Like some women, I had no idea I was pregnant untilthe signs added up to one undeniable gut-feeling that urged me to buy a pregnancy test as fast as possible. Human bodies are so mysterious so, honestly, how would I have known such small clues meant there was a fetus growing inside of me? There were definitely some subtle ways my body was trying to tell me I was pregnant, but I pretty much just shrugged them off thinking I'd caught a flu bug, or that within a few days all those weird feelings would pass. Yeah, I was wrong.
With my first pregnancy I remember feeling a little "off," but nothing severe enough to make me pay munch attention. I was a tad feverish, tired, and slightly nauseated, but I leaned towards a "flu" self-diagnosis and went on with life hoping it'd pass soon. A lot of what I felt happened monthly with PMS, so I didn't know it wasn't PMS until the morning I was so suddenly nauseated my partner had to pull the car over for me to dry heave. That was the first time I thought "uh-oh." I took a test a few hours later and bam: pregnant with my daughter.
My second pregnancy went way differently. Though my partner and I had been trying to conceive for years to no avail (aside from miscarriages), I had absolutely no reason to think I was pregnant. I was on my period with no cramping, nausea, or other typical pregnancy signs. The only thing that semi-alerted me was a vague taste of metal in my mouth. I don't know what made me take a pregnancy test that day, but I did and it was positive.
With two kids now, I still freak out over the slightest pregnancy symptom. My partner and I practice safe sex and we're not actively trying to create another baby, but if I'm suddenly avoiding eggs or feel more bloated than normal I internally freak out. Here's some of the incredibly subtle ways my body tried to tell me I was pregnant that I absolutely ignored. Whoops.