Asking whether a woman is pregnant or not can create a very awkward situation, especially if it turns out that she is not. Maybe your curiosity is fueled by curiosity, or maybe you're contemplating whether or not to give him a seat on the bus. Whatever the reason, there are some common signs of pregnancy that can help you decide whether or not a woman is pregnant before asking questions. So you can avoid awkward moments. However, in general, it is best not to assume that a woman is pregnant. Also, don't directly ask if someone is pregnant or not, just wait until she brings up the topic herself.
Method 1 of 2: Knowing if a Woman is Pregnant
Step 1. Watch for changes in clothing
In the early days of pregnancy, many women start wearing loose-fitting clothes or clothes that can disguise a protruding belly. As the belly gets bigger, many women feel the need to buy maternity pants or clothes that are a larger size. If you notice that the woman is wearing clothes that are very different from her usual style of dress or she is starting to buy clothes that are larger sizes, it could be because she is pregnant.
Step 2. Listen as he talks about his eating habits
Many pregnant women experience changes in appetite and prefer different types of food. Therefore, paying attention to her complaints or comments about food can help you find out if she is pregnant:
- Cravings: Not all women experience this, but some women feel the urge to eat strange food combinations (like pickles and ice cream) or they only want to eat certain types of food (like sour foods or Chinese foods). Pay attention when he talks about what he wants to eat!
- Avoidance of food: Many pregnant women suddenly experience problems with certain types of food that previously could be enjoyed well. If you know she loves sushi, but suddenly the mere thought of fish makes her nauseous, there's a good chance she's pregnant.
- Drink water: Keeping the body hydrated is very important so that essential nutrients can be passed on to the fetus. So, many pregnant women take care to make sure they drink enough water. A pregnant woman may suddenly become busy making sure she is drinking enough and/or start carrying a water bottle with her everywhere.
Step 3. Look for signs of nausea
In addition to changes in eating habits, many pregnant women experience nausea called “morning sickness” in the first months of pregnancy. This condition can be caused by changes in diet, for example he only eats saltine crackers, but it can also be caused not related to food. Many women also feel nauseous throughout the day, not just in the morning as the name suggests. So make sure you watch for signs of nausea or vomiting. To distinguish similar symptoms from digestive problems or the flu, morning sickness is usually very intense and lasts longer, while nausea and vomiting from the flu lasts only a few days.
Step 4. Notice if she complains about pain or discomfort
Pregnancy causes many changes, and these cause aches and pains all over the body. If you hear her suddenly complaining of lower back pain and headaches or dizziness, this may be pregnancy-related. If he or she comments on aches or pains, try to get more information about how they got the injury or whether they are active in sports and listen to their answers. For example:
- "Oh no! How long has your back been sore?"
- "I heard you said that you've been feeling dizzy lately. Have you had a headache like this for a long time?”
Step 5. Observe his behavior
In addition to physical changes, many pregnant women also exhibit changes in behavior or routine. Try to observe the woman you think is pregnant and see if any of the following changes in behavior occur:
- Going to the bathroom more often than usual can show signs of pregnancy. This happens because hormonal changes and the growing pressure of the fetus on other organs can cause constipation, increased frequency of urination and vomiting.
- Mood swings are common in pregnant women because fluctuating hormone levels can cause fatigue and a spike in various emotions (such as feeling really excited at one point and then crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason).
Step 6. Pay attention when he talks about sleep patterns
Pregnant women usually most often complain about feeling tired, especially in the first trimester. If you observe any of the following, it could be that she is pregnant:
- He looks too tired to be able to carry out daily activities.
- He often complains of being tired or feeling "burned out".
- He is often caught napping or falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as at work or at school).
Step 7. Ask about his plans for the future
A subtle way to determine whether a woman is pregnant or not is to inquire about her plans in the next few months. Since pregnancy usually lasts nine months, asking her plans for that time can help determine if she is pregnant. If she was indeed pregnant, she was already in her third trimester so traveling was impossible. So try asking if he's interested in going on a trip in the next few months. You can also ask her if she has any plans for the holiday season, and see if she slips away by saying she's going to decorate the nursery!
Method 2 of 2: Recognizing the Next Stage of Pregnancy
Step 1. Pay attention to the shape of the stomach
A woman's body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, especially in the abdomen. As the fetus grows, the stomach must expand to accommodate it. This condition is sometimes difficult to distinguish from belly fat accumulating in the same area, but pregnancy has slightly different characteristics. Abdominal bulge that is clearly visible, but not accompanied by excess weight in other parts of the body, or maybe just a little, is most likely due to pregnancy. If you nudge it accidentally, you may notice that your pregnant belly feels denser than belly fat.
Step 2. Pay attention to her breasts
Enlarged breast size is a common physical change because breast tissue is very sensitive to hormonal changes. If you don't know this woman, this guide may not be very helpful because you don't know her pre-pregnancy breast size so you can't compare them to her current size. However, some pregnant women in the later stages of pregnancy have breasts that are disproportionately large compared to other body sizes because the breasts swell due to milk production.
Step 3. Pay attention to her feet and ankles
Swollen ankles are also common in pregnant women, especially around the fifth month. This condition is caused by the body retaining more water and producing more blood and body fluids during pregnancy. He or she may wear extra comfortable, more supportive shoes or flip-flops to help reduce pain from walking or standing with swollen feet and ankles.
Step 4. Observe the way he moves
As their bodies begin to change and develop, many pregnant women also begin to experience changes in their mobility. Watch for the following common signs:
- Hip wobble and other changes while walking are common because an enlarged abdomen and swollen legs cause a woman's balance to be slightly disturbed.
- Many pregnant women tend to hold their stomachs or put their hands on their stomachs while walking. This behavior is due to her seeking balance and because of the bond that grows between mother and child.
Step 5. Listen for gasping breaths
In addition to changes in mobility, many pregnant women also experience shortness of breath in the second and third trimesters. This is because the growing fetus needs more oxygen and also because the expanding uterus puts pressure on the lungs and diaphragm. Feeling out of breath just because of small activities is common, and when combined with other signs it can be ascertained that the woman is pregnant.