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How Did I KNOW I was Pregnant – Early Pregnancy Signs

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I remember before I had the gremlin reading that I would just know I was pregnant if and when the time came. I would just feel different and “know”.

So, over the 3 months that we tried I obsessed over EVERYTHING. On the second month I was absolutely convinced. I felt sick, was bloated and had sore boobs. I was so certain I was pregnant. I wasn’t. Those were just the signs of me having ovulated and I got my period a while after. Hmmm. So on month 3 I ignored it all. I did a pregnancy test and it was negative. I was bloated and waiting for a period but that was it. I went out for a few drinks but was not convinced I was pregnant. It was only when I got to day 42 of my cycle on Christmas Eve of 2012 that I realised something was up. Did a test and got my Big Fat Positive. So what were my signs? A missed period and bloating. Nothing else at all.

So this time around, I expected the same sort of thing.

However, I was surprised that a week or so after I predicted I ovulated to just “know” I was pregnant. I had so many more signs compared to last time.

I took a test a bit early and it was negative but 5 days later I had another go. It was earlier than with the gremlin still, so when the line didn’t immediately appear I shoved it on the windowsill, confused. Whilst yelling at hubby I thought it was negative, I had another look and sure enough the faint line was appearing! I was right. I just knew it this time.

I Knew I Was Pregnant

This is what I mean:

– I cried over something ludicrous on the telly with hubby and was laughing 2 seconds later. I also cried at work with my boss and was mortified; I was so angry though!

– I had a funny taste in my mouth (which I still have now). I didn’t get that last time until after week 6 but it started early.

– This random rash appeared around my nose and mouth and my lips were so sore. It looks like a red ring and there can be small spots. I have never had this properly assessed but Dr Google tells me it is called perioral dermatitis and can be triggered by hormones. I had it with the gremlin and sometimes when winter comes it triggers again. I was very suspicious when I was putting lashings of lipbalm on.

– I felt popping in my lower tummy. I knew of course this wasn’t the baby but I reckoned my guts were on the move ready for something to start growing.

– I was huge; bloated and HUGE! I think this lasted throughout the whole first trimester. I’m amazed at the lovely progesterone and how digestion is slowed so much so the bubba can absorb so much. Not so fond of the bloat and gas though!

– We had a couple of takeaway curries. I had a feeling when the takeaway curry urge kicked in, something was brewing!

– I broke out in spots on my chin. This isn’t normal for me at all. I had a funny feeling then, that I could be pregnant!

So the big fat positive this time wasn’t such a surprise. I had tonnes of signs.

What about you? Did you just “know”.



  1. An imperfect mum (Catie)
    May 2, 2016 / 6:39 am

    I had all the hormonal things too. I think I first noticed my boobs really hurting when I went up and down the stairs. I was really tired and over emotional too. I also got the weird metallic mouth taste, what’s with that? The lower ligament pain was worse with baby 2 & I was much bigger and showed much quicker. Hope you are doing well Hun

  2. May 2, 2016 / 7:28 am

    For me it’s all about the boobs. Both times they got massively sore really early on. With Monkey we got pregnant on the first month of trying so it was a bit unbelievable when I started getting symptoms. Second time round it was month 2 and again it was my boobs that told me haha backed up by the missed period. It’s amazing the things our body does and the changes we go through and the difference hormones make!

  3. May 2, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I didn’t know second time round, my mum worked it and she actually leant over when we were in a restaurant and said to me, “you are pregnant” I didn’t think I was but I got home and I did a test and lo and behold it was very early days but I was pregnant. I don’t know how she knew to this day! #marvmondays

  4. May 2, 2016 / 8:46 am

    I didn’t have a clue until at least three weeks after my period was due. I’d been on steroids which mess up my cycle so I wasn’t thinking ‘I’m pregnant’ at all until Hubs and I had gone to the cinema and I munched my way through a massive tub of sweet popcorn. I HATE sweet popcorn. We did a test the same day and the rest is history. 🙂

  5. May 2, 2016 / 9:06 am

    With my first, my eyes sight got really bad (water retention on the eyeballs is a thing!!!), my boobs were sore and I was really tired, so we had our suspicions after three months of trying, and we were right. With my second I had all the same signs, but because we had only tried once, I convinced myself it was all in my imagination. It wasn’t! #FartGlitter

  6. May 2, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Definitely the metallic taste in my mouth….and the chocolate cravings…oh wait…that’s now…So exciting for you. #fartglitter

    • May 5, 2016 / 4:09 am

      Oh…and here now in #bestandworst

  7. May 2, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I have been pregnant twenty times, so I am somewhat of a pro in noticing the signs, ha!! The first sign for me each time was niggling stomach cramps, as though my period was about to start but different. And then the hunger!! Always the hunger!!!! #MarvMondays

  8. May 2, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Interesting! It’s so strange how we just know isn’t it?
    With my third pregnancy {current} i didn’t have a positive until 16 days late. I knew I was pregnant but no positive tests! I am now 28 weeks

  9. May 2, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Nope, didn’t have a clue! But it was the first time I’d ever been pregnant so I didn’t know what I was looking out for. Weird how some people know and others don’t though.

  10. May 2, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Hi Sarah, we had a bar back then and we used to do full English breakfasts. One morning I noticed that the smell of the sausages cooking was turning my stomach (quite badly), I also had a funny taste in my mouth too, which made me suspect that I was pregnant and I was. The smell of meat cooking turned my stomach for most of my first pregnancy.


  11. Petite Library (@petitelibrary)
    May 2, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    It amazes me how varied pregnancies signs are, just like the births! Always lovely to hear how other mamas felt, So exciting, congrats. #MarvMondays

  12. May 2, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    This brings back so many memories I had quite forgotten that horrible metallic taste in your mouth. I hope all goes well with your pregnancy #MarvMondays

  13. May 2, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I’m not sure I read the signs but I did read the back of a medicine bottle I was about to take and decided to test myself. Thank goodness I did. Congratulations on the mini miracle.#MarvMondays

  14. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    May 3, 2016 / 1:28 am

    I didn’t. I tested waaaay early after IVF, thought it was a negative and then realized it was a squinter. I was already so bloated from the IVF drugs I didn’t notice any changes.


  15. May 3, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I couldn’t eat anything at my parents house on Christmas, and felt like I was going to pass out at work so I tested and it was positive. It was even on New Years Eve. Lol. It was a great way to end 2010.

  16. Kim (sisterkin)
    May 3, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Isn’t Mother Nature a funny old bird? Good luck with all the cravings and I hope the bloating disappears soon. #TwinklyTuesday

  17. May 3, 2016 / 7:18 am

    First time I just knew. My boobs. Oh my poor boobs!!! Second time I kept thinking I was when I wasn’t, then the boobs again…

  18. May 3, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Haha I hate curry but loved it pregnant! I kept getting told my son was a cyst as my tests were coming negative, but I knew too, I cant say how I just felt weird and tired and very hysterical. So they scanned and little cyst had a heartbeat lol, he showed them! #Fartglitter

  19. May 3, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I recently wrote a post just like this. First time around I just thought I had a bladder infection and was concerned because I’d had weird bleeding (that’s why I went to docs and she did a test ‘just in case’). This time I knew weeks before I took the test, my main one was bring ridiculously bloated and having boobs again for the first time since breastfeeding haha.xx #TwinklyTuesday

  20. May 3, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I didn’t ‘know’ the first time round either but I did the second time, which actually was the fourth time for us. By then I had learnt all the signs! #twinklytuesday

  21. May 3, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Yes!! I just had a feeling with Elarna, it wasn’t any symptoms as such I just had an inkling, weird isnit it 🙂 #marvmondays

  22. May 3, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Great post! With both of my pregancies, I did just ‘know’.
    I didnt really have any symptoms, apart from being a bit moody, but that normally happens around that time anyway haha!

    It’s weird how you just kind of know isn’t it?
    Sarah xx

  23. May 3, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Oh such a great post! I did have that feeling, and sort of knew i guess. I just felt different and i could tell my body was at about 4 week I started throwing up non stop and could smell everything.thanks for sharing.#TwinklyTuesday

  24. May 3, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Its so funny that you can have a different experience in terms of early symptoms but still know something is up. Really similar to you we did a test too early and it came out negative, only to do it 4/5 weeks later and find out it was positive. Before I did the second test, I already knew in my gut it would be positive as I had so many symptoms that gave it away – nausea, really sensitive to smell and an instatiable appetite! Its funny how sometimes you just know 🙂 Emily #TwinklyTuesday

  25. May 4, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Congratulations Sarah! I think if you are in touch with your body, you would notice the changes

  26. May 4, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Forgot to say I visited from #TwinklyTuesday

  27. Rach
    May 4, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Ah, this was an interesting read. To answer your question, no I didn’t really. I’d put my missed period down to the fact I’d taken the period delaying tablet the week before so didn’t think anything was up until I had a dodgy stomach so took a test and there was 2 lines!!! #bestandworst

  28. May 4, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Such a fun read. I can totally relate. Being sensitive was definitely a sign of pregnancy for me and I couldn’t help but chuckle a little that you cried in front of your boss. I remember welling up at work and as someone who isn’t a crier all I could think was ‘what’s my problem’ … oh yeah it was hormones 🙂 #BestAndWorst

  29. Fran Back With A Bump
    May 4, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Apart from the obvious “where’s my period?” I had a couple of headaches. We were on holiday in Portugal at the time and couldn’t find pregnancy tests there so had to wait until we got back! #bestandworst

  30. May 4, 2016 / 10:46 am

    It’s strange isn’t it?! It took us 2 years to conceive Sam so I had pretty much given up hope when we got a positive so had no idea I was pregnant at all. With this one though, I just woke up one morning and thought I had better test because I was pretty sure I was!! #bestandworst xx

  31. May 4, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Many moons ago when I thought I was pregnant I did kind of ‘know’. I was so, so tired all the time. The fatigue really hit me! #bestandworst

  32. May 4, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I convinced myself I was pregnant every month we tried (everything on google can be a pregnancy symptom!) when I finally was pregnant it was definitely my boobs that told me so – they were SO veiny and tender! Hope the pregnancy is going well and you are feeling good! Thanks for hosting ‘bestandworst

  33. May 4, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Back again 🙂 Thanks for hosting #Bestandworst

  34. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    May 4, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Wow! congratulations to you! well, with my two I always knew I was pregnant because of my signs, sickness and loads of sickness, so easy to tell lol. Anyway, I bet gremlin will be glad she will have a little sibling soon. #bestandworst

  35. May 4, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I knew when I was pregnant for the first time. Even though I took a pregnancy test, before I saw the result I just knew…even though I was still totally shocked to see the line! #bestandworst

  36. Charlene
    May 4, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I bent down to pick up some laundry and felt dizzy. It was such a typical preggo sign that I did a test a week early and got my two big fat ones. In fairness I’ve been sure I was pregnant before so it’s not saying much #bestandworst

  37. May 4, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I cried at work too but I really felt like I needed to. Those hormones take over us! I had no idea either time, less the second time. I hoped it would be a positive result and my heart raced at the second line but I really was unsure what that test would tell me. I love hearing other people’s stories though everyone has their own unique one. I’ve never made this known on my blog but we lost a baby, very early on, before I fell pregnant with either of my little babe’s now. I knew 100 percent I was pregnant that time but I didn’t the following times. Thanks for hosting! Xx

  38. May 5, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    It took us a while to put the obvious signs together. Tired all the time, sleep by 9pm, feeling nauseated…*facepalm*


  39. May 6, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Iv’e heard people say this before too. I think with Megs I knew because I put off confirming it with the test for about 10 days ahha , but the others, it really was waiting until no period came. I think its hard because the early signs for me are pretty similar to that of periods so I am never quite sure if its coming or if its baby! x #bestandworst

  40. May 7, 2016 / 10:10 am

    It’s crazy how much symptoms can vary! My periods are like clockwork to be honest, so when I realised I was a week overdue I had a pretty good idea. And then the sickness started from week 6, so the beginning of the pregnancy was definitely the worst part for me (apart from the final two weeks of being huge!!) #bestandworst x

  41. May 8, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    With my first pregnancy I also took the test too early & it was negative, but I was pregnant, and the one a week later was positive. I was three months pregnant second time, when I took a test just in case because I had been sick so long, so no I didn’t know! (But then I was using contraception, my first child was only 6 months and exclusively breastfed – being pregnant seemed unlikely even with the sickness!) #marvmondays

    • May 9, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Back from #bestandworst

  42. May 9, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    The first time round it was the missed perio, the second time the tiredness and funny abdominal pains. The third time round I just had a feeling, even though we hadn’t been trying.