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Pregnancy Symptoms: 5 Signs That You May Be Pregnant

signs you might be pregnant

Am I pregnant? Could I be?

If you’ve just missed your period, chances are you are definitely wondering whether or not you could have a bun cooking in the oven. Maybe you’re ready to be a mom. Maybe you’re not. But if you think you might be preggers, you’ve got to find out.

If you’re a smoker or a regular drinker, pregnancy will completely change your lifestyle. Being pregnant means no cigarettes, absolutely no alcohol. It also means that you’ll have to be more careful about what you eat. And then, there are the prenatal vitamins that you have to take to ensure the health of your developing baby. (Folic acid is crucial, and you should be taking an extra folic acid supplement if you think there’s any chance – even a remote chance – that you could be a mom-to-be.

Here we go  . . . the top 5 signs that you might be pregnant.

Top 5 Signs of Pregnancy


If you don’t keep track of your menstrual cycle and you have no clue when to expect your period, you may not know you’re pregnant for a few weeks. Keep an eye out for these common pregnancy symptoms. If you experience any of them, rush to your nearest pharmacy and pick up a home pregnancy test!

1. Missed Period – # 1 Sign of Pregnancy

Aunt Flow didn’t come visit you this month? If you’re usually regular (you have a period every month) and your period doesn’t arrive on time, you should definitely go take a pregnancy test. A missed period is often a big sign – and sometimes the only sign – that you might have a baby coming.

2. Morning Sickness – Big Sign You May Be Pregnant

Are you feeling nauseous? Are you throwing up every morning? Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, a.k.a. morning sickness, typically hits about a month, or four weeks, after conception (egg and sperm meet and a new life begins). This means, around 8 weeks pregnant, it will hit. (Doctors count the ‘start’ of pregnancy as the first day of your last period. We’ll explore why in another post.)

Up to 80 percent of all pregnant women experience some degree of morning sickness. A luckily 20 percent never experience it at all. (Lucky duckies!) Fortunately, morning sickness is almost exclusively a first trimester pregnancy symptom. Half of all mamas-to-be get relief from their nausea by the beginning of their second trimester (around 14 weeks pregnant). For all other pregnant women, their queasiness eases up by the middle of their second trimester.

3. Tender and Swollen Breasts

This pregnancy symptom can trip up some women. They may just assume that they’re PMSing when, in fact, they’re preggers. Swollen and tender (painful to the touch) breasts are an early pregnancy symptom, caused by the elevated levels of hormones in your body. This sign of pregnancy may feel like an exaggerated version of how your boobs feel right before you get your period.

Your breast discomfort should decrease after your first trimester. (Hormones typically level off in the second trimester, giving you relief from many of your uncomfy pregnancy symptoms.) And while your breast may not feel as tender – though, they might. Some women have tender boobs throughout 40 weeks of pregnancy – they will definitely grow.
Did you know that some women grow a full cup size in their first trimester? That’s something to look forward to, especially if you have small breasts.

4. Fatigue

Ugh, exhaustion and fatigue are another common sign of pregnancy. During the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, don’t be alarmed if you feel utterly exhausted. No one knows exactly what causes pregnancy fatigue, but it may be related to higher levels of hormones, especially the hormone progesterone.

Don’t worry – you won’t feel exhausted forever. Fatigue levels off during the second trimester. In fact, during the middle part of pregnancy, you will have a boost of energy and start to feel like your old self again. Enjoy the second trimester to the fullest, because fatigue will rear its ugly head back in the final weeks of your pregnancy.

5. Frequent Urination – The Need to Pee

If you think you have to pee a lot now, you’ll be amazed at how many bathroom runs you’ll have during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the amount of blood and fluids in your body doubles, which means that you have extra fluid going through your kidneys and into your bladder. So get ready for those pee runs. You’ll be going to the bathroom a lot. And I mean, a lot!

Your need to pee may start as early as 6 weeks pregnant, and it will just get worse the longer you’re pregnant. As your uterus grows, it will add more pressure to your bladder and make you feel like you’ve gotta pee, even though in reality your bladder is nearly empty.

If you think you might be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test, or contact your doctor and ask for a blood pregnancy test.

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Miranda August 23, 2017, 5:24 pm

    I need some advice like ASAP! So, my period is about two weeks late, I’ve been throwing up after every time I eat, I have white discharge, I am very emotional, all I want to do is sleep, and I barely have an appetite. This isn’t my first merry-go-around, I have a daughter that will be 5 next month. But I didn’t have any symptoms when I was pregnant for her. So I’m not sure what’s going on! HELP ME PLEASE!! I’m gonna go get a pregnancy test in about a hour but I figured I’d see what other people thought about this… Thanks in advance.!

  • FIFI July 27, 2017, 9:43 am

    Hello, all new to this, i am due for my period in 21days , i am now and then regular, so since Tuesday i have been sick and dont really wanna eat, im more tired then normal, my Boyfriend and i were very say.. active the last week , i only have about 3 symptoms that is alarming. should i worry… please help

  • Nikki July 8, 2017, 5:17 pm

    I’m 16 and me and my bf had sex and now this month I didn’t get my period and I took a test and it came out negative but I be feeling weak and my titties be sore a lot and I been feeling sick to my stomach what should I do should I wait a couple more day and take another one or go to the doctors I need help plz.?

    Plus me and my bf been having sex for a couple months and I never had this problem in till now we been togetta for 7 months

  • Kimoya June 11, 2017, 11:18 pm

    At times I feel as if I want to vomit but it can’t come up also am sleepy and weak doe this mean am pregnant or not

  • Jaz June 7, 2017, 1:14 pm

    Im 11 and i have had swx with my 4 year old brother. I think im pregnant what should i do. I havent started my perioud yet. Plz help

    • LadyP June 28, 2017, 9:22 am

      Bitch.. your little that ass needs your ass whooped

      • MzDiva July 6, 2017, 1:00 pm

        That lil nasty bitch needs an ass whoopin, her pussy needs to fall off or get sown shut

  • Sharlene June 1, 2017, 4:08 am

    ###PLEASE HELP####Hi i last had my period on the 15th of April for the month of may I haven’t got it and usually my period is always regular.these past few weeks I’ve just been feeling so nauseous, I hardly eat even if I do it something I just can’t finish because it feels like I want to vommit all the time but I just can’t seem to my lower back gets sore sometimes and I have stomach cramps.i don’t really get tired and my niples are very sore.I had spotting for 1 day in may and these 2days I’ve had a white discharge so should I take a pregnancy test or it maybe my imagination playing with me but I doubt I’m Greg

  • worriedsally February 27, 2017, 3:07 am

    HiI am two days late on mhy period my mom said I should wait two weeks before I test but I cant wait cause I have to let my boss know if I am expecting. Do I test or not….Feeling confused

    • kourtney March 3, 2017, 3:01 pm

      Okay no u will not get rialto wait for two weeks or one more weeks and take clear blue

  • Jasmine February 10, 2017, 11:59 am

    So my last period was the 30th Dec to the 4th jan , had intercourse around the 11th of jan and have missed my period (11days late) for Feb … my Boobs have swollen , dizziness , need to pee more than normal, haven’t had much appetite, slight cramps not to much though . This is my first time I have done a couple of home tests and have two negative and 1 invaid(no results) … OPTINIONS HELP ?!

  • Tye January 31, 2017, 2:04 am

    Hi All. Need advice.
    My last period was the 8th Jan to the 13th Jan. Had unprotected sex with my fiance on the 14th and 15th Jan.
    Then on the 18th Jan i had spotting for about 4 days… since then I have had nausea, dizzyness and sore breasts (I have cysts so not sure if that is what is causing the sore breasts) im due for my period on the 8th Jan, then will take Prg test, these are almost the same symptoms as my first preg… but i want to find out your thoughts on this, and how soon before missed period can you have a blood preg test?

  • Clo January 27, 2017, 2:19 pm

    I came of my last period on the 7th December about a few days later my cramps carried but did have sec the last day before my period fully stopped the cramps have continued most of the month with only a few days till I’m due on again been having discharge went from watery to now creamy egg white extremely tired and very very moody and the past few weeks haven’t entertained my boyfriend haven’t wanted to cuddle or have sex or anything really something feels weird just different opinions please guys I did take a test a few days ago but not sure if it’s just to early ?

  • Charlotte January 27, 2017, 11:57 am

    I don’t know where else to go. I’ve been feeling extremely sick to my stomach and dizzy lately. I’ve been craving pickles like there’s no tomorrow and I get cramp like symptoms in my lower abdomin. They haven’t stopped since my last period. I’ve taken several tests the past couple months including one at the Dodgers and they all come back negitive. The OB I went to refused to see me after the negitive pregnancy test. I just want answers and it seems like no one will help me. My periods have been off by about a day, they start heavy and end light going for 6 days. The past couple of months they start light then go normal then and a day or two early. Everything I’ve read said it cccould be pregnancy but also an ovarian cysts. I’m too afraid to go back to an OB considering that the last one I want to made me feel like I’m crazy. Help. What should I do?

  • Layna January 25, 2017, 5:37 pm

    I had a day period on november 30 2016 then it ended december 3rd 2016 then no period for 7 days starting January 10, 2017 ending January 17th 2017.. I got a headache n cold , that changed to a fever for one day no I get these coughs that make me feel like im gone vomit and my breast feel heavy n hurt but my nipples dont hurt my abdominal hurt a lil bit for 3 days now.. Could I be pregnant… we been havin unprotected sex .. i had sex with him from the last day of my period til now…should I wait til feb to find out?

  • Renae January 23, 2017, 10:13 am

    I Need Help . Had A Pregnancy Scare In August . & I Haven’t Had A Period Since The End Of October . Nothing For Nov. , Dec, & Now Jan. I’ve Had Cramping , No Spotting , Lower Back Pain , Heavy Feeling In Lower Abdomen, lil bumps on my Areola that were never there before , boobs feel heavier And Even Little Boughts Of Morning Sickness . But I’ve Taken HPT And They Were Negative , Took A Blood Test At My Doctors Office Came Back Negative . My doc Says She Still Doesn’t Know Why My Period Hasn’t Came Yet . ( we have been trying , last date of unprotected sex was Jan. 8th )

  • Sabrina January 11, 2017, 11:00 pm

    need help… so I had sex on Dec 27th…. i’m late by 4 days on my period and I took a lot of test and they all come out negative …. what should I do ? I have been feeling super uncomfortable on my stomach, tired all the time, I need to pee a lot, super dizzy, and also feeling of puking since last week.

    • MomOfTwo January 22, 2017, 9:11 pm

      Hi.. I am a mom of 2. Sounds like you could possibly be. Even though you are testing at home and their negative doesnt mean youre not pregnant. It is a possibility that you are too early for a urine detection and you may need to go to an obgyn and have a blood test.

  • Shay January 11, 2017, 11:11 am

    Can u help me I had my period twice in December the began an the last week of December an I spotted one time the 3rd of January could I be pregnant

  • Sky January 10, 2017, 1:06 am

    My periods are usually very regular, but this time im 6 days late. Should i take a test or just wait and see if i get my period?

  • Ann January 9, 2017, 4:43 pm

    I am 10 days late for my period and I’ve had 3 negative tests. I’ve always had a regular period that is on time every month. With my first daughter I never had symptoms but a test was positive. Could I be pregnant?

  • Kara January 7, 2017, 8:59 pm

    Just looking for advice before I waste my money on a test. I am on BC and my period comes every fourth Tuesday like clockwork. This month the week I was supposed to start I felt pretty nauseous and tired then while at work I kept getting super hot and dizzy and even started sweating, something that never happens to me. I started my period on wed night and it wasn’t very much but mine rarely are very heavy. I thought that was it but I still felt very hot and dizzy during the day and all I want to do is sleep. I am also super hungry even when I just ate. I stopped bleeding yesterday and thought i would go back to normal but I still feel very nauseous. Has anyone had anything similar happen. Any advice besides take a test?

  • Zara January 4, 2017, 4:19 pm

    Hi sounds like u cud b pregnant hope that a good thing? I had a misscarrage early October last bleed 2nd dec had unprotected sex on t 1st so my period should have came last fri and still nothing im hoping I am pregnant but took 2 tests both negative but cud b to early?

  • Keekee January 3, 2017, 5:01 am

    I had my last period 13th of November 2016 and i havent been sexually active since then. But this is 3rd of jan 2017 and no period.
    Am i ok?

    • Kim January 3, 2017, 5:29 pm

      Same problem!!

      • Kye January 8, 2017, 4:46 pm

        Well , I haven’t had a period since may of 2016 , even though they are irregular they never skip more then 1 month apart here it is January and I still haven’t had a period and no signs of being pregnant .

  • Brendy Ramirez December 28, 2016, 5:32 am

    Hi I just had a baby 3 months ago. I have not had a period yet. Had sex with my fiancé and condom broke. I’ve been feeling nauseous gassy really tired and been experiencing cramps and urge to use bathroom. Constipation, hot flashes, and heart burn, been experiencing headaches and back pain. I’ve been really hungry like I haven’t ate in days. More at night.Could this still be the hormones from my pregnancy or could I be pregnant again? Please help!!!

  • Venus December 16, 2016, 12:31 am

    Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex but November and missed my period (ive always had a period never missed one) and than this month i had my period for about a week it felt so different but ive had all early pregnancy signs im frecking out help!!

  • Chrissy December 2, 2016, 4:41 pm

    I usually have regular cycles but this one is different I started my period then it went away the next day now it’s on and off 4 days now. I haven’t felt normal, my boobs hurt so bad, feel sick after I eat, I’m having light cramping in my lower stomach home test said negative but I feel different what u think please help

    • Jo January 7, 2017, 7:03 am

      They say that implantation bleeding can do that, look like normal period but be on and off for a few days

  • Madeline Balderas November 29, 2016, 11:53 pm

    Hey guyss i’m madelune sooo i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend right .. soo i missed my period all oct and nov because this month is almost over im just a little worried i been feeling sick i dont know if it could have been food poisining or something else but i was feeling nausious for 2 weeks and i feel i in the mornings and randomly when im doing something i just gag i get these bad cramps on my lower part of my stomach also know as uterus and sometimes back pain … plz help me i dont get it i dont know if its my period comeing or that a baby im scared like i dont know how to take care of my self

  • Nita Turner November 14, 2016, 4:00 am

    Had* sorry not dad!

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