Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pregnancy Symptoms

My husband and I went car shopping today and during our drive I looked at him and told him that I was crazy! Of course, he laughed and agreed that maybe I am crazy. He asked me why I thought I was crazy and here is why:

I feel like I am having every pregnancy symptom there is...

We were in the car and I had some mild cramps - Okay, I cannot fake having cramps
My boobs are sore...-Can't really fake that either; especially since it is near my nipple area and when I am dressing they are sore, when I shower they are sore! 
I feel like I want to eat multiple food- for example, we drove past a McDonalds and suddenly I wanted fries, drove past a Panera and I wanted a soup and sandwich, saw a super target and I wanted pizza, saw pizza hut and wanted to stop... Maybe I am faking this hungriness of mine. I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to McDonalds (it has been more than a year for sure); so there is no need for me to want to eat fries from there, is there? I can't even remember what they taste like...
... I did end up having pizza for dinner but it was store bought and we made it at home! When it was cooking, I couldn't wait for it to be done, and then once it was done, I did not want pizza- REALLY? I ate it anyways!

and then constipation! I felt after eating two slices of pizza, I needed to go to the bathroom. I felt this way before too but I can't seem to use the bathroom... it is frustrating to say the least. 

- I am either going crazy with this whole TTC or there may be something on the oven for me! I guess I will have to wait and see... but if it is a BFN, how can I get over it?

For now, I have been reading about 'Pregnancy Symptoms', so here is what I have so far:

The most significant symptom is missing your period
* I have a problem with this, although it is the most significant pregnancy symptom- what happens when you are irregular?

-The rest of the following pregnancy symptoms is from American Pregnancy (another great pregnancy website):

Implantation Bleeding:

Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping.
Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill, infection, or abrasion from intercourse.

Delay/Difference in Menstruation:

A delayed or missed period is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill, illness or breastfeeding.

Swollen/Tender Breasts:

Swollen or tender breasts is a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.
Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.


Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception.
Other Explanations: Stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses can also leave you feeling tired or fatigued.

Nausea/Morning Sickness:

This well known pregnancy symptom will often show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy.
Other Explanations: Food poisoning, stress, change in hormonal birth control method or other stomach disorders can also cause you to feel queasy.


Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout pregnancy.
Other Explanations: Impending menstruation, stress, other back problems, and physical or mental strains.


The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy.
Other Explanations: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation, eye strain, or other ailments can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.

Frequent Urination:

Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom.
Other Explanations: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increasing liquid intake, or taking excessive diuretics.

Darkening of Areolas:

If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker.
Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy or may be a leftover effect from a previous pregnancy.

Food Cravings or Food Aversions:

While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Some women develop adversions to certain types of food early in pregnancy and this too can last for the next 9 months.
Other Explanations: Poor diet, lack of a certain nutrient, stress, depression, illness or impending menstruation.

~These symptoms are common prior to menstruation too! So, my mind and body are playing with me, but that is okay, I will eventually have these true symptoms!


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