Might Be Pregnant

What Are The Signs You Might Be Pregnant?

A pregnancy test will tell you if you’re pregnant. However, if it’s too early to take one, you may be looking for early signs that you might be pregnant. While a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, there are several other symptoms that can also indicate you may have a baby on the way. Raleigh OB/GYN put together some of the most common signs you might be pregnant. 


Nausea or morning sickness is a telltale sign that you might be pregnant. It can make it difficult for you to eat certain foods and perform your everyday activities. Keep in mind that while many pregnant women only face nausea in the morning, it can occur at any time of the day. In addition, it may stick around long after the first trimester. 

Light Bleeding or Spotting

You may be surprised to find out that light bleeding or spotting that is light red, pink, or brown in color is actually an early sign of pregnancy. It’s known as implantation bleeding and might occur when the fertilized egg implants itself into your uterine lining. Note that this is different from heavy bleeding, which can be a symptom of a miscarriage.

Cervical Mucus Changes

The discharge that comes from your cervix is called cervical mucus. Right after you conceive, your mucus will likely become thicker and stickier than it normally is. It will likely increase and change to a white or yellow color as your pregnancy progresses. 

Cramping Or Lower Abdominal Pain

Implantation cramps may arise with spotting or without it. Unlike menstrual cramps, which are dull and achy, pregnancy-related cramps typically feel like they are pulling or tingling. It’s quite common for them to come and go over a period of a few days— indicating you might be pregnant.

Frequent Urination

If you notice you have to pee more than usual, you may be pregnant, especially if your period is due soon. This is because your body produces HCG, a pregnancy hormone, which can prompt more frequent urination. Progesterone can also cause you to urinate often.

Nasal Congestion

A sudden stuffy or runny nose may mean you’re pregnant due to hormone levels that often cause mucous membranes to swell, bleed, or dry out. Post-nasal drip and itchy eyes might also indicate early pregnancy. Although nasal congestion can have several other causes, if you think you might be pregnant, this could be an early symptom. 

Higher Basal Body Temperature

Basal body temperature (BBT) refers to your temperature when you’re completely at rest. It typically increases right after you ovulate. If you’re pregnant, however, your BBT will remain elevated instead of going back down. You can track your BBT through a basal thermometer or app. 

Tender Breasts

Pregnancy hormones can cause your breasts to feel sore or tender. If you’re used to sensitive breasts before or during your period, note that they’ll likely be more intense. You may also experience a tingling sensation, and your nipples may become sore as well.

Energy Loss and Fatigue 

Progesterone, the hormone that significantly increases during the first trimester, can make you feel exhausted. You may have trouble getting out of bed or performing your daily activities because you’re worn out. Fatigue typically improves by the second trimester and returns in the third trimester. 

Mood Swings

The increase in estrogen and progesterone may lead to mood swings. You might be happy and upbeat one minute and sad the next. In addition, you may be more emotional or sensitive than you normally are. 

Have Questions About Early Pregnancy? Contact Us Today

Pregnancy affects every woman differently. Therefore, you may experience early signs that someone else doesn’t and vice versa. If you think you might be pregnant, have questions about early pregnancy, or would like confirmation that you’re pregnant, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call at (919) 876-8225.