Think you might be pregnant? While a missed period may be the most obvious clue, you can experience pregnancy signs and symptoms even before you miss a period or have a positive pregnancy test.
Here are the top-ten symptoms to look for:
- Light bleeding or spotting. This is the one that fooled me—the little spotting that happens when the fertilized egg implants in your uterine lining made me think that I’d gotten away with a blessedly light period that month.
- Food aversions
- Mood swings
- Abdominal bloating
- Frequent urination
- Sore breasts
- Nausea (Can begin as early as two weeks after fertilization, but it usually doesn’t show up for at least a month.)
- Missed period
- Higher than average basal body temperature
Remember, at-home pregnancy tests are not proven to be accurate unless taken at least one week after your missed period. If your test is positive, be sure to follow up with a medical professional to get a blood test done. If you don’t have a doctor yet and need a referral, click here to find a list of pregnancy care clinics that can point you in the right direction.