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Pregnancy is a huge part of any woman’s life. Not knowing whether you’re pregnant or not can be so stressful. Thankfully, there are some weird, but true early pregnancy symptoms that pop up even before your missed period.
Some people believe early pregnancy symptoms can start the first week of pregnancy. This is inaccurate. Technically, weeks 1 and 2 of pregnancy are before you even take part in any sexual activity.
So how soon do you start feeling like you’re pregnant? You can start to have those first signs of pregnancy in week 3 before you get a positive pregnancy test result.
Technology is getting better and better by the day. Some tests have accuracy to tell you if you’re pregnant up to 5-7 days before missing your period! That’s crazy!
But amazing for us women who get so anxious and excited with every symptom that pops up.
Learn the first signs of pregnancy, how early they show up, and what to expect in your first trimester.
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Now let’s get into these weird symptoms!
Cramping is an early pregnancy symptom often confused with your monthly cycle coming. It can feel like period cramps or more intense.
Cramping can occur about 8-10 days after ovulation and usually lasts just 1-2 days. This process is called implantation and is when a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of your uterus.
You can also cramp from constipation. I will go into that a little later.
Along with cramping, spotting can occur during implantation as well. Since implantation occurs around the time of your missed period, it’s easy to mistake it for your actual period.
The bleeding should be very slight and only last about 2 days.
If you experience more than just light spotting, contact your doctor immediately to get checked out.
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Bloating is a huge tell-tale sign you could be pregnant. When bloated, you can often actually FEEL pregnant.
This was my first sign of pregnancy with my first daughter. I looked 15 weeks pregnant at just 3 weeks! Yes, stomach bloating can be another PMS symptom, but you know your body and how much it typically bloats.
Constipation is an often over-looked weird pregnancy symptom that’s basically unheard of. Yes, most women get constipated during pregnancy, but do you know how early it starts?
It can start as soon as you find out you’re pregnant (or even sooner)!
Constipation can come on in different ways. You can just go days without realizing you’ve gone or just have trouble while in the bathroom.
It can also show up another way like it did in my second pregnancy. I became so constipated after not going for about 3-4 days that I started cramping up immensely.
Not period pain cramps, but I felt like I was having an actual miscarriage. I couldn’t move the pain was so bad. I even missed the 4th of July with my 2 year old (sigh).
If you’re having any constipation symptoms, take some Citrucel (recommended by my OBGYN), to help relieve your symptoms. It worked for me in less than 4 hours. It’s my miracle worker any time I realize it’s been 2 days since I went.
If it turns out you’re not pregnant, I personally used THIS ovulation kit after 8 months of trying to conceive. We got pregnant on the first month using it!
I even had a friend use the extra strips afterward and SHE got pregnant the first month using them too (take about miraculous!).
5. SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Your first trimester can be so weird. One day you’re running two miles with ease and the next you can barely run a quarter of a mile. Of course, it doesn’t matter if you’re a runner, shortness of breath can be an early pregnancy symptom for anyone.
In my first pregnancy, I could barely stand in the shower for more than 10 minutes (I take long hot showers) before I had to sit down to catch my breath.
It can be common for asthma to kick up (or even show up for the first time) during early pregnancy. This can continue throughout your whole pregnancy. Your OBGYN may even prescribe an albuterol inhaler to help you control it.
Feeling extra sleepy? Yep, fatigue can be a first sign of pregnancy.
You might feel a little drowsy or get to a point you can’t stay awake if your life depended on it.
This was how I found out I was pregnant the second time.
No matter how early in the day it was or how much sleep I had gotten the night before, I was passing out on the couch without even realizing it.
If you’re experiencing extreme fatigue, talk to your doctor about taking a Vitamin D supplement. It turns out most prenatal vitamins actually don’t contain much or any Vitamin D!
You can overdose on this vitamin, so it’s important to find the correct dose for you.
Oh, lovely morning sickness. Did you know that most people with morning sickness won’t experience it in the morning?
I’m not sure how it was deemed as morning sickness since it’s more like all day nausea.
It can range from slight nausea to full out Hyperemesis gravidarum. If you’re experiencing any nausea, use these Easy 9 Tips to Ease All Day Nausea.
8. WEIRD DREAMS
Having some really weird dreams that may even be “fantasy” related? Get used to them in pregnancy! It is not unheard of for women to have vivid dreams throughout their entire pregnancy.
Don’t read into any of them too much. Most don’t have any rhyme or reason besides hormones. These will subside later in pregnancy and should disappear after giving birth.
Wednesday 11th of December 2019
My sister suspects that she is pregnant because she hasn't had her period this month yet, but she's really excited about it since she's always wanted to have a child of her own. In addition to that, she's experiencing morning sickness as you've pointed out. I think she should see an OB/GYN about this in order to confirm if she's really pregnant or not.
Thursday 12th of December 2019
That would be really exciting if she is pregnant Angela! Has she taken an at-home pregnancy test yet? It is rare to get a false positive on a pregnancy test, but very common to get false negatives. I even got a false negative on my period due date my last pregnancy.
Saturday 20th of April 2019
I got to this post from the Buzz Feed post about mom bloggers. I hope you get lots of traffic from it! As one mom to another...keep up the great work!
Saturday 20th of April 2019
Hi Stacey, I appreciate that. Each mom blogger has their own unique perspective to give and we can learn so much from each other. We're out here to raise our kids to the best of our abilities and that's all that matters.