Recognizing the Signs
1. Consider your actions. Obviously, you need to have had $exual intercourse to get pregnant, although not necessarily penetration. Did you have $ex without a condom? Did a condom break? Did you forget to take your birth control pills? If you did things that put you at high risk for pregnancy, that will play a huge role in determining if you are pregnant.
However, if you used protection and took other precautions, you probably are not pregnant. The failure rate of most protection options are very low. Not zero,but low.
☛ “Pulling out”, however, is not an effective birth control method.
2. Notice when you’ve missed your period. Some women track their cycles, and some don’t, so you may not notice that you haven’t had your period until a little while after you’ve missed it.
☛ Think back to the last time that you had your period. Attach the timing of your period to an event. For example, were you menstruating when you went on a vacation or when you went to a concert? If you haven’t had a period in more than 30 days, and you’re $exually active, then you could be pregnant.
☛ If you have an irregular period, then you should test for pregnancy often if you are $exually active. This is especially important if you drink alcohol regularly, smoke or use recreational drugs so that you don’t harm the fetus during the first trimester.
3. Look for implantation bleeding. If you had a small amount of bleeding or spotting at the time your period would normally happen or before or after when your period normally happens but your period did not occur at its normal time, you may have experienced what is called implantation bleeding. This is a sign of pregnancy.
4. Look for changes in your bre@sts. When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, bre@st changes are typically the first sign. Your bre@sts may feel sore and tender. They will definitely get larger, and your nipples may grow and darken.
5. Be aware of nausea, vomiting, or other digestive abnormalities. Many women–but not all– experience “morning sickness” when they are in their first trimesters. Often, the sickness is accompanied by a strong aversion to certain smells, like the smell of coffee. Some women start to feel dizzy often. Some women also get constipation.
6. Pay attention to fatigue. The first trimester is often accompanied by feelings of extreme tiredness. You may find yourself wanting to go to bed early or take naps when you’re not used to needing so much sleep.
7. Keep an eye out for mood swings. The hormonal changes of pregnancy can affect your moods, causing you to be euphoric one minute and crying the next minute. Sentimental movie scenes or passages in books could cause you to become highly emotional. You may also find yourself completely unable to look at stories in the news or in books about harmful things that happen to children.
8. Take note of your bathroom needs. A sure sign that you are pregnant is the need to urinate frequently. Another sign can be constipation. If you notice either of these things, they can be signs of pregnancy.
9. Watch out for dizziness. This is a common side effect of pregnancy. You may get dizzy very easily when you stand up or you might faint or nearly faint at strange times. If you’ve noticed this, you may be pregnant.