Pregnant women

Am I Pregnant or got Fat?

Have those skinny jeans been getting tighter every day? Does the weighing scale number keep going up every time you dare to step on it? If you’ve been sexually active and are suddenly gaining weight, chances are you’ve already jumped to the dreaded conclusion- Am I pregnant?

Of course, the easiest way to solve this mystery would be to use a pregnancy test. However, if you’re not ready to pee on a stick just yet, then we’ve got you covered with a list of signs that you can use to figure out whether you’ve got a bun in the oven or not!

How’s that menstrual cycle been looking?

For women who have a very regular menstrual cycle, one of the first indications of pregnancy is missing their period. On the other hand, if for certain health reasons, your period is irregular then this probably isn’t the most reliable indicator! Take a look at the other signs below and see if you can relate.

Have you been nauseous?

As cliche as it may be, nausea is one of the most common early signs of pregnancy. Women start getting morning sickness almost 2 or 3 weeks after conceiving. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the morning or even vomiting. As long as it’s constant nausea that’s out of the blue, and not due to a bad meal, it should definitely be taken into consideration!

Are you tired-like all the time?

Growing a baby inside of you is hard work ladies so naturally, you’re bound to feel extremely lethargic if you’re pregnant. This can be due to your body working overtime and hormone changes. Regardless, if you’re looking at multiple naps a day, even after your daily dose of caffeine, it could be a sign, especially when this fatigue is combined with higher body temperature and palpitations.

Have you been rushing to the bathroom a lot lately?

During pregnancy, women usually start urinating a lot more because of the increased blood in their bodies. As annoying as this can be, it’s one of the first indications of pregnancy.

Have you noticed any changes in your breasts?

One of the most common changes that occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy is in their breasts. The first few weeks after conceiving, your breasts will probably start to swell up and feel more tender. Along with that, the area around your nipple will most likely get darker and become increasingly sensitive. These are all due to hormone surges in your body that usually occur during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Cravings and Mood swings!

Two of the most well-known symptoms of pregnancy! Have you been craving a tuna mustard sandwich that would normally sound disgusting to you? Have these cravings been changing up constantly? Have the most random things on the internet been making you tear up? Yeah… that’s probably the pregnancy hormones talking!

Fun fact, a very commonly reported craving during pregnancy is chewing ice which is somewhat associated with anemia that occurs during pregnancy.

General signs of pregnancy

Other signs that might show up at various times during your pregnancy include breaking out, drooling, nesting, itchy bellies, the classic healthy glow, forgetfulness, and a heightened sense of smell.

Other reasons for your weight gain besides pregnancy:

If you’re not pregnant or eating anything out of the ordinary, your weight gain could be due to issues like fluid retention, stress, excessive tiredness, diabetes or steroid treatment, genetics, hypothyroidism, and PCOS. Hypothyroidism is a disease in which your body’s metabolism slows down due to hormonal imbalances.PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a condition that affects your body’s reproductive system, specifically your ovaries. Both of these are very serious health conditions that should be treated with professional medical aid.

Could it be a false pregnancy (pseudocyesis)?

False pregnancies occur when a woman notices all the usual signs of pregnancy in her body (weight gain, breast tenderness, increased urination, etc) and assumes she’s pregnant. However, an official test usually says otherwise. 

This usually occurs in women who have been experiencing fertility issues, menopause, or frequent miscarriages and want kids. Their bodies act like they’re pregnant by giving out similar signs and release increased pregnancy hormones which then trick the brain.

So if you fall under that category, there is a possibility of it being a false pregnancy.

Is it possible to get pregnant while being on birth control?

Although highly unlikely, it is still possible to get pregnant on the pill if you’ve been inconsistent with its consumption or have been taking it at different timings during the day. The inconsistency gives your hormone levels time to fluctuate which can result in a pregnancy.

Conclusion

Even though all of the signs mentioned above aren’t a sure-fire way of finding out whether you’re pregnant or not, if they persist, it’s worth making an appointment with your gynecologist and getting it checked out! You can also take one step pregnancy test at home by using one of our most recommended pregnancy test strip kits.

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Zahira Bano

Zahira holds a PhD in Cosmetics Surgery and Pharma. She worked with Mashable's and some other beauty, skincare and wellness blogs. She is also a well-known personality and educationist and has a large number of social following. She also writes on the female empowerment motivational topics in her leisure time.

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