lessee… (IIRC, the fertilized egg releases compounds before implantation, and those set up some prep for implantation as well, which might include symptoms that are noticable) Note that my ‘knowing’ results vary each time.
First preg (my son), I knew because I got cramping about a week before usual (implantation) but NO signs of PMS whatsoever. No bloating, no crankiness, nothing. Just felt great AND had nasty cramps. Fortunately someone had told me that cramping was one of the signs they’d had, or I’d have discounted it.
Second preg, I knew before implantation was possible. That was a whoops preg, we knew it was just slightly possible that I was going to get preg. About three days after ovulating (days before implantation) I just was filled with this indescribable joy and bliss, and epeepunk said “you’re pregnant” … followed by me having a major spiritual experience a day later (from my perspective, I met the soul - I don’t care if anyone believes it, but it was one of those things that if I’d been standing it would have genuinely brought me to my knees - major transformative event). Also had nausea and breast changes (including color change), but ‘already knew’. I miscarried, though.
Next one, I nearly passed out after walking down the stairs. That was about a day post implantation, and the next day I started with morning sickness. I ‘knew’ then. My mom had a similar pattern - she started getting sick immediately at implantation after her first child. Whee. Similar breast changes again. Miscarried again, though, later this time, majorly sucky.
Current one, I have my actual daily notes from that, still… (due Oct 29th) - but I wasn’t at all sure that I was pregnant until I got a positive test (it was wacky, symptom-wise, and no ‘feeling’ that I was or was not - just limbo-ish)… here goes:
1/28-2/1 ovaries sore. 2/2, ovulated (SHOW, if you know what that means). 2/5, slight cramping, hot (high blood supply) sensation in uterus (pre-implantation), slight nausea, but that happens at progesterone surges for me anyway. 2/6, back pain and cramping, no more nausea. 2/7, (earliest probable implantation date) gums start to swell. 2/8, breasts slightly sore, minor nausea again. 2/9, more cramping, harder now. 2/10, breasts much more sore. 2/11, no more cramping, but back pain and breasts still sore. 2/12, mild nausea (again!), breasts now feel ‘spikey’ (that is, prickly kind of pain), uterus feels hard/swollen. 2/13, crampy and irritable. 2/14, cramps and back ache. 2/15, suddenly hungrier than usual, breasts still sore, more cramps. 2/16, hungries, cramps - period should be arriving today, test tomorrow? 2/17, no period, test negative, no cramps, breasts still sore but not worse. 2/18, magically feel GREAT, no cramps, no PMS, no preg symptoms, but felt pretty warm, daytime body tem was 99.4 (very high for me). 2/19, definitely feel HOT, but nothing else. 2/20, nothing much, feel fine. 2/21, minor cramping, but nothing else. 2/22, change in CM to creamy plus EWCM (what the heck??). 2/23, noticed breasts sorer again, plus ‘real’ nausea, plus noticed my nipples are darkening. 2/24, tested positive (a week late).
Note, each time I’ve been pregnant, epeepunk has gotten the HUNGRIES a few days before my period should have been due. His blood sugar is normally extremely stable, but he gets major crash-I-must-eat-NOW events when I’m pregnant, even before we know I am. I think we’ll just go by that, for further pregs, because it is really obvious (and yeah, the guy’s hormones DO change when you are pregnant - and change again when the baby arrives, including a significant rise in estradiol, which prompts bonding and parenting behaviors, supposedly).
Cravings? Almost none at all the first time (only aversions). None I remember from the middle two pregs. Salty and sour stuff (pickles) first trimester this time, followed by veggies second trimester (asparagus, avocado, zucchini, and atrichokes, mostly), followed by red meat and fruit third trimester. Craving red meat sucks, if you are avoiding the rare meat thing. I dislike overcooked meat, but that’s the only option I have (other than trusting that they really DID use deep-frozen meat…).