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Period Watch, August Edition

By Nichole |

This is the time of the month when my mind and body begin playing tricks on me.

I’m due to start my period in two days.


…my breasts are tender and swollen.

…I’m bloated and up a few pounds.

…my abdomen is achy with dull cramps.

…I’m exhausted.

…I’m alternately weepy and crabby.

All signs of pregnancy, but …

…all signs of my impending period as well.

Early in each of my pregnancies, I didn’t know that I was pregnant until I saw the results on the home pregnancy tests.

My symptoms were exactly as the have been for every period of my life.

And it is at this point in each and every cycle when my lost hope returns, only to be dashed when my period arrives.

But during these few days, my mind wonders what if and I start making bargains with the universe.

I would give nearly anything to be pregnant.

If my period arrives this month, as I’m nearly certain it will, I’m booking a beach vacation.

Because these swollen breasts? Will easily fill a bikini top.

What were your earliest pregnancy signs? When did you know that you were pregnant? Did you suspect before you even tested?

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About Nichole



Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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11 thoughts on “Period Watch, August Edition

  1. Diana @Hormonal Imbalances says:

    Boobs. That was a sign I had while the test still said positive. That and just feeling off.

    GOOD LUCK and so many thoughts and prayers coming from this side of the internet world!!

  2. Suz @ Suz's Treats says:

    Oh Nichole, all my thoughts & prayers are hoping that you’re having early pregnancy signs! Hope you get that positive test soon & AF stays far far away.

  3. angela says:

    Boobs and being super tired for me. Also, I KNEW every time. Of course, I also KNEW I was the months that I wasn’t; I’m blindingly optimistic that way. So I will also believe that you are for now. Book a vacation no matter what :) I’ll bet you are the cutest pregnant babe ever :) xoxo

  4. Sherri says:

    Oh sweetie, I’m crossing my fingers about your boobs…and all those other classic symptoms that we hope are pointing that direction!

  5. charmedvalerie says:

    I get a weird feeling down there like I have UTI or something. It ONLY happens when I’m pregnant and after trying for over a year it finally happened again at 10 DPO (after I swore to never test until a missed period). I’ve got my fingers crossed for you Nichole!

  6. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger says:

    Those few days are the worst, and I can imagine how torturous for you. When I got pregnant with C, I thought I was the month before, and was sure I wasn’t when I actually was. I really had no symptoms at all. I sort of thought I might be this month, but nope. Sigh. I will send all my leftover hope your way.

  7. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation says:

    Hahahha!! Love it! Those boobies filling out a bikini!

    That was a HUGE sign for me..the boobs.

    Sending you ++++++++++++++ energy!

  8. Stasha says:

    I honestly had no idea I was pregnant. My husband knew before I did.

    But thinking back? I had horrific lower back pain. Like OMG I can’t get up out of my chair back pain.

    Amazingly, my boobs never really bothered me.

  9. Brianna says:

    I never get PMS or any symptoms of an impending period and I had nothing like that before my BFP BUT starting at 8 DPO I noticed my sense of smell was very strong. That, and my chart was going triphasic so even though I thought, “Nah, couldn’t be,” (I was actually in the midst of initial testing for fertility issues) lo and behold on when I tested at 10 DPO… Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  10. 2bkate says:

    Sending good vibes

  11. Sara says:

    Starting cycle day 23: nausea at night. Getting up to pee when I had never needed to before. Ovarian pain.

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