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You may have gotten off birth control, started tracking your cycle consistently, and now you may be wondering if you are pregnant. There are a few early pregnancy symptoms that may appear before receiving a positive sign on a pregnancy test.
Looking back when I was pregnant I, in fact, didn’t know I was pregnant I actually received a negative pregnancy test but I was showing pregnancy symptoms I just didn’t know it at the time. We were trying to conceive for several months and so I knew what it felt like to get too much hope when showing signs when in fact you are not pregnant.
I received confirmation from blood work during an appointment with a fertility specialist. We were there to get a second opinion and help to conceive. But to our surprise, we actually got pregnant on our own! You can read my pregnancy story here.
Are you wondering if you are pregnant? Not sure what early pregnancy symptoms you should be looking for? I’m sharing with you a list of 10 early pregnancy symptoms that you may notice before receiving the positive pregnancy test.
Sometimes what appears to be pregnancy symptoms are in fact symptoms that your period is about to start. They can be easily mistaken for one or the other. So if you take a pregnancy test and the result is negative but you are experiencing a missed period it’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider who can run tests to confirm.
Do you feel exhausted to the point you want to live in your bed? Being exhausted can be an early sign of pregnancy.
2. Tender swollen breasts
This was one of the first symptoms I had (but didn’t know I was pregnant at the time). Hormonal changes may cause your breasts to be super tender and sensitive to the touch. Your breasts may even feel fuller and extra heavy.
3. Slight bleeding
Some woman may experience spotting or vaginal bleeding this is known as implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs 3-12 days after you have conceived. Spotting can cause confusion for many women as it’s normal to spot right before your period. Spotting can be implantation bleeding, signs of your period, and signs of a miscarriage. I experienced a miscarriage prior to delivering twins and I spotted during both pregnancies. Remember spotting doesn’t ultimately mean you are having a miscarriage.
Cramps tend to happen right before your period but they are also a sign of pregnancy. It’s impossible to tell the difference because the same hormone as it is responsible for both situations.
Nausea can be caused by pregnancy and may even cause vomiting. Pregnancy nausea can happen periodically throughout the day not specific to the morning.
6. Food aversions or cravings
You may notice that your once favorite foods are now making you sick to your stomach. On top of food aversions, you may start having weird food cravings. Elevated hormones can really impact your sense of smell. Be on the lookout for these aversions and/or cravings happening.
7. Mood swings
Mood swings are another symptom that occurs before your period starts but it’s also a sign of pregnancy. If you find yourself losing your cool more than normal it might be a sign you are pregnant.
8. Dizzy spells
This is another one of those early symptoms I had. It would occur in the morning time to the point I would need to sit down for a minute or two.
You may experience mild headaches early on due to the increased blood circulation that’s caused by your hormone changes.
10. Missed period
One of the first and most obvious early pregnancy symptoms is a missed period. You may miss your period completely or have a lighter than normal period. It’s a good idea then to pick up a pregnancy test to confirm. If the test is positive be sure to call your doctor and schedule an appointment to confirm your pregnancy. If you take a pregnancy test and its negative try again in a few days as it doesn’t ultimately mean you are not pregnant.
Early pregnancy symptoms
Some women have a feeling that they are pregnant and many times they are correct. Unfortunately, not all these symptoms are true indicators that you are in fact pregnant. As well as you may not experience any of these symptoms but be in fact pregnant.
Coming from a woman who experienced years of infertility before getting pregnant, I know how discouraging it can be to be showing signs of early pregnancy when in fact you aren’t pregnant.
Stay positive mama, and always schedule an appointment with your doctor if you’re unsure of your symptoms.