Am I Pregnant? 10 Signs That You Might Be Expecting

By Nativity Lennon

“Am I pregnant?” This is an extremely common question among adult women. If anything seems slightly off with your body or mood and you haven’t been using birth control religiously, you may be wondering if you’re expecting. If you’d like to verify whether your suspicions are correct, check out these 10 signs that you might be expecting.

1.    Spotting and cramping

One of the earliest pregnancy symptoms is implantation bleeding, which happens around 6-12 days after conception. Implantation bleeding is characterized by spotting and cramping and happens when the embryo plants itself into the uterine wall.

2.    Fatigue

You may feel fatigued and tired as early as the first week after conception.

3.    Backache

Lower backaches are a common sign of early pregnancy.

4.    Headache

You may have headaches early in pregnancy because of hormonal changes.

5.    Mood swings

Mood swings are another common symptom in early pregnancy.

6.    Dizziness and fainting

Some women don’t find out they’re pregnant until they have a fainting spell and then go to the doctor to see what’s wrong. Fainting and dizziness during pregnancy may be related to lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and dilated blood vessels.

7.    Food cravings and aversions

While not all women will crave gravel or pickles and ice cream throughout their pregnancy, many do experience specific food cravings and aversions. For example, you may crave chocolate but feel disgusted by tomatoes. These cravings and aversions could last till the end of your pregnancy.

8.    Constipation

Because of increased progesterone levels, which cause food to move more slowly through your intestines, you may experience constipation during pregnancy.

9.    Breast changes

Are your breasts or nipples feeling swollen, tender, or sore? Breast changes are often one of the first symptoms women experience when they are pregnant. Breast changes occur because the breasts are preparing for breastfeeding and hormonal changes are taking place.

10.    Delayed or missed period

A delayed or missed period is the most common reason why women ask themselves, “Am I pregnant?” But a delayed or missed period still isn’t a surefire sign that you’re pregnant. Other causes of a delayed or missed period include stress, illness, changes in schedule, and changes in medication.

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