How I Just Knew I Was Pregnant Before Ever Taking a Test or Having a Missed Period, including round ligament pain
Before I got pregnant myself, I would have told you that these women who say they just had this "feeling" they were pregnant were crazy. I would have said that there is no way to confirm a pregnancy without taking a test, getting a positive result, etc.
However, then I had somewhat of an experience of my own..
First off, like I've already said, I just felt pregnant. I had been trying to conceive and had previously been disappointed every passing month when my period would arrive. But some kind of nicking in the back of my brain just told me Aunt Flow wasn't going to visit me this time around. I couldn't explain it, I just knew.
As I was heading into work one morning, I felt very, very, VERY nauseous. Sure enough, I did get sick. Most baby books will say that you can't have morning sickness that soon, but I have no other explanation for it. I hadn't ate any bad Chinese that I could remember, I hadn't been around anyone with a stomach virus, yet I threw up every morning for about a week, and felt fine the rest of the day. (The sickness didn't come again until about ten weeks in, and stuck with me well into my second trimester.)
Some women, like myself, experience EXTREME bouts of prolonged morning sickness. This can cause weight loss during pregnancy, and is known by the term 'hyperemesis gravidarum'. (Check out the hub I wrote on my own case of HG).
Finally, as I was shopping for my wedding dress one day, I reached over and picked a dress off the rack. Instantly I felt as if I had pulled every muscle in my stomach that I had, and doubled over in pain. I was sore for the rest of the day. (Looking back now, I can only assume this was caused by round ligament pain.)
I took pregnancy tests but they all came out negative. It had only been two weeks since I had my period, though, and the dollar store brand tests I was using didn't pick it up. It didn't matter, though. I knew in my heart what was going on.
Finally, five days into what should have been my period, I took a test and sure enough, as soon as I put the magic pee on the stick, that little plus sign appeared. My mother (yes, she was in the room... we are the definition of 'close') couldn't figure out what I was freaking out about, as she was reading the test wrong. That's another story for another time, though.