How to Know the Earliest Pregnancy Signs

By Susan Revermann
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The early signs of pregnancy look a lot like PMS symptoms, so it can be an exciting and confusing time. Although a doctor-administered pregnancy test is the only sure way to confirm your suspicion, you can keep your eye out for some early pregnancy indicators. The hormones that are being produced as a result of a pregnancy can leave a distinct mark on your body and mood.

Step 1

Head over to the calendar and double-check when your period is due. A missed period is a strong indicator that something is going on.

Step 2

Take note of your breasts. The hormone changes that are part of early pregnancy often make breasts tender, sensitive, tingly, sore or swollen. They may also feel fuller and heavier than normal.

Step 3

Look your energy level. Your progesterone levels increase during early pregnancy, and this can make you feel sleepy and fatigued. This type of tiredness isn’t completely relieved by sleep and naps -- you just feel beat. Experts at the WebMD website recommend getting enough protein and iron in your diet to help battle this fatigue.

Step 4

Count your potty runs. As your uterus grows and presses on your bladder during early pregnancy, you will be experiencing increased urination. When you’re on your seventh trip to the restroom, this could be a strong sign that it’s not just you heading there. On the other hand, constipation is also a pregnancy indicator, so take note of that aspect, too.

Step 5

Assess how your back and head feel. Lower backaches can come with the territory. Headaches, dizziness and lightheadedness can also be a result of pregnancy.

Step 6

Ask yourself how you’re handling eating and foods. For example, if you start noticing that you now hate the smell of meat or you really, really want a chocolate sundae, this might be a sign for you to take a pregnancy test. Food cravings and aversions come with the territory.

Step 7

Pay attention to how your stomach feels. Nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy is called morning sickness, although this ailment can strike at any time of the day -- or night.

Step 8

Watch out for mood swings. Although mood swings can be caused by PMS, they also come with pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.