From the time women hit puberty, it’s like we become personal investigators into whether or not we’re pregnant. Many of us take birth control measures and still hold our breath every month waiting for our periods to arrive, and others who are pursuing pregnancy look for the smallest signs that they may have conceived.
Whether you’re in the first camp or the second, we can agree we’d probably know sooner rather than later if we might be pregnant. For that reason, we spoke to doctors about what symptoms most often indicate a pregnancy.
First, before you panic or get excited or some combination of the two, it’s important to remember that not everyone responds the same way to being pregnant.
According to Dr. Grace Kong, an OB-GYN at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California, every woman is different in terms of what combination of symptoms she may or may not feel during early pregnancy. Not only that, but each pregnancy can have different symptoms in the same individual, she added. So just because you didn’t get morning sickness while pregnant with your first child, that may not be the case with the second.
Here are a few early signs of pregnancy and when to visit your doctor.