Your period going MIA could be the unquestionable sign you are waiting for to confirm that you are pregnant. But, you can never be 100 % sure until your pregnancy test results come out positive or negative.
After conception, the release of certain hormones is triggered causing your body to experience some changes. At this stage you may be suspecting or even hoping there is a baby on board. Unfortunately for the hopeful, there is a small probability that the changes you are experiencing mean something else.
Whether you are having a pregnancy scare or are excited as you have been trying to conceive for quite some time, the following will help you confirm if you are indeed pregnant.
Ten Ways To Find Out If You Are Pregnant Or Not
- Take a test.
It is always advisable to take a test around the time when you were expecting your periods. Then, you will be sure to get accurate results. You can purchase a pregnancy test at a drugstore or a grocery store. They are packaged together with birth control products or hygiene products for women.
It is easy to use. You urinate on the tip of the test kit; the side with a test strip. When you are done leave it for about five minutes and wait for your results. What to expect if pregnant or not is always shown in the package.
- Monitor your menstruation cycle closely.
If cousin red has not visited you yet, it could mean you are pregnant. However, this is only the case only if your period is regular. If you have an irregular period, or you are using birth control pills or have an eating disorder such as anorexia you could miss your periods.
Sudden shortness of breath as you go up those stairs at your work place may be a sign that you will be a mum. You keep running out of breath because the little one growing in you needs oxygen too. If you are pregnant, this is one of the signs that your body will experience throughout the pregnancy. It will happen more often as your bump grows because the baby exerts pressure on your diaphragm and your lungs.
- Check for changes in your breasts.
Are you considering getting a bigger bra cup size? Does getting your bra off feel like some sort of liberation? All these changes happening to your breasts happen during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in your body cause your girls to grow bigger, feel tender and sore. When your body gets used to the hormonal changes, this feeling should decrease.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Four weeks after conception, you may start experiencing some nausea. Some women however experience it later on and some though pregnant cannot relate to it as they do not feel nauseated. This feeling commonly known as ‘morning sickness’ can either happen at night or during the day and makes it impossible for pregnant women to keep anything down.
- Going to the washroom frequently.
When pregnant, you will frequently get the urge to go to the washroom. Increased urination is among the first signs you will notice. In the natural, the blood volume in your body will increase leading to your kidneys having more fluid to excrete.
- Increased fatigue.
Most pregnant women tend to feel tired and sleepy all the time. This is as a result of the secretion of the hormone progesterone in high levels. Carrying a new life to term is no easy task; you are bound to feel fatigued.
- Implantation spotting.
Around the time you are supposed to be menstruating, you might notice some stains of blood or brown discharge in your undies. This is known as implantation bleeding which occurs when the embryo is attaching itself to the wall of your uterus. However, not every expectant woman bleeds during implantation.
This could manifest itself as a feeling of fullness or a feeling of having too much gas in your stomach. This should not worry you, it goes away after sometime. You could also ask your doctor for medication to help you to manage the bloating.
- Back pains.
A backache that does not go away after resting or getting a massage, could mean you are pregnant. This pain comes as a result of the straining of the sacroiliac joint. You will experience backaches if you:
- Add on some pounds. You are bound to put on some weight during pregnancy and as the spine strains to support it, you experience some pain.
- Change your posture. When you get pregnant, chances are you will add weight therefore causing you to change your sitting, standing and also walking posture. That’s where a pregnancy pillow comes in.
- Have hormonal changes.
- Stress your body and mind.
- Experience muscle separation.
Now that you are in the know, you should be able to tell whether or not you are pregnant. This is not 100% accurate by no means, however, so do remember that while going through these. However, for most women, these ten ways are going to be enough to at least confirm your suspicions.