Signs You May Be Pregnant

You are sick in the early morning. You feel bloated and dizzy. You keep dropping your car keys. You can't remember your husband's name. Maybe you're pregnant!

It used to be believed that the first sign you might be pregnant was always your missed period. For some women this will still be the case. Other women might experience some physical symptoms of pregnancy even before they've missed their first period.

There are three types of signs of pregnancy:

  1. Possible — it is possible the sign or symptom you are experiencing is because of pregnancy, but it could be something else;

  2. Probable — the sign or symptom probably is a result of pregnancy but there could be other causes;

  3. Definitive — the only possible cause is pregnancy.

Signs of pregnancy can be as blatant as seeing your baby via ultrasound or hearing the heartbeat with a special device called a Doppler. Other times it may be a missed period, which is a possible sign, but not a definitive sign.

Signs of Pregnancy

Possible

Probable

Definitive

Feeling nauseated

Missed period

Seeing baby via ultrasound

Being dizzy

Expanding uterus

Hear fetal heart tones

These are by no means the only signs of pregnancy that you may have. Missing your period is one of the most commonly sought-after signs of pregnancy. Although some women will experience implantation bleeding about the time they would normally get their period, it is usually lighter and/or shorter than their normal period. There are even a few women who will have their period throughout their pregnancy; although this is rare, it does happen. If you think there is a possibility you are pregnant — test!

Nausea and vomiting, also called “morning sickness,” can be another common possible sign of pregnancy. Many times you won't experience nausea and/or vomiting until about six weeks after your last normal period. Or, you might be one of the lucky few who doesn't experience it at all.

Your sense of smell may change. You might find your regular perfume all of a sudden makes your stomach feel queasy. Or the smell of things like coffee and cigarettes really causes you to feel ill. These are all normal occurrences during your pregnancy.

While researchers aren't certain about why certain smells bother pregnant women more, it is theorized that this is usually a protective mechanism to ensure safety for your new baby-to-be. This is why the smell of your morning coffee or secondhand smoke might make you feel quite ill when it never bothered you before.

Fatigue can also be a symptom of pregnancy. This is not your ordinary tiredness for most women. This sense of fatigue is overwhelming, like your whole world must stop for a nap. While fatigue can also be a symptom of other conditions like anemia or from medications, overwhelming fatigue is a normal pregnancy symptom.

The fact of the matter is that there is no one exact set of signs or symptoms that you might experience. You may have all of them. You may have none of them. You may have weird variations of the signs and symptoms. But if you think you could be pregnant or suspect something is up, try a pregnancy test!

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