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Is it possible to "just know"?
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Date: 8/27/07 8:22 AM

I think I might be pregnant, but it is waaaaay too early to take a pregnancy test. But I "felt" it. Is this totally crazy? I know I will know for sure in a few weeks, but I don't want to wait that long!!

Has anyone ever known they were pregnant right away? This is my second child and my husband's first.

Please tell me a story!

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Date: 8/27/07 8:42 AM

Yes! For my second and third, I just "knew". I don't think it's crazy at all.

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Date: 8/27/07 9:28 AM

I never had that kind of instinct; I guess I'm just not tuned into my body at all. But I've had friends who suspected it within days of conception, so I think it's possible.

We had one (constantly whining) patient who called to say she was "sure" she was pregnant and wanted to come in for a blood test. Her Hcg level was 12 (really, really low.) The doctor said he suspected she had sex in the parking lot, then came inside for the blood test....

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Date: 8/27/07 9:28 AM

I have been pregnant 3 times (one blighted ovum) and all three times I knew within 2 weeks. Pregnancy tests are now very accurate very early and every time I was pregnant I tested positive between 7-12 days after conception (use 1st morning urine, they say, for best results).

I felt dizzy, lightheaded, just weird! Good luck to you.

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Date: 8/27/07 10:08 AM

Yes, I think so. With my first two children I dreamed that I was pregnant soon after conception. I also felt right after conception that something had happened with all three pregnancies.

My third child was unplanned. Between conception and being "late" I took my older kids to concert where we were surrounded by mothers and babies. I was very drawn to the babies--they were interesting me much more than they would normally. It was a very strange experience.

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Date: 8/27/07 10:30 AM

Not sure what you mean by 'right away' but as soon as I was "late" I knew. I saw the GYN/OB at six weeks for a test and I was. My whole body felt different before I saw the doctor.

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Date: 8/27/07 11:00 AM

I was taking fertility drugs for only one cycle when I had a planned surgery on my foot. Since there was always the possibility that I might be pg, I took a blood test before the surgery. I was the Public Relations Specialist for the hospital so it was no big deal to walk into the Lab department and ask them to do it. At first the results were negative, then 10 minutes later one of the lab workers came running into my office while I was waiting for my surgery time and said that my results have changed to borderline pg. My HCG levels were around 25. Apparently they have to be a lot higher to give positive results. I called my OB and he said that if I have any HCG, then I'm pg so my surgery was cancelled.

It seemed that my pregnancy lasted forever since I knew right away. Unfortunately, all my co-workers knew too and I was always getting, "You're still pg?" Well, yea!

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Date: 8/27/07 11:02 AM

For both of the boys I just "knew" something was up pretty much right after they were conceived. The first time around I got pregnant 4 weeks after a surgery to remove endometriosis adhesions and cysts and had just been to the doctor that day and he suggested we start fertility drugs right away because he thought I would need them. I had been having problems with my eyesight and I had an eye exam where the doctor asked if I could be pregnant because sometimes it can affect your vision early on. A couple of days later, I just happened to see my areolas in the mirror as I was getting in the shower and they were much darker than usual so I took a test and it was positive right away even though it was a bit "early" to tell.

The second time I was incredibly nauseated, my areolas were dark, and I had a "feeling" but of course my DH told me I was wishing it would be. I had just heard several months prior that we would need an egg donor, so of course I was going between what I was feeling and what I "knew" couldn't be possible. I just happened to have a ob/gyn appt. about a week before my period was due, and she gave me lab work to take in if I didn't get my period within a week because she said that I had some color changes that she noticed during my exam (some sort of vaginal skin color changes). I waited a day, and then took an OTC test which was a very faint positive. I was in so much shock I couldn't stop shaking, afterall I was in posession of an egg donor and IVF information pack from my doctor! I was so happy to give the information pack back to my doctor for recycling, and made him cry when I told him to give the lucky packet away to a future mama. I had been told I had better chances of winning the lottery than getting pregnant on my own...I won the lottery! In fact, my reproductive specialist was the doctor that I ended up confirming my pregnancy with and the call I received to receive the results was made by a former coworker that I had lost touch with. It was really neat to hear it from somone I knew, and she could get excited with me. My initial HCG results were pretty high, and they were nearly tripling so there was an initial panic of multiples. We had an ultrasound to confirm my pregnancy after a weeks worth of blood tests and we found one little baby hanging out in there.

We have two healthy boys, and I just "knew" I was pregnant pretty much from the moment of conception they were going to be. I've heard other women say this, and I've heard some women say they had no idea. I tend to be very in tune with my body, maybe that contributed to it. I fell in love with the book, Birthing from Within, and had an awesome labor because of the work I did along with the book.

Good luck, I hope you hear some good news really soon!
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Date: 8/27/07 11:44 AM

OK, as odd as this may sound, with my second and third children I did know.

But I am talking about as soon as the 'deed was done', I knew!

I remember those moments sooo clearly, but I won't go into those kind of details, lol.
Second child was w/ husband #1 (as was first child) who was something of a jerk. I am trying to put this as euphemistically as I can, at any rate, I immediately said "OMG, you just got me PG!" I was so convinced that I even told my mother and sister.

Seven years later, current DH and wonderful man, was supposed to be taking care of the birth control. When I realized a little late that he hadn't, I freaked and he said very calmly "I've been meaning to talk to you about that. Don't you think it is time we had a baby?" What?!?
I said "I hope you know what you're doing, because I just got PG!" He didn't believe me either

I neutered him 6 months after our son was born

You asked for a story, just hope that wasn't TMI

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Date: 8/27/07 12:00 PM

Interesting question because I too "knew" very soon. Not sure why or how. Just felt different. Always the first "sure" sign was that I could not drink coffee--this was even before I could say that my period was really and truly not happening. This is a BIG deal as I drink alot of coffee. My husband insisted on a pregnancy test even though the thought of coffee sent me over the edge--of course the test (back then you had to have it done at a doctor's office) showed positive.

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