"Am I Pregnant?" - 5 Early Signs of Pregnancy
Am I pregnant?
When you're trying to conceive, the two week wait between when you've actually made the baby and when you can know for sure can be absolute torture.
Are you pregnant or aren't you? Is this PMS, early pregnancy symptoms, or all in my head?
Truthfully, it can be hard to tell! But here are 5 signs that might point toward the fact that you do indeed have a bun in your oven:
1. Spotting or light bleeding
Implantation bleeding is something that some women experience 6 to 12 days after conception, and can be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding happens when the fertilized egg nestles into it's new home in the uterus. Some light cramping can be common as well.
2. Nausea or Morning Sickness
Hopefully you're one of the lucky women that doesn't experience morning sickness at all, because it's no fun. But it also happens to be one of the most common early signs of pregnancy and usually shows up between 2 to 8 weeks after conception.
Nausea can be experienced with or without vomiting, and can happen at any time of the day (not just in the morning). Fortunately, for most women morning sickness starts to subside by the end of the 1st trimester.
3. Swollen or Tender Breasts
This is one of those symptoms that's both a common sign of pregnancy, and a common sign of PMS. (Thanks a lot, hormones).
When you're pregnant, swollen or tender breasts can occur anywhere between a week or two after conception. If you don't typically have tender breasts just before your period, this could be a good sign that your baby making was successful.
4. Fatigue or Tiredness
Feeling absolutely drained? It might be a sign of pregnancy! As early as the first week after conception, some women report feeling more fatigued and tired than usual.
Consider whether you might just be more stressed or busy than usual, or if you've had a change in sleep patterns. If not, this could be a sign that positive test result is in your future.
5. Missed Period
This one is so obvious that we almost didn't want to list it, but we will anyway. If you're feeling like a "defective typewriter" (high five if you recognize the reference), and your period is late, you should be able to get an accurate reading on a home pregnancy test.
When you're actively trying to conceive, tracking your cycle to know when you're ovulating and when your period is due can really help. We recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility as a good read to learn how to do this. There are also a ton of apps out there, but they may or may not be accurate if you have an irregular cycle.