When you’re anxious to conceive, it’s easy to convince yourself you might be pregnant. From hormonal mood swings to sensitive breasts, you may very well be — but you don’t want to get your hopes up confusing premenstrual symptoms with hopeful pregnancy wishes. Unfortunately, they can be very similar. While a pregnancy test is the most accurate way to settle the debate, here are some other indicators that you might be expecting:
Missed or Abnormal Period
Usually, a missed or abnormal period can signify pregnancy. But, because not every woman’s menstrual cycle ticks like clockwork, it can be difficult to know if you’re late when you aren’t a lucky lady whose period comes every 28 days. In this case, an especially late period or abnormal one will be your sign. For some women, light bleeding or spotting (that’s often confused as a period) can be an indicator that you’re in the very early stages of pregnancy, according to EmedicineHealth.com.
Feeling tired though you’re getting enough sleep is a common sign that you may be pregnant. Because of increased hormone levels, as well as the demands that fetal development require, you may find naps are suddenly an essential part of your day. This could be because your body is working overtime preparing to host a baby.
Mood Swings and Stress
Often alerting you that your monthly visitor is set to arrive, mood swings can also indicate you’re in the early stages of pregnancy — especially when paired with other early symptoms. If you’ve noticed yourself feeling giddy with excitement in one moment only to be in tears the next, you might be pregnant.
Are you usually a vegetarian but suddenly craving meat? Do you love Mexican food but now the thought of it makes you nauseous? It’s common to have strong aversions toward food when you’re pregnant, and a sudden change in diet desires might be a sign of pregnancy.
Sensitive to Smells
Paired easily with food aversions, sensitivity to smell is also an early pregnancy symptom. Whether your sense of smell feels superb or you’re simply starting to notice normal odors — it could be a sign that you’re expecting.
Morning Sickness or Nausea
Morning sickness doesn’t just hit when you wake up. Feeling nauseous anytime of the day, but especially in the morning, can be a sign of pregnancy. According to MayoClinic.com, it usually goes away after the first trimester. Hopefully you’ll know by then if you’re pregnant or not.
Frequent urination can be another sign of early pregnancy. This pregnancy symptom can start in early pregnancy and continue through the third trimester. Hormonal changes and a growing uterus can place pressure on your bladder, which inevitably leads to more bathroom breaks. Many women will notice the increased need to pee, even before other pregnancy signs.
Sensitive breasts can signify you’re expecting. Soon after conception, many women notice a significant change in their breasts. From swelling to large proportions — Whattoexpect.com reports, some women can grow a full cup size by seven weeks — to feeling extra tender, this is a common predictor of pregnancy.