When you’re actively trying to conceive, it’s normal to always be on the lookout for any sign of pregnancy. These little clues give you hope and make you feel giddy with excitement at the thought of having a baby. You welcome the changes in your body, as uncomfortable as they may be, and can’t wait to take a test to get confirmation of your suspicions that your egg and his sperm have made a tiny human.
- Your Period is Late
One of the most common signs of pregnancy is a period that’s MIA. While other factors can contribute to missed periods, like stress, a change in your diet, or certain medications, it’s still a good sign. While most pregnancy tests claim to be accurate even before you miss your period, it’s still a good idea to wait until after it’s gone rogue. This is due to the fact that home pregnancy tests provide results based on the hCG levels in your body. These levels may be low or nonexistent until after the implantation process is complete.
- Your Breasts are Changing
Your hormone levels begin to change rapidly after you conceive. The estrogen and progesterone that your body produces to support the growth of a baby can also contribute to changes in your breasts, like swelling, soreness, and a tingly sensation. This is a sign of early pregnancy because once your body adjusts to the higher levels of hormones, breast pain should subside.
- You are Nauseous
Pregnancy nausea (or morning sickness) is not like motion sickness. Instead, it’s a constant feeling of needing to throw up. Even if you don’t actually lose your lunch, nausea can be a key sign of early pregnancy. And don’t let the name morning sickness fool you - it can happen all day, every day.
- You Just Want to Take a Nap
When you become a parent, you’re going to want a nap like never before. The same is true when you’re pregnant. The boost of the hormone progesterone in your body causes a feeling of extreme tiredness. It’s completely normal and important to give your body the rest it’s craving.
- You are Spotting and/or Cramping
Spotting and cramping may make you think you’re about to start your period. While this does happen, they can also signal that you’re pregnant. This is mainly due to implantation. When your body moves your fertilized egg into your uterus, you may feel some cramping and have a few spots of light pink blood in your underwear. Especially if you haven’t gotten your period, this is a symptom that can indicate pregnancy.
- Your Bathroom Habits are Changing
Progesterone is at it again. This fluctuating hormone can cause food to pass more slowly through your intestines, causing you to be constipated. Eating plenty of high-fiber foods, drinking a lot of water, and exercising regularly can help ease this discomfort. The good news? It’s a sign that you could be pregnant.
Needing to urinate more frequently than normal is also an indicator of early pregnancy caused by those fluctuating hormones. This usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and can last until you deliver your baby (it is pushing on your bladder, after all).
- You’re Moody and Don’t Know Why
There are times when you’re moody and you fully understand the reason. Maybe your co-worker took credit for a great idea that you had or your partner just doesn’t seem to understand how important it is to you that they are on time. Understandable. When you’re pregnant, though, you may find yourself getting irritated at the small things. Like someone breathing too loudly. It happens. Just knowing that it could be a sign of pregnancy can take you from feeling like a fire-breathing dragon to an excited mommy-to-be.
- You Keep Getting Headaches
Though usually mild, headaches are a sign of pregnancy for many women. Again, due to the fluctuating hormones in your body. Consult with your doctor before taking an over-the-counter painkiller. If you are pregnant, there are some that you shouldn’t take.
- You Have Food Cravings or Aversions
It’s an age-old joke that pregnant women crave pickles and ice cream. And for good reason. While this might not be what you’re craving (frosting and Doritos, anyone?), food cravings that would normally gross you out can be a sign that you’ve got a baby growing inside you.
On the flip side, you may find yourself completely disgusted by foods you typically enjoy. The taste or smell may be repulsive to you right now and that is enough to warrant taking a pregnancy test.
- You Have an Elevated Basal Body Temperature
Especially if you’re actively trying to conceive, you’re probably tracking your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). An elevated BBT is one of the many signs of early pregnancy that you shouldn’t ignore. Though your BBT can fluctuate, if it says high for 2 weeks, you should go ahead and take a test.
Some women get all these early pregnancy signs while others get only a couple. Either way, if you’re trying to conceive, it’s helpful to keep a journal of how you’re feeling. Try not to get too caught up in observing the signs - trying to conceive and being pregnant are both stressful events that can make you feel a bit intense. Monitor your signs and, when the time is right, take a pregnancy test.