Now I ‘knew’ I was pregnant right from the get-go. About a week before my first positive test I started getting an abundance of symptoms that were way too early to even be period symptoms. It was painful trying to hold of on testing even though the symptoms felt so strong. Obviously pregnancy and period symptoms can be very similar or exactly the same so you never really have any clear signs but I just felt like ‘I was’. I’m actually now 18 weeks and have announced my pregnancy online! I wrote this post back when I was just 4 weeks along in this pregnancy, but here are all the pregnancy symptoms I had in the 2 weeks wait between ovulation and a positive pregnancy test! I thought I should mention the only early symptom I remember from my first pregnancy with Theodore was super achy boobs, but this time I’ve felt much more in tune with my body.
Backache started in my lower back about a week and a half before my due period. So I was around 6 days post ovulation. My back can hurt running up to my period but doesn’t usually appear until I’m just a couple days off. The pain itself actually felt more intense than it ever did on the run-up to my period, which was definitely something big I noticed.
Again, started around 6 days past ovulation (waaaay too early to be period symptoms). I usually always get sore boobs around ovulation and periods so this wasn’t a massive sign to me UNTIL one boob started hurting SO much more than the other, and the boob that happened to hurt the most (and look the most different!) was the one and only boob I ever successfully fed Theodore from (the other boob never worked…ha!).
Going to the Toilet A LOT
I’ve never been one for peeing, a couple of times a day and I’m done. But multiple times an hour?! Not normal for me any time of the month. And each time I went I was emptying a full bladder in the space of 15 minutes of each other. This must be the first thing Bradley and other family members noticed. A lot of toilet trips! Especially because usually I can go most the day.
Cramps that came randomly, and that all lasted for different amounts of time. Usually, for me, period cramps were longish dull pains but some of these were quick, sharp and intense. These started appearing around 7 days past ovulation, so definitely in the right time frame for implantation. These have been coming and going still at 4 weeks and I expect them to carry on for a little while longer.
Yet another thing that is usually a period symptoms for me but that appeared much earlier. Some large angry spots seemed to appear around 8 days past ovulation which again surprised me as I’m used to appearing spots just a day or so before my due period.
I’m not too sure if this was pregnancy-related or perhaps just life related but I was having some headaches that lasted days or that felt so much heavier than headaches I’ve had in the past. I don’t get headaches linked to my period so this was another new symptom that puzzled me.
I’d heard about cold/flu symptoms being a biggie with early pregnancy symptoms because your body is too busy during implantation to find time to look after itself. I would get a sore throat one day, sniffly nose the next, but they never came out as full-blown colds which I found odd.
I had waves of sickness and dizzy spells from around 6 days past ovulation, some days would be fine, others would be awful. I’m still experiencing this now at 4 weeks but I’m yet to actually run to the toilet.
I occasionally have heartburn from time to time, usually when I’ve gone to bed after just eating something. But I’ve been having random bursts of heartburn throughout the days from around 8 days past ovulation. The type that slowly creeps up your chest, into your throat and makes your eyes water.
These were my big tell-tell signs that I was pregnant way before my positive test. I managed to get a positive result firstly on a cheap internet test on 31st October 2019, and my period wasn’t due until the 5th of November. You can see from the images that it was actually a pretty clear positive too which appeared straight away. I then tested the next couple of days to double-check the line was getting stronger and thankfully it did. The NHS website has a whole list of early pregnancy symptoms as well if you’d like to look at some more, though I feel like I suffered from everyone on the list.
Did you know you were pregnant before your positive test? Or are you holding out hope to what your feeling now is the sign of early pregnancy? I know trying to conceive can be difficult and that negative results are disheartening. I’ve definitely been one to think and pray period symptoms are pregnancy ones, I’ve definitely been one to have my heartbroken when my period shows up.