Let’s face it, if you’re trying to get pregnant, or the thought of being pregnant has crossed your mind, then you want to know ASAP if you have a baby in there.
There were a few times where I thought I might be pregnant before I actually was. Having to sit around and wait for that stupid little line on the test can be a huge pain. I’ve found that if you pay attention to your body, it may be telling you you’re pregnant before your pregnancy test.
Besides, pregnancy tests aren’t always accurate. False positives and negatives happen all the time.
When I finally did get pregnant, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt BEFORE I took the test all thanks to some of these strange and unusual early pregnancy symptoms.
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Unusual Early Pregnancy Symptoms
This is a very long list of symptoms. Don’t be surprised if you only experience one or two of these. Every woman, every baby, and every pregnancy is different. As annoying as that can be.
This list is also just an idea. If you really do think you might be pregnant, having your doctor perform a blood test really is the best way to find out.
It sounds really gross, but having a little extra stuff going on down there is a very normal sign of pregnancy.
Generally, the pregnancy discharge will be a sticky, white or pale-yellow mucus. Don’t you just love having to use the term mucus? Gross!
All of this fun stuff is thanks to those pregnancy hormones making everything else in your body kick into overdrive. More hormones and more blood flow going to your vagina increases the discharge.
As gross as it is, it’s actually a good thing. The mucus helps to prevent infections as your cervix and vaginal walls start to soften.
If your discharge starts to smell, burn, itch, turns greenish-yellow, or changes consistency call your doctor. It could be a sign of infection.
Increased Basal Body Temperature
When you ovulate, your basal body temperature is elevated until you have your next period. If that temperature stays elevated though, it could be a sign you’re pregnant.
Over the counter ovulation tests can check your temperature for you.
Before I got pregnant, I practically lived in sweatshirts. Growing up in the South did not leave me with a great ability to handle the cold. And when I say cold, I mean anything below 80 degrees.
Once I got pregnant though, all of that changed. I was constantly hot and sweating.
I had a December baby in Oregon, and it was nothing for me to wear a tank top and a light cardigan to work every day.
I stayed hot my entire pregnancy, and to be honest that hasn’t really stopped. I’m currently 18 months postpartum and still get overheated very easily.
Summer is going to be rough this year.
All that extra blood moving around in your body isn’t just affecting your va-jay-jay, it’s also affecting your head. Headaches are extremely common during pregnancy. I know I experienced my fair share of them.
Having some extra water (as much as you’ll end up hating it) will really help with that.
I ended up carrying a bottle of water around with me everywhere I went. I absolutely love my Hydroflask! It saved me more times than I care to admit. I still keep it with me at all times now. Love it!
Just because you aren’t having any periods doesn’t mean that you won’t have any cramping. Cramping is especially common during early pregnancy when the embryo is attaching to your vaginal wall during implantation.
They shouldn’t be severe, so if they ever are, definitely call your doctor. It could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.
Yet another enjoyable early pregnancy symptom is feeling dizzy or lightheaded. I actually kept this symptom throughout my first and part of my second trimester.
I noticed that it was always worse when I didn’t have enough water to drink.
I’m not kidding about the water. Drink it!
Being pregnant jacks EVERYTHING up. Your bowels are no exception.
Being pregnant slows down your digestive tract, and the added stuff going on means that your body is using more water. All of that combined can lead to you being backed up.
Some water (I’m serious, do it!) and a little extra fiber are what my doctor suggested to do.
Just don’t take any laxatives. They aren’t safe during pregnancy. Make sure you speak with your doctor about any of your symptoms.
On the opposite end of the constipation spectrum, is diarrhea.
Talking about bowel movements was definitely not something that I had in mind when I started this blog, but here we are!
When I say everything goes wonky during pregnancy, I mean it. Don’t be alarmed if instead of being constipated, you actually end up with diarrhea. It’s just your body’s way of dealing with things.
If you’re ever concerned though, definitely consult your doctor.
A little bit of spotting is normal during pregnancy, especially early on during implantation. It’s called implantation bleeding (very creative, I know).
Some women confuse the spotting for a period though, leading to a “false period”.
If your period is suddenly a lot lighter, or it isn’t quite as regular as you thought it would be, then it may be an early sign of you being pregnant.
Cold or Flu Like Symptoms
If you get sick out of the blue and it’s coupled with any of these other symptoms, you may not just have a cold.
Pregnancy can affect your immune system making you more prone to catching a cold or the flu.
Just be sure you check with your doctor on some pregnancy-safe medication that you can take. Otherwise plenty of rest will go a long way.
Do not even get me started on the emotional roller coaster that being pregnant is. One minute your fine and the next you’re either crying or yelling. It’s a mess!
Your body gets flooded with different hormones the moment you become pregnant. Those added hormones can wreak havoc on your emotions.
Have your partner start preparing for some of those things as soon as possible and don’t let him hold it against you. You can’t help it.
During my first trimester I experienced this every now and then. Sometimes either certain foods or just randomly I would get the feeling that I had just put a piece of metal in my mouth.
You can thank your rising estrogen and progesterone levels for this. It was more annoying than anything, but definitely a sign of pregnancy.
You can try to get rid of this side effect by eating some saltines or even spicy foods. Drinking your water a little colder than normal may help too.
Swelling and Bloating
You may think that the swelling and bloating part of pregnancy won’t happen until you get further along, but to be honest, it can happen any time.
All of the added things going on during pregnancy can cause different parts of your body to hold on to extra water and swell up.
I actually noticed my breasts swelling before anything else. When they started popping out of my bra, I knew something was going on.
This is probably one of the coolest parts of pregnancy.
My dreams have always been a bit vivid, no idea why, but being pregnant amplified that tenfold. It’s probably thanks to all the extra hormones.
Whatever the cause, try to enjoy it. It’s like your own personal movie.
Gotta love those hormones! All those extra things flowing through your body can definitely affect your skin.
If you start breaking out more often, or if you’ve noticed a change in your complexion, that could be a sign of pregnancy.
Being pregnant messes with everything, I’m not kidding!
If you start having to blow your nose every few minutes, then it may not be allergies to blame, but actually your bun in the oven.
My breasts hurt So. Freaking. Bad.
Pretty much my entire pregnancy, my breasts were sore and extremely sensitive. That’s pretty much how I knew I was pregnant. My boobs just felt off and I knew it wasn’t just normal period stuff.
Pretty much goes hand in hand with your sore boobs. Your areolas, the area around your nipple, will start to darken.
If you notice this, mixed with the sore breasts, then you are most likely pregnant. That’s how I knew.
This one should be pretty obvious. If your period doesn’t happen, then that’s a pretty good indication of being pregnant.
It is still possible to bleed when you’re pregnant, but it will most likely not be as much as your normal period, just a little spotting.
Strong Hunger or Thirst
Do you suddenly feel like you are constantly hungry and thirsty? Or are you having trouble going very long in between meals?
Yep, all of that is a sign of pregnancy. I know that I was constantly thirsty during my pregnancy. I couldn’t get enough.
Morning sickness, I despise morning sickness, especially since it isn’t actually restricted to the morning.
If you start feeling a little nauseated, especially if you’ve gone a little extra time between meals, then that could be a sign you’re pregnant.
It’s important to note that having morning sickness doesn’t only mean you’re throwing up. Even if your stomach just feels uneasy, that is enough to say you have morning sickness.
I pretty much lived in a constant state of nausea throughout my entire first trimester. Having smaller meals more often really helped me. That and a whole lot of ginger ale.
Being pregnant can also lead to other sensitivities as well.
If you can suddenly smell every item in your food or your gums start to hurt more during brushing, then that could be a sign you need to take a pregnancy test.
I honestly thought that the need to pee more wouldn’t happen until I actually had a huge belly to show for it, but I was wrong.
I felt the need to run off to the bathroom several times a day before that line ever turned pink. Apparently, that happens to some women.
If you start feeling the need to go more often, then that could be an early pregnancy symptom.
Changes in Sleep Pattern
Sleep! The one thing that no one ever wants to see affected will probably be hit the hardest during pregnancy.
Even in early pregnancy you can start seeing changes in your sleeping patterns.
Whether you’re suddenly suffering from insomnia or you can’t seem to get out of bed you’re so tired, that can all be a sign of pregnancy.
Building a baby is hard. Really freaking hard.
Even in the beginning of your pregnancy journey, your body is working overtime to take care of your little nugget. Being a little extra tired is only natural.
I think most women tend to feel guilty for wanting to rest too. Don’t be. You’re building a baby and if you want to take a nap, then do it. I certainly did and it was amazing.
Indigestion and heartburn is an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. Most women experience this later on, but it isn’t completely unheard of for it to happen very early on.
I got extremely lucky in this department, but I know a lot of women that suffered from some nasty heartburn during their nine months.
If you’re struggling, try sleeping a bit propped up and avoid spicy foods for dinner. That can definitely help. And talk to your doctor about pregnancy safe meds you can take.
Hair Stops Falling Out
Finally, those hormones are good for something!
While all those extra hormones running through your body are wreaking havoc on your different systems, there’s one major benefit. Your hair will stop falling out and it’ll look amazing.
More often than not, pregnant women experience some really amazing soft and shiny hair that doesn’t normally happen to them.
The one caveat to this is that once you have your baby all of that hair will start falling back out again big time. Postpartum hair loss is a bitch!
Cravings and Aversions
I definitely experienced this.
Very early on during my pregnancy, I wanted hot sauce on EVERYTHING. If it wasn’t spicy, it wasn’t good enough.
After the first few weeks though, everything changed and I couldn’t handle anything with too much flavor. Even pepper was too much for me most of the time.
I also got extremely grossed out just hearing someone say the word “chicken”.
Pregnancy cravings and aversions are different for everyone, but if you start noticing anything weird going on in that department, don’t be surprised if you’re expecting.
Noticing your veins a little more prominently than usual? That could be a sign you’re expecting.
I’m pretty sure that the added blood flow can be thanked for this one.
Change in Libido
Some women want to have sex all the time, while others don’t want to be touched with a ten-foot pole.
No matter which category you fall into, if you start to notice a change in your libido, then that could be a sign that you’re pregnant.
Dark Patches on Your Skin
Also known as the “mask of pregnancy”. All of those lovely hormones can cause dark patches to show up on your face and neck.
Don’t worry, it isn’t permanent or dangerous. Just get a good quality concealer to help hide it.
Itching or Rash
This one is a weird one. I didn’t experience this early on, but during my second trimester I got this crazy rash on both of my feet. It was awful!
They itched so bad and I ended up having to go to the doctor for some steroids to get rid of it because none of the over the counter treatments were working.
The doctors also couldn’t find anything that would have caused the rash and I don’t have any allergies.
I didn’t realize until much later that it is a pretty unusual sign of pregnancy.
Remember all that vaginal discharge we talked about? Yeah, all of that extra moisture going on can cause yeast infections.
Isn’t being pregnant fun?
Baby Will Refuse Milk
If you’re breastfeeding and your baby all the sudden doesn’t like the taste of your milk, it isn’t your fault, it could be your hormones.
Pregnancy hormones affect the taste and consistency of your breast milk and many babies don’t like the taste any more.
You might just have to switch to formula or hope you have enough in your freezer stash to get you to your goal date.
Youngest Child Acting Up
If you aren’t breastfeeding, but your youngest starts acting out more often, that could be a sign you’re pregnant too.
Kids seem to always know things before we expect them to. Your youngest will likely realize that you’re pregnant before you do, even if he isn’t able to fully communicate that.
Bumps on the Areolas
Another kind of weird and unusual early pregnancy symptom are the appearance of little bumps on your areolas.
Those bumps are called Montgomery Tubercles and they’re completely normal, most women just don’t ever notice them until they’re pregnant when they swell a little bit. Yay hormones!
I had nose bleeds almost daily during my pregnancy. I’m not sure if it was from having to blow it so often or if it was just dry. Either way, every morning I woke up to a bloody nose.
I found that running a humidifier at night really helped me. Not only were my nose bleeds lessened, but I also slept better since I could breathe easier.
Something to think about for later on in your pregnancy when trying to sleep is a freaking nightmare! Trying to sleep while pregnant is rough.
Can You Just Feel Pregnant?
Some people say no, but I honestly think that you can. I did.
Even if I didn’t exactly know that I was pregnant, I knew that there was something going on with my body that wasn’t quite normal.
My boobs were extremely sensitive and swollen, I had to pee more often, and I started getting nose bleeds. I knew something was up.
The day after my period didn’t show up, I took a test and there was my answer.
I think it’s possible to have an idea that you might be pregnant before hand if you are truly paying attention to the signs that your body is giving you.
Most of the time though, those signs are very subtle, so they can be easy to miss.
So, what about you? Are you experiencing any of these unusual early pregnancy symptoms? Leave me a comment below or join the conversation in our Facebook group.
Until next time!