When I was planning on becoming pregnant I did a lot of, well… planning.
I did everything.
So you can imagine that I was crazy about any and every little sign that I was pregnant. I actually kept a daily log about how I was feeling the month I conceived, and it makes it enjoyable to look back at it now because there were times when I thought I was just imagining symptoms because I wanted to be pregnant so badly. Well, these symptoms weren’t just my imagination.
Let me share with you the earliest signs of pregnancy before you get a positive pregnancy test.
Your favorite foods can repulse you all of a sudden. Hopefully this will be a transient change, meaning, you will go back to loving your favorite foods again. But for some women they don’t!
Heightened sense of smell
We become desensitized to a lot of things in our daily life, but if all of a sudden you start to really notice smells you normally wouldn’t- there could be a reason!
I specifically recall going to Starbucks for my husband’s favorite latte, and as I was driving home the smell of it suddenly made me nauseous. It’s crazy because I normally would love the aroma of a fresh brewed latte, but nope… I wanted to throw it out the window then! And I didn’t even know I was pregnant.
More pronounced Montgomery Tubercles
Those little bumps on your areola around your nipple. Watch those. If they are looking bigger your breasts could be getting prepared for lactation.
Abdominal muscle twitching
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you for 2 days driving to work I noticed I had twitching to my lower abdominal area. Not painful. Just like when your eye is twitching for no reason. I attribute this to probable implantation and my uterus preparing for my baby’s growth. Crazy right?! Looking back now, it is amazing to know I literally felt my baby attaching to me.
Mild abdominal cramps
Your uterus has to do A LOT of growing to accommodate your baby. It is totally normal to feel cramping similar to when you are getting your period. Also why it can be difficult to differentiate being pregnant and impending menses.
Morning sickness is not just in the morning. It can come at any time of day. You can feel nauseous in an instant without any reason.
Low grade fever
I was monitoring my basal body temperatures every day so I was hyper-aware of my body and what it was doing. Read more about that in my article here. But one night watching TV, I all of a sudden felt feverish (flu-like) so I went upstairs to lay down, took my temperature and found I had a low grade fever of 99.1.
Similar to PMS. I felt cranky and irritable for no reason at all.
There is a huge shift in hormones when women become pregnant, so rest assured you’re not going crazy. You will go back to “normal”. But tell your husband to hunker down because the moodiness usually stays with you for the duration of your pregnancy and a while post partum until your body has time to reacclimate.
Is this also premenstrual or pregnancy? Depending on what you usually feel like before you get your period this could be a telltale sign of pregnancy because your breasts are stimulated to start preparing for lactation the instant you become pregnant.
I would wake up with a splitting headache. Almost as if I had a hang over, but without the alcohol the night before. Be mindful if you think you could be pregnant not to take products such as Motrin, Aleve, Aspirin. Stick to plain Tylenol and plenty of water.
Everyone is different and our bodies will respond in many ways to pregnancy. But these were 10 of the earliest signs for me when I was pregnant and just didn’t know it yet.