Am I Pregnant?

What are the early signs of pregnancy? Thousands of women come to every day to ask this question.


One of the first things many women notice when they become pregnant is breast changes. Breasts can be sore, swollen, or heavy feeling. Nipples can be tingly and tender, which you will notice especially if you are breastfeeding when you become pregnant. Extra B-vitamins can help with this breast tenderness.


I remember going to the doctor when I was pregnant with my third and he could tell I was pregnant because my cervix was blue. Sure enough, when you’re pregnant, the color of your cervix changes from pink or red to blue or purple. The feel of your cervix also changes when you’re pregnant. Normally, the cervix feels like the end of our nose. When you’re menstruating, the cervix opens a bit to let the blood out. If you’re pregnant, your cervix will feel softer than usual but will be closed tightly rather than open slightly as you approach menstruation.


A basal thermometer is designed to take the temperature upon waking and can detect small changes in body temperature associated with ovulation, and thyroid function. I used one when I was practicing natural birth control. One of the very early signs of pregnancy is an elevated basal body temperature of between one-half to one degree Fahrenheit. You would probably have had to have been tracking your basal thermometer before you became pregnant to notice the difference.


One of the the early signs I noticed when I was pregnant was that I wanted to urinate more often. Some women notice increased constipation or intestinal bloating.


Pregnancy can increase vaginal discharge in general and a white, milky vaginal discharge may be noticed in early pregnancy. Some pregnant women experience implantation bleeding, or spotting 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilized; this may be accompanied by mild cramping.


A sure sign that you are pregnant is the desire to just lay down and go to sleep at a moment’s notice. This is not necessarily an early sign of pregnancy, however, though it tends to be more pronounced during the early months of pregnancy.


Other signs of pregnancy include nausea, morning sickness, food aversions, food cravings, headache, back pain, dizziness, and fainting.

Are you pregnant? What signs have you experienced? What signs let you know that you are pregnant? Check out this community poll on early pregnancy signs.


Peggy O’Mara  (101 Posts)

Peggy O’Mara founded in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.

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