11 Pregnancy Symptoms...That Could Be Something Else
Nauseous? Fatigued? A week late? While those are commom early pregnancy symptoms, other factors may be to blame. Read about 11 early signs of pregnancy—and what else could be causing them.
1. Delay of Menstruation
Late? While this is a key sign of pregnancy, other possible causes could be excessive weight gain or loss; fatigue; hormonal problems; stress; birth control; and breastfeeding. If there’s a chance you may be pregnant, it may be a good idea to take a home pregnancy test.
2. Nausea and Vomiting
Feeling nauseous? It could be morning sickness, but it could also be food poisoning, stress, and a variety of other stomach disorders. Nausea during pregnancy usually begins two to eight weeks after conception. A trip to the doctor is probably in order—pregnant or not.
3. Tender or Swollen Breasts
Breast tenderness is a common first sign of pregnancy that typically begins one to six weeks after conception. But sore breasts could also be caused by hormones, birth control pills, and a sign that your period is about to start.
4. Feeling Exhausted or Sleepy
Can’t stay awake? Fatigue is definitely a sign of pregnancy but can also be caused by stress, illness, depression, and other mental strains. That sleepy feeling that rears its head about one to six weeks after conception is attributed to rising progesterone.
An aching back can signal pregnancy, but usually it’s not an issue until the second or third trimester. Back pain can also be caused by a variety of physical and mental strains. Consider making an appointment with your doctor.
6. Frequent Headaches
For some women, headaches are a painful sympton of pregnancy, typically caused by higher estrogen levels. Other causes of headaches include dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, and eye strain.
7. Food Cravings
Dying for potato chips? Can’t stop dreaming of dairy? Want a pickle so bad you can taste it? Yes, this could mean Baby’s on the way, but food cravings could also be caused by poor diet, stress, depression, and impending menstruation.
8. Darkening of Areola
Has the area around your nipple gotten darker? This is a common sign of pregnancy that starts about one to 14 weeks after conception and lasts throughout the pregnancy. But a hormonal imbalance could also trigger this symptom, so discuss it with your doctor.
9. Frequent Urination
Gotta go—again?! Frequent urination is a sign of pregnancy, and usually begins about six to eight weeks after conception. Other causes include diabetes, urinary tract infection, and taking excessive diuretics causing urination, so it’s best to check with your doctor.
10. Fetal Movement
Is something moving around in there? Fetal movement almost always means you’re pregnant, but it doesn’t happen until 16 to 22 weeks. “Movement” could also be caused by gas and lower gastrointestinal bowel contractions.
11. Fetal Heart Beat
When you listen to the fluttering sound of your baby’s heart beat somewhere around 10 to 12 weeks after conception, congrats are in order. You’re pregnant! To date, no other cause of this wonderful event has been found.
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