I remember exactly how I felt when I realized I was pregnant. Surprise. I was in a small clinic similar to Immediate Care or Concentra having gone there because I just felt ‘off’. I remember explaining my symptoms to the very young doctor – he had black hair and round glasses and he looked about 12.
“Bloated, queasy, tired, peeing all the time!” – I remember the young doc smiled and said, “Could you possibly be pregnant?”
Well, yes. Yes I could. And I was.
Symptoms of pregnancy differ for every person but there are a lot of them that all of us share.
A missed period – There are other reasons a period has been missed or late such as illness, stress, or strenuous exercise. But if you have missed your period and it’s been at least one week since it should have arrived pregnancy may be something to consider. Taking a pregnancy test earlier than at least 7-10 days from your missed period could result in a negative or false-positive result.
Breast Changes – Your breasts may feel sore or tender and even slightly larger. Yes, larger! But again, not every woman will experience these changes but it’s something to be on the lookout for.
Morning Sickness – This is the one you hear about most often but to be frank, not everyone experiences it. In fact, I had the queasiness in the evening, not the morning! It passes though and soon you want pickles, corn nuts and Fanta….all together.
Sense of Taste and Smell – certain foods and drinks may taste different to you. The smells of certain foods may suddenly be unappealing! And suddenly you want a bowl of Rice Chex cereal every day when before you were a toast and Latte kinda gal.
Tiredness – suddenly you just want to sleep. All. The. Time. Your body is working harder and your heart rate elevated – this in turn may cause you to feel fatigued.
Urinary Changes – You may have to go every other hour and consider wearing adult diapers.
You may experience all, some, or none of these symptoms – we’re all different. But bottom line it’s normal. Some days will be better than others. Women have been experiencing and getting through pregnancy since the dawn of time. Women are one of the most resilient of souls!
If you suspect you may be pregnant and need help – call us or come see us. We can help confirm your pregnancy, talk about your situation, and listen to your concerns. You were not meant to do this alone.