I’ve talked to a few of my friends about their first very early symptoms of being pregnant. Some of the ones we shared were down right weird. So after asking around and doing further research, I decided to list 23 weird, common, and unique very early pregnancy symptoms. I included all the ones I have experienced, my friends have experienced, or that I have read about. I purposely did not include a positive pregnancy test as a symptom. If I missed one, I’d love to add it to the list so please leave a comment below.
- Swelling and bloating – Is your wedding ring all the sudden a bit snug? Do your shoes not fit as well? Pants tight or even no longer fit? For most, swelling and bloating comes later in the game but some start swelling and bloating (even significantly) immediately.
- Vivid Dreams or Nightmares- Has suddenly every detail of your dream or nightmare been easy to recall throughout the day? Often times these vivid dreams can mean you are pregnant.
- Acne – Have you started to break out or has your completion worsened? This may be an indicator that your hormones are changing and that you may be expecting.
- Moodiness- Are you angry one second and on the verge of tears the next? When I was pregnant with my son my husband wondered what was going on. The moodiness was like PMS to the nth degree.
- Increase in snot and mucus production- Have you needed to blow your nose more often? Every single morning since the day I got pregnant with my son I would have to blow my nose. I found out this is normal for pregnant women.
- Sensitive Breasts- Do your breasts hurt A LOT? Are they a little snug in that bra? Breast enlargement and sensitivity are very common in early pregnancy.
- Darkening of Areola- Yah, this is a little weird, but it happens when women get prego. Supposedly its to help when breastfeeding. If you notice it happening to you, you may want to get a test.
- Missed Period- Of course this is the most common and normal symptom. That said, some women experience implantation bleeding or spotting so if you are ttc (trying to conceive) and had a very light ‘period’ you may want to test as well.
- Aches, Pains, and Cramps- Some women get early round ligament pain (stabbing pains in the belly), others experience immediate headaches, back and joint pains. Many also experience implantation cramping.
- Strong Hunger and Thirst Pains-When I am not pregnant or breastfeeding I regularly fast for religious purposes. I noticed that while pregnant going just 5 or 6 hours without food felt like I had just fasted for 24 hours. The hunger and thirst pains are very strong for many pregnant women.
- Nausea- The average person gets morning sickness starting at about 6-8 weeks. For some it comes earlier for others later and for the VERY LUCKY it doesn’t come at all! If you have nausea check out this post on a few simple tips to combat nausea and morning sickness.
- Sensitivities- Can you suddenly smell your sink disposal or the garbage can in the next room? Pregnancy gives you a heightened sense of smell. Are your teeth very sensitive to cold or hot? Are your gums super sensitive while flossing, perhaps they are even puffy and bleeding? These sensitivities call all be signs that there is a bun in the oven.
- Having to go to the bathroom more frequently- Some of my friends said that they experienced an immediate change in their bladder and the frequency when they went to the bathroom, others said it was more noticeable in the second and third trimesters. For me it was pretty immediate. I had to start getting up to go during the night once or twice as soon as I was pregnant.
- Your body temperature rises…or drops- While I was pregnant I was fine with a sweatshirt instead of wearing a coat during winter, a thin comforter instead of my normal large downy one on cold nights, and I had to keep the house cool during the summer or I would swell up even more. If you have been turning the AC on in spring or the heat off in winter or just noticing you are much warmer, you may be pregnant. Other women in the comments below have reported the opposite symptom-shivering a lot while first pregnant.
- Changes in sleep patterns- Are you tossing and turning and can’t sleep, or falling asleep and snoring through the night? Some of my friends and I went through phases of insomnia and then deep deep comma-like sleeping with lots of snoring. It was weird for me because for weeks I couldn’t sleep and then other weeks I’d sleep 14 hours at a time. Further, the only time I snore is when I’m expecting. I don’t snore every night but when I am in the deep deep sleep I sometimes do.
- Tiredness and Yawning- Are you struggling at the gym to do a routine that normally never phased you? Are you having trouble staying awake at work or even while talking to friends? Yawning a lot? Your body works super hard during pregnancy (especially in the first trimester). As a result we are often left feeling exhausted and yawn a lot.
- Indigestion- For some lucky women they skip this all together but for most of us we have to suffer through indigestion at some point in our nine/ten months. I got mine way early on (it was one of my first indicators that I could be prego). So if you can’t get to the store to buy some Tums fast enough, you may want to grab a pregnancy test while you are at it. For some tips to combat indigestion check this post out.
- Your hair stops falling out- Have you not needed to clean out your hair brush for the last couple weeks? You could be pregnant. Pregnancy usually drastically reduces the amount of hair that falls out.
- Cravings- Do you need a banana NOW? Or the famous ‘pickles and ice cream’? Having strong cravings is often associated with pregnancy. I talk about my main cravings here.
- More discharge or cervical mucus- If you have experienced this you may just test positive.
- Are the bowels messed up- Needing to pass wind a lot more? Experiencing constipation? Going pee which was once a controlled flow but is now very much like that of a ‘race horse’? If so, you could be prego.
- Varicose veins- Notice more enlarged or bulging purple blood veins on your legs? This could mean you are expecting as well.
- And I saved the weirdest for last. Is your youngest child suddenly acting up? Becoming clingy? Whining and crying a lot? The Navajo culture (and actually a lot of others) claim that your youngest child can sense your pregnancy and acts up as a result. I’m curious if have you experienced something similar?
A few additional symptoms that were mentioned in the comments below:
- Change in libido- Often there is an immediate change in libido due to hormonal changes. Some women experience and increase, decrease, or change in their sex drive. Other women have reported an increase in the first months and a decrease in the last months or visa versa. I think it is probably slightly different for each women and each pregnancy but it does happen.
- Dark patches of skin on the face- I did not experience this with my son but with my girl I am experiencing it. This concealer will cover a lot of it!
- Sensitivity to certain colors- As you will see in the comments below, some women also experience a distinct hate or nauseousness when looking at distinct colors. Which I had never heard of but other women have experienced.
- Itching or rashes brought on by pregnancy- A few itching things could be due to hormonal changes, PUPPPS, cholestasis (usually comes in late 2nd and in 3rd trimesters but can come at any time), pregnancy-brought-on-eczema, and/or others. I experienced intense itching in the first pregnancy and used these Aveeno oatmeal baths and ice to help it. It went away but returned as Post Partum PUPPPs and eczema after my son was born. So far with my daughter (I’m in the third trimester) and I now have started experience itching. I have done further research and I may have cholestasis which is a rare but can be dangerous. I go in for testing this next week and will update this post when I find out if that is what I have. So if you are experiencing intense itching it is important to talk to a doctor about it. UPDATE- I did not have cholestasis. I had a bile acid test done which came back normal. My OB believes that my skin is sensitive to the hormones. I was a lot less itchy with my daughter than I was with my son which may help support that theory. The itching did stop once I had her, hurray!
- Yeast infections- A woman in the comments below says she always gets a yeast infection right after she gets prego. I got one with my son, but not with my daughter. I looked this up on other forums and it is not unheard of to get a yeast infection in the first trimester or even first weeks of conception.
- Metallic or weird awful taste in the mouth- I honestly can’t believe I missed this one. This is a very common symptom that a reader just reminded me of. It came and went for me at different parts and times in my pregnancy but was most noticeable in the first trimester.
- Another mentioned comment below is leaking breasts- I had to do some research and this is what I found…Dr. Miriam Stoppard in her book “Conception, Pregnancy and Birth” says if you’re in early pregnancy, your breasts may leak a small amount of clear fluid (colostrum), though for most women this doesn’t happen until well into the second trimester.
- Rectal pain – This one I just heard about due to the comments below. Apparently round ligament pain can be occurring near the anus. This is a less common indicator that you may be pregnant but does happen to some women.
Some women will have a few of these symptoms, other unfortunate ones will have them all. I got most of them when I was pregnant with my son and many with my daughter although it was a pain, they are more than totally worth it.
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