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Signs Of Being Pregnant

Updated on October 2, 2011

Swollen Breasts

As signs of being pregnant go, this in itself doesn't indicate pregnancy. Some women suffer from swollen/tender breasts during their menstrual cycle. However, if several other symptoms present at or around the same time, swollen breasts can be classed as an early pregnancy sign. The condition is caused by increased levels of hormones surging through your body, though it can settle down once the second trimester starts.


For many women, fatigue can be one of the sure pregnancy signs. A sudden onset of tiredness for no apparent reason can be a strong indication that you’re pregnant. This, for me, was a big problem with my fourth pregnancy. Within a matter of weeks, I was persistently tired. Unfortunately this continued throughout my pregnancy but some women find that it dissipates as their pregnancy progresses.

Signs Of Being Pregnant

Missed a period or two? A possible sign of pregnancy.
Missed a period or two? A possible sign of pregnancy.

The signs of being pregnant will vary from woman to woman. Many women find themselves asking 'could I be pregnant?' simply because the early signs of pregnancy are many and tend to differ from woman to woman. No two women will exhibit the same pregnant symptoms and some can actually pass into the second trimester before any physical indicators present themselves. That said, most will have an inkling within a matter of weeks – usually, missing a period is one of the first signs.

However, unless your menstrual cycle is as regular as clockwork, it can sometimes be a little tricky trying to work out if you’re pregnant – unless of course you just go right ahead and take a pregnancy test.

Signs Of Being Pregnant

Missed Period

One of the more common and definitive pregnancy symptoms, especially for women that have been trying to become pregnant. However, it’s not an absolute – there are other reasons for a blip in our menstrual cycle so it’s advisable to take a pregnancy test. That said, if your cycle is rhythmic, and you’re in tune with your cycle, the possibility of pregnancy being the cause for a missed period is probably high.

Morning Sickness

A huge indicator of pregnancy. Often viewed as a ghastly side effect of being pregnant and for many women, this symptom can present almost immediately. Further, the sickness is not strictly related to mornings and is therefore quite misleading.

Some feel sick in the evenings, for others it can be a recurring wave throughout the day. Added to that, some only experience nausea, as opposed to vomiting. In any case, both can become extremely unpleasant.

Developed sudden cravings for foods or drinks? Another 'maybe'.
Developed sudden cravings for foods or drinks? Another 'maybe'.


Although this is one of the more common signs of being pregnant, it’s not advisable to rely on this alone. This symptom is best measured alongside others symptoms, such as fatigue and swollen breasts (for e.g.). Also, cravings don’t always present during the first few weeks. I had cravings with each one of my pregnancies but only one of them started within a few days of being pregnant.

Urinating Frequently

Again, not a sign of being pregnant in itself but if you’re also suffering nausea and fatigue for example, this could be another precursor. In part it’s caused by progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, stimulating the bladder and partly it’s due to the increased pressure that your bladder suffers as your pregnancy progresses. For some, this symptom can present within a matter of weeks.

Pregnancy Test

Without doubt the quickest and simplest way to determine whether or not you're pregnant is to use the best pregnancy test kit - which is (by far) the First Response kit. It's fast, accurate and comes with enough strips to test three times. Almost 100% - a great indicator for home pregnancy tests - and a sure sign you then need to book an appointment with your doctor.

It's very simple to use and easy to understand - the test is done by reading the HCG levels in your urine. The cost of the kit is likely to be be the best 10 to 15 bucks you've spent in a long while - there's no better way of confirming the signs of being pregnant. Don't forget - check-in with your doctor at the soonest if your results are positive!

Best Early Pregnancy Book

Your Pregnancy

There are various other signs of being pregnant, though less common, and they're all detailed in the book Your Pregnancy MD: The First Trimester. It's an awesome book and lists thing such as:

  • Changes in taste/smell
  • Appetite increase
  • Appetite decrease
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Emotional/ mood swings

If you do believe you may be pregnant, or you’re unsure, read up on what an obstetrician has to say. The book is very highly rated and popular, plus it takes you from the very start of your pregnancy right through the first trimester. For ten bucks you're getting all you'll need to know, straight from the hroses mouth.

Pregnancy Signs

Signs Of Being Pregnant - Rounded Up

In short, the more common early symptoms of pregnancy rounded up are:

  • Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen breasts
  • Missed period
  • Morning sickness
  • Frequent urination

As stated previously, if one, all or several of the above symptoms of pregnancy do present – there’s a chance you may be pregnant. However, our bodies aren’t an exact science (unfortunately!) so don’t simply read the list and think “I’m pregnant”.

They’re only indicators, possibly pointing towards pregnancy. So hold the ‘phone calls until you know for sure!

Best Pregnancy Book

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

It’s important that you care of yourself - and your health and wellbeing - as being pregnant is a wonderful experience. It’s also far more enjoyable when you have an understanding of what to expect, as well as the correct support. So, if you are pregnant - or you're presenting with some signs of being pregnant - a recommended book is the Mayo Clinic Guide.

It's a superb book - the one that most women reach for when they discover they're pregnant. It's packed with relevant information, nothing's left out and it's like almost a pregnancy bible. It's also a great investment as there's nothing quite like knowledge - especially when it's readily available. Reading it allows you to inform and consequently arm yourself with the knowledge of what's to come, which is better for you and - better for baby. Good luck for the next nine months ... you've a wonderful journey ahead!


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      alo 22 months ago

      good description

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      leeandra 5 years ago

      I want to know if there iz or there isn't a possibility of being pregnant if you had unprotected sex and after 2weeks of having sex you go through your menstrual cycle as usual but after 2weeks of menstrual you encount some changes such as eating more often than you did before,feeling tired regularily,gaining weight I in a safe or risky spot of being pregnent

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      Jordyn 5 years ago

      I know I am pregnant but is it unusual to be going to the bathroom freqently, being only 3 weeks along?

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      Andria 6 years ago

      @ sweetness - it's possible. Safest way to be sure is to contact your local health center or doctor. Good luck :)

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      sweetness 6 years ago

      well i might be. iave crayings for fruits i feel like i want to faint. {light headed) i puke and ma head hurts and i mostly feel sick in the evenings. would u cosider me to be preagant

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      Ms Eaves 6 years ago

      Very helpful

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the great advice, this is really helpful.

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      lulu 8 years ago

      lot of care should be given to pregnant women, am i right?

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      Andria 8 years ago

      lol no advice here Eggy. I'm sure you'll find your perfect parents sooner or later. Probably in a few months ;)

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      Eggy's Diary 8 years ago from down in 'Moms' Ovary- Eggy's dream!

      Gosh Frogdropping, I have learnt so much from your blog! I am new to Hub Pages and just started my diary trying to find my Moms. I am an unfertilized egg down in a Moms oavary who has just been picked as the 'chosen egg' and on my way down to the 'tunnel of love' to get fertilized hoepfully by the Sperm army! Do you have any advice?

      Yours Eggy.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Dim - I didn't overly enjoy the labour either but you kinda can't avoid it lol! And thankyou :)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 8 years ago from Great Britain

      That was a really unusual and informative hub. I loved being pregnant just not so keen on the 'labour' part. You really do come up with some great hubs. Thank you.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      mari - thankyou. And re my hubs - I've written a few ;)

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      maritimer 8 years ago from canada

      REally good hub. The added pictures were a great touch. I have just come across your hubs today and I think they are great.

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      ciidoctor 8 years ago

      u are so funny frog

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Great hub. And I really love your pictures, especially the first one, lol!

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      hubpageswriter 8 years ago

      Very good article and well written. Good for guys too because they can use it as a reference to check out and determine the early symptoms of their wives..

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      Gringoperry 8 years ago from Belfast Northern Ireland

      Always good to have a few extra waring signs, so i know to take all the overtime I can get. Great article.

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      chiara.bolognini 8 years ago

      I haven´t had kids so far and your article looks great, it keeps you far away from becoming anxious about being pregnant or not. Unfortunately I cannot add anything from my direct experience. However I wrote an article which could be really interesting for pregnant women. If you want you can read it and tell me what you think. ;-)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      dcrisan - cramping is probably more related to your hormonal cycle but ... I wouldn't rule it out. I'd take a pregnancy test at the least, better still - go see your doctor :)

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      dcrisan 8 years ago from Maryland

      would you consider cramping a symptom to detect pregnancy?

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Chloe - I feel for you! That must have been pretty awful. Most suffer at least some but that's extreme - but at least you happily share the positives, nice healthy babies, well done! And thankyou :)

      jayb23 - I believe you have a very valid point so thanks for stopping by and sharing :)

      Kyon - it's certainly helpful to know what may be causing a woman to feel so out of sorts and ... different :)

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      KyonSOS23 8 years ago from Nabon

      Great hub,it is information everyone must know.

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Brilliantly written FG. Its a must read not only for women, but also for men, as it is imp for us also to knw what our love is going through. Cheers

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      Chloe Comfort 8 years ago from Long Island

      The nausea did it for me. About 2 weeks before my first pregnancy was confirmed I began waking up nightly at about 1:00am feeling somewhat ill. Little did I know that this was just the beginning :-) Unfortunalely, I was the 1 out of 200 (statistically speaking) women that developed hyperemesis gravidarum - morning sickness/standard nausea can't hold a candle to this! The taste/smell thing also took a lot out of me. Ahh - the joys of pregnancy. With my second pregnancy, it was worse. In the end - it was all worth it. But now that I have my boy and girl, i don't think I'll be going through that again :-)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      red - I think the nausea is a kicker for most of us, unfortunately. Yuk ;)

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      rednckwmn 8 years ago

      I knew I was pregnant when I could smell salt from across the room. Well, that and the non stop vomiting....this was a really good hub, and it reminded me of how sepcial it is to be pregnant, that magical feeling of "what's my baby gonna look like?" and at the same time I am sooooo thankful those days are long gone!!!! :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      L/Girl - finally landed :) I'm trying to picture scene, you parting with breakfast in a court room ...

      Morning sickness should be removed from the whole nine months. Though I have to say that hearburn is pretty vile too.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I threw up in court, once. Which is a handy benchmark when things are going badly in a case, "is this as bad as being sick in Stratford Magistrates' Court?" The answer, fortunately, has always been, "no".

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Kimberly - thankyou :)

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Great stuff!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      tink - I have emailed you. Please reply and I will see if I can help you, with advice. Try not to worry too much, we need to think of solutions, not avoidance. ok? FD

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      tink09 8 years ago

      i am nervous as ever. im 16 and am having a baby. any advise on how to tell my mom???

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      Andria 8 years ago

      L/Girl - I was hopeless with my first pregnancy. Absolutley no idea. My second I was more switched on though. And like you ... morning sickness was a bane for me at times. Often I wasn't actually sick. I just spent my days feeling sick. Morning noon and noon, reeling.

      Disgusting :)

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      When I was pregnant with Isaac, I was sure the day I was due. Being a day or two late wouldn't normally be an issue for me, it happens quite a lot. But I just felt completely different (isn't that a helpful way of putting it?)

      After a couple of pregnancies already, my mother says she knew she was pregnant the third and fourth time even before she was overdue.

      Morning sickness - I spit on the name. I was sick all day, every day, from week 6 to the end of labour.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      samantha - thankyou for the comment :) Pregnancies really are different, for eveyone. And even for us girls, whenever (if ever) we have a second or third child.

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      samanths 8 years ago

      this is so helpful when i wa pregnant i had all the symptoms and i had cravngs even before my missed period and my brests got really tender

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Frieda - hey! Thankyou very much. Of course we mommies have inside info huh?! But I have backed up what I've written by way of researching the personal knowledge I already have. My sisters brain has also been suitably picked ;)

      fortune - how are you?! And lol, unlike you I remain open to catching, should I be foolish enough to do so. Though I think at 41 years of age, I can hang up the pram!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      AIdY - I am lol! Been there, done that, four times. And got the kids to prove it! And thankyou. I was talking with my sister about this (she's a Health Visitor, her focus is babies, moms and so on) and she suggested I tackle the whole nine months. She was telling me about the things she's asked most often and so here we are. Only another 30 or so weeks to tackle!

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      great hub, and very informative, those were the days..... tubes are tied, weeeeeeeeeeeeee.


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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      What a gorgeous looking hub. Absolutely, and sound advice. Love this.

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      =o so you are female after all! I think that it is a wonderful ideal that you did a series of mommie-to-be Hubs. I seen every one, voted em' up! Awesome, very well done.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Nanny - hey :) To be honest the taste/smell thing was pretty random. I annoyed my sister for some validation (the above she ought to know about else she's getting paid for nothing!) and books and personal experience.

      She didn't get a problem with her sense of smell and taste, where as I did. Subjective maybe?

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      Nanny J.O.A.T. 8 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Hey FG - very well written!

      Actually, I thought that changes in smell/taste were one of the more common symptoms as many of the women I know including myself- have had various changes in taste/smell even before the missed period. Don't know if there have ever been any studies done...just anecdotal evidence on my part.


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