If you have been trying to conceive, you might be all to familiar with the “two-week wait” (TWW). That little slice of time in your cycle post your pregnancy attempt: you haven’t yet missed your period, but it’s too early to take a pregnancy test. It’s 14 days of emotional ups and downs wondering, “could I actually BE pregnant??” and the intense anticipation to find out! You start to wonder just exactly what are the signs of early pregnancy?
During our TWW, I began noticing little nuances that had me suspecting that I may be expecting. I personally feel very in-tune with my body and being that this is our third pregnancy, I felt hyper aware of the early pregnancy symptoms I was experiencing. However, during my first and even second pregnancy, these may have been signs that I would have overlooked completely. So today I am sharing 6 early signs of pregnancy you may notice even before you can take a test!
1. Slight Spotting
A lot of times women will assume spotting must mean that their period is inevitably beginning, but that just isn’t always the case. A bit of spotting may actually be implantation bleeding! Yeah baby!
2. PMS-like Mood Swings
This sign be tough to spot if you experience monthly mood changes with your period, but it definitely shouldn’t be ignored. When I am getting ready to start my period, I usually experience increased emotional sensitivity and I will tear up over the silliest things. My husband is such a good sport. We both just have to laugh (I can’t count how many Disney movies have brought me to tears when Aunt Flow’s in town). But during the TWW my emotions ranged from extreme irritation (for no reason) to extreme tears at the drop of a dime. Which is not usual for me at all! Something was absolutely up, so don’t dismiss your feelings!
3. Breast Tenderness
Again, could be your period . . . but I must say that the tenderness from pregnancy versus a period just *feels* different. You may even experience a change in shade of your areola along with swelling and tenderness. My breasts felt like I had just completed an intense pectoral work out, a slightly bruised muscle feeling, which was more of a deep tissue sensation than what my period brings upon.
During the second week of the TWW I was dragging myself out of bed in the morning and falling asleep during my kid’s nap times right along side them. I never have the ability to silence my thoughts and mental “to-do” list during the day and take an afternoon nap, never! So this was a huge indicator to me that my body must be resting up for big changes that we’re beginning to occur. If you find yourself exhausted without explanation, you may very well be growing a little embryo!
5. Frequent Potty Visits
It’s common knowledge that later in the pregnancy when baby is much larger, your bathroom visits will increase. But it’s often overlooked that frequent urination can also occur in early pregnancy, too, as your uterus begins expanding. If you are going #1 more times than you can count, you could potentially be carrying a +1, too!
Again, this sign is so very easy to confuse with a period symptom. So while cramping alone may not be enough of a clue that your pregnant, combined with these other symptoms you just might be able to piece the clues together. Cramping in early pregnancy shouldn’t be extremely painful or accompanied by bleeding. You’re more likely to experience a dull discomfort from the uterus expanding if you are, indeed, expecting.
If you’re seeing these six signs a positive pregnancy could be in your very near future! Now is a great time to begin taking a prenatal vitamin if you haven’t yet, start hydrating as much as possible, and making the healthiest choices you can when it comes to diet and exercise. Fingers crossed that your bundle of joy is on its way!
Have you experienced any of these early pregnancy signs? Did you know you were pregnant before taking an at home pregnancy test? I’d love to know what you experienced!