I will never forget laying on my couch, laptop in hand, googling “pregnancy signs” and wondering if my strange symptoms might mean I was actually with child. I didn’t have morning sickness or any of the traditional signs you're pregnant. I just thought I was getting the flu, or maybe my non-stop work schedule was finally getting the best of me because damn I was exhausted. Was this “can’t get off the couch” feeling a sign of pregnancy? I wasn’t sure, and I definitely didn’t want to invest in a pregnancy test just yet.
It turns out I was pregnant, a fact that turned my world around and totally blew my mind. I always assumed I’d know at the moment of conception — I was just so tuned into my body. Turns out I was walking around with a growing fetus for months, with absolutely no indication of what was happening inside my body. And I’m not alone in this uncertainty.
Some women experience the classic pregnancy signs immediately. For others, it takes weeks for the morning sickness and crazy cravings to kick in (if they ever do.) Heck, some women don’t realize they’re pregnant until a doctor delivers the news during the second trimester. But if you’re wondering if you fatigue and and new-found sense of smell could actually indicate a baby on the way, here are seven common pregnancy symptoms to be on the lookout for.