What are common signs and symptoms of pregnancy? According to Dr. Laura Riley, a Parents advisor and the author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy,"A missed period will probably be your first physical sign of pregnancy. That's because instead of shedding its lining, the uterus is building up its lining to prepare for the implantation of the fertilized egg. Soon after your first missed period, you may also notice that your breasts feel sore and that you're more tired than usual."
Do (or did!) those ring true for you? We asked Parents staffers to share their first signs of pregnancy, too—read on to see what clued them in to the happy news.
“The first clue that I was pregnant was definitely feeling nauseous. And it's a different kind of nausea. It's not sea sick, it's not car sick. And it's not morning sickness, it's all day.” — Liz Krieger, Interim Associate Editor, Parents
“Well, my period’s always been like clockwork, so the second I saw that it didn't arrive, I thought I’m pregnant. And my husband went straight to one of the local shops and bought a pregnancy test. It was positive and we sat around the whole day in disbelief.” — Grace Bastidas, Editor-in-Chief, Parents Latina/Ser Padres
“I think my first clue that I was pregnant was I was tired all the time.” — Laura Fenton, Lifestyle Director, Parents
“[I was ] in the shower—and I don't know if pregnant ladies, you can probably relate, but if you're facing the water, it just basically feels like bullets right on those nipples.” — Julia Dennison, Managing Editor, Parents Digital
“I was getting a lot of headaches, but I was tracking every single day, I was waiting for this baby. So I took this test at the first possible moment.” — Elizabeth Shaw, Editor-in-Chief, FamilyFun
"My first clue I was pregnant was a positive pregnancy test!" — Erika Janes, Digital Director, Parents.com
“With my son’s pregnancy, I was eating a bowl of chips and queso. I ate like three and was like, I don't feel so good, and my cousin was like, you're pregnant. I guess I like chips and queso. She knew immediately when I couldn't eat a bowl of chips and queso that I was pregnant. And she was right.” — Jessica Hartshorn, Entertainment Editor, Parents