10 signs you're pregnant - By Megan Kelly

10 Signs that made me sure I am pregnant

10 signs you're pregnant - By Megan KellyI 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Insomnia: Pregnancy is full of irony and so of course, my extreme tiredness was matched with constant tossing and turning and interrupted sleep.
  9. Upset tummy: I’d have cramps and be constipated but the next few days that followed would be frequent trips to the loo.
  10. 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.

BONUS!

There were also some not so obvious signs, most of which I only started realizing were somehow related after my positive test.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
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