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The One Symptom That Always Told Me I Was Pregnant

By Danielle Sullivan |

 pregnancy symptoms, what to expect when you're expecting, pregnancy bible, pregnancy signs, first signs of pregnancy

My beloved coffee suddenly turned to liquid pennies.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I bought a copy of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and consulted it daily. I’d see exactly at what point of pregnancy I was at, and then read ahead to see where I was going. I read all those worst case scenarios and signs of what to expect should something go wrong, but they never scared me. I have always felt that the more information, the better.

I especially liked the pregnancy symptoms section because while I was a little more tired than usual and had headaches, it wasn’t anything that was unusual, or couldn’t be written off as PMS. One day, however, I grabbed a cup of morning coffee and everything changed.

It tasted funny, or more specifically like tin. I threw it out and figured it was  just a bad cup of coffee. But it happened again with anything I drank or ate, even water. Especially water.

It was about the same time that I realized I was late and took a pregnancy test. I immediately got the book and was relieved to read that a metallic taste is a very common pregnancy sign. It only lasted a few weeks, and didn’t occur every day. While I had no idea what this was in my first pregnancy, I knew immediately the second time around- even before taking any pregnancy test.

In my subsequent pregnancies, the minute,  and I mean the minute I had that strange sensation that I was sucking on a penny, I immediately knew I was pregnant. I didn’t even need a pregnancy test, I was so sure. It was that one sign that I knew for me was proof positive. Even while writing this, I am summoning up that queasy feeling.

One friend told me she gets a strange pelvic pain on one side about the time her period should come and she feels this is the fertilized eggs implanting itself. Another friend says that when newly pregnant, she cannot make it through the day without a nap and she knows she’s pregnant without a doubt when she falls asleep sitting up (she has four kids).

What about you? Do you have a bodily symptom that immediately tells you that you’re pregnant (other than the obvious missed period)? Did you experience the same early pregnancy symptoms each time you were pregnant?

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “The One Symptom That Always Told Me I Was Pregnant

  1. Tania says:

    I had that metallic taste too! Unfortunately for me I got it about a week before my period was due. The pregnancy tests came back negative. And until my doctor’s appointment to confirm the pregnancy, I was worried that something else was wrong with me. I was so relieved when I got the good news.

  2. La Rêveuse says:

    My dog knows. She starts acting weird and over-protective, and even attacks other dogs who come near me. This has happened three times, before the test even turned positive.

    I think I should rent her out.

  3. mama b says:

    My two pregnancies were so vastly different. First was a girl, no morning sickness but felt hungover for weeks on end and just wanted a nap. As soon as that first tri was over I felt amazing, like the most gorgeous glowing pregnant woman ever. Second, boy…..I turned into a vegan for over 2 months, the smell of most everything made me want to puke and I felt like I wanted to die most of the pregnancy. As soon as my son was out I was like LET me eat, I hadn’t had an appetite the entire tire, I forced myself to eat because I had to. Blech. It was awful, I hated most of his pregnancy.

  4. Danielle Sullivan says:

    @Tania That’s exactly what I thought the first time around!
    @La Rev That is fascinating! What breed is your dog? I love dogs- they are so in tuned with us owners.
    @Mama B I had more sickness and nausea with my son than my daughters too, but was able to eat. Yours sounds pretty rough.

  5. Shannon Pollard says:

    I had heartburn from right after conception. I have never had heartburn in my life. I took a pregnancy test came back negative, waited a week and it came back positive. I had the worst heartburn no matter what I ate or drank the entire pregnancy. Once my son was born, no more heartburn! :)

  6. CF says:

    Breast pain. About 24 hrs after implantation, I cried when I put my bra on and when I took it off. It was so painful!

    I was only mildly nauseous my first trimester… But when I hit 14 weeks, my body rebelled and threw everything it could at me. I lost 7lbs in two weeks and had to go on Zofran until 3 weeks AFTER delivery.

  7. Cecily says:

    I’m on my fourth pregnancy, and I knew the moment I had a plate of eggs and felt queasy afterward that I was pregnant. I was right! Every time I’ve been pregnant, I’ve always gone off eggs.

  8. Ariel says:

    I’m in my first pregnancy currently and for about 2-3 weeks before I realized I was pregnant I had the most excruciating leg pain whenever I was on my feet for more than an hour. I later found out that leg pain is a rare early pregnancy symptom. It lasted until half way through my first trimester. I have a feeling that leg pain might end up being my pregnancy indicator in the future.

  9. Monica says:

    With this being my 5th pregnancy, the obvious sign was a late period. Before that though, I started to feel really tired and wanting to sleep. Also, just like one of the other posts, my Rottweiler would just not leave me alone (still doesn’t). She wants to lay in the bed, or at least at the foot of the bed close by me, like she has to protect the little life inside me:)

  10. Elley says:

    This is my first pregnancy and I barely found out today one thing though that i noticed is THIRST!!!!! It’s as if I drank a whole vodka bottle the night before its a thirst that no matter what I drink it doesn’t go away!

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