How to tell if you’re pregnant

How to tell if you're pregnant

There are obvious signs of pregnancy, but some are also subtle.

Pregnancy symptoms vary for each woman and they even vary from one pregnancy to another for a woman. Recognizing the early signs of pregnancy is important for women who are sexually active. Even the use of birth control does not guarantee that a pregnancy will not occur.

With today’s advanced technology and scientific discoveries, the over-the-counter early pregnancy tests are more reliable than ever. This makes it easy for a woman to determine pregnancy before seeking medical care.

Not all women recognize some of the more subtle signs of pregnancy. Following these steps may help you determine whether or not you are pregnant.


Step 1

Keep track of your menstrual cycle.

Some women have a very consistent menstrual cycle while others may not. Pay attention to your cycle and if you notice that you have missed a period, it’s time to consider an early pregnancy test. Not every missed period means you are pregnant. And not every pregnant woman actually ceases to have them. As a matter of fact, a small percentage of women continue to have monthly bleeding throughout pregnancy. If you continue with monthly bleeding but still have other symptoms as outlined below, it’s a good idea to use an over-the-counter pregnancy test.

Step 2

Observe changes in your body.

Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy start with some very subtle changes in your body. Observe to see if you notice any of these changes that include weight gain around your middle with no other causes, tender or swollen breasts, and/or some swelling of the hands or feet. Early pregnancy can cause some of these symptoms. These symptoms combined with a missed period are a good indicator of pregnancy.

Step 3

Evaluate any changes in biological functions.

Some women experience an increased frequency to urinate or problems with constipation when they become pregnant. They may also feel ‘flushes’ around the face and neck more often. Watch for these signs.

Step 4

Evaluate increased aches and pains.

Early pregnancy can cause women to have an increased number of headaches, backaches, and even leg cramps. New aches and pains that have no known cause should be evaluated to determine if they are symptoms of pregnancy.

Step 5

Note any changes in appetite.

Some women have a loss of appetite when they become pregnant. This is due to many different reasons, including hormonal changes. Also, notice if there are any food aversions or distastes that have never been recognized before. Being pregnant can cause this and can also cause bouts of nausea and vomiting, even in the earliest days of pregnancy.

Step 6

Pay attention to mood swings.

The hormonal imbalance that occurs during pregnancy can cause mood swings and depression. If you experience these types of changes, consider that you may be pregnant.

Step 7

Use an over-the-counter pregnancy test.

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms of pregnancy, purchase an over-the-counter early pregnancy test for home use. It’s best to use the test kit early in the morning when urine is most concentrated or to wait at least two hours after drinking beverages before testing for pregnancy. If the test is negative, that does not rule out pregnancy. Wait a couple of days and test again. If the test is positive, call your doctor right away for early prenatal care. Even if the test is negative, but you still have signs and symptoms of pregnancy, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider for an examination. There are other conditions which could cause these symptoms and only a doctor will know for sure.

Things Needed
• Over-the-counter early pregnancy test kit.
• Knowledge of signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

Tips & Warnings
• Some women still have monthly bleeding so don’t assume you are not pregnant if you continue with ‘periods’ but have other symptoms of pregnancy.
• If you have any indication that you are pregnant, do not smoke or drink alcohol. This can cause birth defects and complications of pregnancy.
• Seek early prenatal care for the healthiest pregnancy possible.


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