I found out I was pregnant in a pretty melodramatic way.
Instead of taking the test in the comfort of my own home, I decided on a whim that I would get one and take it at the grocery store.
So there I was, in a Kroger bathroom, awful flourescent lighting and all, completely alone.
I hadn’t told anyone I was taking the test—not even my husband.
The thing was, I had felt for weeks that something was different.
I had become used to the idea of having a baby, and I realized that I would be devastated if I took the test and found that I wasn’t pregnant after all.
After about one minute of waiting for my test to develop, the second line appeared.
Needless to say, I was shocked.
It’s one thing to think that you’re pregnant.
It’s something else to see the proof; to know that at that very moment, there’s a tiny human being growing inside of you.
I immediately drove to see my husband at work, and was able to tell him the next time he took a break. He was, to my relief, extremely happy.
It was amazing, after weeks of uncertainty, to finally have an answer.
So why did I think I was pregnant before taking the test?
I scoured the internet for any early pregnancy signs and symptoms that I could find—so if you’re doing the same by being here, the things I experienced are below!
Early Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
1. Sore Nipples. I know, I know, it feels like TMI just saying it! But whatever—that was the very first change I noticed in my body. Let’s just say that putting a t-shirt on became a rather delicate process.
2. Fatigue. No matter how early I went to bed, and no matter how many hours I slept, I found myself yearning for my bed every hour of the day.
3. Dizziness. Every time I stood up, or rolled out of bed, I got very dizzy.
4. Heightened Emotions. I was becoming a bit feisty—I was much quicker to get snippy with my husband where I normally would have been very laid back. [Sorry, honey!]
Every person is different, though, so I would highly recommend visiting a website like thebump.com to check out their information on early pregnancy symptoms. They certainly helped me! And honestly, there are some symptoms that while true, I don’t feel comfortable typing them. I draw the line at “sore nipples.” Maybe that’s juvenile and unhelpful, but I’m fully expecting people that I know to find this, and traumatizing them is not my goal.
I should also probably tell you that I took my test about three days before I missed my period.
I took a the First Response Pregnancy Test, since it is able to detect a pregnancy up to six days early. I would definitely recommend it to anyone feeling anxious for an answer. Remember though, if you take it too early, your hCg levels might not be high enough to detect yet. In the event that you get a negative result, but you still feel like something’s up, wait a few days and take another!
I’m so thrilled to be pregnant; becoming a mom has already been exhausting, but every minute of it is worth it. I can’t wait to meet our little one!
I look forward to sharing my journey with you— I’ll try to fill this blog with as much information as I can!