Am I Pregnant? Quiz Plus Signs And Symptoms To Watch Out For
Take this pregnancy quiz to check your symptoms and find out if you might be pregnant.
Am I pregnant? If you're asking yourself this question, you should take the following "Am I pregnant?" quiz. Whether you've already missed your period or you're counting down the days, waiting to find out if you're pregnant can be agonizing. Regardless of whether you're planning to have a baby or not, finding out you're pregnant is big news and you'll likely analyze every sign and symptom until you have confirmation of your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test.
Accordingly, we've put together an "Am I pregnant?" quiz of common signs and symptoms to help you figure out the likelihood of whether or not you're really pregnant. It's not uncommon for women to wonder whether they're pregnant before they've missed their periods, or before they test positive with a home pregnancy test, and the wait can be torture. After all, not everyone will test positive immediately, even if they actually are pregnant. There are multiple reasons for a false negative on a pregnancy test, but the most common is because you've tested too early to detect the rising levels of hCG (the pregnancy hormone) in your system.
Regardless of whether you've taken a home pregnancy test or not, you may still be asking yourself if you're pregnant (and if you need to run out to the store to buy a home pregnancy test!). If you're currently asking yourself, "Am I pregnant?" then you should take our "Am I pregnant?" quiz and check your signs and symptoms to figure out the likelihood of whether you actually are pregnant. With any luck, you'll either have reason to be excited (or relieved!) by the results.
And, remember, while the following "Am I pregnant?" quiz is intended to be informational, it should never take the place of real medical advice. If you think you might be pregnant, take a test and contact your health care provider for additional support. Also start following the do's and don'ts of pregnancy if you already think you're pregnant because everything you do affects your baby. Ready to take the "Am I pregnant?" quiz and check your signs and symptoms? Let's take a look.
Compare Your Early Pregnancy Symptoms With These 7 Early signs
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Signs You Might Be Pregnant
Of course, the most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If your period is late, it's time to take a home pregnancy test. While some tests claim to be able to detect pregnancy up to five days before a missed period, many women will have to wait until after their missed period to get a positive result in order to give their bodies time to build up the hCG hormone. If you get a negative result, wait 48 hours and try again, as the hormone levels double every two days during early pregnancy. Even so, for many women, the symptoms of pregnancy will begin before a period is missed. Let's check out some common symptoms of early pregnancy.
Pregnancy Symptoms To Watch Out For
Knowing the symptoms of early pregnancy can clue you into whether or not you're actually pregnant. While many of these symptoms overlap with regular PMS, many women report feeling noticeably different when they're pregnant. If you took the "Am I Pregnant?" quiz above and want to learn more about the symptoms mentioned in the quiz, keep reading. While having missed a period is the most obvious sign, there are other subtle (and not-so-subtle) symptoms women begin to experience even before they've missed their periods. This is because pregnancy hormone levels begin to rise around the time of implantation, or about 8-10 days after ovulation. And, for those charting ovulation, you know the "two week wait" until you can take a pregnancy test is agony, so monitoring symptoms can help clue you in on what's happening to your body.
It's not uncommon for women to experience spotting during early pregnancy, especially around the time of implantation, (8-10 days after ovulation). Nonetheless, it may occur at any time during early pregnancy. Spotting is lighter than a period and much shorter in duration. Many women won't even notice it as a symptom. Accordingly, if you haven't spotted, this doesn't mean you're not pregnant. Likewise, if you have noticed a few drops of blood, no need to freak out. Plenty of women have healthy pregnancies with some spotting. If spotting is accompanied by sharp pelvic pain, however, seek medical attention. You may be having an ectopic pregnancy, where the egg has implanted outside of the uterus. This can lead to severe bleeding and be life-threatening if left untreated.
While painful cramping may be a sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, light cramping during early pregnancy is common for many women and not necessarily something to worry about. In fact, many women report having mild cramps, similar to how they might feel before the arrival of their period, (talk about confusing). However, if your cramping is consistent or intense and you know you're pregnant, you should contact your medical provider. Any time you're concerned about your pregnancy, it's worth seeking support from your health care team. Often a simple phone call can help to relieve your concerns or alert you to the need to go in for an appointment.
For many women, breast changes in early pregnancy are their first noticeable symptoms. These changes can include sensitivity, swelling, and darkening of the nipples and veins in the breasts. While some women routinely experience discomfort in their breasts before their periods arrive, the discomfort during early pregnancy is often even more noticeable. Not only may your breasts begin to change in size, but your nipples may stick out more and your aerolas may increase in size, too. Before you rush out to buy new bras, however, remember these changes will continue throughout your pregnancy and you may want to buy bras that will continue to offer more room in the coming months.
Changes To Sense Of Smell:
A heightened sense of smell during pregnancy is common for many women and may begin even before you realize you're pregnant. In fact, many women report a heightened sense of smell as one of their earliest signs of pregnancy. While there are multiple theories about why this occurs, it's likely tied to a mother's need to protect her body and her growing baby, as well as the physiological changes occurring during early pregnancy. And, while this might sound like a cool super power, a heightened sense of smell can also be a challenge, as it can lead to new food aversions and difficulty in environments with strong odors, such as restaurants.
Change in appetite, Food Cravings And Aversions:
Speaking of food, many women also report changes in their appetite during early pregnancy. For some, these changes mean insatiable hunger. For others, however, it can be difficult to eat with morning sickness and that heightened sense of smell. Whether you've found your appetite has increased or decreased, both can be a sign of early pregnancy. And, food cravings aren't just a thing of the third trimester. Many women in their first trimesters also report food cravings and aversions, so if you find yourself wanting something unusual or having no interest in your regular favorites, these could both be signs of early pregnancy, as well. And, if you've lost your appetite during the first trimester, don't worry. As long as you're eating small meals throughout the day, taking a prenatal vitamin, and drinking plenty of water, your body is likely getting what it needs. You also might be surprised to discover most women don't need extra calories during the first trimester.
It's no mystery why movies use morning sickness as the first clue the main character is pregnant. For many women, nausea (and even vomiting) are the first signs of pregnancy. As the hCG hormone levels begin to rise, it's common for women to feel queasy. And, despite being called morning sickness, these feelings can occur anytime throughout the day (or night!) and last around the clock (for some). Half of the population will experience morning sickness, although the onset and intensity will vary. For most, morning sickness becomes noticeable around week six of pregnancy, or two weeks after a missed period. For others, however, nausea will begin earlier, around the time the period is missed. Nonetheless, not all women will experience morning sickness, so don't fret if this isn't on your list of symptoms.
Another major sign of early pregnancy is fatigue. If you feel like you just can't get enough sleep all of a sudden, you very well might be pregnant. Hormonal changes are likely to blame as your body is gearing up to grow a baby. While such intense fatigue can be inconvenient, you might as well take advantage of the excuse for a break. Allow yourself to go to bed early, sleep in a little later, and take that nap, when you can. Extra sleep will help you manage stress and give your body time to relax and repair, (assuming you don't already have children at home keeping you awake!). The good news is most women will experience an increase in energy levels when they reach their second trimester.
If you think PMS makes you moody, early pregnancy might be a whole different ballgame. With such big hormonal changes, it's not uncommon to feel emotional. You may be happy one moment and irrationally angry or sad the next. In fact, if you find yourself crying over things that normally wouldn't affect you, this could be a sign you're pregnant. Many women even start to question whether they're going nuts during early pregnancy. The good news? It's temporary, or at least short-term in the scheme of things. After you have your baby, your hormones will (eventually) return to normal. And, even through your pregnancy, your hormones won't likely always be so out of whack.
Think you might be pregnant after taking our "Am I pregnant?" quiz and reading through the signs and symptoms? Maybe it's time to take a home pregnancy test and find out!