So it’s been a couple of weeks since you and your partner did the deed bareback style (this may have been intentionally or you had an “oops!” moment and had forgotten the rubber).
At this point, it is probably too early for you to pee on a stick and know for sure whether or not you are “with child”.
The signs below may help you confirm – or deny – whether or not there is a bun in that oven.
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Top 6 Signs of Conception
1. The Ta-Ta’s Are Sore
It is clear that bras were never designed with comfort in mind, but you may suddenly have the urge to forgo wearing one all together once you’re preggers.
This is because one of the very first signs of pregnancy is having very sensitive, sore and swollen breasts.
The reason many overlook this symptom is that sore and swollen breasts are often how they feel right before your period starts a-flowin’.
Good news: these tender ta-ta’s should ease off once you enter the second trimester.
In the meantime, ditch the underwire and embrace supportive bras like a sports bra or a seamless bra.
2. You Have Morning Sickness
What a lot of mamas will tell you is that morning sickness does not just happen in the morning.
It’s more like “all day and right when in the middle of a presentation at work” sickness.
This unexpected and sudden urge to hurl is extremely common during the first trimester and almost any darn thing can trigger it, such as your partner’s deodorant or that dank musk coming off of an unsavory individual on the bus.
Bring a plastic bag and breath mints with you wherever you go.
3. Your Gag Reflex Is Off The Hook
Are you feeling sick when looking at foods and drinks you loved – like – yesterday?
Then you may be pregnant.
This is believed to be due to the sudden surge of estrogen being produced by your body.
Each woman will have her own aversions to entirely different foods.
Some will feel like gagging when they catch a whiff of a turkey sandwich, while others will be repulsed by that rich, soothing aroma of coffee.
Others won’t be able to open the refrigerator without throwing up into the kitchen garbage can.
4. You Are One Moody *&^%$
Oh boy, prepare your friends and family for this one.
One moment you may be jubilant and all smiles, while the next you may be a raging mess.
Some moms also find that they feel more anxious and/or depressed during early pregnancy.
So why does this happen? Blame the hormones, as usual.
These mood swings are largely due to the hormonal changes in your body which cause the teenie tiny chemical postal workers in your brain (a.k.a. the neurotransmitters) to deliver several different “mood messages” in short spurts.
A brief aside:
If you’ve been feeling hopeless, sad, unable to cope with daily life or have any thoughts of hurting yourself, you need some extra TLC.
Call your healthcare provider or a mental health professional ASAP and make sure you get the treatment you deserve.
5. Aunt Flo Has Stopped Her Visits
Missing a period is likely the most common sign of early conception, though this may not be the case if you have irregular periods (if you haven’t been tracking your periods on a calendar or with one of those nifty period tracking apps, you may also be caught unaware).
But missing a period or even having a period is not a guarantee that you are or are not pregnant. In fact, a lot of women continue to get what they think are “periods” (usually decidual bleeding), either frequently or infrequently, while they’re pregnant.
I know, right?
Just when you thought you’d save a ton of cash on pads and tampons.
6. You Just. Can’t. Stop. PEEING.
You would think that frequent urination would only be a symptom of later pregnancy (what with all of the added pressure being thrust down upon your poor, innocent bladder), but it’s also a symptom of early pregnancy.
What’s to blame?
You guessed it: hormones!
The wonderful hormonal changes in your body which are making the creation of new life possible are increasing the amount of blood flowing to your kidneys (the organs that create pee).
This forces your bladder to fill more quickly and so – ta-da! – more pee.
These symptoms above are the most common, but there are certainly more.
From dark patches on your skin to feeling breathless to getting acne so fierce it puts your teenage self to shame, there are a lot of signs telling you whether you are or are not pregnant.
Just when you think you have it all down pat, the symptoms you experienced during this pregnancy may not even be the same with any following pregnancies.
Missed Periods And Pee And Nausea, Oh My!
Anticipating a pregnancy is usually a fun time where parents will freakishly obsess over whether or not they are expecting.
Our top tips:
There are enough early pregnancy symptoms out there to drive a woman (and her partner) crazy. Use Google with caution
Stay as calm as possible and don’t let paranoia take over
Take a pregnancy test (did you know that they also sell these at the dollar store?!)
What symptoms did you experience during your pregnancy? Did they make our list? Share and comment below!