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How Can You Know If You're Pregnant

Updated on September 10, 2013
Could you be having a baby?
Could you be having a baby?

How can you know if you're pregnant? The only way to know for sure is to have a pregnancy test done. You can do this at home, most are just as reliable as what your doctor will use, or just skip the home test and go straight to your physician. But, there are also many signs and symptoms that can indicate an early pregnancy. The following is a list of symptoms that most women experience early on, in the first few weeks of pregnancy. However keep in mind that not all women are the same, and some women may experience all of these symptoms or and some may not have any at all. I hope this article helps you answer the question of how do you know you're pregnant.

Missed Period

A missed period is the classic sign of pregnancy. Your period is the process your body uses to dispose of the lining of your uterine but when you become pregnant that lining is used to house the baby growing inside.

Morning Sickness
Morning Sickness

Nausea / Morning Sickness

No one is really sure why pregnant women get morning sickness, we just know that a lot of us do. It is most severe early on in the pregnancy and this coupled with a missed/late period is usually what causes a women to suspect that she may be pregnant.

Breast Changes

Many pregnant women notice change in their breasts. They may be tender, swollen, or the areola may become darker. Theses changes are due to hormones.

Spotting Or Cramping

Spotting and cramping are very common in the early weeks of pregnancy. Blood may appear brownish, this just means it's old blood.

Vaginal Discharge

Many pregnant women experience a milky white discharge very early on. This is completely normal and harmless.

Frequent Urination

You may find yourself going to the restroom a lot more! The increase in bathroom trips is the result of your hormones increasing the blood flow to your kidneys, causing your kidneys to fill up faster.

Pregnancy Causes Frequent Urination
Pregnancy Causes Frequent Urination

Feeling Tired

Early on in pregnancy many women find themselves unusually tired. This is normal and due to hormones and all changes your body is going through at this time.

Mood Swings

You may find yourself going from happy to sad, in 60 seconds. This is the fault of all those pesky hormones.

Am I Pregnant?
Am I Pregnant?

Am I Pregnant?

If you are going through some of the things listed above, you may very well be pregnant. But, to be sure take a test. I hope that results are exactly what you are hoping for.

What do I do If I Am Pregnant?

First off congratulations! Now you need to call and schedule an appointment with an OB doctor of your choice. They will be able to tell you how far along you are and give you great advice on how to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. Plus they will schedule you for your first sonogram, which is an amazing experience! Best wishes from me to you.

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      Angel Hayes 

      6 years ago

      hey you guys, i was wondering what you might think? my doctor told me i have some pregnancy symptoms, which are headaches, tiredness, nausea, tender breasts, frequent peeing, and such things. my period is abnormal because i have an implant birth control. i took a test that came out negative right after the sex, and i have developed these symptoms that are not guaranteed to being preg. what do you think? its only been going on for a few weeks now.

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      6 years ago

      I had a miscarriage about a year and a half ago and didn't experience any symptoms, minus an intense craving for some big fat dill pickles. And now I'm having many of these symptoms, nauseated, weepy (I cry at the drop of a hat), tender ...Ehem... for lack of a better word at the moment... nipples... and back cramps (almost severe) my husband swears up and down I'm a week late for my period, but I'm not so sure so I'm waiting another week before I take that hop and a skip over to the doctor's office.

      Considering my first pregnancy was not full term and i was still in my senior year of high school I had no idea what was going on and honestly I still don't...

      i was just curious as to if this has happened to other people in their pregnancies. (Difference in symptoms from one pregnancy to another) my husband nor I have any female figures to ask, and i just don't think my father nor my husband's grandfather would have any idea what I'm talking about...

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      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      The morning sickness is always what hits me first, I get extremely sick with pregnancy and it lasts almost up until birth. With my first pregnancy I also thought maybe I had the flu or something...but obviously that was not the case.

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      Amanda Dollak 

      8 years ago

      I have two children and both times I was hit with horrible morning sickness within days of getting pregnant. The first time I just assumed I had been sick from a heat wave we were having or maybe even some bad food. But after an entire pregnancy of the queasiness, I knew immediately that I was pregnant the second time when the morning sickness popped up again!

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      8 years ago

      I knew immediately for babies no. 2, 3, and 4. The standard symptoms were a dead giveaway. My best friend asked me why I thought I was and I went down many of the ones mentioned here - and well she was too!

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      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Most women I know tend to experience more symptoms before they find out, but my symptoms didn't start until a few weeks later. By that time they where full swing.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for reading hrymel. I experienced most of these symptoms before I found out that I was pregnant, that's what prompted me to take a test.

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      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      When I found out I was pregnant, I was under extreme stress and thought that I had just skipped or my change in diet had delayed the start of my period. Boy was I wrong.

      The first strong symptom I experienced was cramping. I later learned that this had something to do with slight dehydration as well.

      Great article though.


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