A couple of days ago I was reading about how some women instinctively “know” when they are pregnant. As missing your period is one of the first obvious symptoms of pregnancy, the article I read was in reference to the period of time before you notice your period is late. There wasn’t any mention of any particular symptoms and the article stated that some women say that they instinctively “know” when they are pregnant.
Psychosomatic or Real Instinct?
On one hand I believe that feeling you are pregnant before it’s confirmed and believing that you are pregnant is probably psychosomatic which to me is rooted in the belief that if your mind is telling you and almost willing you to be pregnant, then chances are, you may well be, especially if you have been planning for a baby. Someone trying to get pregnant is going to be more alert to the small changes in their body that anyone else would put down to natural fluctuations in the way your body deals with things month in month out. In this way, they may “spot” early indicators of pregnancy and say they instinctively knew.
On the other hand, I believe in gut instinct and therefore, I always thought that if I did fall pregnant at some point, I would also be one of those people who did feel like they instinctively knew. I usually trust gut instinct to guide me away from untrustworthy people and to think again if I feel like I have missed something or left something behind etc. Even though my boyfriend and I were both aware that I could have been pregnant from the precise day my period was due and didn’t come, I can confidently say I didn’t notice anything amiss at all during the early weeks!
Is Having “Baby Brain” a Symptom?!
However, looking back, perhaps putting the Dettol bleach spray into the fridge one day and then the milk into the tea bag cupboard another day during the week my period was due was an early “baby brain” signal? Were my nipples a little darker already or was that just down to the topless sunbathing? Where was the usual chocolate-craving and backache the day before my period was due to start? Were these all the signals I should have “instinctively” registered?
Maybe it all comes down to listening to such signals and taking notice of them. Usually I would put this absent-mindedness down to being preoccupied about something so I wonder whether my sub-conscience was trying to tell me something after all!