Signs You May Be Pregnant
By Capital Women's Care
October 01, 2015
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnancy  

If you’ve been wondering whether you’re pregnant, it can be a long and difficult wait before you finally find out. Although you’ll likely know for sure in a few weeks, there are many symptoms you can watch for that offer early clues.

It’s important to remember that while any of the following symptoms may indicate pregnancy, they may also be signs of more serious Pregnancyconditions. If you’re not sure whether the changes in your body are due to pregnancy, visit your Montgomery County physicians at Potomac Obstetrics and Gynecology for a comprehensive exam.

Early Signs of Pregnancy

  • Missed period: This is the most well-known sign of possible pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your body will not shed the uterine lining and you won’t get your regular period. However, you may begin to notice other signs of pregnancy before you ever notice you’ve missed a period.

  • Tender or swollen breasts: The hormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause the breast tissue to become particularly sore or sensitive to pressure.

  • Nausea and/or vomiting: Pregnancy-related nausea is most likely to appear in the morning, although it can affect you any time of day or night. The nausea may be constant, or it may come in waves. The cause of morning sickness is still unclear, although it may be related to rapidly increasing levels of hCG (the “pregnancy hormone”).

  • Increased frequency of urination: It may seem strange that this would happen so early in pregnancy, but hormonal changes can have you running for the bathroom long before your uterus is weighing heavily on your bladder. Your blood volume begins to increase after conception, and this increased fluid volume contributes to frequent urination.

  • Fatigue: This is a common symptom throughout pregnancy, but it’s especially apparent in the first trimester. Progesterone is a pregnancy-related hormone that makes you feel sleepy - and during early pregnancy, progesterone levels are rapidly rising.

  • Food cravings or aversions: Suddenly can’t stand the sight of your favorite cuisine? Craving certain foods that no other meal can satisfy? It’s not clear exactly why this happens, but it may be one of your body’s first reactions to pregnancy.

  • Spotting: You may notice a small amount of blood before or around the time of your expected period. This is called implantation spotting, created when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall.

  • Cramping, mood swings, or dizziness: These can also be symptoms of a normal cycle - but if they’re different or more intense, it’s possible they could be early signs of pregnancy.

Montgomery County Pregnancy Care

Capital Women's Health is your center for complete pregnancy and women's health care in Montgomery County. To confirm a pregnancy test or consult with a specialist about your fertility or pregnancy needs, call (301) 569-6301 and a member of our team will be in touch.