Missing your period may be the very first sign that you have that makes you realise that you may be pregnant, but there are actually other early signs that you can have that may come either before or after you miss your period.
If you have had more than one baby, you may just know that you may be pregnant (which I kind of did with this baby), since I had a couple of other symptoms, which I will explain below.
Early symptoms may include the following:
- A missed period (one of the most obvious symptoms).
- Tender or swollen breasts, also darkening around the nipples.
- Feeling nauseous ~ This will usually happen around 6 weeks, so this is another very common symptom you may find you have.
- Increased vaginal discharge.
- Implantation bleeding.
- Needing to wee more often.
- Food cravings, or total lack of appetite.
What to do if you think you are pregnant:
First thing that you should do if you think you are pregnant, is to take a pregnancy test, you can either go to your DR or buy a home pregnancy test, if you are wanting to do a home pregnancy test, I would really recommend getting a digital test, because then you won’t be squinting to see a line, or perhaps seeing a line when there isn’t one (I had done this so many times over the 15/16 months of trying for this baby).
With most home pregnancy tests, you are able to test from the date of when your period is due, but be warned, you may get a false negative since it would still be early days. It is recommend to test your first morning urine, since the hormones are more higher in your first urine.
What to do if you are pregnant:
If after you have done a pregnancy test, and it turns out positive, then your first thing should be to book an appointment with your DR to discuss how you are going to proceed. You will need to book your first midwife appointment before you are 12 Weeks pregnant.
Finding out you are pregnant can be a very scary or confusing time, if you have not been planning your baby (Which my son was a total surprise). I would recommend that if you are struggling with the idea of having a baby, I would speak to your DR and talk through your options.
What if we are trying but have been unsuccessful:
It is totally normal for couples to struggle to conceive in the first year of trying for a baby. When me and my husband was trying for this baby, all we kept getting told was ‘don’t try’ and ‘just enjoy trying for a baby’ and to be honest, it did start getting on my nerves, hearing that every month when we would get a negative test.
What I would recommend if you want to keep track of your body’s signs is to keep track of your cycle, so you know a little more about what days you are ovulating, or (I have never used them) but you can actually buy ovulation tests, which tell you when you are ovulating. In England, if you have been trying for over 18 months (roughly) and there is no obvious signs that you should be struggling that you get checked out.