Compared to first time around, I fell pregnant fairly quickly with baby number 2. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for me being so in tune with my body I may not have known I was pregnant as early as I did. All of those very early signs of pregnancy were there…
We had decided between the two of us this time last year that baby number 2 was certainly on the cards once our big move was out of the way… We decided that we’d like 2017 to be ‘the year’ at Christmas, and by the end of January I was pretty sure I was I was pregnant. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d get pregnant so quickly.
All I was missing were those two pink lines to confirm what I suspected. Once my period was officially late, I took a test.
So I took another… that was negative too. I waited for a few days and did two more test. Both of those were negative too.
Those precious pink lines only appeared together once my period was 10 days late, and even then the second line was so faint that I had a hard time convincing my other half that it was even there at all. A clear blue digital confirmed that I was indeed 3-4 weeks pregnant.
But before I had kept the local chemist in business for those two weeks, early signs and symptoms of pregnancy had already started. I remembered a few of them well from the first time around. Here is a list of all of the very first signs of pregnancy that I have experienced:
It’s that old cliché up first. Feeling sick? Could you be pregnant? The best way for me to describe morning sickness would be to say it’s like constant motion sickness. Morning? No. Mine was all day, but especially in the evenings second time around.
First time around I was very sick. Violently and without warning a lot of the time and it was usually triggered by either a smell (flowers – but especially lilies) or something I’d eaten (butter and chocolate were the enemy).
During this second pregnancy I’ve physically vomited just once… but I felt my stomach churning from before I even had my positive test until about 22 weeks. Nothing in particular caused it, but from around 4 pm I felt like I was on a cruise ship without stabilisers.
It could start with something as insignificant as a smell. At first I found that I went off tea a little bit but put that down to switching to decaffeinated because I already suspected that I was pregnant. Then one day I was cooking dinner and had to remove myself from the kitchen to escape the smell of bacon. I’m not sure I’ll ever recovered from that one… heaving in the garden wishing to be sick to get it over and done with.
And then came the day that I was unable to eat one of my favourite meals. Grilled chicken with jacket potato. One bite was enough to convince me that I no longer liked grilled chicken and that I had to be pregnant.
Things that gave unexpected and excruciating heartburn:
- Cream crackers
- Alpen bars
- Buttered toast
- Oven chips
- Garlic fry light
So if any of your routine kitchen shopping items are giving you gyp, it could be a sign that you are pregnant.
I’m not one to suffer from headaches and I’d go as far as to say that I don’t think I’ve ever had a migraine in my entire life (**touches wood repeatedly**), so when I did start getting headaches before I found out that I was pregnant the first time it was a cause for concern.
It wasn’t until I googled my symptoms that I’d suspected I could be pregnant (side note – DO NOT Google any symptoms in pregnancy. Always contact your midwife immediately if you have any concerns). Head aches coupled with any other symptoms could be a clear sign of pregnancy.
And I say extreme because, good lord, you know about it. If you are struggling to keep your eyes open during the day and don’t seem to be able to get enough sleep, it’s a fairly common sign of early pregnancy.
In both of my pregnancies I found that in the very early stages I’d wake in the night desperate for a wee. So this added to both suspicion and tiredness.
Feel like you’ve eaten an enormous meal but you’ve had fruit salad for lunch? Of if you’ve been struggling to fasten your much loved jeans for a week or so, it could be worth checking your dates.
First time around I managed to stay in my none maternity clothes until about 20 weeks pregnant, but I did notice that I was considerably bloated around the middle. Second time round I had to root out the maternity jeans at around week 9 because I was so bloated.
Short, Light, Early Period?
If you’ve had a shorter or lighter period than usual, or it was early this could be indicative of an implantation bleed.
Implantation bleeding happens when a fertilised egg attached itself to the lining of the uterus. NHS say one third of women experience implantation bleeding. The difficulty is that it happens at a similar time to your period, so it’s often confused with your monthlies arriving early. Light cramping can also company implantation bleeding so it’s easy to confuse with a normal period.
I had what I believe to be an implantation bleed with my first pregnancy, around a week before my period was due. I’m a regular 26 day cycle kind of gal so I knew something was going on. I didn’t have an implantation bleed with my second pregnancy.
With both of my pregnancies the earliest and most notable symptoms were sore breasts. Not just tender… I mean howling with pain when you buckle your car seat belt too fast. I’d wake myself up in the night leaning on them and recoil in pain if I’d so much as brush them against anything.
Sore boobs are a very noticeable sign of early pregnancy.
Can you smell everything? During both of my pregnancies I found the my sense of smell was heightened. I could smell things I’d never noticed were there before (like the smell of the car’s tyres!) and was so sensitive to smells I had to leave the office at lunch time because I just couldn’t cope with all the
food smells stench.
One of the most obvious signs of pregnancy there is – especially if your cycle is usually regular. But don’t be disheartened if you tests are still negative at this stage, because my second pregnancy took nearly two weeks to show up on tests from the date of my missed period. Wait for your hormones to catch up with your body.
If your period still hasn’t arrived after a few weeks and tests are still showing negative, book in to see your GP.
Positive Pregnancy Test
Have you had a positive pregnancy test? CONGRATULATIONS!
Because home pregnancy test work by detecting hormones, a false positive test is highly unlikely, but not impossible… Best do another test (or seven) just to make sure!
I hope you found what you needed here if you are looking for advice. But I do hasten to point out that I am not a medical professional and all of this is just my own personal experience.
Do let me know how you get on, and thanks for reading Very Early Signs of Pregnancy.