NauseaThe signs of being pregnant vary from woman to woman. There are several that will present in the early stages, though the problem often lies in the individuals understanding of the symptoms. For some women, the fact that they're pregnant is immediately apparent and usually for one or two reasons: they are in perfect tune with their menstrual cycle and/or they were aiming to become pregnant in the first place.

Of the various signs of being pregnant, the most common are:

  • Fatigue

  • Breast swelling

  • Cravings

  • Morning sickness

  • Missed period

Fatigue: this can present almost immediately. The flood of hormonal changes that occurs in the early days/weeks of pregnancy often leaves many women feeling unusually tired.

Breast swelling: Again, raging hormones cause a swelling of the breasts in many women. However, alone it's not always a reliable indicator due to many suffering from breast tenderness and/or swelling as part and parcel of their normal menstrual cycle.

Cravings: an undervalued sign of being pregnant is the sudden onset of cravings. This can be related to food or drink - or both. For some, it's nothing to do with food; rather it's a smell or a need to eat a none-food, such as coal or toothpaste. Both just examples but also known as some of the more 'odd' cravings that can occur.

Morning sickness: The bane of many a pregnant woman, morning sickness can kick in from day one. For most, it will settle down as the first trimester progresses. Unfortunately, just as many discover it doesn't and find their pregnancy journey plagued by bouts of persistent nausea.

Missed period: This is one of the most obvious signs of being pregnant. If some of the other pregnancy symptoms haven't rung any bells, it's usually the missed period that indicates pregnancy to most women - or at least gives them pause for thought.

Of course, once you've got an idea that you may be pregnant; the next step is to take a pregnancy test. Given that you've some idea of your condition, taking one is the easiest way of confirming your suspicions one way or another. If you don't overly trust the over-the-counter variety, you can make an appointment at your health centre/clinic and have your pregnancy confirmed by your doctor.

Less Common Signs Of Being Pregnant

There are several other, lesser signs of being pregnant, which are:

  • Headaches

  • Backache

  • Frequent urination

  • Mood swings

  • Constipation

  • Appetite increase/decrease

Again, none alone are a sign of pregnancy but if you've missed your period, feel especially tired, have swollen breasts and feel unusually weepy, the chances are you may be pregnant. The simplest way to make sure one way or another is to take a pregnancy test. At the end of the day, you'll have your pregnancy confirmed and can then start planning ahead.