If you’ve ever tried to conceive, you know how much the wait between ovulation and the start of your period can feel like torture. The dreaded “two week wait” is often spent analyzing every little tingle and sensation, wondering if it could be a sign that pregnancy has been achieved. I talked to real women to find out their first signs of pregnancy before missed period.
These are the 7 that came up again and again!
SENSE OF SMELL
Many people become hyper sensitive to smells when they’re pregnant, and this can start extremely early in the pregnancy.
Christina tells of how she knew she was pregnant with her first:
I went to the grocery store to buy a pregnancy test because it was around the time that I could start testing. While I was waiting in the checkout line, an older lady came up behind me in line. She wasn’t even that close to me, but I got a whiff of her perfume so strong it punched me in the face! I had never had super sonic smell like that before, so I immediately suspected I was about to see two lines on that pee stick!
Corinne was plagued with an unpleasant smell that seemed to be everywhere:
All I could smell was pee. Everywhere I went, pee. No one else could smell it.
Suffice it to say, if you notice anything odd with your sense of smell, that can be a big indicator that there’s a teeny weeny bun starting to cook in that oven.
NAUSEA OR APPETITE CHANGES
Unfortunately, it’s very common for women to feel sick to their stomach during pregnancy (especially in the beginning). The hormone levels are rising rapidly, which many women can’t tolerate.
These hormones affect people in different ways, so you could feel nausea (for me it felt very much like being hungover), loss of appetite or even increased appetite.
Molly says: “I had zero appetite. That tipped me off.”
Angel describes she felt:
Queasy and heartburn from day 1. Never experience it otherwise.
In contrast, Alexa says:
I wanted McDoubles from McDonalds all day every day… for like two weeks straight.
As you can see, appetite can be affected many different ways!
FAINT LINES ON HPT
OK, time to tell my own first pregnancy story!
When my husband and I decided to start trying, my doctor had warned me that it would likely take 6 months or more to get pregnant. I doubted it would take that long since both sides of our families are filled with extremely fertile people. So the first month of trying I was obsessing over whether or not I could be pregnant.
Everything I read said not to even bother testing until you miss your period. Earlier tests would be unreliable and blowing through pregnancy tests can quickly become an expensive habit.
I didn’t want to listen to what everything said.
My old pal Amazon hooked me up with a super cheap 25 pack of pregnancy tests, so I felt no shame about wasting them. I took my first one (actually that’s a lie, I simultaneously took two) at only 7 days after ovulation. Yup, a full week before my period was due.
And I saw this:
Don’t see any second line? Don’t feel bad. They are super, super faint because they were taken so early. I had to squint to see them in person! So, not reliable enough to declare myself officially pregnant, but definitely a huge good sign.
And sure enough, I got my “Yes, positive+” on a digital test a couple days later.
If you are already seeing lines on a HPT, get ready to celebrate because it is very likely that a bundle of joy is on the way for you! And as soon as you get that positive, you’ll want to grab the Oh Baby Pregnancy Planner to help make your entire pregnancy a breeze. This 50 page bundle includes all your trimester to-do lists, hospital tour questions, birth plan template, and much more- all to get you fully prepared for baby.
CUE THE FATIGUE
Anyone who’s been pregnant will tell you entire beginning of pregnancy feels like you’ve taken a 3 month sleeping pill. The fatigue is severe and almost impossible to combat. The onset of this symptoms varies from person to person (for me it was 6-7 weeks, and eased up a bit around 14), but for some it is the very first sign.
I was constantly tired! I could literally fall asleep doing anything!
According to Christa,
The only symptom I had before I missed my period was exhaustion.
Of course if you don’t get enough sleep regularly or are stressed for any reason, you may feel exhausted without being pregnant. So while it’s not the most reliable sign, in conjunction with other symptoms it could be telling.
SORE BREASTS / PRICKLY NIPPLES
The ONLY physical sign I had that I was pregnant before the 6 week park was an odd sensation in my nipples. The best way to describe them would be tingly/prickly. It stood out to me because it was a strange sensation that I had never felt before.
I had sore boobs, but not the kind of sore boobs I get when my period is coming.
Other people notice an overall breast soreness, fullness, or heaviness. Darkening of the nipples is another symptom that can start in the wee early days of pregnancy.
Nicole mentions her first sign of pregnancy was “veiny boobs”. So you should be on the lookout for all kinds of breast changes.
(Want to hear the real deal on “breast sensitivity” and other pregnancy symptoms? Check out my post about pregnancy symptoms- what the books don’t tell you).
Nikki says that her earliest pregnancy sign was:
Headaches! I had headaches that wouldn’t go away no matter what I did!
You guessed it, this is another symptom that comes due to the hormone surge as well as increased blood volume, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
If you’re experiencing headaches and suspect you may be pregnant, remember that ibuprofen and aspirin are not recommended during pregnancy. Stick with Tylenol or natural remedies like a cold compress.
“I had a very vivid and scary dream”, answered Megan when asked how she first knew she was pregnant.
Vivid dreams are a strange but common pregnancy symptom that can happen anytime during the pregnancy. I remember the dreams I had during my pregnancies being unlike any other dreams I’ve ever had- almost like acting in a movie. And I could remember them well unlike normal dreams.
Arianna says she was tipped off about being pregnant because she had a:
Crazyyyy dream! I dreamt I took so many positive pregnancy tests it covered my bathroom floor.
Sounds more like a premonition to me!
I’m in early pregnancy now. My very first symptom before confirmation was headaches. I NEVER get headaches, but I was getting them daily.
Fast forward a few weeks, I have every single symptom you can think of.
However, I’m experiencing really bad tummy cramps, breast tenderness, and back pain. It’s difficult to go to sleep at night. Will these symptoms pass?
Oh girl I wish I could say it will all pass… but you are on the rollercoaster ride of your life being pregnant right now 😄 Some symptoms might die down, others will pop up, it’s generally an uncomfortable nine months. For me personally, nausea and breast tenderness got better after the first trimester, but then I started up with the round ligament pain and (the worst one of all) sciatica. Some people have an easier time than others, so you could get lucky? But for most of us it’s damn hard. The good part is you get a baby at the end 😊 Congrats, mama!
This is great information! I dont know if I’m pregnant yet but last week I had the weirdest thing happen. I felt fine before going to bed we had dinner which was buffalo chicken. Soup and I even ate a few candies before bed. I was asleep for a couple hours and woke right up at 11pm. Went to the bathroom. Puked for a good 2 minutes maybe longer. Ate some tums and went back to bed. Feeling fine. Like nothing happened. I went to work the next day even. Yesterday all afternoon all I could smell was tuna. And today my nose is extremely runny. So fingers crossed I’m hopeful! I have PCOS and we have been trying for 1 year. This month just feels different like maybe we might have a baby growing!
It sounds promising to me. Fingers crossed!
I knew I was pregnant a week before my missed period. Pregnancy tests still showed negative but I was so itchy all over my chest and stomach, shortness of breath and flutters in my stomach from all the hormones.