A pregnancy test isn't the only way to know if you're pregnant.

Ways to Tell if You Are Pregnant

by Eliza Martinez

Most women take a pregnancy test to determine if they've got a little one on board. While pregnancy tests are usually pretty accurate, there are other indications of a pregnancy that you might detect before you can take a pregnancy test. If you suspect you are pregnant, contact your doctor for confirmation since good prenatal care is an important aspect of a healthy pregnancy.

Breast Changes

When you're pregnant, your levels of the hormones hCG and progesterone increase, which in turn increases blood flow throughout your body, notes "Parents" magazine. This can make your breasts appear larger and feel heavier. While the differences might not be glaringly obvious, you or your partner might notice a change in the look and feel of your breasts when they're uncovered. You might also feel soreness in your breasts due to these changes. However, some women also experience these symptoms around the start of their period.


Around the start of your period, you might experience cramps. In early pregnancy, similar cramps are often detected, according to "Parents" magazine. This feeling is attributed to the egg implanting in your uterus rather than the shedding of your uterine lining. At this point, you might not be able to tell the difference between early pregnancy cramps and impending menstruation cramps, but if you're actively trying to get pregnant, take a pregnancy test to be sure.


Early pregnancy is an exhausting time for many prospective moms. When your progesterone levels increase, it can make you feel extremely sleepy. Early pregnancy can also result in lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood flow, all of which can translate into higher than average levels of fatigue, according to MayoClinic.com. If you feel like your energy is sapped or you're more tired than usual, a pregnancy test may confirm the reason.


Morning sickness is very common in early pregnancy, but you might start to experience it even before you can take a pregnancy test, as early as two weeks along, according to the American Pregnancy Association. You might suddenly be more sensitive to certain smells and some of them might make you feel sick to your stomach. Some women in early pregnancy vomit along with having nausea, but might chalk it up to food poisoning or eating something that doesn't agree with them.

General Aches and Pains

The rise in hormones during early pregnancy can result in headaches, notes the American Pregnancy Association. Some women also experience headaches when menstruation is approaching and might not realize they're pregnant. Pregnancy can also result in a backache, which for many women continues throughout pregnancy. Backaches are generally related to the changes your body goes through while carrying a baby and are likely to go away after your little one is born.

About the Author

Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.

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