I found out I was pregnant this time around when I was already 5 weeks gone, I probably knew I was pregnant from about 3 weeks though. I don’t know if it is because this is my second pregnancy or because Oli and I were very much trying to make a baby but I knew I was pregnant at least a week before ever reliable Aunt Flo decided not to show up. When I sat on the loo and took a test on that Wednesday afternoon in February, I was positive it was going to be..well..positive!
Obviously, every woman is different as is every pregnancy but here are some very early signs that you might be preggers, knocked up, up the duff or however you want to say it..
1. Mysterious boob job – One night you go to sleep with your regular boobs and then the next morning you wake up looking like some kind of glamour model. It is highly unlikely a plastic surgeon has crept into your room in the night and given you free breast implants. Bulging out of your bra? You’ve probably got a bun in the oven.
2. Bloated – My body reacts to pregnancy by bloating the second that tiny egg has been fertilised. If your usual stomach suddenly looks like you’ve swallowed a balloon and is hard and painful then I would say there is more than just a food baby hiding out in there. (At about week 11 my bloated belly disappeared over night, like someone had stuck a pin in it while I was sleeping or something).
3. Gross skin – Are you experiencing a sudden outburst of acne, spots to rival those that plagued you in your teens? Or maybe your skin is uncharacteristically dry and flaky? Pregnancy hormones can mess up your complexion, even in the very early days. Maybe grab yourself a pregnancy test too when you go buy some spot cream and a face mask from the chemist.
4. Painful boobs – Achy boobs are a killer, if yours are hurting more than they would during your time of the month then maybe it’s time to do a wee on a stick. Pregnancy is a great time for the look of your cleavage but owch, that weird tingly/stabby feeling you get deep in your lady lumps is not nice at all.
5. Tired all the time – I don’t mean just a bit sleepy in the evening, I mean feeling so exhausted you can barely keep your eyes open past 3pm. So tired you can barely function throughout the day, so tired it actually hurts. If you are feeling completely and utterly exhausted and you haven’t made any changes to your daily routine or run a marathon recently then, yep you guessed it, congratulations Muma.
This is just my experience of very early pregnancy, yours might be totally different. I have not included morning sickness as that usually kicks in around week 6, by which point most people would have realised their period is late and taken a test.
So, are you trying for a baby or maybe had a contraception mishap this month, has this post sent you running to Boots for a pregnancy test? If you are pregnant or already have a baby, what was your experience of very early pregnancy? Were you certain you were going to see two pink lines when you took your test? I would love to hear your experiences.
If you want a more professional list of symptoms, here’s what the NHS website has to say on early signs of pregnancy.
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