One of my most frequently googled phrases during my pre-TTC and TTC days was “early pregnancy symptoms.” It’s nearly impossible to not symptom spot, and we all just want to have a tiny peek inside to know if our body is making a baby or not. With that in mind and acknowledging that no two people or two pregnancies are the same, I thought I would share my early, early pregnancy symptoms.
Intuition: Not Pregnant
1 DPO – No symptoms
2 DPO – No symptoms
3 DPO – Bloated, tired, & headache
4 DPO – Diarrhea (TMI- sorry), headache, & heartburn
5 DPO – Bloated, cramps, & tired
6 DPO – Tired
7 DPO – no symptoms
8 DPO – no symptoms
9 DPO – Backache & tender breasts
10 DPO – Very tired (slept until 11:30 a.m.), back ache, headache, & tender breasts. Negative pregnancy test.
11 DPO – Very tired again, backache, cramps, & headache. Very light positive on FRER and positive digital test.
12 DPO – Very tired again, tender breasts & pretty crampy, particularly on my right side.
13 and 14 DPO – Same symptoms. I was very aware of my abdomen. The cramps felt a little bit like period cramps only not quite as painful, though I occasionally had sharper pains.
In the week that followed, I continued to be very tired (still am for that matter) and have some on and off cramping. I was only queasy occasionally, and I never threw up during the first two weeks post-BFP. Looking back, I think most of my symptoms prior to 9 DPO were just life symptoms and not related to my pregnancy. I’m guessing I implanted at 7 or 8 DPO. Then my symptoms really started manifesting, but I was just too convinced that I wasn’t pregnant to notice. :)
One of my big questions pre-BFP was how to know if I was tired enough to check the “fatigue” box on my Fertility Friend app. My pregnancy fatigue feels like when I had mono. I’m tired in a body achey, can’t stay awake to save my life, might cry if I can’t take a nap soon kind of way. Some days are better than others, and I am fairly unaffected by fatigue, but other days, it is a struggle to not fall asleep at my desk and I go to sleep for the night as soon as I eat dinner. In hind sight, I was putting “fatigue” down in FF too often when I was just really tired from my busy life. I would say to generally look for being notably more tired than usual. For instance, I slept in really late two days in a row when I normally can’t sleep past 8:30.
For those of you who have already gotten a BFP, what were your early symptoms?