How do I Know if I am Pregnant? The Earliest Signs
Am I pregnant? Those three words probably fill you with a mix of anxiety and delight. Many of our followers have asked, “how do I know I am pregnant?”, so we decided to put together a post on the earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy and the best way to confirm whether you’re pregnant or not.
Am I Pregnant? Telltale Signs You’re Expecting
- Missed Period: The interruption of the menstrual cycle is usually the very first symptom of pregnancy. Hormones are already hard at work building a protective layer in your uterine wall and your body does not need to menstruate when you’re pregnant. So, if your cycle is usually regular and your period doesn’t arrive, you’re very likely to be pregnant.
- Tingling or Sore Breasts: Some women experience swelling, tingling, or sore breasts and nipples as soon as one or two weeks after conception. This is a normal part of the changes your body goes through and is different for every woman.
- Tiredness: Even though there are no outward signs, your body is already going through massive changes. Many women experience periods of intense fatigue in the first couple of weeks of pregnancy. It’s those hormones at work again!
- Morning Sickness: Around 75% of women suffer from pregnancy nausea and it is one of the most disruptive symptoms of early pregnancy. It can sometimes start as early as two or three weeks pregnant (although it’s more common at around six weeks) and can last up to four months. It can strike any time of the day or night and can be anything from a feeling of seasickness to actual vomiting.
Am I Really Pregnant? The Easiest Way to Find Out:
These days, you don’t have to wait for the early symptoms to appear or even for a missed period. The easiest way to answer the question is to take a pregnancy test. The technology in home pregnancy tests has improved dramatically in recent years and you can now get a positive result up to six days before your period is due. Find out more about how home tests work in our pregnancy test article. Once you know you’re pregnant, your next question will probably be, “how pregnant am I?” Flick over to this handy pregnancy due date calculator, type in the dates of your last period, and we’ll do the maths and estimate your baby’s due date.
Do you have a question about the early signs of pregnancy?
Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question! If you’ve read the article and find that you’re still wondering something about early pregnancy signs, it’s likely that other women are wondering the same thing. Likewise, if you’d like to share a story about your first pregnancy symptoms, we’d love to hear from you. It can be really helpful for women to read stories and have discussions with other people who have been through the same things. Feel free to either post in the comments section below or to sends us a private message through our contact us page. Don’t be shy – we’re super friendly and we always reply!
Learn More about Your Pregnancy:
Once you’ve got the answer to the “am I pregnant?” question, you’ll want to learn more about what’s going on with your body (and your baby!). Here are a few articles and websites you might find useful:
Nothing says “I am pregnant” better than having to run off to the bathroom every three minutes! Almost three-quarters of women experience pregnancy nausea and it’s often one of the very first symptoms you have. Find out how to minimize morning sickness (or at least make it more bearable!) here.
Your health during pregnancy is doubly important – and diet and exercise make a huge difference to the pregnancy symptoms you experience. Find out more about how to have a healthy pregnancy – and grow a healthy baby – right here.
Each week of your pregnancy explained – from symptoms to fetal development, to handy “to-do” lists. Everything you need to know (without the doctor-speak!).