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How can dogs sense when you are pregnant? And what are the other behavioural signs?

Updated on April 19, 2016

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How Dogs Can Sense Things Before You Know?

A dog's senses of hearing and smell are much more powerful than those of a human. It is because of these heightened senses that people "employ" guard dogs to protect their property, sniffer dogs to detect drugs and explosives, guide dogs to aid the blind, hearing dogs to accompany the deaf, and search and rescue dogs to play critical roles in various missions.

This increased sensitivity can even seem supernatural—for example, when canines seem to predict natural disasters. For instance, there are many accounts of animals (including dogs) acting strangely before the recent tsunami in Southern Asia, as if they knew that it was about to happen.

National Geographic says the following:

The belief that wild and domestic animals possess a sixth sense—and know in advance when the earth is going to shake—has been around for centuries.

Wildlife experts believe animals' more acute hearing and other senses might enable them to hear or feel the earth's vibration, tipping them off to approaching disaster long before humans realize what's going on.

It has also been reported that dogs are able to detect the subtle changes that occur in the body when cancer is present.

How Can Dogs Detect Pregnancy? And How Early Can They Tell?

Knowing all of these things, it's hardly surprising that dogs can also detect when women are pregnant. There's no scientific evidence to explain how they know this, but there are a couple of theories about it:

  • Dogs May Be Able to Smell the Hormonal Changes—Firstly, it's possible that, with their heightened senses, dogs can smell the changes in hormones and pheromones that occur in a pregnant woman's body. These hormonal changes can take place as early as within the first month, which means that a dog could sense your pregnancy before you are even aware of it.
  • Dogs May Be Able to Detect Emotional and Behavioural Changes—When you become pregnant, small changes in posture and habits will be apparent to your loyal canine. For example, you may go on shorter walks or tire more quickly. These are also things that would be noticeable by an observant human!

How Do Dogs Act Around Pregnant Women?

And when a dog detects your pregnancy, it might start acting very differently towards you. Dogs may:

  • Become much more protective of you and your bump, as if it knows that there's another little person inside to look after!
  • Start following you around everywhere you go.
  • Begin sleeping with its head on your belly.
  • Become jealous of this new rival for your affections!

Some cats have also been known to change their habits similarly. If your dog begins acting as though it is stressed or jealous, be sure to continue its routines as closely as possible. If it becomes difficult to walk it with the same regularity, find a friend or family member who can assist.

Behavioural Signs of Pregnancy

A feeling of happiness and wellbeing can be a behavioural sign of pregnancy.
A feeling of happiness and wellbeing can be a behavioural sign of pregnancy.

Sometimes other (perceptive) humans may be able to detect that you're pregnant—not from sniffing hormones and pheromones (unless they're unusually talented in this area!), but because of the way you behave.

During those early weeks before the first scan, most people want to keep their pregnancy a secret. However, even if you're not showing during that time, you may unconsciously be giving off signals.

With the massive hormonal changes that are taking place inside your body, it's not surprising that your behaviour and emotions might change. Apart from perhaps turning a bit green and having to throw up a lot, you may experience some of the following behavioural changes:

  • An increased sense of wellbeing and happiness (from the hormonal changes, and probably also from the excitement of being pregnant). This can change your entire personality; a normally serious and fretful person might become light-hearted and optimistic. I know about this first change from personal experience, as my newly sunny disposition alerted my (rather observant) boss to my pregnancy!
  • Hormonal changes can also cause you to become more emotional. You may become more sensitive to sad or happy things. They can also make you feel more stressed or irritable in situations that normally do not affect you.
  • From very early on in your pregnancy, you may feel much more tired than normal.
  • Hormonal changes when you become pregnant can cause frequent urination, and then your uterus begins to press on your bladder from as early as six to eight weeks of pregnancy. So it's possible that you might have to pop to the toilet quite a lot.
  • You might start to get incredibly hungry as if you're eating for two right from the start—even though your baby is still the size of an apple seed.
  • Cravings can also start quite early on, and some women crave some very strange things!
  • You may have a heightened sense of smell, causing you to react unfavourably to scents. (I couldn't stand the smell of coffee or garlic, previously two of my favourite smells).
  • Some women suffer from headaches in early pregnancy, which can make it difficult to concentrate.
  • It's also quite common to become a bit forgetful.

Of course, not every pregnant woman will experience all (or indeed any) of these things, and sometimes these changes may be so subtle that nobody would notice them. But even if somebody did suspect that you were pregnant they would be unlikely to ask you anyway, as it's difficult to be 100 percent sure. And it would be embarrassing to be wrong! Only dogs (and other animals) seem to show no hesitation in reacting to your pregnancy.

If you're within the first month of your pregnancy, or you think that you might be, you may want to read my article Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms.


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      pcjunkychick 8 years ago from OKC

      I did not know that a dog could detect your pregnancy, though it makes perfect sense to me... that is very interesting. Thank you for sharing it. Great hub. P.S. Sorry but can I ask -what's an apple pip?

    • moon daisy 8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment.

      I'm glad you found it interesting. Animals are amazing!

      Sorry, apple pip is probably an Englishism. It means the same as apple seed!

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      betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Amazing how dog's senses are so very sensitive.. I hope dogs can say if it's a boy or girl. lol. :)

      Great hub, by the way.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment Beth, it's appreciated.

      Maybe they can detect the sex of the baby, but until they find a way to tell us, I guess we'll never know!

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      evemurphy 8 years ago from Ottawa

      Many animals are empathic, and dogs are probably at the top of the list...very interesting hub! :)

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks eve! Yes, it's amazing that people often think of them as "dumb" animals. They might not be able to speak, but they can sense a lot more than we can, and we probably don't even know half the things that they can do and know!

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      sharonsarah 8 years ago

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment sharonsarah!

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      Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      ileaca25 7 years ago from miami

      Hi I am new hubber,this article remind when I gave birth my son (4 months ago).I have a 2 year old Boxer and as soon as we came back from the hopital with our baby,this dog was smelling me and looking at me with this unique face like saying -There's something different in you!-Dogs know a lot!!

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      Thanks a lot for your nice comments sexy jonty.

      ileaca25, congratulations on your baby! I love boxer dogs, they are so mischievous and have such lovely faces. I'm glad your dog noticed your baby, lol! And I hope they're becoming good friends. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Actingperson 7 years ago from Southern England

      I have first hand experience of this. My dog was great with me when pregnant as I was very ill, but I always felt he was aware of what was happening, as his behaviour changed around me. He was gentle and a lot calmer, when ususally he was a bit manic and really excitable. Thanks for the confirmation.

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment Actingperson, it's really nice to hear of some first hand experience! It's very interesting that he changed his behaviour completely like that, and how lovely of him to be so intuitive and gentle.

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      Nelson Chow 7 years ago from Malaysia

      dogs can detect pregnancy? Hmm... never know. Interesting. Thx

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      Yes, animals are amazing, they know so much more than we think they do! Thanks for your comment, and for reading my hub.

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      ciidoctor 7 years ago

      good hub

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      snehal welde 7 years ago

      very informative and well written ....Loved reading it .I always thought that somehow dogs knew about pregnancies but this is the first time i have read about it.great hub

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      Daphne Blair 7 years ago from Canada

      Hi Moon Daisy, thanks for the follow! I have never heard of this article before. But anyway it's great. I never thought that animals could help know if your pregnant. I have been helping people get pregnant too. Thank you very much.

    • Beatriz 7 years ago

      Hello,I google and found this article. I am 7 weeks pregnant and when I am home alone he is always by my side, protecting me and always next to me. However when my hubby gets home, he is attached to him and ignores me.

      If he kisses me or touches me he becames very verbal and starts barking for his attention!

      Just found it odd and googled and found this interesting article. Thanks!

    • nresch 7 years ago

      When I had my first baby my yellow lab (who is always happy-go-lucky) would always come and greet me by smelling my stomach and pressing her nose into my abs. At first I didn't understand at all and found her actions odd. Then a couple days later I took the pregnancy test and discovered I was indeed pregnant (4weeks too). I've always attested my dog knew I was pregnant before I did. Then when I was sick and put on bedrest, she was always by my side, lying next to me. She never left me alone. It was a great comfort since my hubby had to leave me home alone to go to work near the end of my pregnancy. Now my little girl is 2 and both her and the dog are the best of pals. Dogs are amazing creatures.

    • dog lover 7 years ago

      my dog started showing what humans may call being overprotective and/or aggression. I was very concerned as this never happened. It was towards other dogs that came close to me or our other puppy. I started this back in that i found out that i am pregnant, and found out that i could have become pregnant around the same time that i saw my dogs behavior change, it makes me think that maybe she knew what was up! I wish she could talk for a couple seconds

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      MinPin Heaven 7 years ago from London UK

      I think my dog knew that I was pregnant, he kepts sleeping on my belly, thank god he was only a small one. He had his ear right on my belly, I think he enjoyed listening to the baby's heart beat. Thanks, it was a nice ready. Linda at

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment clidoctor.

      And thanks too snehal. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was an interesting subject, and I learnt lots from writing this hub. Dogs (and other animals too) are amazingly perceptive!

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Daphne. I'd heard bits and pieces over the years about how animals can sense things that we can't, but then when I was researching this hub I learnt a lot more! They are much more perceptive than we are. Or maybe we just don't know how to tap into these kinds of abilities, or we've lost the necessary skills over the years...

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Wow Beatriz, I'm glad I could help to shed some light on your dog's behaviour! Strange that he's then attaching to your husband, but he's obviously getting jealous of something when he kisses you, and showing some changes in the way that he acts.

      A belated congratulations on your pregnancy, and I hope that everything is going well and continues to go well. :)

    • Julie 6 years ago

      I am 25 weeks pregnant and my german shorthaired pointer (usually a very well behaved dog) has in the last few weeks started peeing on the floor every time we leave the house. The only thing we can think is that it is somehow related to my pregnancy. Im not sure if its just something she senses and is reacting to or, as Im expecting twins and told not to exercise, if its a result of less walks and frisbee throwing for her. Although its winter, and winter always means a little less exercise for her and shes usually more restless w/o enough exercise but shes never peed on the floor before and definitely not everyday. I hope we can figure it out soon, with twins in my belly Im getting to the point where I cant bend over and scrub the floor anymore!

    • beck 6 years ago

      Yes! My dog has always slept either at the foot of my bed or beside the bed then he all of a sudan started sleeping right up against me. We also have a routine of going to the local dog park everyday. Usually he darts out of the car as soon as we get there but he stayed right next to me and didn't want to play with the other dogs- that was just socking! Now I know that I am 16 weeks pregnant and decided to do some research on this and found this site. It is great!

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks a lot for your comment nresch. Wow, that's an amazing story. It's great to hear of real-life experiences of dogs knowing that you're pregnant. How wonderful that she realised you were pregnant before you did! And what a lovely, caring dog she sounds. :)

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Dog Lover, yes, wouldn't that be amazing if they could talk and we knew what they were thinking? It would have made sense if you had been pregnant when your dog's behaviour started to change. They are very intuitive creatures, and can react in different ways to someone's pregnancy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      borge_009 6 years ago from Philippines

      Wow. Its so amazing what dogs can do. Thanks for sharing this. I did not know that they do.

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      the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      my boyfriends dog followed me around the whole time i was pregnant, and slept next to me. she never left my side, and when she was called to go out to potty, she stared at me until i went with her. love that dog. And when the baby was born, she backed off, but was the only one more interested in me than in the baby.

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      Diane Inside 6 years ago

      I could see a dog knowing that someone is pregnant, when I had my dog Cassie, she always seemed to know when one of us was sick, or hurt. When my husbands back would act up she would always become more subdued as if she knew her exciteable behavior was not a good idea. This is a great hub. Thanks.

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Wow, thanks for all these real-life examples! I love reading about them. Just shows how truly amazing dogs are, and we shouldn't underestimate what they know.

    • Sam 6 years ago

      I don`t actually have experience with pregnancy as I am only 16. Although i can completely beleive dogs can detect pregnancy. Any time i was up set or sad about anything, my dog, Bentley, would come by and try to help. As if saying `I care, let me listen` and things like that.

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for the comment Sam. yes, when you consider how sensitive dogs are to our feelings, it's believable that they can also sense that little bit more. Bentley sounds lovely. :)

    • Kaitlyn 6 years ago

      have you ever seen a dog that hasn't changed so much as to become more lovey dovey but instead is constantally smelling towards the pelvic region and trying to hump you? im not a hundred percent that im preganant but everything is leaning towards it. thanks

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      I'm not an expert in animal behaviour, I wrote this hub because I was interested in this ability of dogs to sense pregnancy. But I am guessing that when they sense this change it could result in any kind of unusual behaviour, all animals are different, and some might not know how to react!

      It's possible that this might be a reaction to him sensing that something's up. I guess you know by now whether or not you are pregnant. It would be interesting to know whether your suspicion (and that of your dog?!) was correct.

    • Kayci 6 years ago

      I know I'm very late to this, but I googled dog's behavior toward pregnant women because of something that just happened, stumbled on this hub, and I thought I'd add to the conversation:

      I just found out I'm pregnant (only 4 weeks), and yesterday I went to my sister's house for the first time in a month. Her dog has always hated me and tries to bite me whenever I'm at their home. But yesterday, for the first time, he came running to me with his tail wagging. He sat next to me the entire time I was there with his head close to my stomach and whined loudly when I left. I haven't told my sister yet that I'm pregnant, and she was really confused as to why he was acting so sweet toward me for once. I think she'll be fascinated when I tell her why!

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      That is very fascinating, what a turnaround! It's really sweet the way he reacted and seemed to be protective of you and your stomach.

      Thanks for commenting, I find that really interesting. And congratulations on your pregnancy, I hope it goes really smoothly. :)

    • sykko 6 years ago

      Well I have been suspecting I was pregnant for a while, but have yet to get a HPT BFP... Well yesterday I went to a friend's house whose 3 dogs always bark/growl and try to bite me. I sat on the couch and they all 3 piled on my lap and absolutely REFUSED to move! (That's like 150 lbs of dogs!) Someone actually had to physically pick them up so that I could leave! I immediately knew what was the what and am so excited to test again.

    • SKYLEE MCGRAVY 6 years ago

      Hi there, I am a dog whisperer and I have a pack of four dogs that live inside with me and my husband. Two are labradors, one is a Corgi/Yorkie X and one is a shepherd/pit bull X. I am eight weeks pregnant and starting about a month ago all of them have been battling each other for my attention. Even to the point that they will all cram themselves up on the couch with me and leave my husband all alone on the love seat. He just laughs. It is quite hilarious actually. My chocolate lab has been acting a little ggofy lately by jumping aaround and pawing all the time which is not normal and my black lab is all about licking me everywhere, which she never did before. My little corgi/yorkie has to be closest to me to the point where he will try and sit on my face if that is the only available seat. hahahaha Understand that they are all very well behaved as this is what I do for a living and am around them pretty much all day everyday. But the changes are quite interesting and very amusing!!!!

      One must remember that dogs communicate and observe with energy. Just as we as humans use our senses in life, canines are ninety percent energy so it is not far fetched to belive that they can sense changes and shifts in human energy. If you ever watch a mama and her babies, you will notice that she never has to bark at them or get excited ot angry. She is always calm and collected and her bubs just seem to know what she wants them to do.

      Energy energy energy

      Good luck all!!

    • Sarah 5 years ago

      Im almost 7week's pregnant and in the past two days both my little dog's have been super sookie and been lying on top of my tummy and want to be close to me.

      I think they must know im pregnant maybe now my hcg has risen quite high they are able to detect this...

    • Paige :) 5 years ago

      When I was only 7 weeks pregnant my pitbull was acting different around me. Always next to me. Wanting more love, always sitting right beside. I found this werid that she was showing so much love towards me. Like she has always been a very loving dog but never to this extreme. So I decided to google it. And found this. I found your blog very helpful. Thank you :)

    • Destini 5 years ago

      I am 10 weeks pregnant and my pomeranian is now attached to my hip it seems. When we are on the couch she is either in my lap beside me or sitting upright (guard position) at my feet. Then when im in bed if my boyfriend enters the room she starts growling at him (which she never did before). This hub is very interesting and informitve. I also like how you set the paragraphs to smoothly go along.

    • Doris 5 years ago

      I took a pregnancy test, n it came out negative... That was a month ago.... I have a pitbull she's been acting weird around.... When I go to sleep she lays down in ma stomach, my pitbull was acting different around me. Always next to me. Wanting more love always sitting right beside. I found this werid that she was showing so much love towards me. Like she has always been a very loving dog but never to this extreme. So I decided to google it. And found this. I found your blog very helpful. Thank you :) its like she proctecting it.... Lol.... I wish thatshe could b right bout that.... Thankz

    • Sandra 5 years ago

      I am 12 weeks pregnant and my dog has become increasingly protective of me in the past weeks, especially the last few days. She growls and barks at the neighbors, that she knows and at the door when people pass by. This is slightly unusual behavior for her. She is normally cuddly and protective but just is showing more pronounced protectiveness. I have just been reassuring her by interacting with the neighbors with her by my side and she calms right down and is happy waggy and kissy with them in seconds, just like normal :)

      I wish I still had my other loving dog who passed away last month. He was the same age as my surviving dog and LOVED babies and kids. I was looking forward to enjoying him with my own :(

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      jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Wow. I couldn't believe dogs are smart like this. Great information.

    • AshMoore 5 years ago

      We got our puppy while I was pregnant and he has been with us the entire pregnancy. Do you think he knows we are having a baby? He has never been around me when I was not pregnant.

    • star 5 years ago

      i have had my beautiful dog star 7yr shes 14yrs now and has always been well behaved.i am now 24 weeks pregnant and over the past 5 weeks when shes alone shes started to mess in the house chew my new kitchen,she chewed through live wires and i think shes had electric shock!i have read about seperation anxiety and tried the suggestions on that but nothings midwife said some dogs go back to acting like a mum has to puppysit her now while i go to work.think im going to buy a double buggy!she will always be my baby

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Aw, that's a lovely comment star, about how she'll always be your baby! That's interesting to know that some dogs go back to acting like a puppy. Enjoy both your babies, and thanks for reading my hub. :)

    • luvmyaussie 5 years ago

      My aussie would lay beside my granddaughter when she had

      seizures. He also will try to lick a burn or a cut or any hurt. He also doesn't like anyone to play fight he gets very upset. I think dogs are like humans, some are more sensitve than others, they have their own special ways just like we do.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      That's lovely, luvmyaussie. Great observations. It's lovely that he was so sensitive to your granddaughter, and that he is a sensitive doggy. He sounds very caring.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Ashmoore, I don't know for sure, but he probably senses something. I'm not sure how a puppy would react to a human pregnancy, given that he's a baby himself. It sure would be interesting to observe! Good luck with your pregnancy.

    • kelly 5 years ago

      a friends dog lately has been sniffing my crutch and then trying to hump me. i'm guessing she knows that i am pregnant coz i am obviously giving off a different smell than usual. i'm 37 weeks pregnant. would this be the case or is it something else. we are all puzzled why she is doing this and i was quite interested why?

    • KittyKat 5 years ago

      I am currently 5 weeks pregnant and found out less than a week ago. Around the time I found out my dog has quit laying on the bed besides me and has started laying on the side of the bed where I lay. He also used to nudge me to pet him constantly but quit doing that and will just sniff my skin. He was an abandoned dog and has always been very jealous of other dogs around either my husband or me. It will be interesting to see how his behavior changes over the next few months.

    • Carolina 5 years ago

      i absolutely love all this comments and experience examples :) thank you Moon Daisy . i have two black labs one girl and one boy sister and brother .they are only 4months old fixing to be 5 soon. one of my labs Chloe has been acting different towards me she is usually more attached to my boyfriend because that's her dad that's her owner and my Sammy is mine her brother . both of us show them love but our dogs know that each have different owners. well Chloe has started to sleep next to me now for the past four days and she gets on my lap and moves her brother out of the way . she has NEVER done that at all. now everytime my boyfriend comes home from work he tries to give me a kiss and she comes and gets between us :) now my question is can a 4month old pup tell if a person is pregnant??? ive read all this comments and all the dogs are older . but what about a 4month puppy???

    • heatheranne79 5 years ago

      I actually know this firsthand as well. My 6-year-old pit bull, who isn't normally cuddly, became very attached shortly after I became pregnant. After about 3 months she started drinking out of our toilets - she'd never done this before! The midwife said that it was the change in hormones that made the toilet water smell good to her!!! I delivered stillborn, after my son passed away in my womb at 23 weeks. Her attitude changed the day before I had found out that he had died! She acted depressed and would whine at me. When I came home she wouldn't stop smelling me or leaving my side, as if something was different. The first time the toilets were cleaned after I delivered, she began to completely ignore the toilet water again!

    • Alexis 5 years ago

      I just found out I was pregnant today! My pitbull puppy has been acting odd, too .. She follows me around constantly and always looks for my approval before she does anything .. She sleeps in the bed with me or by the foot of the bed .. I love my Vanilla Bean (my puppy), I hope she is as attentive to my lil' bean that's growing inside of me ;p

    • Ana 5 years ago

      I always knew animals could sense pregnancy.I kind of had a feeling that I was 3wks ago but in the meantime my 6month puppy was acting out truly using the bathroom in the cage,barking and just completely ignoring my commands.So I decided send her to my friends house until I was able to get myself together.Well this week she came back after I found out I was 5wks along but the sweetest dog ever.She wants to sit on my stomach,lick my face,get her stomach rub extremely strange from my hyper yorkie that left.I had to question my friend and ask what did she do to her lol.

    • jessie 5 years ago

      My dog usually sleeps in our bed now she don't. She also don't want nothing to do with me. Is that a reaction dogs usually have when their owner is pregnant

    • AbbyGirl 5 years ago

      My boys are grown and Abby has passed by my (she)keplie cross couldn't get her head out of my crotch when i was sitting down in my first trimester ONLY of both pregnanices..She knew i was pregnant FOR sure as never did it when i wasn't pregnant. AFter first trimester she would just sniff my belly and nudge it.. She was telling me she knew and somehow bonding??? When those boys came out she was such a mum to them. She Adored them. BEST dog EVER. Even as an old lady she tried to play with their shoelaces like she had when they were little, So gentle. Bless. x

    • Tessia 5 years ago

      Hub u are amazing. U actually take the time to respond to each n every person that write you. N your advice was really helpful. Thank you

    • All American Mom 5 years ago

      We have three children already - 15, 13 and 12. I just had the feeling I was pregnant on day one since we didn't have any protection. That afternoon our 3 year old cat napped with me, curled up against my belly. That night, she slept there again. She is not a lap cat and always sleeps on chairs or the sofa or in her basket. I have yet to get tested but have all the signs - frequent toilet trips, starving all the time, a full/pressure feeling in my lower belly, cry at the drop of a hat, and otherwise feel WONDERFUL! I would only be 1 1/2 weeks now, about 3 1/2 weeks by the way the Dr's determine your due date. I thought I was crazy to think Kitty could know THAT day!! We'll soon find out.

    • Lisa 5 years ago

      Hi we have a boxer dog... He's a beautiful boy and I guess we spoil him a lot!! When I was first pregnant he wouldn't leave my side and I didn't even know that I was pregnant... I'm 8 and a half weeks now and the last week and half he has hardly come near me... He will follow my partner around again!! I'm worried that there is something wrong with my pregnancy or it's just my dog being jealous!!

    • Rachel 5 years ago

      My dog doddie knew I was pregnant before I did, she would come up and gently nibble my belly and nudge my arm, the bigger I got the more she would nibble on my belly. After my son was born she would always come up and nudge my elbow when I was holding him like she wanted me to drop him. Needless to say it took a couple years before she liked him and now they are inseparable.

    • Jamie 5 years ago

      My best friend's dogs noticed as soon as they saw me when I was pregnant. She even says they can detect gender, as they are calm and quiet and gentle around the belly if it is a girl, and are jumping, and sniffing around the belly if it was a boy. Way before I found out what I was having, both dogs would always crawl in my lap and lay there, being very gentle and very quiet, even if they were barking as loud as they could before I got to her door. Turns out I really am having a girl! So, maybe she was right!

    • Jenn 5 years ago

      I'm currently 36 almost 37 weeks pregnant. I noticed a couple months ago that my little chihuahua seemed to be clingier than she usually is. I wasn't sure if it was because of the baby or something different. Now that I've read this, it makes sense. My dog has always slept in my bed with me but had the occasional nights where she wanted to stay in the living room with the other dogs BUT now she absolutely has to sleep with me right by my stomach.

    • Tina 5 years ago

      I believe animals do have a 6th sense. When I was pregnant my Shep/Lab mix dog, became very protective of me. He does not like other dogs near me or for me to pay attention to other dogs not even my other Shep/Akita mix dog. He always had to be near me and even after I had my son, he has become even more protective. He will not let my hubby walk into a room that I am in without barking/growling at him. Now I am having dog issues with him.

    • hendry masuku 5 years ago

      im very much happy about the topic as it helps me and my family to know things as fast. dogs are my favorite pet

    • Courtney 5 years ago

      My pitbull also became overly affectionate. He's always been extremely loving and protective of us, but I have noticed changes. He NEVER leaves my side, even when I am going to the bathroom, he doesn't want to go outside unless I go too, and he sleeps literally smushed up against me now. Gotta love the pups!! Although, my lab isn't acting any differently...but then again, we always thought he might be kind of "special." :)

    • sheaa(: 5 years ago

      Hi I have a lil pomeranion she is a lap dog very spoiled shes used to bein around my two dogs and my brothers dog yes she growled sometimes but iv had a feeling im pregnant id b nearly 2 weeks and today she started layin on my tummy and when the other to dogs come near me she bites them.. So I believe im pregnant

    • not strange 5 years ago

      we have 5 dogs and i am 5 months pregnant. there has been no change in the dogs reaction and they don't know i am pregnant. I think people look into it too much!!

    • sassyb89 5 years ago

      My gorgeous black lab is really protective of me and my bump too protective really when ever someone comes to my house he growls and barks at them my partner cant sit next to me without our dog bieting him i dont kno what to do coz our dog has been with us since me and my partner got together (3years) its putting alot of strain on our relationship coz if i shut the dog ib the kitchen he destroys it chews the doors and coupboards he wobt leave me alone he crys all nite if his not in same room as me and my house is trashed when i get home from work i dont wanna loose my dog but i dont wanna keep going on like this he is house trained but since i fell pregnant (now 17weeks) his changed a lot someone please give me advice xx

    • Jason 5 years ago

      Do you suppose the pit bull that ripped its owner to pieces out in California last summer knew she was pregnant? There is absolutely no way to ascertain whether or not a dog can detect pregnancy. This is all supposition based on nothing more than the wishful thinking of dog freaks.

    • CMCsMommy 4 years ago

      I have a Golden and I am thinking that she knows the gender of the baby I am having. With my son, she was very calm, always laying her head on my belly. this go around she wants nothing to do with me. she stays back in her room until my husband gets home.

    • lylah21 4 years ago

      I have been on the nueva ring for a while now. I got my dog back in Nov. She is now 3 months old. And for the past few weeks she is literally stuck up my butt. I go to do dishes and she lays right at my feet. I take a shower and she is trying to crawl in with me. I go to the bathroom and she is sitting at my feet. I walk around the house cleaning she follows me. I sit on the couch and she has to be curled up on me. When we fi to bed she has to be right against me. I haven't got a preg test so Idk if I could be preg or not but I got the idea to Google it and I found this ad. It helped me a lot. Maybe I do need to find out if I could be or not.

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      Moon Daisy 4 years ago from London

      Thanks for reading my hub lylah, and for commenting. That's very interesting! I don't know much about the nueva ring, or how reliable it is. I'd love to know the result of your pregnancy test, (only if you would like to share it of course). Either way, I hope you get the result that you want, and I wish you the best of luck.

    • Dena 4 years ago

      My dog totally knows I'm pregnant! She lays at my belly wenever I sit down or lay down, she has to smell someone before they touch me or my belly or she gets very mad and she follows me everywhere I go as if to make sure I'm ok 24/7! I know she will be a great companion to my daughter :)

    • Seth 4 years ago

      My wife recently gave birth to our third child. When she was having contractions, the dog would lay her head on my wife's belly. During each contraction, the dog would start panting heavily until each contraction was over. It's almost like she was preparing herself for labor. We thought it was really neat how in-tune she was during the process.

    • babykoop24 4 years ago

      I just found out that I am five Weeks pregnant. I have a wolf/black lab/ malamute mix and a chowchow/German Sheppard. the chow is my husbands dog, normally she hates me she is only four months old, my dog is normally inseperable anytime I go anywhere in my house he is by my side. Now she has to cuddle on the bed or she tears things up. Her and my dog (1 yr old wolf mix) are very well behaved, kennel trained and potty trained just awesome dogs. He doesn't want much to do with me unless I have treats, and he has started going in the house again! She lays at my feet, on my lap. I really think they know, in my apartment our walls are very thin and they heard our neighbors go into their house. They we're so set on making sure it wasn't someone coming in to our home that they were howling (he taught her) at the door. Once I let them out they went crazy barking around the house looking for someone.

    • sydneyrae 4 years ago

      I am 35 weeks pregnant and everytime someone comes over to my house and tries to touch my stomach, my dog snaps at them. He never had a problem with anyone touching me or anything before I became pregnant. He doesn't seem to mind them being near me because he only does it if they try to touch me. Could this be because I'm pregnant or could it be a different reason?

    • Tracy 4 years ago

      I have a similar story. When visiting a friend with Greyhounds, one of their females, who was familiar with me, would not leave my side the entire time I was there. I couldn't even go to the bathroom without her stuck to my leg. Two days later I found out I was three weeks pregnant!

    • 17 girl from the south 3 years ago

      Idk if I am pregnAnt or not but my dog always wants to lay beside me with her head on my belly or lay on my belly so idk if that's a sign

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      Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment. I was wondering what the outcome was? Did you turn out to be pregnant, or is your dog just very affectionate? Hope you're doing well.

    • 28 girl from st lucia 2 years ago

      I am not sure yet but my dog is acting strange lately it follows me every where now .it even want to lie on me when ever I sit tht wasn't like him .I urinate a lot at night .I feel a lot tired during the day .I have been sporting lightly.I feel a lot depress and a lot of head ache .can't stand my bf now .I am not sur but I would be so so over joyed to be pregnant god alone knows how much I want tht .I have one daughter and she is 13 and I have been trying since then.I hope my puppy is right on his actions.

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      Moon Daisy 2 years ago from London

      I hope he's right too 28 girl from st lucia!

      And thanks for your comment.

    • 17 andnervous 2 years ago

      I'm terrified! I'm only 17 and I'm about a week pregnant! But, it's nice to know that my cat and dog love me(my cat used to hate me), (my dog was always attached to my sister). My dog now sits outside my door, whining until I let him in my room! My cat will also scratch at my door!

    • kandy 2 years ago

      Just been reading this article on when a dog smells you and can sense that you are pg how can this be possible when I just had a small period and finished them two days ago

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      Moon Daisy 2 years ago from London

      17 andnervous, sorry to hear that you're scared about your situation. First of all, (and I don't mean to be hurtful in any way), but are you sure that you're pregnant? It's not usually possible to know for sure that you're pregnant just a week after unprotected sex. If your cycle is 28 days, then it usually takes around 14 days for pregnancy tests to pick up enough of the birth hormone to register as positive.

      If you are pregnant, then I wish you lots of luck with whatever you decide to do. You haven't said whether you've decided to keep your baby, and I know that it must be stressful to be a pregnant teenager, especially if your family isn't behind you or if they don't know yet. I don't know your situation, but hope that you have someone sympathetic that you can talk to.

      If you're afraid of the actual birth then please don't worry. Firstly, you have a long way to go before you get there, and worrying now won't make for a healthy pregnancy. Try to be as relaxed as you can. Secondly, although labour is painful, billions and trillions of women have done this before. (And often they go on to do it again!) When it comes to labour there are lots of things you can do to control the pain, there are drugs of course, and I found that pregnancy hypnotherapy made my labour really enjoyable for the most part. (It teaches you to see the pains as positive and relax through them, so you really don't notice them so much).

      Anyway, this is probably getting much to far ahead if you're still in the early stages. And if you've decided not to keep your baby then I apologise for maybe not being very sensitive. I'm just trying to second-guess what your fears may be about and trying to help you not be so terrified.

      A wise person once told me to "know always that you are a strong person, and you can cope with whatever life throws your way".

      I noticed that you post is four weeks old now, so I hope that if you've told your family by now, then their reaction wasn't too harsh. If it was, then it's possible that it will mellow once they've got over the initial shock. My friend who was a young mother had this experience. Even though her parents were furious at first and didn't talk to her for a while, when it came down to it nothing would stand in the way of them being a part of their grand-daughter's life, and now they completely dote on her and really can't imagine life without her. Sorry, this, again assumes that you're keeping your baby.

      More than anything I hope you get the chance to decide for yourself what you do.

      I hope this scary time turns out well for you. You're young, and I'm sure you have a great life ahead of you whatever happens. I hope your pets also continue to give you great comfort whatever happens, and that they're taking good care of you. :)

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      Moon Daisy 2 years ago from London

      Hi kandy, if you're pregnant and the pregnancy test is registering as positive then you will be producing pregnancy hormones. It's possible that dogs can sense these hormones and that this may make them act differently (protectively?) towards you.

      The period-type bleed that you're talking about was possibly implantation bleeding, caused by the egg burrowing into your womb. This is completely normal for some women. Sometimes a woman will also continue to have very light periods for a few months into her pregnancy. This is usually normal, but any bleeding in pregnancy should be checked with your doctor, just to be sure.

      I wish you good luck for the rest of your pregnancy, and hope that your dog looks after you.

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