After watching shows like “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant” on TLC, I sit and wonder how any woman can “miss” even the early signs of pregnancy. I ALWAYS knew right away, although, in all fairness, I was actively trying to get pregnant every time. That keeps a girl pretty in tune with her body.
Nevertheless, a trend I’ve noticed in the show is, most of the women had irregular periods in general and took a home pregnancy test early on, because they “just wondered.” When the tests came back negative, they trusted the results and let it go…for nine months.
It’s easy to trust a negative test and move on, because many of the early signs of pregnancy can be very similar to normal pre-menstrual symptoms. Take a look for yourself.
Early Signs of Pregnancy
Breast Tenderness and/or Swelling – The girls seem to have grown from oranges to grapefruit and/or feel like they’ve just been through a squeezer
Fatigue – No matter how much rest you get, you still want to drop, just about anywhere
Slight Cramping (may include some light bleeding) – If you feel twinges of cramping pain and/or have light bleeding, generally not as heavy as your usual period, that just might be Jr. moving down from your fallopian tubes and making himself cozy in your uterus
Headaches – Seemingly out of nowhere, your cranium feels like it’s going to crack
Nausea (aka: Morning Sickness) – Whether you’re lying in bed or walking down the frozen foods aisle at the local grocery, you feel like you’re going to blow chunks, and sometimes do
Backaches – By the end of the day, your twenty-something bod feels like it’s been traded in for an antique model
Frequent Urination – You spend more time in the powder room than you do at your desk
Missed Period – Your special day comes and goes with no need for spare cotton
If you’re experiencing some, or all, of the early signs of pregnancy and your period doesn’t come within a week of when it it’s expected, take a test.
If you even slightly suspect you have a bun in the oven, and that first test doesn’t come out positive, wait a week and take the test again. If Aunt Flo hasn’t come for her monthly visit after getting three negative results (a week apart from each other), make an appointment to see your gynecologist.
Trust your instincts, ladies. If your body is trying to tell you something, don’t ignore it. Prenatal care is very important for the health of both your bambino and you. Pay attention to the early signs of pregnancy, so you don’t end up “surprised” three trimesters from now.
Jessi Arias-Cooper is the senior writer and an editor for Advice4Parenting.com. She is a work-from-home mother of 3 boys and has been married for 10 years. If she had time for hobbies and interests outside of parenting and keeping house, they would be jewelry making, baking, watching bad B-movie horror flicks and creative writing . If you have a question for Jessi, click here.