I Feel Sick! Am I Pregnant?



I knew I was pregnant when I suddenly started to experience painful, flaming, can't-sleep-all-night heartburn. I was not a frequent sufferer of heartburn, so I knew something was different; something had changed. Sure enough, the test was positive. But not every woman experiences the same kinds of symptoms — and some women don't experience any symptoms at all. However, there are a few signs that many women have that may prompt you to use a home pregnancy test.

  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Nausea (and not just in the morning—that’s a myth!)
  • Headaches
  • Backaches (lower back)
  • Fatigue
  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Heartburn
  • Food aversions or cravings
  • Frequent urination

And of course, the most common sign is a missed period. All these signs can point to pregnancy, but they also can mean other things as well. Some of the signs are very similar to premenstrual symptoms, stress, or illness. Also, some women don't experience symptoms until later in pregnancy, and some women do not experience common symptoms at all.

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Even if the signs are not foolproof, they can help you decide whether or not to take a home pregnancy test. After all, the fewer tests you have to take, the better! So be aware of your changing body and don't necessarily brush off that heartburn as last night's pepperoni pizza. It might be something so much more!


What do you think?

I Feel Sick! Am I Pregnant?

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  1. Melanie says:

    I love this article!! People keep trying to tell me I’m not pregnant enough to be feeling ill/symptoms….well news flash people everyones different and I felt symptoms before i even guessed i was pregnant let alone knew!!

  2. Mamasita says:

    Feeling nauseas breast sensitivity. …

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    My premenstrual symptoms were very similar to the ones listed above making it difficult to confirm if its pregnancy or an upcoming period. With my first pregnancy I got weak positive results 3 days of missed period! So I keep on tracking my monthly period just in case

  4. Melissa says:

    I am feeling nausea and cramping is that one thing but just had my period on 17th.

  5. liz says:

    im a very active person, but at that time i was so tired, and i didnt now i was pregnant but i was sure something was worng with me, 🙂

  6. Marilyn says:

    My heartburn was horrible and I was so tired. That’s how I knew.

  7. I felt the heartburn and the fatigue! Thats how I knew I was pregnant again!

  8. yep, i had all of these when i was denying that i was pregnant especially with the first two symptoms

  9. Marilyn says:

    I remember gagging and almost throwing up when I had to work in the same area as one of the smelliest workers there yuck! LOL

  10. KaelinRae says:

    I didn’t have any physical symptoms that we out of the norm. I knew I was pregnant when I couldn’t stand the smell of leather. My fiance had gotten some new boots and I could not stand to be in the same room.

  11. Summertime94 says:

    my boobs hurt so bad and i felt sick all the time so i knew i was pregnant

  12. Grace says:

    i have acid reflux so i’d never know if my heartburn was more than normal…as for the rest or the symptoms each baby was diffedrent

  13. katherine says:

    I didnt have any symptoms…

  14. Lulu says:

    I had all of these symptoms.

  15. Aimee says:

    Hopefully my body lets me know in a positive way!

  16. Jeanetta says:

    I had almost all those symptoms plus my ribs hurt and I had cramps every month…

  17. sheenaholman says:

    I didnt have any symptoms until later in my pregnancy.

  18. I haven’t had any symptoms this whole pregnancy other than fatigue. I am so lucky.

  19. Janice says:

    Feet swell, over heat, nausea, always gotta potty, want fluids, and fruit. Walking/ moving around becomes work,

  20. LOL Projectile vomiting is very lovely isn’t it!

  21. Angelwings says:

    I was depressed, constipated, and could smell everything withing 24 hours after sex, I knew something was up. Hunny just told me its hormones and me getting older, yeah 3 weeks later hey I’m pregnant!

  22. ErinF says:

    It was the breast pain and swelling (beyond the level of my normal PMS symptoms) that prompted me to test just as my period was due. The nausea and fatigue settled in around week 6

  23. Ari says:

    I was a week late but didn’t think anything of it because i had been upto 10 days late and it was due to stress. I started having these hot flashes at night so i thought i was pre-menopausal since i am already 31 and super stressed out. lol but my husband told me he thought we should test and sure enough we are pregnant with baby Madison.

  24. Julie says:

    I was 2 weeks late when I started vomiting. Not just normal vomiting but, like, projectile vomit.


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