I didn’t expect to fall pregnant so quickly, given that last time it took about 8 months to conceive Axl. But it wasn’t even a month of tracking before my app kept notifying me at midnight every night, that I was yet another day late. In all seriousness, before even being late – I saw some signs:
- Bad Skin: My skin had become unusually bad. I mean sure, I get a pimple during PMS like everybody else, but my face had become an overnight war zone and nothing would soothe it.
- Sore and Swollen Boobs: This was probably the first sign that made me think I was pregnant, as the last time my boobs were this sore, I was expecting a little Axl. Taking off my bra even became unbearable and I was in constant limbo trying to weigh up whether it would be better to go bra-free or live in a bra forever. Also, my boobs had filled out which was hard to miss.
- Food Aversions: I didn’t even notice it until I had my personal training session, but I had silently given up chocolate and coffee, at the same time! I was also beginning to get queasy at the sight or thought of food, especially red meat.
- Super Nose: I could smell that Axl needed a nappy change, from outside. I also had to kick Darren out the room, when he and Axl started eating garlic crisps which just the thought of, nauseated me, not to mention the strong scent.
- My tired was tired: There’s nothing quite like first-trimester tiredness and it just so happened that I was facing the extreme exhaustion while facing several campaigns and new projects. It took a lot of convincing and reminding myself that I needed the rest.
- Toothache: I avoid the dentist like the black plague but when I kept waking up in the early hours of the morning with the worst case of toothache, I started thinking that something had to be up. It wasn’t just one tooth – it was all of my teeth and gums, they were sensitive and no matter what I chewed, it hurt all the time.
- Frequent Headaches: This was hard to pinpoint as a sign of pregnancy, as the tiredness had me thinking I was facing sleep-deprivation headaches. But I guess that isn’t the case. In fact, I have daily headaches at around 3pm.
- Insomnia: Pregnancy is full of irony and so of course, my extreme tiredness was matched with constant tossing and turning and interrupted sleep.
- Upset tummy: I’d have cramps and be constipated but the next few days that followed would be frequent trips to the loo.
- Moodiness: It was actually when I bit the head off a cashier that Darren said, hmmm… you’re pregnant. Turns out that pregnant me has far less patience.
There were also some not so obvious signs, most of which I only started realizing were somehow related after my positive test.
- Dry Eyes: I have never experienced dry eyes but suddenly started finding myself grabbing my husband’s eyedrops, which he uses for his chronic dry-eye. At one stage, it had gotten so bad that I actually ended up bruising my eye by rubbing it. I figured it had to do something with my non-existent allergies, maybe rearing their ugly head for the first time in our new house. Whatever it was, I didn’t realize it could also be a result of pregnancy.
- Short Breath: I had several chest infections this year, so when I became short of breath, I figured that it was just another chest infection. I would get out of breath from a simple walk to the fridge, and 1 round at gym felt like the end of me. Apparently, it is all part of another human pitching its tiny little tent in your uterus.
- Longer, Stronger Nails: With Axl, I had good hair, nails and skin and although this baby hasn’t given me great skin, my nails have never been stronger! I thought it was the new range of nail polish, but it turns out that even without nail polish, my nails were growing pretty quickly!