9 Early Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Mistake for Something Else

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small bellyEveryone was pretty shocked after hearing that Halle Berry is pregnant with her second child at the age of 46 -- but it sounds like no one was quite as surprised as her.

She was so stunned, in fact, that Halle thought she had kidney stones when she went to the doctor to see what was going on. And even though I've never had a kidney stone, I can totally relate to what Halle went through. Like her, I was pretty dumbfounded when I found out that the abdominal pain I was experiencing was due to the fact that I was pregnant.

It was roughly a week after I conceived, and I had the strangest pain in my lower mid-section. It felt like really awful cramps, which I attributed to food poisoning or a bad case of indigestion. Looking back, however, odds are good that I was experiencing implantation pain, which could be what Halle's "kidney stone" discomfort was as well. (Or maybe it was something else. I'm no medical expert.)

It's funny how early signs and symptoms of pregnancy seem to mimic other ailments, so it's easy to see where women assume they are sick -- not pregnant.

In addition to pain you think might be from kidney stones or food poisoning and/or indigestion, here are seven more pregnancy symptoms that can easily be mistaken for something else.

  1. Mood swings -- Your hormones go wild after conception, so it's very easy to attribute irritability and mood swings to PMS while awaiting Aunt Flow's arrival. (Of course, when she doesn't show up, you'll know you were wrong.)
  2. Dizziness -- I know this sounds extreme, but a friend of mine's husband was convinced she had a brain tumor when she started having sudden dizzy spells. Turns out it was a daughter, not a tumor.
  3. Missed period -- I have a friend in her late 40s who didn't get her period, and figured she was going through menopause. Needless to say, she wasn't.
  4. Morning sickness -- This one is a huge source of confusion, because it works both ways. How many times have you puked and had someone ask if you're preggo? And how many times has it turned out to be the stomach bug instead?
  5. Fatigue -- Feeling miserable. Listlessness. And not having the energy to get out of bed. Yep, you probably just have the flu. Or not.
  6. Stuffiness and headaches -- An aching head and/or congestion is sometimes sign of pregnancy, so this is another one that can fool ya. Especially if the symptoms hit in winter.
  7. Bloating -- You know how you feel like your belly is expanding and twisting and you assume you have really bad gas? You might be feeling your uterus stretching.

Did you think you had some other ailment when in reality you were pregnant?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup yup. Had a productive cough, temps, aches, lost several pounds....continued being nauseated at night, thought it was my cough that stuck around for a few weeks after all other symptoms were gone aaaaand here I am nursing that virus as I type. Haha! I really did have a virus but the nausea was not from the lingering cough. Love this new baby!

jaznrich jaznrich

I thought I had a bladder infection because all the sudden I had to pee a lot.

linzemae linzemae

My boobs killed! I told a friend either I was pregnant or about to have the worst period of my life

femal... femaleMIKE

I thought I was about to get my period any moment.  I even yelled at it to "hurry up and come" then I begged it to stop torturing me.  I was pregnant!

Daisy... Daisy1984

My first pregnancy symptom from my first child was carpal tunnel. I had attributed it to my new job, although I thought it was odd. Then found out I was pregnant and didn't realize that it's what caused the carpal tunnel until it stuck around for the whole pregnancy and some after. And then of course I had it again with my third child (they were both boys, my daughter was not that brutal to me.).

Mandy Cochran

I am one who doesn't go to the doctors. If I'm not bleeding profusly or obviously dieing, I will stitch it up and go on with my life.  But just before I found out I was pregnant, I was feeling horrible. I waited for over a month wondering if it was a bug of some sort that my body needed to kick, and upon talking to the doctor it was determined that I had a sinus infection. Ha ha jokes on you doc! I was actually four months along with our son.

nonmember avatar Kia Davis

Strange symptoms I had was that my nose got really stuffy I thought it was just my allergies then I was at work and smelled someones lunch and instantly wanted to puke but I blew that off because I'm sensitive to smells anyway. I had some spotting which I figured was my cycle trying to get right because I had a D&E a few months prior due to a miscarriage but that turned out to be implantation bleeding. What had me take a test was that I had I'm sorry T.M.I explosive diarrhea out of nowhere!! I was out shopping at Kmart it was a beautiful day, I felt great I didn't eat anything strange then out of nowhere my stomach started rumbling and I was running to the bathroom!! As soon as I left the bathroom I bought a pregnancy test. I went home took the test and those two pink lines instantly came up super dark! Well, my just a "stuffy nose" we'll be the big 1 on Mother's Day!!

Lehcar Uaedan

Nose bleeds, both times I was pregnant

Elizabeth Clark Beasley

I was originally told bad case of flu, then was told I had an ulcer, was so stinking sick turned out my gal bladder mixed with pregnancy was not a good idea


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