Certainly, a pregnancy test is a good way to confirm your pregnancy, but that’s not the only way. You can also confirm your pregnancy by paying attention to your body as early as one week of conception. There are some signs that come as early as a week or two into your pregnancy so if you notice the changes in your body closely you can even confirm your pregnancy without a test. Read about common home pregnancy tests in India here
How Can I Confirm My Pregnancy Without A Test?
If you have been planning for a pregnancy, you might have been timing sex. If you have regular cycles and you are able to guess your ovulation date (Click here to know how you can find when you are ovulating). However, if you have irregular cycles or some condition like PCOS or thyroid, which makes difficult to figure your ovulation period, getting pregnant could be tougher. And then you do not want to pee on the stick as yet, and neither want to go to the hospital till you see some signs. Not tough, really. You can confirm your pregnancy with these top 10 symptoms. Here is how to tell if you are pregnant without a test.
10 Ways To Know You Are Pregnant Without Test
- Missed Period: What can cause a missed period? Missing menstrual cycle is not always because of pregnancy. Sometimes, periods are missed because of no apparent reason like by hormone imbalance caused by certain medications or even due to stress. However, if you always had regular menstrual periods and you have been trying to conceive then missed period might mean that you are pregnant. Missed period is not a sure shot sign of pregnancy so look for other signs you might be experiencing if you are pregnant
- Nausea Or Vomiting: Nausea is one of the most visible sign of pregnancy and you may start experiencing it as early as three weeks of pregnancy. Any food or smell can trigger nausea in pregnancy. Although, it is called “morning sickness” the symptoms can occur at any time of the day. Nausea or vomiting occurs due to rapidly rising levels of Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen. If you have nausea or vomiting for no reason which is making you to rush to the bathroom frequently, then it might be a sign that you have conceived
- Tender Breasts: Tenderness of breasts or soreness of nipples is another top sign of pregnancy which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks of conception. Your breasts will suddenly feel tender and might be painful to touch. The sensitivity will heighten further with passing days. You will notice that breasts have become fuller and also the areolas and nipples are darker. There may be small bumps on the nipples
- Mood Swings: Do you feel happy at one moment and in tears the next minute? It is normal to feel up and down emotionally during pregnancy. You may feel emotionally unstable as the levels of progesterone and estrogen surge in your bloodstream. You might find yourself easily irritable or feel tearful. Don’t worry, most of it is hormonal driven and will settle on its own
- Spotting: Spotting is an early sign of pregnancy. A brownish or pinkish discharge occurs a week before your next menstrual period. This is also called the implantation spotting when the embryo attaches to the uterus wall lining. If you notice a few drops of blood about between 1-2 weeks of your last period, this could be implantation bleeding. However, this is does not occur with every pregnant woman
- Abdominal Bloating: Some women experience abdominal bloating just before their periods. Same kind of bloating may be felt during the early weeks of pregnancy. Your clothes may feel tight across your waistline even in your first trimester. Some women also experience cramping along with bloating
- Tiredness: Due to the rising levels of progesterone, you might feel sleepy and fatigued. This is a symptom of pregnancy which happens right away but will decrease as you move towards your second trimester. You may feel extremely tired during the daily chores so take it easy and take some rest. Some women might also feel headache along with fatigue. Others might feel period like lower backache which does not go away with rest. During pregnancy a hormone, relaxin is released which causes the pelvic area to relax. The loosening of ligaments can cause pain
- Frequent Urination: Once the embryo attaches itself to your uterus wall lining, your body will start producing a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which increases the frequency of urination. These increased trips to the washroom are because of increased water retention and increased blood volume in your body. This symptom of pregnancy stays with you during the entire pregnancy because as the baby grows in size and your uterus expands it puts pressure on your bladder which causes increased urination
- Food Cravings or Food Aversions: You feel strong aversion towards certain foods, their smell is putting you off and this might also include the foods that you used to love earlier then it is also an early sign of pregnancy. If lately, you are getting cravings for certain kinds of food at odd hours, there is a chance that you are already into 1-2 weeks of pregnancy. And like all other early symptoms of pregnancy this can also be blamed on the surge of certain hormones in your body
- Disrupted Sleep: If you feel that you are not able to sleep properly, it could be because physical changes are happening inside you now that you are pregnant. You might sleep soundly one night, and spend a couple of next nights tossing and turning in the bed. Don’t conclude you have a sleep issue, perhaps, you are pregnant!
- Increased Basal Body Temperature: A high basal temperature for 18 days is a sure sign of pregnancy. This sign comes even before the missed period. If you are trying to conceive you can start charting your basal body temperature. Every morning before you leave the bed note down your body temperature if you see an elevated body temperature for 18 days, chances are high that you are pregnant
Hope this article has helped you understand the early signs of pregnancy without even doing a test. You can always confirm with a test and it is advisable to visit a doctor as early as possible so that the pre-natal care can be started at the earliest.