It’s something so personal. It’s something so life-changing. And sometimes, for some women, it’s something pretty weird.
Happily, for us, many of them have shared their stories, revealing all the various ways they found out, one way or another, that they were “with child.”
To start us off, I’ll share my own, which aren’t really that weird, although I think one time was kind of funny, looking back. (It was NOT funny, to me, at the moment.)
With my first baby, we had been trying for only a month. I had secretly gotten a baby carrier to give to my husband as a Christmas gift if it happened for us at that time, to reveal the news. One morning, I just couldn’t wait any longer (although the home tests often say to wait a certain amount of time past your first missed period), and so I took a home test. I snuck downstairs and put out the present for my husband to open a week early!
Similarly, with our second baby, we had only recently started trying when I woke up one morning coming down with a terrible cold. Amid the feelings of a sore throat and cough coming on, I realized upon sitting up in bed that I was also incredibly nauseous. I knew it was time to take that test, which confirmed it!
And now, for some of the wilder ways that moms found out the big news, check out these 20 weirdest ways women found out they were pregnant.
20 Fishy Wishes
A mom with the username Langleysmom1 posted on August 17, 2014, about how she just knew when she was pregnant with her second child, and for her, it was all about a particular fast food that she just HAD to have, strangely enough!
She remembered well from the first time around what it was that she had really craved, so when the same hankering hit, it was her big clue.
“The only time I have ever craved Long John Silver was when I was pregnant…” she shared to the forums at BabyCenter.com. “I absolutely hate everything about fish! After work one night I went past the restaurant and wanted it so bad, I immediately went and got a pregnancy test, it was POSITIVE! So I took 7 more just to be sure!”
19 A Different pH Than Usual
A woman going by lauravelis was almost out of school when something happened that would change her life. In August of 2014, she responded to a question raised on the forums at BabyCenter.com asking how women found out they were pregnant.
For her, it was actually a little health problem down there that clued her in.
“I'm 22 and finishing college in the spring,” she wrote. “When I found out I was pregnant I was really shocked and scared. I wasn't ready. Most people suggested I have an abortion. I made an appointment. I didn't go. I couldn't.”
Her boyfriend wanted to leave the choice up to her, but he was leaning toward keeping the baby.
And how did she find out in the first place? She said that her period was week late, and “I got a little yeast infection, which I have never had before so it was strange. I took a test and bam it was immediately positive.”
18 A Nose Like A Bloodhound
For some, it’s the most subtle signs that end up cluing them into the fact that they are really and truly carrying a baby.
A user at BabyCenter.com going by Candycain1278 responded on the forums in 2014 that it was actually not only a more sensitive chest than usual but also her nose that gave it away.
This mom and her partner had been told that they would need fertility treatments in order to conceive. They weren’t really into that, though, and so they decided to take a break from “trying.”
Just in case, they planned to go to “an appointment to discuss my getting a tubal” later that week.
They didn’t want to end up somehow having a surprise pregnancy later in life when it was no longer on their agenda.
“We had accepted a child-free life. We are old(39). On Monday my boobs were sore and I could smell EVERYTHING. I POAS (pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)) and it was positive. I assumed it was wrong. I called my husband at work and he laughed to me but brought home more tests,” she said.
An ultrasound a few weeks later than confirmed it!
17 A Home Test Taken Way Early
In my experience, home pregnancy tests often instruct that you wait a certain number of days past the date of your first missed period if you suspect that you are pregnant, before taking using them.
From what I recall from the two times I’ve been pregnant so far (and used home tests to see if we had succeeded in our efforts), it’s all about whether or not there is enough human growth hormone in the mom’s system to produce a positive reading.
Well, a user, Nonepiphany, at BabyCenter.com on the forums, responding to a question posted about how ladies found out they were expecting, answered, “POAS (pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)) about 2 days before my period. I cried. Couldn't believe it. We went through three rounds of IUI (intrauterine insemination) after a year of TTC (trying to conceive) so it was really one of the happiest moments of my life.”
16 An Offensive Comment From A Coworker
While I’ve surely been offended by both strangers and friends and family asking if I’m pregnant when I’m definitely not (both after I’d already had a baby and beforehand, actually), I’ve never had anyone phrase it quite so bluntly as to say that my midsection looked “fat.” I guess it’s always sort of just been more implied (and is that really any better?).
In any case, check this stuff out: BabyCenter.com forums user oohgoodness said, “I was house sitting my sister in laws house and it was the first day of a week. I was at work and a Co-worker told me I look fat (I'm really skinny normally) I, of course, called her an ass, and she explained that I looked pregnant fat. Bam! Took 5 tests and im now expecting an awesome baby boy:)”
15 At A Routine Dr.’s Appointment
My totally planned pregnancies, personally, involved me taking home tests, getting positive results, and then scheduling prenatal appointments for a bit later on to have the pregnancies confirmed and begin prenatal care.
But what if you just happened to be at a check-up one day and then found out you were pregnant, out of the blue?
BabyCenter.com forums user 1stimemommy7 wrote, “I went to the doctors for my annual checkup, they told me I was pregnant, it was a complete shock, I had the Implanon implant in my arm & didn't get periods on it, I didn't have any more sickness or anything, I was just really tired, but I assumed it was because I was working 80 hours a week, I was so shocked that I took 6 pregnancy test.”
14 Couldn’t Keep Her Cocktail Down
Believe it or not, there is at least one woman out there who found out about a pregnancy because of the inability to sip some very, well, adult libations.
A beach vacation may be a relaxing time for some, but check out what happened for this woman…
BabyCenter.com forums commenter myrubyslippers posted on August 17, 2014 that “With my DD (dear daughter) I was sitting on the beach in Mexico drinking vodka in a coconut. Took one drink and vomited everywhere then fell asleep in the car on way home and I was a full-on insomniac, never slept in a day ever. Went straight across a border and to a clinic.”
13 No Spotting
I remember learning that some slight spotting might just be implantation bleeding, a possible sign of the start of a pregnancy. Therefore some women look for spotting as a sign that they may have in fact conceived.
Well, BabyCenter.com forums user karlyedanielle shared in August 2014 that for her, it was actually the absence of spotting that signaled that something was up.
“I missed some pills...I'm a horrible pill taker..but I was expecting mid-cycle bleeding because I always bleed when I miss pills...it never came,” she wrote.
She went on to say that she got a bit suspicious then, and stopped taking her pills completely at that point.
Then, some implantation bleeding did occur, “which confirmed it for me,” she said. She was still in disbelief, but multiple tests confirmed it!
12 Puking On The Job
Sure, nausea may be a common sign of early pregnancy. I know it was for me, although I was very lucky to not have it last very long.
But what if suddenly and unexpectedly throwing up — at work — while with an important client was the big event that told you something big was going on?
A BabyCenter.com user, MostlyMozart1791, commented on the forums there, in answer to a question about how women first found out that they were pregnant, “The first time I vomited in a patients room, not any old patient but a State Governor. I thought that was odd.”
But it gets better.
“We weren't trying and had successfully prevented pregnancy for 17 years,” she shared, also including, “I blame the boxed wine.”
11 Doesn’t Really Know!
BabyCenter.com forums user threexthecharm shared that she had been trying to conceive for many years, 5 actually, without any success. They were about ready to just call it quits.
They had worked out a perfect plan in their heads that they thought would work well for their lives, desiring some time to raise their existing children “and take some time for us for a few years before becoming grandparents (hopefully),” she said.
This plan was very important to them, but they also still really wanted just one more baby, “and it was starting to become depressing that we couldn't conceive,” she continued.
Then, a few months before they were going to give up, she started feeling sick.
“I don't know what made me take the test but I did and I remember my grandmother holding me while I cried and thanking the Lord for blessing our family.”
10 When Chest Rest Isn’t Best
For some, it’s something as basic as the position in which they are comfortable sleeping that gives the big news away! Amazing, really, isn’t it?
BabyCenter.com forums user bmedina4813 said, “Honestly I noticed my chest was sore when I'd sleep on my belly, and I was really bloated my jeans were more snug.”
Sure, her period was late, too, but she said that it had been something like an entire week late before in the past, and so she figured it was just that again.
She also shared, “well I started getting sick when I would smoke a cigarette (yes I quit when I found out) and my fiance told me to rake a test. I said no just wait a little longer, two weeks late a co-worker brought me a test took it and it instantly said positive.....”
She was shocked but very happy.
9 Pure Instinct
Sometimes, I guess, you just know…
One user at BabyCenter.com’s forums, going by Heatherh26, shared in August of 2014 that it had been quite a journey for her and her husband.
They had tried “for years,” she said. Also, she reported having very irregular periods, with something like maybe three in a given year, and so after the couple tried for quite some time and the tests kept coming up negative, she sort of just went about her business.
“I never thought nothing about not having a period, on Father's Day [something] told me to grab a test when I walked by the isle,” she shared.
“I came home, put up groceries, took the test, it immediately popped up positive!! We went the following weekend to have us thinking I was maybe 8 wks, to our surprise I was 16 wks and found out it was a precious baby boy!!”
8 Ravenous Hunger
A change in appetite just might be an important clue in the journey toward discovering that you are pregnant. Just check out what BabyCenter.com forums user mtb11514 had to share:
She said, “I never ate like ever and all of a sudden I was getting so hungry I'd go hulk on DH (dear husband) when he was listening that I was hungry right then and there.”
There were some other clues, she says, too, such as some painful cramping and her husband saying that she looked like she was pregnant for, she claims, about a week before she ever even missed her period. I guess he somehow just knew, too!
“I'm like clockwork so when the day came and passed and no bleeding I took the test the next night. When I saw it was positive I started screaming…”
They’d been trying for a year, and they had finally succeeded.
7 Mother Knows Best
Perhaps it will just be some ancient feminine wisdom of sorts that clues you into the fact that you’re soon to become a mom, or perhaps that your family will be expanding again.
On the forums at BabyCenter.com, user mommarachell posted on August 17, 2014, responding to a question posed about how gals found out that they were expecting.
First of all, she said all the stories from other women were making her tear up, and then she shared her own interesting tale:
“I walked by my mom and out of the blue, she said I was pregnant. so for about a week, I was very aware of what I was craving (like lots of OJ),” she shared. “I took a test before I was late and it came up negative, after being a day late I took another test and there it was, a BFP. I told her and she said 'told ya 😏'”
6 Sleepy Situation
I personally remember well the fatigue of early pregnancy, and it turns out that for some, this extreme sleepiness can turn out to be one very important clue.
A woman going by Texaswildflower at BabyCenter.com shared that she had driven back to California to see her family in her hometown. Well, she ended up spending some time with what she referred to as an “old flame” for a few days while she was there.
Then, she “Drove back home to Texas and after a while, I just started feeling different, mainly tired. I was at the bar drinking a few beers and started doing the math in my head of when my period should be... Hmm... I'm a few days late...”
She quickly abandoned her beverage, then “Drove 40 miles to Walmart the next morning (I lived in a real small town, didn't want people talking haha) and bought a test. Instant positive!”
5 Big Sister Wished It So
What is it they say? Kids say the darndest things?
Well, what if something your kid said clued you into the fact that you were expecting again?
It was a time of personal upheaval for BabyCenter.com forums user 2GirlsAndASingleMom, who shared, “Mine is kinda depressing to start..but my husband asked for a divorce on a Thursday. The Monday following my daughter grabs my belly and says sadly ‘I really wish there was a baby in there.’ Of course, this prompted me to test. When I got the positive I just couldn't believe it.”
The mom said that the couple had been trying for a long time, at that it had only taken one time that particular month to cause the pregnancy. Although it wasn’t the easiest time in her life, she was stoked about the news.
4 Saying No To The Sauce
Isn’t it wild what you might discover when you simply listen to your own body? If you need something concrete to understand what I mean, check this out:
“We had been trying for ~3 years, had done one round of IUI (intrauterine insemination) in the fall and then took a break for the holidays and to travel…" shared RMet13 at BabyCenter.com. "I guess the traveling out of the country for 6 weeks did it because a little after getting back I felt weird (didn't want wine, sore breasts which never happened with my period, carving meat as a vegetarian, etc.).”
She thought it must just be her period coming, but then thought again and decided to take a home pregnancy test. That’s when she knew! A little boy was on the way.
3 Totally P.O.-ed
Maybe it’s feeling differently. Maybe it’s acting differently. Or maybe it’s a little bit of both.
For BabyCenter.com user OurKickBoxer, it was feeling more like Oscar the Grouch than her usual self that was a key factor in realizing she was pregnant.
“I had just started working. My boobs hurt for three days straight. I felt like a total grump every day for a few days. Everything made me mad. I was still a week off from my period. So I blamed it all on that and working.”
That’s when her husband started joking that she was pregnant.
Although she thought there was no way, after a few days passed, she decided to take one just “because.”
“Well, some things happened one night. He ended up going to jail over yelling at someone who threatened to hurt us and our dog over someone accidentally parking in front of their driveway. So while he was gone, I thought id just do it after I knew he would be back in an hour.”
And it turned out the father had some pretty big news to come home to…
2 Crazy Cramps
A mom going by jcusie31 on the forums at BabyCenter.com already had one baby and was beginning to try for another.
She shared that it took 6 months of trying for her to become pregnant with her first child.
“We knew we wanted another one and figured it would take the same amount of time. We started trying in February and really only DTD (do the deed) twice but that's all it took!”
What was it that really clued her in, exactly?
“I had some weird cramping that wasn't normal so I took a test day before my period was due and it was negative. I took one the day my period was due and it was positive. I told DH (dear husband) and he gave me a high five. Lol.”
1 Trying To Prove Him Wrong
He thought she was pregnant. She thought there was just no way, so she took a test, to prove him wrong…
BabyCenter.com user cokeicee had been told that she would never be able to naturally conceive four years prior. That’s when she and her fiancé decided that they, therefore, didn’t need to be careful about using birth control…
“Towards the beginning of April, I started throwing up a lot. I never throw up. I'll be nauseous as hell but never actually throw up,” she shared.
Her fiancé “kept asking me if I was sure I wasn't pregnant and I kept telling him I was sure. I 100% believed it was impossible. After about a week of his badgering, I bought a test just to prove him wrong.” Yep, it was positive!
“And so was the second one. Exactly one week later, I saw our little Sweet Pea on the ultrasound. After the initial shock wore off, we were ecstatic.”