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10 Signs You Should Take A Pregnancy Test

1. Late period: how many days should you wait?

Many of the early signs of pregnancy are very similar to those you’d experience around the time of your period — so don’t leap to conclusions! None of the signs below is definitive for pregnancy, so consider them a general indication rather than anything more. You’ll need to take a pregnancy test if you want to confirm that you’ve conceived.

Of course, the most common reason for a woman to suspect that she is pregnant — and indeed to take a pregnancy test — is missing a period. Even so, pregnancy is not the only reason for missing a period. Weight loss and gain, hormonal change and stress can all cause you to skip a cycle so you can’t be sure until you’ve got a positive pregnancy test!

If a week or more has passed since the date of your expected period, you may need to consider the possibility that you’re pregnant, but this can be unreliable if your menstrual cycle is irregular. If there’s any chance that you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test as soon as possible and make an appointment with your doctor.

2. Breast changes

You probably already know to expect breast changes during pregnancy, and for some women this is one of the early signs that there’s a baby on the way. Your hormone levels vary widely over the course of pregnancy and this causes many changes in your body, including to your breasts.

You may notice that your breasts are:

  • swollen
  • painful
  • sensitive
  • heavy
  • the areola (the area around the nipple) may darken

Breast pain or discomfort can be troubling in the early stages of pregnancy, but once your hormones begin to settle down you can expect most of these symptoms to resolve

3. Weird bathroom schedule

If you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, get ready for some changes to your usual bathroom routine! Hormonal changes are the cause of this and it can mean that you need to make allowances in your day for your new habits.

From week 6 onwards be ready to urinate more frequently than usual. This is a common symptom for pregnant women, but be aware that other conditions like diabetes and urinary tract infections can cause similar symptoms. For this reason, it’s best to consult your doctor if you think that frequent urination may be the result of something other than pregnancy.

During pregnancy, you’ll have more of the hormone progesterone circulating in your system. While this is perfectly normal, one of progesterone’s unwelcome side-effects is constipation. This is because it delays the passage of food through your gastrointestinal system. If you’re one of many women who experience constipation as a result, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, get some exercise and try to follow a high-fiber diet.

4. Cramps

Soon after conception has taken place, the fertilized egg becomes attached to the wall of your uterus. Among other symptoms, this may cause you to experience abdominal cramps that are similar to those you have during your period. In fact, the cramps of early pregnancy are often mistaken for the beginning of menstruation.

Cramping during early pregnancy is mild and should lessen with time. Don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if the pain is severe or if it is accompanied by heavy bleeding or other worrying symptoms.

5. Nausea

Popular culture means that most of us are familiar with morning sickness. For many women, nausea is a regular feature of the early days of pregnancy, but it’s not restricted to a particular time of day.

Nausea in early pregnancy is likely to be the result of the increase in circulating hormones and may occur at any time of day, but morning is the most common time.

6. Feeling tired

Pregnant or not, you’re probably no stranger to feeling tired! Work and social pressures can mean that most women nowadays feel like they’re not getting enough pillow time. But fatigue can also be a very early sign of pregnancy. For many women, this can result in a very draining tiredness. This may occur as early as the first week of pregnancy.

Even at this early stage, the rising levels of the hormone progesterone in a woman’s body can cause unusual fatigue. At the same time, changes in blood pressure and blood sugar can all contribute to feeling lethargic and lacking in energy

If your low energy is the result of pregnancy, then try to fit more rest into your day. Make allowances in your social life for the time you need to recover and let work colleagues know that you may need their support. You may also find that adding a little more protein and iron to your diet may give you the boost you need at this early stage of pregnancy.

7. Food cravings

As far as the stereotype of the pregnant woman goes, strange food cravings may be one of the best-known features. Just like many of the other symptoms of early pregnancy, food cravings are the result of the changes in hormone levels that are experienced after conception.

The same hormones that can make a woman desperate for a certain type of food can make other food a total turn-off. Food aversions can be so severe that even the thought or smell of these foods can cause very unpleasant nausea.

For some women, food cravings and aversion can last for the entire duration of their pregnancy but in most cases, they disappear by the end of the first trimester. Until then make sure that you eat a healthy diet that nourishes both you and your baby. Your doctor or other health professional will be able to offer you advice.

8. Light bleeding or spotting

Implantation bleeding is the light vaginal bleeding that occurs between 6 and 12 days after fertilization. It should not cause anything more than mild spotting that you may notice in your underwear. Implantation bleeding can also be accompanied by mild cramps that resemble the cramps of menstruation

If the bleeding is heavy or if the cramping is severe, then contact your trusted health professional for advice.

Along with light bleeding, some women notice a white, milky discharge from their vagina. This is completely normal and is the result of increased development in the lining of the vagina. The discharge may continue throughout pregnancy and does not usually have any other symptoms. Seek your doctor’s opinion if the discharge smells bad or if you have itching in your vagina - you may need to be treated for a bacterial or yeast infection.

9. Unusual emotions

If your emotions feel a little out of balance in early pregnancy, blame your hormones again. It’s most common in the first trimester so you can hope that things will settle down after a little while.

As with other early pregnancy symptoms, you may find that staying active, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a social life can help you deal with these symptoms.

10. You missed birth control

If you forget to take one or more birth control pills and then miss your period, you may be pregnant. Before you panic (or throw a party!), take a pregnancy test so you can be sure. And if it’s positive, take medical advice at the earliest opportunity.

All Comments (23)
  • Blood Castle

    Blood Castle

    2019-11-04 09:04:55

    I'm so confused I have a regular 28 day cycle and im 3 days late now very very light cramping and I can't find my tests!

  • Karina Reyes

    Karina Reyes

    2019-11-07 07:56:36

    I need help with some questions

  • Nashwa Ali

    Nashwa Ali

    2019-11-17 15:00:29

    I need to ask some questions MA period sometimes came 30 some 29 the last period came after 28 days how can I calculate the ovulation day

  • Courtney Garver

    Courtney Garver

    2019-11-22 16:13:32

    My period is supposed to start in two day I have had to urinate a lot like every 10 mins I have had very bad back pain I have been craving foods I usually don't even like. hot sauce being my favorite even tho it used to be to hot for me to even taste. I have had headaches and been very tired for the past 5 weeks I have taken a pregnancy test two weeks ago going to take another one even if I don't miss my period. My dog usually only listens to my bf but the past month and a half my dog has been listening to me and following me even to the bathroom. she freaks out if I go out the room and she doesn't realize I left the room. Am I pregnant??

  • yari milvel

    yari milvel

    2019-12-03 15:49:22

    im just like my aunt we both have iregular periods. i can be 4-5 months without it. so im pretty sure that whenever i get pregnant it will be a surprise.

  • Sarah Powell

    Sarah Powell

    2019-12-04 11:23:20

    that's my worry for whenever I get pregnant because I can go so long without one.

  • Ashleigh Riley

    Ashleigh Riley

    2019-12-07 14:53:02

    i never have irregular periods but it was 15 days late and i got a positive on a on like 6 tests and now I'm bleeding

  • Zahida Rigaud

    Zahida Rigaud

    2019-12-10 04:13:34

    hi. I've had a regular period till this moth i have 6 days late but i still get negative results on the prego test what do I do. or how long should i wait to check my self again

  • Kendra Renee Gilleylen

    Kendra Renee Gilleylen

    2019-12-12 01:16:20

    I’m 2 weeks and 2 days late negative preg test

  • yari milvel

    yari milvel

    2019-12-12 05:14:54

    yeah same here. the only way she was able to determine if she was or not. was the fact that her boobs got swollen and she started to bleed a bit for one day (is a tiny sign to know if ur pregnant..that only happens to some womans)

  • Happhii

    Happhii

    2019-12-14 22:29:59

    Sounds like a chemical pregnancy

  • Cierra Moni'Que

    Cierra Moni'Que

    2019-12-19 23:42:35

    I have mild cramps , go to the restroom more , nausea and always tired. Could I be pregnant my period isn’t scheduled for another day but the cramping and other symptoms has been going on for about a week or more.

  • Mariah Wellhausen

    Mariah Wellhausen

    2019-12-20 23:46:24

    I have a normal period, I normally start on the 14th on the 18th I bleed a little bit, the 19th I stopped and have just been spotting, could I be pregnant?

  • Kristi Lynn May

    Kristi Lynn May

    2020-01-20 16:25:43

    It’s leap year could that push my cycle a week?

  • Chasiti Pittsley

    Chasiti Pittsley

    2020-01-20 20:40:44

    I am currently 27 days late on my period I have taken many pregnancy test and they are negative I have gone to doctor and they did a urine test it was negative, should I request a blood test since they are more accurate? I had this same problem with my 5 months old baby I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was almost 4 months pregnant because test showed negative, how should I go about this?

  • Jennie Barnes

    Jennie Barnes

    2020-01-22 16:50:26

    my period is 5 days late and my tubes been tided for 9 years. could I be pregnant

  • Rose Stone

    Rose Stone

    2020-01-23 17:25:34

    my period is usually every 28 days. I had sex when my most highest ovulation day took place. my period is 11 days late. i took a pregnacy test that read neegirive on my 7 layer day. I woke up this morning with light like period cramp and light bleeding and I'm not sure what this means.

  • Ashley Cathey

    Ashley Cathey

    2020-01-24 00:19:48

    Took a test yesterday and got a positive!! I'm very nervous bc I have thyroid issues and afraid it miscarriage...

  • Nellie Huegel

    Nellie Huegel

    2020-01-26 00:23:16

    See the only problem with this is that I've always had weird cravings for things, since I was a child. Like A1 sauce and potato chips, coolwhip and tortilla chips, etc. that sorta stuff.

  • ANXI8TY

    ANXI8TY

    2020-02-09 15:12:01

    I have these symptoms and have never had sex. I just have a hormonal imbalance apparently because I’m growing facial hair. 😅

  • Mikayla Wilson

    Mikayla Wilson

    2020-02-10 19:29:08

    I wasnt late but I personally know 2 different females that had full bleeding cycles while pregnant. I'm overly emotional for no reason or even the smallest things either set me off in a steaming mad way or in bawling for an hour, I've been eating at least 2x what I usually eat, I've been on and off nauseous usually depending on what I eat but I haven't thrown up any more than just in my mouth. My boobs have also grown some and I can't tell if it hurts from growing or from other, I sleep at least 2x as much I feel like I'm always tired and I've had a headache on and off and this has all been with in a month or two . I've take 1 test that came back negative I'm not entirely sure what's all going on

  • Sloan Warden

    Sloan Warden

    2020-02-11 18:40:44

    same I'm 20 days late and all urine tests are negative.

  • Diamond Button

    Diamond Button

    2020-02-12 03:59:20

    I haven’t had my period for 3 months just spotting and I have 4 negative tests. Should I be worried

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