Whether you're actually trying to get pregnant or are really hoping you're not, each month can present a whole lot of guessing, speculation, and watching out for the classic early pregnancy symptoms. The problem is, those symptoms are anything but concrete.
When there's so much emotion involved in something this monumental, it can be easy to imagine that you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms. I know when I was trying for years to get pregnant, I spent hours perusing lists of symptoms and comparing them to how I was feeling. I was convinced pretty much every month for two years straight that I was pregnant, though month after month I wasn't.
Two children later, I still find myself doing a slightly scaled down but more panic-filled version of this every month even though now I adamantly do NOT want be pregnant.
Either way it's a frantic game that we shouldn't really bother playing until we have confirmation on a pregnancy stick. But who can resist? Here are five early pregnancy symptoms it's easy to imagine you have.
1. Sore boobs
If you poke them often enough checking to see if they're sore, they actually get sore. Also, this is a classic sign of PMS so it's an especially annoying one.
Honestly, the thought of adding another child to our already hectic life right now makes my stomach toss and turn a bit every month. So it's hard to tell.
3. Mood Swings
Trying to get pregnant and imagining life with a baby (or more babies) is a stressful business. Whose moods don't swing when they think about how their life could be changing shortly?
All of that wondering, guessing, poking, and prodding can wear you out physically too. And we all could use a nap.
5. Food cravings
When you're pregnant you call them cravings, when you're not, you call them lack of willpower. The very fact that I could have a growing excuse for my NEED for ice cream just amplifies my desire for it.
Have you ever been convinced you were pregnant when you weren't?
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