How to Tell If You're Pregnant

Not many questions are more important than "Am I pregnant?" Below are the most common symptoms to look for to determine whether you are or are not pregnant. Women experience pregnancy symptoms at different times and in differing degrees. If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms you may be pregnant. Go through the following steps making note of your answers.

Things You'll Need

  • pregnancy test

Instructions

    • 1

      Is your period is late or very light? If it never came, that's an obvious sign. But if it is just light spotting with or without some cramping, it may be what's called implantation bleeding. The implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall causes it. Some women think they are simply having a shorter and/or lighter than normal period.

    • 2

      Are your breasts swollen, tender to the touch or painful? These symptoms are sometimes similar to the sensations in the breasts during a day or two before an expected menstrual period.

    • 3

      Are you more tired than usual for no apparent reason?

    • 4

      Do you feel sick? Nausea, with or without vomiting, typically referred to as "morning sickness" can occur at any time of day or night and can indicate pregnancy.

    • 5

      Does the smell of something you normally enjoy turn your stomach (i.e., frying meat or scrambled eggs)?

    • 6

      Are you getting up more often in the middle of the night to urinate? This may be due to increased pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder.

    • 7

      Does your lower back ache for no apparent reason?

    • 8

      Are you having trouble zipping up your tight jeans? Your lower abdomen may be slightly bloated due to pregnancy.

    • 9

      Do you have strong or intense cravings for certain foods? Some women find they want strange combinations of foods such as pickles and ice cream. Or they want a lot of one kinds of thing. Some women want Chinese food at every meal. I've found that I want lots of very sour things: pickles, vinaigrette dressing, anything with vinegar in it.

    • 10

      If you answered yes to:

      1 one of these questions - you may be pregnant.

      2-3 of these questions - you are probably pregnant.

      4 or more of these questions - it is extremely likely that you are pregnant.

      If you have been sexually active and have any of these symptoms you need to take a pregnancy test. The earlier you know the better it will be for your baby.

      It's very common for pregnant women to experience what seems to be a light period at implantation which occurs about two weeks after conception - just when the woman is expecting her period. That's why it's confusing. If you have any other symptoms - nausea, bloating, tender nipples, fatigue, increased need to urinate at night, increased hunger - take a test! If negative and you still have not had your period in a week, take another test!

Tips & Warnings

  • If you put off finding out and don't take care of yourself your baby could suffer from physical defects!
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