My glass is half full. Although I know there’s a huge chance I’m not knocked up, I like to think about the small chance that I am. As such, I’ve been keeping quite a close eye on my body over the last few days trying to identify any potential symptoms or signs that I’m pregnant, and not just imagining it. Since you all already know about my Google addiction, I can’t hide the fact that I’ve been constantly Googling crazy search terms like, “Feeling full sign of pregnancy?” and “Excessive thirst early symptom of pregnancy?”. I know, I should just stop. But I can’t.
So I figured instead of wasting endless hours reading discussion boards and articles, I will come clean and just share my crazy symptom spotting with you. Just remember: I am well aware that I may not be pregnant. And if I’m not pregnant, I’ll know that this was all an exercise in the power of the mind. And I’ll have to eat a little bit of humble pie. But for now, I’ll just be honest.
Here’s what I’ve experienced so far:
- Implantation/breakthrough bleeding. This could certainly just be pre-period spotting (since Lord knows my body has NO IDEA how to have a period… it hasn’t done so in a very long time). But, it did show up conveniently 7 days past ovulation, which is exactly when implantation bleeding happens, if it happens at all. It was bright red blood, lighter than a period flow, and only lasted for 1 day. It was accompanied by some uncomfortable cramps in my lower abdomen, but didn’t present exactly like my normal (what is normal, again?) period cramps.
- Lower back pain. I don’t generally get back pain of any sort. The last 3 or 4 days, however, I’ve felt some sharp knots in my lower back. Hard to describe, but it almost feels like the pains are coming from the very center of my body, like I’m being stretched from the inside out.
- Light pangs in my lower right abdomen. Not uncomfortable, just feels like a little muscle spasm. Usually during yoga or when walking. Right about where I felt my mittelschmerz pain last week.
- Excessive thirst. I always have a big Nalgene of water on my desk at work; I fill it up in the morning and usually finish it by the end of the day. But the last few days I have polished off one big bottle by 10 or 11am. And another by mid-afternoon, and maybe even another by the end of the workday. And I’m still drinking more water in the evening. I’ve read that this can be your body’s way of telling you it needs hydration to create the placenta and get nutrients to the little bunch of cells that’s trying to become a baby.
- Very chapped lips and dry skin. Now, this could be a result of the changing seasons. It’s very quickly becoming fall here in Boston, so the dryness could be environmental. Although, I’ve read that this symptom is sometimes accompanied by the excessive thirst as an early symptom of pregnancy, since all of your body’s liquids are being pulled to support the little parasite inside of you.
- Feeling very full. I will be the first to admit that I LOVE TO EAT. I love to get hungry so I can eat. I love to cook so I can eat. I think about food pretty much all the time. But the last few days I haven’t ever really felt hungry, and I’ve felt full after only a few bites of food. I know most people would say that pregnant women are supposed to be starving all the time, so this isn’t really a symptom of pregnancy, but I also read that the elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone in a pregnant woman’s system makes her stomach empty slower so that the body has a chance to extract all of the nutrients from the food she’s eaten. So that’s a possibility?
Bottom line is this — NONE of these symptoms are terribly convincing. And I’m only 10-11 days past ovulation, so really, there’s no guarantee I should be feeling anything, even if I am preggers. And this morning I woke up completely symptom free and walked to work in record time. Not exactly the starving, fatigued, sore-boobed woman I hoped to be to confirm my as-of-yet-imaginary pregnancy. Oh well.
So, I’ll post again once I’ve tested. Positive or negative. Although, the more internet research I’ve done indicates that I really may not be able to see anything conclusive for a few more days — it’s still very early to get a positive pregnancy test. But we’ll know for sure next Tuesday at my doctor’s appointment!
For those who have been pregnant, what were your earliest symptoms? When did they show up?