Top Ten Signs You Might Be Pregnant

by Virginia B Hargrove

Top Ten Signs PregnantFeeling a little tired? Perhaps your a bit more cranky or irritable than usual? Are you crying at commercials yet?

Are you curious as to why your breasts are so tender all of a sudden? They didn't used to feel like that...

What about these crazy mood swings! What's up with that?

Even before you miss a period you might be suspecting — or hoping — that you're pregnant. What are the

Top Ten Signs That Baby's on the Way

1. Your Period's Past Due

If it was a bill, you'd be paying a late charge! This most obvious sign of pregnancy causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms. We're your perfect destination!

2. Successful Ovulation chart

Your temperatures soared with ovulation and stayed high! Progesterone from that developing baby keeps your basal body temperature elevated. Congratulations!

3. Moody Behavior

Raging hormones cause unpredictable emotions. You can be bawling hysterically or feeling like you're on an emotional roller coaster -- euphoric one moment, down in the dumps the next. Y

4. Where's My Pillow?

Speaking of sleep, you may find yourself ready for bed soon after the alarm clock hollers. Your morning coffee break becomes a close encounter with the desktop and the couch beacons you for an afternoon nap. Some experts say that the amount of progesterone circulating through your body also makes you feel a little sluggish.

5. Breast Tenderness

You put on your bra and writhe in agonizing pain as the "sandpaper" grates up against you. That bra was just fine last week! During pregnancy, your breasts might be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Great, what else?

6. How's Your Appetite

Does the sight and smell of food send you running for the bathroom? You might not get morning sickness, but if you do, "morning sickness" might be a misnomer. The nauseous feeling can and often does occur at any time during the day. Along with feeling nauseous, you might develop food aversions or food cravings during pregnancy.

7. Frequent Urination

Peeing a lot can raise suspicion (and hope)! Your uterus swells to make room for your growing baby immediately. This pressure on your bladder encourages extra trips to the bathroom. You could start to feel this symptom within a week or two after conception. You could insert another, "Oh great..." here.

8. Light Spotting

Light bleeding or spotting might occur eight to ten days from ovulation -- often around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. The fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining and sometimes causes spotting.

9. Food Tastes Different

Since when did water have an aftertaste? You might find foods don't taste like you remember. Some seem bitter and you sense a funny taste in your mouth even when you haven't eaten. Pregnancy can cause an altered sense of taste.

10. Positive Pregnancy Test

You can stop wondering and put your mind at ease with a pregnancy test. Wait to take it until a day or two after you miss your period.

Do your symptoms point towards pregnancy, but your test says no? Feel like you're going crazy? Good news is you haven't lost your mind. A pregnancy shares symptoms with other conditions including hormonal changes. You'll want to consider these potential symptoms in disguise.

What was your tell-tale sign you were pregnant? We'd like to know!

Comments

The "morning" sickness (what a misnomer!) and feeling that I could and SHOULD sleep on a rock were generally my first signs!