I would always hear from the women of my family and on television shows that a woman just knows when she is pregnant, even before taking a pregnancy test. I would always question that until it happened to me. I was 20 years old when I got pregnant with my first child, you can say I got “knocked up” by my hubby. My first pregnancy was unplanned, I didn’t read blogs or magazines about how your body changes during pregnancy or what to look out for in the early stages of being pregnant. I do know for a fact that my body was telling me that I was expecting a baby even before I knew I was.
It’s amazing how our bodies starts adjusting itself to accommodate a baby for nine months. What’s great about this is that the body starts sending us little hints by making changes in our bodies. Some women may notice these changes and some may not even realize up until they find out that they are pregnant and then you hear them say ” Oh no wonder I felt this way” and so on. Today I’m sharing with you the 6 ways to know if you are pregnant before taking a pregnancy test because sometimes we are too impatient to wait for a missed period or for a doctor’s appointment.
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Just know that not every women will experience the same things and some may not even know that they are pregnant until after they take a pregnancy test. I am sharing some of the things that I experienced myself and some of my family members and friends. Which turned out to be pretty much the same things so, I hope you find this post fun and helpful in figuring out if you might be pregnant or not. Good luck mama!
6 ways to know if you are pregnant before taking a pregnancy test
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1.Period like cramps
With my fist pregnancy, I was experiencing period like cramps. I thought for sure my period was coming any day and so I waited and waited. Then after a few days without having my period, I felt like something was not right. The first red flag for me was that I rarely get cramps and If I do my period for sure comes within 24 hours of the cramping. So just keep this in mind if you are trying for a baby and happen to experience period like cramps but with no period in sight. Many women have told me that they also experienced this prior to taking a pregnancy test.
This one is common and also happens during pregnancy. I happened to experience this before even knowing that I was expecting. All of a sudden, I didn’t want to eat food that I would normally eat if I wasn’t pregnant. For example, every time I would get home from college, I would make something to eat. This particular day, I made a delicious oven baked tuna melt and for me it was glorious. I ate it and then felt disgusted and nauseas, I vowed I was never going to eat tuna sandwich ever again. Mind you, tuna sandwiches was one of my favorite things to eat for lunch or dinner. CRAZY right!? So mama, if you find yourself not wanting to eat, smell or be in the same room as your once favorite food, then you might be pregnant.
3.Change in sense of smell
I noticed a change to how I reacted to certain smells pretty early on with both of my pregnancies. Also, my tolerance of certain smells was not even low it was straight up zero. I simply couldn’t stand certain smells, specially of things that I loved. The smell of hot coffee would not sit well on my stomach, I love coffee, specially iced lattes, so you know something was up. I could drink it but couldn’t stand the smell of others drinking it around me. I couldn’t look, or smell pizza and that was insane to me since I’m a pizza lover for life. I knew that I was probably pregnant because this was definitely not normal for me. If you happen to experience a change of smell and tolerance, then I have good news mama, you certainly might be pregnant!
Another way to know if you are pregnant is an increased feeling of being hungry.Hungry if you are pregnant means “give me food right now, this second or I will die” sort of ordeal. If you experience hunger out of the blue and you can’t even take one more step without eating something because you think you are going to faint. You might be pregnant. If you just finished enjoying a quick snack and all of a sudden 30 minutes later you are so hungry you feel like you haven’t eaten anything the whole day. Guess what!? You definitely might be pregnant!
One very good way of knowing if you are pregnant is if all of a sudden you are feeling tired and all you want to do is sleep. Your body will go through a lot of changes in order to accommodate another human inside of you. You will feel tired and drained. It happens, but don’t worry once you are well into your second trimester this feeling will most likely disappear. If you are feeling tired most days, your job seems like a burden because you don’t have energy to deal with it or you don’t feel like waking up from your bed, you might be pregnant! You might even feel shortage of breathe when walking, so keep that in mind as well. Feeling tired and exhausted without doing anything to cause it, is a common pregnancy symptom.
Did you really think I was going to leave this one out? This is the most obvious sign if you are trying for a baby to look out for. A missed period can mean a lot of things, like irregular cycles, stress can make you miss your period or even if you are on a new birth control method. A missed period for the most part is a sign of pregnancy if you are actively trying and are not using any birth control to prevent it. So, if you missed your period, jump, scream and cry because you just might be pregnant!
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There you go mamas, I hope you found these 6 ways of knowing if you are pregnant before taking a pregnancy test fun and helpful. You know, because we can’t wait to take a test and therefor we want to know sooner than later.
Please let me know in the comments below if you experienced any of these symptoms or if you experienced something different that led you to believe that you were pregnant 🙂
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