ARE YOU GOING ABSOLUTELY MENTAL TRYING TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT? MAYBE YOU WERE TRYING, MAYBE YOU WEREN’T. YOU’RE GOING TO BE OKAY. TRY TO PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE WITH THIS LIST OF EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS!

Lucky for you, I’ve been in both camps when it comes to early pregnancy symptoms. With my son, we were trying for 4 months so that’s 4 times I went absolutely crazy trying to figure out every little twinge.

My third conception was a little bit different and unexpected. We were on a trip in Mexico. We weren’t having sex all that often because we had a three and one year old to contend with. I hadn’t had a period in almost three years. We had sex once on the trip.

I KNEW I was pregnant right after we had done it. Don’t ask me how. My husband said I was nuts. I started getting crampy and gassy the next day. My sense of smell heightened. I started craving chocolate and had more vaginal discharge than normal. I had a faint positive pregnancy test at 8 DPO which is highly unlikely. Just saying, sometimes you KNOW.

Have you taken a pregnancy test yet? These pregnancy tests are 10$ for 25 tests. They’re dip strips and they’re the same strip that’s encased in the drug store tests but cost twenty times less than those! You can see a positive line WAY earlier than regular tests. They also sell ovulation strips which is how my son was conceived.

 

TENDER OR SWOLLEN BREASTS

This is a symptom I never experienced but so many women do. If your breasts are tender or swollen at all, the chances of being pregnant are high. Or you might just be getting your period. Check out this article to distinguish the two different possible meanings.

 

FATIGUE

Are you tired as hell? And not just like a ‘one bad sleep’ tired-

like a ‘got hit by the exhausted truck and cannot. get. back. up.’

I noticed this a lot more with my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies. It’s a heavy feeling, one you just can’t shake. Fatigue is a telltale sign of early pregnancy!

 

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SLIGHT BLEEDING OR CRAMPING

In very early pregnancy this can be more than one sign:

  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage

Implantation bleeding occurs when the egg embeds into the wall of the uterus. It’s very slight and you may not notice it. But if you are trying for a baby or suspect you are pregnant early enough, it usually happens 10-14 days after conception. I noticed with 2 out of 3 babies like clock work on the 12th day after conception! A slight brownish red streak, that’s all it was for me.

Ectopic pregnancy signs include sharp or stabbing pain, vaginal bleeding, gastrointestinal symptoms, weakness, dizziness or fainting.

Miscarriage symptoms include mild to severe back pain, weight loss, white-pink mucus, true painful contractions, brown or bright red bleeding and decreased signs of pregnancy.

 

NAUSEA WITH OR WITHOUT VOMITING

Nausea can start as early as 4 weeks gestation which is two weeks after a missed period. It’s different for every woman, some don’t feel nauseous at all! If you are experiencing this, try taking multivitamins or prenatals later in the day instead of on an empty stomach.

Have you ever heard of Ginger Chimes? They are soooooo freakin’ amazing for morning sickness.

 

RELATED: WAYS TO REDUCE MORNING SICKNESS

 

FOOD AVERSIONS/CRAVINGS

According to Healthline, food aversions and nausea are usually the first signs of pregnancy. This is because the hormone Hcg (the pregnancy hormone) is wreaking havoc on your system. It peaks around week 11 but you will still probably experience aversions/cravings throughout your pregnancy.

 

HEADACHES

Headaches in early pregnancy are a result of the surge of hormones in your body and an increase in blood flow. I didn’t seem to experience this symptom but again, everyone is completely different!

Did you know eating a handful of almonds can get rid of a headache?

This video is AMAZING, I can almost guarantee that it will get rid of your headache, no pills required! I used this a lot during pregnancy.

CONSTIPATION

Constipation means having difficulty having a bowel movement. When you get pregnant, you will get a surge of progesterone which is thought to slow the movement of the gut.

Try drinking more water, avoiding large meals and going for walks after eating!

If that doesn’t help, check out these remedies.

 

MOOD SWINGS

Mood swings were something that affected me greatly. I was shocked at the level of intensity starting right from beginning. In fact, this is one symptom that I KNEW I was pregnant with my third baby starting from a few days after conception… Call me crazy but it’s true!

Some things that can help cope with mood swings:

  • Go for a walk
  • Eat some healthy, vibrant fruits/veggies
  • Turn on some feel good music
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep

 

FAINTNESS OR DIZZINESS

This can be attributed to dilating blood vessels and dropping blood pressure. Move carefully and sit down if you need to!

 

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MISSED PERIOD

This is a very obvious sign and the most famous. However if you have had more than one baby or done a lot of reading up on pregnancy, you might know that this is not always the first sign you notice! I noticed this with my first baby but with subsequent pregnancies I seemed to know my body a lot better and noticed other signs long before my period was due.

You can definitely experience other symptoms as early as days after conception!

 

JUST FEELING PREGNANT

In case you skimmed and didn’t read the first part of this post (like I love to do), I’ll repeat the story!

Never ignore your intuition. It’s there for a reason and it’s usually correct. With my third baby, I hadn’t had a period for three years. We weren’t having sex all that much cause two kids under 4, amiright?

 We had sex one time when we were on a trip in Mexico which was probably the only time that whole month. I’m dead serious when I say I KNEW within 10 minutes after. I just knew. My husband said I was crazy but we had a positive pregnancy test 8 DPO. That’s insane.

Trust your instincts!

 

GAS AND BLOATING

Again, we can chalk this one up to all the extra progesterone. TMI ya’ll, but I had such horrible gas with my third baby, starting from like day 2. It lasted almost 3 weeks, it was awful.

Make sure you check with your doctor first but feel free to try this-

Charcoal pills! They work wonders. Charcoal naturally sucks up smells and impurities, some people use charcoal sticks to purify water.

 

 

FREQUENT URINATION

It’s surprising that that this can start as early as the time you’d be missing your period. This is caused by the hCG hormone in your body which increases blood flow to the pelvic area and kidneys.

Don’t skimp on the water to try to pee less often, it’s still important to keep hydrated!

 

LOW BACK ACHES

Ah, these pesky hormones. They really make a mess of things! Low back pain can certainly be an early pregnancy symptom. I always experienced this myself, it’s more of a dull, crampy ache that throbs in your low back.

 

DARKENED AREOLAS

This can happen as early as a week or two after conception. This is a sign that I always noticed because it’s kind of shocking to look in the mirror and realize that your areolas are much darker than usual! The reason this happens in because of- you guessed it! Hormones.

You may also get some small bumps that are called Montgomery tubercles which will lubricate your nipples when your baby starts breastfeeding.

VAGINAL DISCHARGE

You may experience a harmless, milky white discharge after conception. This is a sign I noticed with my 3rd baby for sure, mostly because I was on extremely high alert and was noticing EVERYTHING. There are other types of discharge that can be signs of other things, such as:

  • Yeast infection
  • STI
  • Bacterial infection
  • Miscarriage

 

RELATED: VAGINAL DISCHARGE IN PREGNANCY

 

RAISED BASAL TEMPERATURE

This early pregnancy symptom can be a bit harder to pin down if you weren’t tracking it in the first place. Your BBT (basal body temperature) is your body’s resting temperature, usually around 97 point something degrees. After conception, the rise in progesterone will cause your BBT to spike which is why people use this as a pregnancy test.

You can also use it for charting ovulation because the temperature will actually take a dip around ovulation.

YOU’RE GOING TO BE OKAY

If you’re anything like me, you will be googling every possible early pregnancy symptom. You will be on forums, Pinterest articles, anything you can get your hands on trying to figure out any tiny twinge or feeling.

I GET IT!

Whatever your situation is, if you were trying for a baby or if this was kind of an ‘oops,’ I’m sending so much love to you on this journey

I hope this list of early pregnancy symptoms has helped you! Are there any other weird pregnancy symptoms you’ve experienced that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!