Pregnancy Symptoms - Obsessing in the Two Week Wait
What is the Two Week Wait?
Well in case you didn't know the two week wait (tww) is the time between ovulation and when the next cycle is due to start (i.e. the next menstrual period). It is a time when a woman is in limbo because essentially she doesn't know if she is pregnant or not. The tww can cause women to obsess about signs and changes that they see in their body as this can be the only way to determine at that point if they might be pregnant or not, as for most of that time it is too early to take a pregnancy test.
During the two week wait it is difficult for women to know what they should and shouldn't do - really if you might be pregnant there are so many things that you might not do if you were but if you have been trying to get pregnant for a long time then you might well be fed up of not doing all these things during the tww.
When you are trying to get pregnant, you often notice things that you may not have noticed before, even if you think you would have done! Aches, pains etc all seem new - but what are pregnancy symptoms and what are not?
Pregnancy Symptoms or The Mind Playing Tricks
So, now I am speaking from my own experience of the two week wait. I said I was not going to obsess about or even think about pregnancy symptoms during that time but really when you get caught up with it, it is almost impossible not to get involved.
First of all, before I list a lot of the pregnancy symptoms that I found out about when I was on the tww, I have to say that I also found out that a lot of women get no symptoms at all and also a lot of the pregnancy symptoms are also the symptoms of being pre-menstrual. So don't judge your pregnancy on whether or not you have the symptoms!
For me, almost every month I felt like I had a bunch of symptoms that I did not have before I started trying to get pregnant, but really I was only being fooled by my mind or my body and in the end I was not pregnant so none of these counted.
The time that I did get pregnant, I had pretty much no symptoms at all and the only reason I knew was because my temperature went up on the day my period was due to start (it would normally go down with most people).
Symptoms of Pregnancy
So, some of the very early pregnancy symptoms that you can get are as follows:
- Sore Breasts/Nipples
- Heightened Sense of Smell
- Difference in Cervical Mucus (lots of creamy white CM)
- Change in the Position of the Cervix (higher)
- Bleeding Gums
Some of these symptoms are also apparent before your period is due and so should not get mixed up with that, however, if you don't normally get sore breasts for example and your sense of smell is way over the top then this could be a good sign. Bleeding gums is an unusual one but occurs in early pregnancy on occasion.
Some symptoms that I thought might relate to pregnancy and so I looked up were:
Feeling Very Thirsty
Well I googled this at one point and I found this huge long thread of people saying 'oh yes, I have been really really thirsty too, is this a sign of early pregnancy?' - and they would all be in the tww and said they would come and update the thread once they found out but it seemed like no-one did. Now from this I have to take it that most of them were not pregnant! There were a couple of people who said that they were really thirsty before they found out that they were pregnant but most of the ladies were asking and not telling, and hence building up the post with their 'thirsty' questions and putting it at the top of Google!
So I would say it is unlikely from what I have found that being very thirsty is a symptom of pregnancy, albeit that doesn't mean if you are very thirsty that you are not pregnant!
This was another symptom that people were asking about and it seems that it is possible that either could be a symptom. However, a lot of women who are trying to conceive are taking pre-natal vitamins and these can sometimes cause either of these symptoms to occur.
Try to Ignore Possible Pregnancy Symptoms
So the lesson that I have learned is to try to ignore anything that might be pregnancy symptoms as it actually might not be, it could just be related to menstruation or actually to nothing at all. I had 4 days of cramping and nausea plus some dizzy spells and what I thought was implantation bleeding, only to find at the end of it all a negative pregnancy test. I really had convinced myself at times that I was pregnant - I had not had these symptoms at any other time so why were they occurring now!
In the second part of your cycle, your body produces progesterone and this can cause some symptoms like sore boobs so these may not be pregnancy symptoms but just part of your normal cycle. However, if you do not normally get sore boobs then that could be a sign!
Perhaps it is just our mind that plays tricks on us during the tww, or maybe we just notice more because we are taking notice. In any case, don't obsess (easy to say) and just try and keep yourself busy during the two weeks until you get to the point where you are ready to take a pregnancy test.