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Knowing if you're pregnant: signs and ways to confirm a pregnancy

The arrival of a baby is an exciting time in many women's lives. But even before waiting for the results of a pregnancy test, it's natural to wonder whether the signs and symptoms you're experiencing could indicate pregnancy. In this article, we'll explore the different signs and symptoms that can indicate pregnancy, as well as methods for confirming it.

Early signs of pregnancy

There are several early signs that you may be pregnant. Among the most common are morning sickness, excessive fatigue, mood swings and tender breasts. Some women may also notice mild cramping or light vaginal bleeding, known as "spotting", which usually occurs when they're expecting their period. Find out more about the most common symptoms and what you can do to alleviate them here. 

Signs to look out for that may alert you

In addition to early signs, there are other indicators that can help you determine if you're pregnant. These include increased sensitivity to odors, unusual food cravings, a feeling of abdominal bloating and changes in urinary frequency. Keep an eye out for these signs, especially if they occur together or are unusual for you.

Reliable ways to confirm pregnancy

how do i know if i'm pregnant?

If you suspect pregnancy, the most reliable way to confirm it is to take a home pregnancy test. These tests detect the presence of the hormone HCG in your urine, a hormone produced by the body after conception. Pregnancy tests can be purchased over the counter and used at home. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions supplied with the test to obtain accurate results. Some brands offer early detection tests capable of detecting very low levels of the pregnancy hormone, even before the supposed date of menstruation. However, the earlier the test is taken, the less reliable it is. Then, if the test proves positive, and even if it's negative, the only 100% sure way to confirm a pregnancy is to take a laboratory blood test. If you're in a hurry, you can ask for one without a prescription, but you'll have to pay for it, at a cost of around 18 euros. Otherwise, ask your doctor for one.  


Identifying the signs and symptoms of pregnancy can be the start of an incredible journey towards motherhood. If you notice several of these signs, especially if your period is late, it's a good idea to take a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions. Remember, every woman reacts differently to pregnancy, so don't worry if you don't feel all these signs. And remember, if you have any questions or concerns, always consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice. Your test is positive? Congratulations! Check out our other articles to help you make the most of your pregnancy! 

Knowing if you're pregnant: signs and ways to confirm a pregnancy
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