, but I have been taking folic acid. Would like to hear from you soon! Many blessing to you and your family!

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Overeducated Girl 3 years ago from United States Author

So Stephy9, why haven't you tested yet? You must be dying to know.... Spotting after sex can happen whether you're pregnant or not. It sounds like you might want it to be positive. A test would be accurate by now and prenatal care is important (I'm glad you're taking folic acid).

Stephy9 3 years ago

Goodmorning! I just woke up so freaked out! I'm bleeding like a water fall! Stained my bed and mattress :( I'm so stressed out. I have non idea what that mean, maybe by having sex it trigger something...

Stephy9 3 years ago

No cramps no period like symptoms beside very heavy flow. I just cleaned the bed and change the sheets I'm so upset at myself, this bed we bought it about 2years ago and now it's stained :( I never missed my period in the last 9 years beside two years ago because of stress, I went to a doctor. Now could it be I can be expecting and still get my period a month late? I don't understand why did it take to have sex to bleed the way I am since I was suppose to get it back in April, my head is hurting, tummy is hurting at this moment.

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Overeducated Girl 3 years ago from United States Author

I'm sorry, stephy9, this doesn't sound like spotting anymore. Please keep an eye on that bleeding and if it gets too strong see a doctor.

Stephy9 3 years ago

Do you know what it can be... the flow has stayed the same since an hour ago that I woke up. I feel the blood coming down, but seems odd. Please throw out any ideas that might come to mind. I'm much more calm down. Xoxo

Stephy9 3 years ago

So I bought an ept digital and pee on the tip of the stick for about 8 seconds this was around 6pm...my bleeding has then calm down and now I'm feeling the cramps, I still have the other test to take in the morning since my urine would most likely be clean. I used a $2 off coupon just incase anyone needs it you can find it on the company's website.

beauty5ed 3 years ago

I missed the whole month of may with no type of bleeding..which i should have came on on the 24..now June 2 i started spotting..which ive neva done..n i bn having a normal cycle since i was 13..so am i pregnant?????

Confused 3 years ago

Mine was the same way beauty5ed, except yesterday I started having pains and bleeding heavier I went to change my tampon and I had a few blood clots about a nickle size and now I'm back to a light flow almost spotting, I took two pregnancy test about two weeks ago and they were negative so I tried two more a few days later and they were also negative? Haven't taken one since then but it's still weighing on my mind because I had a few of the symptoms of being pregnant..dizziness, livht headed, nausea, sore breast, cramping and back pains from hell..I decided to just wait a few more days to see how this bleeding continues before I go to the dr, but family members suggest I go now?

secret 3 years ago

Hi, I came off the pill in may and bled 3 times within 4 weeks. The last period was on 6th june. I slept with my boyfriend on the two weekends and on the 20th june I bled for a day, brownish. I used a tampon but nothing much on it. Sorry for being graphic. After the day bleed I did a pregnancy test 3 days later and negative, did one 6days later negative. Done 2 more over this last weekend both negative. Period due today nothing. I have cramps, increased appetite, bowels not great but nothing. I have order lots of cheap tests and will do more. I just want peace of mind now. Me and my boyfriend have broken up and I am divorced with other children to my previous husband. He left me when it was negative...even though we hadn't planned it and he was pulling out

secret 3 years ago

I just did 2 pregnancy tests again this morning after cramping pains yesterday..both negative within 15 secs. I just wish I would start bleeding now as then I have an answer. If I was pregnant it would have been on them two weekends which is now over 3 weeks so it would have shown? I have no other symptoms I think we can all start 'feeling' pregnany but for me with all my others I just had yellow sick and that's when I knew I was pregnant. Never been through this testing thing and I feel for everyone as your hopes are either up and it gets slashed or you are worried to hell and get no answers. I had a cancer scare 12yrs ago and I am now starting to think noooo please. I here women say they found out there was pregnant after tons of negatives but I know this is rare. I am scared, and scared of being alone...but much rather be alone and pregnant than be not pregnant and that's back:(

secret 3 years ago

Still no period and still negative tests. I have a bloated belly and hungry or just eat for nothing. I have a white discharge but nothing. I read somewhere implantation bleeding doesn't happen 2 weeks before a period is due so am thinking maybe my body had a funny spell and just had a one day period. I checked my diary I got dates wrong it was 13th last day of period and 27th june day bleed. So maybe the day bleed was a mini period and that's why tests are negative and I have to wait 4 weeks after the mini bleed for a test to say negative or positive...I hate the waiting game. I am going to the doctors on the 23 july for checks.

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