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    How to know you’re pregnant without taking a pregnancy test

    Published 21 September 2023
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    Is it really possible to know you’re pregnant without taking a pregnancy test? An expert reveals all.

    If you’re wondering how to know you’re pregnant without taking a pregnancy test, it’s tempting to analyze each and every symptom you might be experiencing. But the experts all agree: The best way to confirm whether you’re pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. 

    Read on for all of the early pregnancy symptoms to look out for — and what they could be telling you about your body — with advice from Dr. Jenna Flanagan, academic generalist obstetrician and gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts, US.  

    Key takeaways

    • The accurate way to confirm a pregnancy (or not) is with a pregnancy test.
    • Hormonal changes mean you can experience symptoms like nausea and breast tenderness in early pregnancy. 
    • These symptoms can also be signs of something else (such as your period coming), which is why it’s unreliable to use them on their own if you’re wondering how to tell if you’re pregnant without a test.

    How can you tell if you’re pregnant without a test? 

    Is there ever a way to know you’re pregnant without taking a test? Some insist that there is and that changes in your body can be a sign that something is going on.

    According to Dr. Flanagan, her patients frequently report a host of bodily changes during early pregnancy. “The main two things are breast tenderness and reported nausea,” she says. In fact, one study found that 89% of women experienced pregnancy symptoms within eight weeks of their last menstrual period.

    With that in mind, let’s explore the most common early pregnancy symptoms that women might experience.