There's no doubt that figuring out what your body is trying to tell you around that time of the month can be pretty tricky, which is why most women confuse the early signs of pregnancy for a bad case of PMS. But if you know what to look for (as our experts are about to tell you), you might be able to figure out if you're expecting sooner rather than later.
How soon can you find out you’re pregnant?
Most of us are familiar with the fact that a typical pregnancy is 40 weeks. And as the American Pregnancy Association explains it, the first two weeks of your pregnancy don’t even count because you technically aren’t pregnant yet. Weeks one and two of a pregnancy (or pre-pregnancy) include menstruation, followed by preparation for ovulation.
During the third week, the body will ovulate and conceive. It isn’t until the fourth week that a very early pregnancy can be confirmed, though a negative pregnancy test is still possible at this time. In weeks four through seven, most women learn they are pregnant, usually after experiencing a few pregnancy symptoms.
If it’s not time to test yet and you simply must know whether or not you have a baby on board, these early pregnancy signs could clue you in. While many of them point to a possible pregnancy, it’s still important to visit your doctor for an official blood test:
Here’s a fun one to kick off a potential pregnancy — you might have a bun in the oven, or it could be something you ate. Feeling gassy is a possible sign of pregnancy, according to Sherry Ross, M.D., OB-GYN and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “Very early in pregnancy, complete chaos with bowel function occurs. Hormonal changes and prenatal vitamins create bowel pandemonium, causing bloating, gas and constipation,” says Ross.
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