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Jessica Simpson recently told Elle she had a gut feeling that she was pregnant: "We were goin' to have an all-day drinking binge....Gonna ride our bikes, hang out…do naughty things. But I started feeling this overwhelming guilt. Why would I feel guilt at the idea of going out and having cocktails with my friends?"
As I read it, all I could think was: That's kind of what happened to me! During the two or so weeks that followed ovulation, I was hyper-conscious of everything going on with my body, wondering if it was an early sign of pregnancy. When you're trying to conceive, suddenly a twinge of nausea, a slight headache, a moment of lightheadedness, a change in bathroom patterns, cramping or simply not feeling like yourself gets scrutinized. I spent countless hours looking online for early pregnancy symptoms to see if what I was feeling was felt by any other TTC women.
Then about a week before I took a pregnancy test, my husband and I went to see My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses in concert. Normally, I would have kept pace with him, pint for pint, but this time I only nursed a single beer. The next day, after having very little to drink, I felt really hung over. Looking back, I don't think it was a hangover at all. I think that was the earliest sign I was pregnant!
Most of the "early pregnancy symptoms" I felt could have easily been anything but. However, a couple of things made me believe I would see a plus sign when I took the pregnancy test. I watched for implantation bleeding and saw nothing, yet I can still remember the moment I believe I felt the pinching of implantation cramps -- I was walking my dog to the vet. Also, while I have eaten the same cereal most mornings of my adult life, during that two-week wait, I just couldn't finish a bowl.
A few weeks later, morning sickness and exhaustion set in and I really "felt" pregnant. But that initial aversion to alcohol that Jessica Simpson described stands out as one of the most distinctive early signs of pregnancy. What about you -- what were your first signs of pregnancy?
iVillage Making a Mama blogger Julie Seguss loves all things health and fitness, and holds a personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise. She is expecting her first child, or second if you count her very spoiled French bulldog. Find more from Julie at Inhabitots and Momtourage.