I’m sure you’re anxious to determine if you’ve conceived this month. If you’re too impatient to wait those torturous weeks until you take a pregnancy test, there are some ways that you can tell if you’re pregnant before that.
I’ve had a few different experiences with all of my pregnancies in regards to the symptoms that I felt early on. I can definitely attest to the fact that with each pregnancy, I had signs earlier and earlier each time.
This may be because I actually knew what to look and feel for. During my first pregnancy, I wasn’t aware of what I should be feeling. In fact, I was actually worried that I was no longer pregnant at one point because I didn’t have any symptoms until around nine weeks.
Every woman experiences pregnancy a little differently. The symptoms that I felt, you may not feel, but you may feel new ones that are unique to your body.
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8 Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
By the time I got to my third pregnancy, I felt these symptoms within days of conceiving. This is very rare,
However, if you’re experiencing new symptoms that you’ve never felt every month pre-menstruation, then perhaps these are a good indication that you may be pregnant!
The only way to make the valid determination that you are pregnant is a positive pregnancy test. A standard urine test is accurate if it is taken as soon as you miss your scheduled period.
I love Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Tests because they work accurately up to 5 days BEFORE your missed period! So if you’re like me and dying to know as soon as possible, get the Clearblue Digital tests. Another way to find out earlier is to request a blood test at your OB/GYN.
These signs and symptoms also mimic the ones that you may feel before menstruation. Therefore, if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms below, don’t take this as a true sign of pregnancy.
Serious fatigue will kick in during your first trimester of pregnancy. The rush of hormones that your body has started to release really runs your body down and causes extreme exhaustion
Your body is working overtime as it begins to produce all the blood and nutrients to supply your new baby with everything they need to thrive and grow. It does this at the expense of your body.
2. Emotions and Mood Swings
If you feel like you’re already emotional, just wait until you’re pregnant! The influx of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can cause your emotions to run wild.
One of my major signs of pregnancy was getting teary-eyed at the simplest things that would not normally make me cry. You may experience frequent mood swings, crying, or anger, that isn’t typical of your personality.
Oh, the dreaded first-trimester “morning sickness.” Although whoever coined the term morning sickness, clearly didn’t realize that pregnancy sickness can last all day for many women, not just the morning!
Don’t expect full-on vomiting in early pregnancy (although that may happen for some women). You may just experience slight gagging or nausea.
Certain smells would always cause me to gag, that would not otherwise have caused a reaction. Luckily I never actually threw up, but came pretty close a few times! This was a big indicator of pregnancy for me.
4. Heightened sense of smell
This is kind of a strange symptom because you may be thinking, how does this even relate to pregnancy at all? Well again, the increase in hormones (estrogen) cause your
This was one of my triggers for nausea because due to my heightened sense of smell, the gross things that I got a whiff of would cause serious gagging.
5. Implantation cramping or spotting
Some women can feel implantation (when the fertilized egg actually implants itself into the uterine wall), while others may not. If you are able to feel it, it should be around 1.5 weeks after conception.
This kind of cramping is not going to be like the dull cramping experienced before a period. Although it differs for many women, mine was a sharp pain on one side of my uterine area. It lasted off and on for a few hours in the evening.
While you may only feel the cramping, some don’t even feel the
I know it seems abnormal to see blood when you’re pregnant,
6. Breast soreness or tingling
Pregnancy hormones can make your breasts feel tingly as your body produces more blood supply and the breast tissue expands. You will see and feel your breasts getting bigger as the first trimester goes on, but the initial tingling on your breasts and around your nipples can happen soon after conception.
7. Frequent urination
Although you may thin that the frequent urge to pee in pregnant women has to do with a large baby pushing on your bladder, that’s not always the case. Soon after conception, the hormones of pregnancy can increase your frequency of urination.
This usually subsides in the second trimester and resurfaces again in the third when the baby is actually pushing on your bladder.
8. Increased vaginal discharge
Pregnancy can cause an increase in
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If you’ve just started your trying to conceive journey or have been on this road for months, I hope you’re getting all that you’ve hoped for.
If you’re still impatient and not sure if those symptoms you are feeling is actually pregnancy, you can get an earlier answer from your OB/GYN. Ask your doctor to do a pregnancy blood test which can detect the pregnancy hormones much earlier than a urine test.