It came on like rolling up a tube of toothpaste. I was standing in my shower when a wave of energy started in my feet and came all the way up my body. Swirling around in my stomach, I felt the nausea come on suddenly, as it moved through the rest of my body. I could feel it from my toes to my fingers with such intensity that I had a migraine in minutes. I had never had a migraine before and wasn’t sure if it was the cause of the nausea or the other way around.
This was the first sign that let me know I was pregnant.
One friend of mine described waking up thinking, “Oh crap, I’m sick.” She said she was extremely lethargic with no energy. Her breasts started swelling almost immediately. For her, early pregnancy tests were still coming up negative. Another friend said that she started noticing a sensitivity to food and smells, but didn’t have many of the other symptoms.
Some of the first signs of pregnancy:
Fatigue or feeling lethargic
Nausea with or without vomiting
Swelling or tenderness of the breasts
Aversion to smells and or food. “Super smeller”
Different Food cravings
Shortness of breath
Lower back pain
Last but not least – A positive pregnancy test
Although these symptoms vary in length and severity for all of us, these are normally the first signs of pregnancy. Some of us will have all of these symptoms and some of us will have very few. Some of the symptoms can easily be mistaken as a sign of PMS as they are regular monthly changes that we all go through.
My OB/GYN told me that many women never notice many symptoms, such as shortness of breath. Some women have several children and never get morning sickness. While the less fortunate majority experience morning sickness start as early as 4 weeks along (normally closer to 6-8 weeks along).
If you are just learning you are pregnant, congratulations! This is the beginning of a wonderful journey. Somehow there can be a contradiction of being really ill and knowing something really beautiful is happening inside of you.
Erin McCormick is the mother of a two year old son. After graduating from the University of Washington, she was a successful commercial real estate professional for 13 years. The birth of her son introduced a profound new life chapter, and she fell in love with solely being a mother. Deciding to help other moms-to-be through the joys and woes of pregnancy, the morningsicknessinfo.org site seemed like a great place to start. Erin experienced tremendously bad morning sickness throughout her entire fist trimester and a physically difficult pregnancy.