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12 Early Signs You Might Be Pregnant

Any of these ring a bell? Might be time to pee on that stick...

As pregnancy hormones increase the blood supply to your breasts, you may notice a prickling or tingling sensation around your nipples. This can be one of the first signs that you're pregnant.

2. Sore boobs

This is a common sign of pregnancy, and is usually noticeable after the four-week mark. Since the tissues in your breasts are incredibly hormone sensitive, they swell and feel a lot heavier as progesterone and hCG start flooding the body and increasing blood volume after fertilization.

3. Your vagina has changed color

As early as four weeks into pregnancy your vulva and vagina can change color, so you may notice this before any other symptoms. As the amount of blood being supplied to the area increases, it can turn vaginal skin from pink to dark purplish or red.

4. Increased vaginal discharge

Noticing extra vaginal discharge is extremely common in early pregnancy. Pregnancy can also make you more prone to bouts of thrush, so if you notice unusual changes in discharge appearance or smell, make a trip to your doctor.

5. Unusual stomach cramps

You may dismiss it as period pains, but stomach twinges or cramps can be triggered by implantationwhen the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall. If you notice cramps or tummy pains that aren't followed by a period, take a pregnancy test.

6. Unexpected spotting

Following on from the above, the implantation process can also cause a little bleeding. If you had a bleed that was much lighter than usual, and at a different time than expected, you may be experiencing implantation bleeding.

7. Bloating

Increased levels of progesterone slow down your digestive system and can make your stomach feel more bloated than normal. Although this is a common PMS symptom that lasts a few days, be on guard in case the bloating outstays its welcome and that period never arrives.

8. Extreme fatigue

If you've gone from being energetic to being unable to stop thinking about naps all day long, it could be an early sign of pregnancy. A growing baby needs lots of calories to help it grow, so if you're not eating for two, you'll feel noticeably exhausted.

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9. Your period is late

This is a pretty surefire sign you might have a baby on the way, especially when teamed with the above signs. But late periods can be caused by many factors, from stress to dietary changes, so make sure you do a pregnancy test to find out.

10. Your nipples look darker

Pregnancy hormones can affect the activity of melanocytesthe cells in the nipples responsible for their color, resulting in a darkening of the areolas.

11. Nausea

Although morning sickness tends to kick in a little later in pregnancy, some women experience more subtle motion sickness early on, such as getting nauseous when reading on transport or getting travel sick on planes when they haven't before.

12. Needing to pee more often

Can't get through the night without waking up for a pee break? This can be an early sign of pregnancy as the hormonal changes cause blood to flow more quickly through your kidneys and therefore filling your bladder more often.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.