Getting pregnant

How I knew I was pregnant

Even before the positive pregnancy test, many women just know.

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Suddenly craving spinach? Is the smell of coconut making you nauseous? Sometimes you just know you’re pregnant days before the positive pregnancy test (here are the very earliest pregnancy signs). Readers share the moment when they realized they might be pregnant.

“I had a sudden strange craving for mayo.”
“We went to a burger place where you have to tell the person behind the counter your toppings. I was just randomly placing my order and I asked for mayonnaise. I immediately looked at my hubby and said ‘Oh my gosh, I’m pregnant!’ We picked up a test on the way home and, sure enough, it was positive.” —Christina C.G., Barrie, Ont.

“My husband knew before I did!”
“I thought I had the flu. He said, ‘I think you need a pregnancy test, not meds.’ Sure enough, he was right!” —Toni B., Windsor, Ont.

“I had a superhuman sense of smell.”
“Within a week of conception, my sense of smell was insane. I could smell a co-worker’s coffee creamer from across the room, but I couldn’t take a test to be sure for two more weeks.” —Audrey McK.

“I experienced some moving pains.”
‪“I had just bought a new bed and was helping to lug it up to my apartment. All of a sudden, I felt sharp pains in my stomach that just wouldn’t go away. I went to the hospital and found out that I was 61/2 weeks pregnant.” —Natasha D., Dartmouth, N.S.

“I needed fries.”
With my second child, I wasn’t trying to get pregnant (my first was only seven months old). My husband and I had gone out to a pub for date night. The waiter walked by with fries for someone else and I almost accosted him! I had to restrain myself and didn’t understand the compulsion—I needed those fries! I then realized I was ‘late,’ so I took a test that night. To say that I was in shock is an understatement, but I’m loving parenthood, so it was all good!” —Donna E., Ottawa, Ont.

“I made an odd choice for breakfast.”
“I woke up and immediately drank a bottle of hot sauce. I then took five pregnancy tests to confirm it.” —Samantha MacK

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