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8 Not So Obvious Signs You Might Be Pregnant

Pregnancy, for me, starts with a few weeks of being convinced that I have a bad stomach bug that won’t shift, until I eventually join the dots and realise I have a slight bump.

Sometimes, the signs of pregnancy can stare you right in the face and you still might not put two and two together!
 

Here are 8 of those signs. If any of the following is familiar, you might want to purchase a test…

1. Sense of Smell

Fish? In the fridge? In your friend’s house? Ten miles away? Definitely sole. I’m glad she went for the lemon and garlic butter… Have you been convinced that even though you have never had a dog, even in your house, that you can smell one off the carpet?

Obsessively cleaning the fridge even though you have binned all the remotely smelly cheese? Those smells that you live with quite happily will now be magnified to unbearable levels…

2. Excessive Crying

Bursting into tears at the cute puppy on the toilet roll advert? Can’t get through a whole soap without reaching for the Kleenex? Stock up on the tissues, this can last all pregnancy and linger after the arrival of the new baby.

My personal low point? Crying over the teeny tiny baby socks in the shop – before the bump had arrived.

3. Inappropriate Crying

Key alert areas here are; job interviews, meeting new people, returning flat pack furniture… basically any form of human interaction where you have to answer more than three questions in a row. Never leave the house without the trusty tissues.

4. Lack of Patience

Inexplicably and suddenly unable to stand in a queue for longer than five seconds? Can’t cope with the vagueness of statements such as, ‘the thing in the place where yer man lives!’? One too many smug mummies at the school gate?

The breath and count to 10 rule works well here, and as pregnancy progresses, the more likely people are to let you skip the queue before point 3 bubbles to the surface.

5. New Friends

Mainly the toilet bowl. Have you acquainted yourself with the aforementioned? Is the hugging, crying, rocking motion familiar to you? Due to my own personal bout of morning, noon and night sickness, I can now reel off the nearest public toilets from any given location in Ireland.

6. Sleepiness

Have you woken up in any of the following places, not knowing what happened or, in fact, how long you have been asleep for? Public transport, your desk, the breakfast table, the doctor’s surgery, any place you sit for longer than five seconds? Bonus points for obnoxious snoring.

7. Memory Loss

Frequently wondering where you are or how you got there? Trying to figure out who all those strangers are that are looking at you? Relax, it’s only the monthly staff meeting. You’ll remember at 4a.m. in two days’ time.

8. Frequent Urination

Now that you are fully acquainted with your new friend, the toilet, are you now spending even more time in there due to needing to pee every five seconds? Had one cup of tea over the last four hours and still needing to pee every half an hour?

Rather unusually, this sign of pregnancy eases off during the second trimester and comes back in the third – but by this stage the end is nigh and you are on the countdown to the big day!

About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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