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Pregnancy Symptoms: How I Found Out I Was Pregnant
When I was in my early twenties, I wanted a baby so bad. I had a good job and a great guy who I knew would make a great father. Every month I thought I was pregnant. When you want something so bad, your mind will have you really feeling like you're pregnant. Most of my friends got pregnant in High School. I considered myself lucky back then, but here I was 22 years old and begging to get pregnant. I guess it wasn't the right time or the right guy.
Years past as well as relationships. Within those years I still wanted a baby and I was doing the things to make that happen, but it never did.
By the time I reached 30, both of my sister's had three kids each. My friends had growing beautiful families, but I had yet to be blessed with a child. By then I was over trying to get pregnant. After helping take care of my neice and nephews, I was okay with being by myself. Those kids were bad and I didn't want one anymore. I became okay with not being a mother. I wasn't prepared anyway. I lost that good job, I had to move back home and the good guys were all gone.
Fast forward three years and I was 33. I got me another job, it wasn't as good as the other one, but it paid the bills. I started dating another guy and he was nothing compared to the great guy I had in my twenties. I wasn't looking for a serious relationship and neither was he. I never took birth control and there were sometimes when we didn't use any contraceptives. I know, stupid being that we weren't exclusive. Things happen and people do dumb things. Pregnancy was not on my worry list at all. This guy was not Mr. Right at all, he was Mr. Right Now. God has a funny way of showing you whose the Boss. You may want what you want when you want it, but that doesn't mean you're going to get it. My Mama always said, "God may not come when you want him, but he's always on time."
First Signs Of Pregnancy
Keep in mind at this point I didn't know that I was pregnant. It really didn't cross my mind at all. Here are some of the first signs that I was pregnant.
- I would feel light headed and a little dizzy. This feeling wouldn't go away until I ate something.
- I could sleep forever and I probably would have if I didn't have to work. I couldn't get enough sleep and I would fall asleep really quick. That's not me at all. I'm one of those people who has to watch TV until I gradually fall asleep.
- I would get chills out of nowhere. I could never get warm.
- I kept a slight fever. Even though I felt Cold, my body by touch was so warm.
- I had this weird feeling in the bottom of my stomach, near my pelvic area. Right in the middle I would get an irritating feeling. It kind of felt like that feeling you get after doing crunches. A dull ache is a better way to describe it. It didn't feel like cramps.
- Missed period of course, but my period would go missing in action all the time. I never had regular periods. I have gone five months without a period and my gynecologist chalked it up to stress.
After all these symptoms I still never thought I was pregnant. I called my sister and I told her my symptoms and I said, "Girl I think I got Diabetes!"
I was so scared. Our Mom had Diabetes and passed away in 2007 from complications with it. I was terrified. My sister then asks, "You think you might be pregnant?" My bottom lip hit the floor. I felt so stupid.
I bought a pregnancy test and took it. I bought only one because, I had taken so many pregnancy test in the past and all came back negative. So I figured if this one comes out positive it's right. There's no second guessing it. I took the test and. I didn't have to wait the alloted 2 minutes or so. As soon as I peed on the stick two lines popped up and those were strong lines. There was no doubt. I was pregnant. I called up and schedule my first appointment with my OB/GYN. They gave me a pregnancy test as well and confirmed it. The doctor gave me an ultrasound and informed me that I was six weeks pregnant. I heard my baby's heartbeat and it all became real to me. I was about to be a mother.
My body started changing rapidly after I found out I was pregnant. The first five months went by smoothly.
Morning Sickness - I never had morning sickness. I hate throwing up so maybe that's why. I don't do breakfast either and a lot of women suffer from morning sickness after they eat breakfast. Some have morning sickness so bad, it last all day for the first couple of months of pregnancy.
Cravings - I craved oranges, Turkey and tomato sandwiches and salt and vinegar potato chips. That was pretty much my meal every day.
Headaches - I had some of the worst headaches and around that time they had stripped Tylenol from the shelves. It was bad.
Bleeding Gums - When I would brush my teeth, my gums would bleed so bad and it wouldn't stop with just one rinse. They would bleed off and on during the day.
Painful Gums - My gums would swell and cause me a lot I pain when eating.
Frequent Urination - This is not an exaggeration at all. Your bathroom trips triple when you're pregnant. Your growing Uterus is weighing on your bladder. The bigger you get, the more you need to go.
Cramps - I would get bad cramps from time to time. The type of cramps you get at the start of your period.
Spotting - I spotted more in the early stages of my pregnancy. During my whole pregnancy I had really light spotting off and on. Anything more than a spot of blood should be checked immediately by your doctor.
Weight Gain - I lost weight, which was great for me, but not good for the baby. The extra hormones in my body working overtime to grow my baby caused me to loose a couple pounds here and there. I didn't have a huge appetite during my pregnancy either, but my Baby was still healthy. Don't worry, I picked up those pounds that I lost as well as a few I didn't ask for after my pregnancy.
Overall I had a good pregnancy. There were some scares here and there, but my good days truly outweighed my bad.
Stages Of Pregnancy
He Is My Everything!
Me And My Baby
All pregnancies are different. My symptoms may not be the same as yours. If you are pregnant, I send blessings for a healthy happy Baby. If you're like I was in my twenties and want a baby right now, don't worry you'll get pregnant when you least expect it. Stressing about it will not make it happen any faster. There's a reason for everything. Just remember, God may not come when you want him, but he's always on time.