When you first suspect that you may be pregnant (or if are hoping you are!), all of a sudden you become hyper vigilant for any early signs of pregnancy. Some women tend to get hit with many symptoms early on, and others have a healthy pregnancy with nothing much more than a missed period.
Some women may experience light bleeding (implantation bleeding) or even continue to have a ‘period’ their whole pregnancy – and this can be with no harm to the baby. Of course, all bleeding during pregnancy should be mentioned to your midwife or doctor, just in case.
The Very First Sign That You’re Pregnant
Lots of women will first realise they are pregnant when they get the trademark missed period, which is classed as week 4 of pregnancy (even though you were only technically pregnant for two of those). But some little hidden clues which we didn’t realise at the time can become clear when that positive pregnancy test is on the table. To find out all about pregnancy tests and how they work, check out BellyBelly’s article on pregnancy test FAQ’s.
To get more of an idea of what women noticed as their very first, earliest symptom or sign that they were pregnant, I decided to poll BellyBelly forum members to see what their first symptom of pregnancy was. You can see the results and comments here: Pregnancy Symptoms – What Was Your Very First Symptom? and if you’re a registered forum member, you can vote on what your very first symptom was too.
Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
When I found out I was pregnant with my first, it was a surprise package (and a wonderful one at that), but I wasn’t the most wonderful or surprising kind of person at the time! I thought I was just having a bad day – I had a huge meltdown at work – in a team meeting – and quit my job! To cheer myself up, I decided to go and buy myself something nice for lunch, only to have a yelling match with someone in the car park (fighting over a parking space which I was sure I was there first), and it wasn’t even halfway through the day yet! I rang my partner to let off some steam, who told me to come and see him for lunch. When I got there, he confronted me with: ‘Do you think you might be pregnant?’ Insert my life flashing before my eyes! I was oblivious and it completely hit me for six that it might even be possible for me to be pregnant. So for me, finding out I was pregnant wasn’t associated with a missed period or morning sickness (as the movies tend to lead us to believe).
Going by the BellyBelly forum poll and discussion, I wasn’t the only one who discovered the true reason behind being super emotional – and thank goodness, because for a while there, I thought I was being a little bit ‘special’! I was just a little bit pregnant instead!
Another of the more popular signs women noticed was sore breasts and/or nipples. There are many symptoms you can experience early on, which are surprising to kick into action very early into the pregnancy. Your breasts are one of them and seem to prepare themselves before you do! Other common very early pregnancy symptoms include:
- Fatigue (I am talking hangover tired fatigue!)
- Nausea (not necessarily vomiting but you may have both)
- Needing to pee more frequently
Needing to pee frequently seems a bit strange, doesn’t it? You’d think you’d only needing to pee more often when the baby is bigger and squashing your bladder! However the increased size of your uterus from the earliest of days can make you more familiar with your toilet seat than you have been in the past. Together with morning sickness, you’ll likely start to get a bit more anal about a clean toilet seat – and if it’s up or down!
Find Out More Early Pregnancy Symptoms
For a more detailed description of 16 signs and symptoms of early pregnancy, check out our article: Pregnancy Symptoms – 16 Noticeable Pregnancy Symptoms.
What was your very first sign of pregnancy? Feel free to share the very first sign that you were pregnant, below in the comments box.