Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How To Tell If You're Pregnant

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The weather is nice and warm here in down south USA and you know what that brings? A whole slew of my girlfriends are all preggos and making my stomach all aflutter with phantom baby kicks (those are real I don't care what anyone says!) So I think we should play a little game. Here are a few things that I have heard over the years that may be old wives tales or actual scientifically confirmed natural ways that you can use to figure out if you are indeed in the family way.

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Here they are...

  • If you suddenly have a really vamped up production of saliva. Like if you are spitting for what seems like round the clock, 24/7 then you may be pregnant.
  • Your body will automatically have a strong instinct to protect the growing bebe so if you feel threatened in any way shape or form, like someone comes too close to your belly your hand will automatically go up to protect your belly. My husband and I used this method to figure out if I was pregnant with our 2nd and he pretended to punch me in the belly (sounds crazier when I say it out loud) and sure enough my hand went straight to my belly and sure enough we had a baby girl around 8 months later.
  • Super sensitive boobahs. This can get tricky because they get the same way around PMS time. So this only applies if you have missed a period and suspect you may be pregnant.
  • Super thirst. I mean like you feel like you just walked through the dessert so long that you would crack open a cactus just to see what's inside. I would feel like I needed an I.V. of H2O attached to my arm at all times.
  • "The Hunger". Now this was a term affectionately used in our house through my pregnancies. It was my insatiable appetite for anything edible and it would strike at all hours of the day or night. It started even before I realized I was pregnant and my husband says that secretly that is how he knew I was pregnant. I am usually a pretty nutritious eater but when I started asking for sweet relish on nearly everything I wanted to eat, that's when I started to go "hmm..."
  • Mood swings. Also happens when PMS rears its ugly head, but due to the crazy jumbled up mess of hormonal surges you will experience, this is something you will have to deal with. I say to have a list of nice things to do to make up for the Beast you may become to all loved ones within a 3 foot radius of you. Such as "Make husband a nice dessert." "Take mom out to lunch." These things will surely make up for the "I don't care if the store is closed, I want that ice cream even if you have to drive across state lines to get it!" or "I think telling me that twins ran in the family was a nice thing to know 9 MONTHS AGO MOM!" sayings that might just pop up now and again.
Now remember, if most all of these things are happening at that same exact time then by all means you should be it a.s.a.p. But if only one or two things are happening then maybe wait it out and see if you are just being impatient with your monthly "frienemy".

So I shared my thoughts on how you can tell if you are pregnant or not, how about you guys? What have you heard are tell tale signs you may be pregnant?

My best,


Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

These signs are all so true! I think all pregnant women get signs on some level some are just in tune with their bodies.

Lynn said...

Teresha - yup, yup! It's crazy when you look at it all on paper that our bodies can sometimes know something before we do. It's crazy man, crazy...

My best, Lynn

Anonymous said...

Hello Lynn,
I am 34 yrs old think I possibly could be pregnant. I have had ghost pregnancies before but this time I have been having a nagging pain in my right side near or in front of my hip. It is most painful in the morning or when I turn over suddenly in my sleep. It is also painful to walk up stairs. The longer the day progresses the worse the pain can get to the point I can barely make it upstairs to go to bed. I did research on the pain & other then the nagging pain nothing else seems to fit. No fever no tenderness to touch or anything. Some reviews point to the movement of you pelvic bones but I don't want to get my hopes up. Any advice would much appreciated & I truly would be restful.
Thank you in advance.

Ginger Clark said...

Hello Lynn,

My name is Melanie & I was the one that made the above anonymous comment. I truly need your advice as I have had so many ghost pregnancies that I don't want to get my hopes up anymore. Since my comment I am still having pain. It gets worse as the day goes on until I put a hot towel on my hip which helps only a little in the evening time. I am now 2 days late and for the past 4 months or so I have been either 3 days late or 4 days early (which is very usual for me.)... Sigh... Please Lynn can you help me. I want to believe that I may have gotten my prayer answered but I have been disappoi t so many times before. Thank you very much!

Amanda Phelps said...

Melanie it is possible you have an ovarian cyst. My daughter has problems with them often. Best bet is to be checked out by your dr and soon. ;-)

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I hope that i am expecting, i had sex about 4 weeks ago but a week after i had sex i came on my monthly. And at first it was very very light and then after while it got really really heavy. After my monthly i was okay and didnt think i was pregnant any more. But now these last few days i've been feelinn like i am pregnant i have had really bad headaches, when i touch my nipple it feels like a paper cut, and then i feel sick but nothing comes up. I really dont have an appetite and when i do eat something it taste like pure salt every thing i eat. I want some thing to drink every second. I get dizzy very easily. I wake up with this nasty taste in my mouth. I pee alot more my lower stomach is hard when i stand up i get tired all the time and i have lower back aches. My feet are swollen a little bit. Sorry i said all but can any one help me or shed some light on this please

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I believe my body is telling me something due to the sensitive pain like my breast have been swollen since November my lower back is always killing me I'm always craving to eat Spanish food and I have to always urinate every 20 min I have a hard time with bowel movement and from time to time I feel little heart beats but I'm not sure if I am pregnant I really hope I am

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