You did the deed, and now you are wondering if it has resulted into conception? The stress of suspecting a pregnancy but not knowing for sure if you are expecting can be excruciating. The best way to clear the air is by taking a home pregnancy test or a blood test at your obstetrician’s office.
But before you take the test, identify the early signs that can help you guess if you have conceived or not. Here's how you may know if you are pregnant without taking the test:
#1. Cramping and Spotting
After a woman conceives, the fertilized egg gets attached to the wall of the uterus, which results in one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, spotting. Often referred to as the implantation bleeding, it usually occurs around 6 to 12 days after the egg has been fertilized. Cramps can be another way to detect pregnancy, but most women mistake bleeding and cramps as the start of their period.
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#2. Breasts Increase in Size
When a woman gets pregnant, the level of hormones in her body fluctuates dramatically, which results in tenderness and swelling in the breasts. While the size of the breasts increases during pregnancy, changes may also be noticed early to ascertain if you are pregnant.
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#3. Stomach Problems
Morning sickness is among the first signs that most women look for to determine if they are pregnant. Though the precise reason behind the problem is not known, there are several ways you can control the symptoms. Also, since every pregnancy is different and not every woman suffers from nausea, it would be better if you look for other signs. Cravings and food aversions are other things that hint towards pregnancy. You must also keep an eye out for constipation and a heightened sense of smell.
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Feeling fatigued consistently is normal during pregnancy, and this symptom starts soon after you conceive. In case you too feel tired all the time and suspecting pregnancy, take plenty of rest and follow a healthy diet.
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#5. Using Loo Too Often
When you get pregnant, your body starts producing an extra amount of fluids, and your bladder also starts working overtime. If you find yourself frequenting the loo now and then, and fail to sleep through the night without making a few trips to the washroom, then it might be a sign.
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#6. Missed Period
Perhaps the most common and obvious sign of pregnancy is missing periods. However, not all missed or delayed periods hint towards pregnancy. Also, many pregnant women complain about bleeding while pregnant, which is completely normal in most cases. However, if you are pregnant and bleeding, it would be better if you consulted your gynecologist regarding it.
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Furthermore, you should also note that a home pregnancy test is not always reliable. Some women take the test too early and end up getting the wrong results. The best time to take a pregnancy test is after the time you have missed your period as that’s when you will get the most accurate results.
Though these are early signs and if you are experiencing one or more of these, you might be pregnant. The best and most accurate result you will get is a home pregnancy test or blood test at your OB’s office. Tell us what other early signs of pregnancy that you know of through your comments below.
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