How to tell if you’re pregnant before the test says yes
Think you might be in the early stages of pregnancy? Here are some of the first signs to watch out for.
By Nicola Conville
Practical Parenting Content Editor / July 24 2018
Swollen boobs or sensitive nipples are one of the first signs of early pregnancy. This can be due to rising levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Later on in pregnancy, the areola (the skin around the nipple) becomes darker and the veins in the breast become more obvious.
The tiredness that’s experienced during pregnancy is unlike any other and can be due to the massive rise in your progesterone levels. Progesterone helps your baby grow but it also slows down your metabolism, so you may feel the kind of bone-crushing tiredness that only a nap can cure.
Whether you’re crying at TV ads or glaring daggers at your partner because he slammed the door, intense emotions are an early sign of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is confirmed you can expect them to last for the next nine months!
A rise in temperature, otherwise known as basal body temperature (BBT) is another common sign that pregnancy may be likely. Your BBT rises slightly after ovulation and if it stays elevated for 14 days or more, you may be pregnant.
Long before morning sickness kicks in you may feel a little bit queasy or ‘off’ from time to time due to hormonal surges. If you’re pregnant, this feeling should intensify over the coming weeks, tapering off around the 12-week mark.
It’s a cruel trick of nature, but PMS and pregnancy cramps are very similar. While cramping may mean your period is on the way it can also be a sign of implantation or your uterus may be stretching to make room for growing a new bub. If the cramping comes and goes and seems to be on one side more than the other, this could mean a potential pregnancy.
Heightened sense of smell
Your sense of small can become more sensitive during pregnancy, so food, drinks, perfumes or even other people can have a stronger odour. If citrus fruit suddenly smells incredible or the scent of strong body odour on a random person in the supermarket is making you gag, you may be in the early stages of pregnancy.
Extra toilet trips
Finding you need to pee more often than usual? Pregnancy causes an increase in levels of body fluids and greater kidney efficiency, so you might be waking at 2am to pop to the loo. As pregnancy progresses, your uterus presses against your bladder, increasing the need to urinate.
If you seem to have more whitish discharge than usual, it can be a sign of early pregnancy. This is due to elevated estrogen levels and is another symptom you may notice even before you do a pregnancy test.
A metallic taste in the mouth (also known as dysgeusia), increased saliva production and a change in taste can all be signs of early pregnancy symptoms. Smells you previously loved – such as your early morning coffee – may now turn your tummy, too.