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How can you tell If you are pregnant without a pregnancy test?

by EricaL (follow)
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There are times when we read a news article interviewing a women that sought medical assistance with stomach pain, only to leave a medical facility with a new baby in tow, claiming "I didn't even know I was pregnant!"

Obviously such cases are rare, but one wonders whether ladies have become less acquainted with the changes and feelings in their bodies associated with conceiving and growing a baby in utero?


In recent years, women have been able to purchase a cheap pee-on-a-stick test from their local chemist, with a positive or negative result reading almost 99% accurate in most cases.

However, for many, many centuries, women didn't have access to pregnancy tests; markers that indicate pregnancy is found in urine or blood. Were our female ancestors more familiar with the changes in their expectant bodies than we are today?

Missing a menstrual cycle is not the only way to determine whether a women is pregnant or not, there are other tell tale signs that indicate a conception has taken place.

What changes did you first notice in your body when you discovered you were expecting? If you have not experienced pregnancy before, what body changes or symptoms have you heard from child-bearing female relatives or friends during their first trimester?

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My breasts were so tender and sore that was the very first symptom I got and I had never had it before so I had a feeling that's what it was.
Morning sickness, sensitive to smells, heightened senses, exhaustion, let me say that again: fatigue and exhaustion.
One of my symptoms was that my body temperature dropped. I was extremely cold in the middle of summer!
You're not someone who gains weight, yet you're starting to put on some unexplained weight. Dizziness. Mood swings - unexplained, as well as unexplained depression and tears.
Also, you sometimes panic and could fear the worst when that time of the month was late, and you're doing it regularly with you know who. That scared me a couple of times in the past.
Sore boobs, was my first indicator, both times!

THEN the cravings! Oh! my.........
With son:
Roast Chook
Apple Pie (freshly made!)
Stone fruit of every type!

With daughter:
Custard Apples
Stone fruit, yet again!
Drinking Dry Ginger Ale

Never had, in either pregnancy, any sickness whatsoever. Considered myself blessed in that regard!

Couldn't see, smell, prepare, cook or eat ANY RED meat, both times!
So had much Fish, & Chicken! .
Sore breasts and slight congestion. Sounds odd, but my nasal passages seemed narrower. I also experienced cravings and sensitivity to certain smells.
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