Pregnancy Symptoms: What Did You Notice First?

Pregnancy symptoms don’t officially show up until you miss your period. But I swear I noticed something strange much, much earlier. Like, after conception. I know it sounds crazy. It does to me too, especially as I’ve been writing about pregnancy for almost ten years now and have never seen anything about this. But when people ask what my first pregnancy symptom was, this is what comes to mind:

We decided to start trying for a baby at the tail end of our delayed honeymoon. We were in an apartment in Rome, went out for a winey lunch, came home, and uh, started trying. Later that night, I woke up at some crazy hour…because my breasts were all weirdly tingly.

It was a totally bizarre feeling, like they were buzzing with energy in a way I have never felt before or since. I didn’t know what to make of it at the time.  But two weeks later, the real pregnancy symptoms started. I had the cramps and swollen boobs, but I just thought it was about my period. The first big tell was smell sensitivity. In fact, this is how my mom determined that I was pregnant, although I hadn’t told her yet. I took my pregnancy test while I was away from home and wanted some time with my husband before breaking the news to my family.  She picked me up from the airport and I came off the airplane complaining about the smell of everything, from the food to the lady putting on nail polish in the seat behind me. (I’m still complaining about that one…Who puts on nail polish in an airplane?)

I also felt incredibly tired. I didn’t start feeling sick until a few weeks later, when I’d already been to the OB. At this point pregnancy tests are so accurate, a positive pregnancy test is often the first “sign” of pregnancy.But below are the most common first symptoms of pregnancy…which showed up first for you?

Early Pregnancy Symptoms:


Sore or tender breasts

Swollen breasts

Implantation bleeding (spotting or light bleeding around the time your period is due)

Sensitivity to smell

Increased vaginal discharge

Missed period



Frequent urination

Darkening of areolas

Food cravings or aversions

Did you feel anything different that wasn’t on this list? Or am I the only one?

photo: Esparta/flickr

Article Posted 7 years Ago

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