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The most obvious indication that you might be pregnant is that you miss one or more periods in a row. However, our bodies give us many other subtle clues that a baby is on the way -- sometimes even before you realize your period's gone missing.
Some women experience implantation bleeding, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. (It's much lighter than menstrual bleeding, and lasts only a day or two). Other common signs include nausea (yep -- it's the start of morning sickness), needing to pee all the time, constipation, and food cravings -- especially for carbs. Very early in pregnancy, other symptoms often mimic those of PMS, like cramps, bloating, headaches, mood swings, or sore breasts and nipples. Fatigue's a big one too -- it's common for new moms-to-be to feel totally wiped out for no apparent reason.
If you think you might be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test. This works by identifying the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine -- your body starts releasing it soon after you conceive. See a positive result? Congratulations! It's time to call your doctor to schedule the first of many prenatal visits. See a negative result? If you still don't get your period after a few days, try testing again. Sometimes testing too early means your body hasn't yet produced enough hCG for the test to detect.
The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.