Iâve told my birth stories on here before. And in them, I recounted my sudden love affair with tomatoes. In case youâre too busy to go back and read that now, I had always hated raw tomatoes my whole life, and suddenly, I wanted them. Bad! I had to have them.
That was my first tip-off that something unusual was going on. Then there were other signs. With a late period, I went and got a pregnancy test to confirm what I suspectedâ¦I was pregnant.
We hadnât been trying when we had our first child, but it was a delightful surprise. Our second one was completely planned, but at just three weeks along, I had my suspicions. How did I know?
Part of it for the second time around was my intuition and knowing what pregnancy felt like. But for my first child, I had all these oddball clues that finally came together once I confirmed my pregnancy with a legitimate test.
Do you think you might be pregnant? If so, you can find out right now if you are for sure, no test required! Though I will tell you this right nowâ¦do not wait and assume you are or arenât. If anything that follows in this article rings true for you, get a test to confirm it and then make an appointment at once to see your doctor.
If youâre pregnant, the reasons to see a doctor are obvious, but if it turns out youâre not, you should find out whatâs causing you to feel unusual.
Table of Content
- Can I Tell if Iâm Pregnant without a Test?
- Can I Make a Homemade Pregnancy Test?
- When is the Soonest I Can Confirm Pregnancy?
- Final Thoughts
Can I Tell if Iâm Pregnant without a Test?
Yes! You should look for the following symptoms of early pregnancy. One or two of them might not mean a thing. But if you read this whole list and youâre nodding your head like, âYup, thatâs me right now,â then you should schedule that appointment with your doctor.
The first sign of pregnancy can vary from woman to woman, but this list tackles the typically first signs first.
This is the most noticeable symptom of early pregnancy. In fact, if youâve ever in your life been late before, itâs a good cause for panic. For me with my eldest, I noticed I was a few days late which didnât concern me too much â yet. I was still getting used to living abroad, and a new schedule and I figured it was the stress of that.
When it didnât show up after that, and the other symptoms on this list had been showing all along, I connected the dots. Itâs not an automatic indicator youâre pregnant though. You might be rejoicing youâre finally pregnant when youâre three days late, and suddenly, your monthly visitor arrives all over your new pair of sexy undies.
What you should do if you havenât gotten your period yet is be on notice and look for the other symptoms. If your period doesnât arrive, you should take a test to confirm pregnancy. If it turns out negative, you should also see your doctor and find out why youâre not getting your period.
Also in my birthing story, I found it odd that my breasts seemed suddenly larger. Just days before, Iâd put on my sports bra to go jogging and it fits okay. Now it was tight like I was stuffing my breasts in there. If youâve had smaller breasts your whole life and suddenly, they feel bigger, you might be pregnant.
Need to pee
I was teaching English abroad when suddenly during one of my classes, I couldnât wait another minute before running to the bathroom. I found that odd because I hadnât drunk more coffee than usual, yet I was unable to wait until I dismissed my students to go. At first, I thought it was a one-off, but I soon began to notice that I had to go more often.
This feeling is very urgent too. Youâll suddenly realize youâve just got to go right now. Unless youâve been chugging beer or coffee, itâs a pretty good indicator youâre pregnant. Your hormones increase the circulation of your blood, leading to higher water retention â fun, fun, fun.
Random spotting soon after last period
Unless you tend to spot on the regular every month,
As a mom, I can tell you your kids will bring you into the depths of fatigue for years. Thatâs why when youâre newly pregnant for your first time, and you sit down for a moment, then wake up HOURS later, you might want to look into it.
Unless you pulled an all-nighter, thereâs not much reason for you to be fatigued if you donât already have another child at home.
Fatigue is a symptom of early pregnancy that goes away for most women in the second trimester. But donât get too excited. It comes back to drain you in the third trimester.
Basal body temperature
Women that are actively trying to conceive should be on board the basal temperature trolley. This helps you track when youâre ovulating, increasing your chances for success with getting pregnant. If you notice your basal body temperature is high for two weeks post-ovulation, it is almost always a safe bet to assume youâve nailed it and youâre pregnant.
I put this one a bit further down on my list, and Iâll tell you why. Iâve always been the sort that has slightly sore breasts around and during my period. So when my breasts felt tender even when I was a few days late, I merely assumed my period would be arriving shortly.
Nausea and/or vomiting
While itâs called morning sickness, itâs a misnomer because it can happen any time. If you feel green around the gills or even throw up, you should be on high alert. I remember being on the subway and smelling the businessmen boarding the train after their drunken dinner meetings and trying my best not to barf.
I also remember walking by a dumpster and thinking I was going to explode with vomit. One random moment of nausea isnât a problem, nor is a one-off vomiting episode. But if this keeps coming up, pardon the pun, then you should find out why from your doctor.
Major mood swings
Hey hormones, how you doinâ? You might have mood swings throughout the month, but when youâre pregnant, youâll go from 0 to 60 and spin around on a dime. One minute youâll be laughing and happy. The next, youâll be irritable and stabby.
And you know when youâre near your period or on it, and you see a commercial that makes you cry? Yeah, when youâre pregnant, youâre going to be even worse.
Definitely gross, but I have to bring this up. Pregnancy hormones do a number on digestion. One thing you may notice is that youâre constipated. This in and of itself is not an indicator of pregnancy, especially if youâve been slacking on drinking enough water or taking in enough fiber.
You should raise an eyebrow though if your poop suddenly changes in ways you canât explain. For me, mine would be long and winding, like a giant poop-snake in the toilet. All my life, Iâve never had that happen to meâ¦until I was pregnant (yes, with both kids!).
Cravings and aversions
I was desperate for both mangoes and bananas. And I suddenly craved tomatoes, something Iâd despised my entire life. Things that made me cringe were the smell of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. Some Chinese spices made me gag too that I usually had enjoyed before pregnancy.
If you find youâre gobbling up foods you once hated or turning your nose up at things you once liked, it could be a good indicator that youâve got a bun in your oven.
Stuffy or runny nose
I remember noticing my nose was a little stuffy in the early days of my pregnancy. Why didnât I think anything of it? Because I taught kids and kids cough all over you and gave you germs. I merely thought I had a cold.
This was one symptom of early pregnancy that in hindsight, was a vast indicator I was pregnant. Again, itâs caused by your pregnancy hormones affecting the membranes in your nose which can swell them up and dry them out.
Are you feeling off? Maybe even dizzy? Those pregnancy hormones can do a lot to you including leaving you feeling way off kilter like you need to sit down RIGHT NOW. If youâve been eating correctly, are well-hydrated, and havenât spent too much time in the sun, it could be that your dizziness is being caused by pregnancy.
Can I Make a Homemade Pregnancy Test?
The early signs I list above are the major ones that tend to sprout up in the very earliest days of pregnancy. If you have ticked all of them off your list, you just might be pregnant.
Can I be pregnant and not have any symptoms at all?
Of course, itâs entirely possible to be pregnant without any symptoms at all. Thatâs why itâs always essential to have regular physicals, especially if youâre a woman with an irregular period.
Some say you can make your homemade pregnancy test using things from around your house like toothpaste or bleach or even salt. According to Healthline though, none of those tests have any scientific merit. In other words, nothing you create at home can give you accurate results. Itâs best to spring for a real pregnancy test from the store and then get confirmation from your doctor.
When is the Soonest I Can Confirm Pregnancy?
So after reading this, do you think you might be pregnant? If all the signs above are recognizable, it might be in your best interest to have it ultimately confirmed.
The good news is you can get immediate gratification with a legit pregnancy test. Most are reliable the first day after a missed period. Pregnancy tests check for levels of hCG in your urine. This level rises when youâre pregnant which will result in a positive test.
If you have many of these symptoms but get a negative result on your test, you should check again in a few days if you used a test the first day after your period. If youâre still not sure, schedule that appointment with your doctor.
You know yourself best, thatâs for sure. So if something about how you feel doesnât feel normal, you should look into it. Sometimes, it could be stress-related. Other times, it could be an illness. And of course, it could also be pregnancy.
The only way to know for sure is to take a test to confirm your suspicions from the symptoms mentioned above. Once you know, you and your doctor can work together for the health of your upcoming baby.
Taking good care of yourself is essential, whether youâre pregnant or not. And if youâre trying to get pregnant and are disappointed youâre not, your doctor can help guide you in the right direction to make conception come a little easier.