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How pregnant were you when you found out you were pregnant?

From my Navelgazing Midwife Facebook page, I asked this question and received the answers below. I felt the question could be helpful to other moms curious about what a typical (note I didn't say normal) timeline might be when looking at pregnancy test results. As you can see, there are wide ranges and ways that women discover their pregnancies.

What about you? What are your stories?


LMP = last menstrual period

DPO = days post ovulation

US = ultrasound

M/C = miscarriage

DH = Dear Husband 

SLB: 10 days 

KP: ‎2 weeks (4 weeks from LMP)... at the most, with my first 4 babies. Last one totally caught me by surprise, and I was in denial until it finally dawned on me that it could be a possibility. It was about 4 weeks post-conception (6 weeks from LMP). 

CG: 6 weeks. 

RH: Baby #1 - about 9 weeks... baby #2 - didn't have to wait 3 weeks to find out why I was puking... just knew when it started at 6 weeks. 

DD: ‎4 weeks LMP, 6 weeks LMP, ultrasound confirming dates on second at 8 weeks LMP.  Oh and I actually knew my conception date with the first, my hubby's birthday! 

RS: Baby#1, 4 weeks, baby #2, 5 weeks with U/S, Baby #3, 4 weeks, Baby #4, 4 weeks, Baby #5, 4 weeks, Baby #6----6 weeks! surprise!! Only girl. 

BJ: 6 dpo. 

KP: About 3 weeks. 

KW: 4 weeks lmp. 

JB: ‎18 dpo. I had tried for 9 months, so I kept outing off testing not believing it had finally happened. 

DSR: I can remember with my first 2 but with my last two, 7 DPO (3 weeks) and 9 DPO (3 weeks 2days). 

CS: ‎4 weeks, 19 weeks, and 3 weeks. 

ALDK: ‎4 weeks with my first, 8 days with my second (was charting, saw the temp. hit the third level, started having to pee in the middle of the night--I knew but I hadn't tested yet). 

ST-L: ‎9 weeks, 9 weeks, 8 weeks, 9 weeks, 5 weeks. 

KM: ‎5 weeks 6 days with my first. 4 weeks and 3 days with this baby. 

BHM: With all three I 'knew' within a couple days of conception. But all had positive pregnancy tests at 4 weeks. 

NS: 14 days. 

JR: 9 days. IVF.

MCR: With my first I didn't get a positive pregnancy test until 1 week after my missed period, at which point I was 4 weeks pregnant. But I knew I was pregnant and I was damn sure it was a boy. (I was right). Same thing happened with my second ...boy, and with my third (a baby girl) I got a positive on the day of my missed period. (4 weeks LMP) 

KBH: ‎#1 I had my first us at 5w3d, so tested positive about 3w5d I think. #2 I tested positive about 5w, but new just before 4w. I think with both losses I tested positive about 5w. I always get dizzy and start puking constantly just after implantation. 

EG: Two months, although I felt like I was pregnant for weeks. 

EE: I'm the clueless one but I blame my long irregular cycles. (7 weeks is my average) #1 was 11 weeks positive test dated via ultrasound a week later at 12 weeks. Only clue was needing to pee often. #2 I had a positive pregnancy test at about 9 weeks ultrasound for dating about a week or so later that put me at 10 weeks. 

NKW: Way before missed period! 

AC-M: The first two times I was about 8 weeks along before I noticed anything was awry. This time I knew at 5 weeks, but was still semi-shocked since I didn't expect to get pregnant that quickly after having my IUD removed. 

MF: ‎#1 was 4w3d; #2 was 5w2d. 

NL-T: 12 days. 

SP: With some of them, as soon as the egg had time to implant, the nausea hit me. The way things smelled so much more. With the last one, no nausea whatsoever, positive pregnancy test at two weeks over due, and still doubted it because how could I be pregnant if I didn't feel nauseated? 

KP: ‎"Officially" found out, or "just knew"? 

With my first, I realized, ahem, just a leetle too late that I had mis-figured my days, so spent two weeks vacillating between wondering if I was pregnant, knowing I must be, and thinking all the "early pregnancy" symptoms I was feeling were all in my head. I also felt implantation in a weird, almost spiritual way, a few days or a week after I miscounted. Then I decided that I wasn't pregnant because I felt so strongly like I was about to start my period any minute... but I didn't... and didn't... The first two (3?) pregnancy tests were negative, even though my period was late; and finally I got a faint positive... followed the next day by a negative... followed two days later by a strong positive. 

With my second, we planned it, but I wasn't sure I was pregnant. I was still nursing my first-born, and could feel my uterus contract while he was nursing, but couldn't figure out if I was just noticing it because I knew we had had unprotected sex while fertile so I was thinking I was pregnant, or if I actually was pregnant. I took a pregnancy test a day or two after I should have started (remembering the previous difficulty in getting a positive) and got a strong positive. 

SBO’B: First was 10dpo, then m/c at 6 weeks lmp. Then o'd again 19 days later (thought so when had EWCM) and found out we'd conceived again around 19dpo.. a tainted happiness, now the golden boy of our hearts! 

ACA: With my first I was just under 3 weeks pregnant when I had suspicions (but the preg test was negative). 1 week later it came up positive. With my 2nd, I was just about 4 weeks and with my 3rd, I knew I was pregnant before all of them. I had miscalculated my ovulation cycle and had a "very strong feeling" that we would be having our 3rd before it would ever show up on a preg test. 3 1/2 weeks later, the preg test was positive. 

With my twins, I realized I was pregnant at about 4 weeks, but then at 8 weeks had massive bleeding and cramping and figured I had miscarried. It wasn't until two weeks later (and a still growing belly) that I had an ultrasound done and found out that while I had miscarried, I still had 2. 

What a shock!! 

JU-M: First pregnancy (m/c), right at 4 weeks. Second pregnancy, 11 dpo, and with this one, 10 or 11 dpo. 

NgM: Can I tell you how different it is now than it was when I was having kidlets (23-29 years ago)? I mean, seriously, 4 weeks?!? WOW! That's crazy! 

With Tristan, I think I was about ...9 wks... had to go to a Pregnancy Center for the test, first thing in the morning pee, and then they called me later that afternoon with the results. Can you even imagine not doing it in your own bathroom? 

With Meghann, I knew pretty early... maybe 7 weeks? I "knew" before the test... which I also had to do in a clinic (dh was in the Army by then). 

Then, with Aimee... laughing... mind you, I'm a doula by this time, have been to, what... 30 births? Read a zillion and a half birth books. Was a LLL leader. Taught childbirth classes. I was also breastfeeding a toddler, had had no period yet. 

And while I had a sense I was pregnant before the Official Diagnosis (cough), I wasn't 100% sure until she started moving... AT 6 MONTHS ALONG! Now, I was/am a pretty big chica, but still. When I was suspecting, I had TWO ultrasounds, had a vaginal exam by a CNM and OB and still wasn't convinced by their not seeing anything, so went to a German hebamme (midwife) who also said I was nuts in the head, there was nothing there. I'd taken no less than 4 pregnancy tests that also said negative. 

But, when I was lying there in bed nursing Meghann and my stomach did it's I'm-going-to-show-you-all-my-appendages sort of trick, I told my dh, "THERE F-ING IS A BABY IN THERE!" And voila... the pregnancy test was positive and the baby could finally be seen on the u/s (oh, how archaic they were! no vaginal probes at that time). 

I tell people that my pregnancy with Aimee was the shortest full-term pregnancy ever! 

JG: Baby #1: about 16 weeks along. I was a teenager in serious denial. False neg EPT about 8 weeks before. 

Baby #2: about 8 weeks along. Just got home from my honeymoon. 

Baby #3: about 5 weeks along. I thought I was in early menopause at age ... 28. Hot flashes galore!

EHS: Absolutely 5 weeks each and every time.

VM: About 5-6 weeks with the ones that went to term. Miscarriages and ectopics were always later 8 weeks or more.

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Reader Comments (13)

I was charting, so I knew fairly soon that I probably was pregnant, but since we were charting to AVOID pregnancy, I didn't really believe that it was possible! I finally tested about 3 weeks after I should have gotten my period, so since I was a late ovulater that put me about 5.5 weeks pregnant.

I spent the next 6 weeks in denial, lol, until we saw her on the ultrasound.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

My first was a surprise and I think I figured it out around 8 weeks because I has implantation bleeding. I was at a party and felt like there was a hot brick in my abdomen. I took a test the next morning and got an instant positive reaction.

My second was planned and I knew immediately when I was late. So... 3 weeks? Our first ultrasound was at 5 weeks.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRayne of Terror

I rarely post but always read. I am coming out of Lurk-dom because this is fun. :) I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks with my first. Never had a period (I was nursing) in between him and my second so I didn't know until 8 weeks with her....I thought I had the flu that wouldn't go away!! With this baby I found out at 4 weeks again. This time I was still nursing as well but was at least having cycles. :)

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Baby #1 4weeks
Baby #2 4 weeks
from 4-6 weeks whenever I'd orgasm I would cramp. It would magically go away at 6 weeks...plus I had massive amounts of ear wax and would pee every 2 hours.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL/D nurse

With first dd I knew about as soon as I was late one day with my period. With dd#2 I knew instantly, while we had sex, that that was it.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonika

I love it! Thank you all for sharing yours, too. Great!

December 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

1st: 11 dpo, 2nd: 10 dpo, and 3rd: 10 dpo by official pee on a stick means.

With both #2 and #3 I "knew" ahead of time. With #2 I was out to dinner with my mom about a week past ovulation and decided to order a mixed drink telling her "it's probably the last one I can have for a while, pretty sure I'm pregnant but it's too early to test." With #3 my boobs started leaking at 5 dpo and I told my husband I was either pregnant or crazy.

December 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I have always tested right at or the day before my period was due. My cycles varied in length each time, so with my first I was 4 weeks 3 days (cycle was 31 days). With my second I was 3 weeks 6 days (cycle was 27.5 days <--not kidding with the 1/2 day!). With my third, I was 4 weeks and 2 days (cycle was 31 days). My third pregnancy was unplanned, so it didn't occur to me until a day or two before the period was due that I had unprotected sex the day I ovulated and based on my history of getting pregnant easily, it was likely I was pregnant. So I tested the night before the period was due and sure enough, it was positive.

December 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I thought I knew straight away! I woke up on a Saturday in late August feeling the tired-est I've ever felt in my life and literally spent the entire weekend on the sofa. And my breasts seemed to have gained a cup size and were sooo sore. It was about four weeks since my LMP but I never could remember its exact date. So I felt like I 'knew' straight away & never had a dating scan - fast-forward to my 19 week scan - the sonographer informs us that my baby is measuring 25 weeks! Impossible, I say, I had a period late July. Nope - it must have been an implantation bleed. She asks me when I first felt movement and I admit it was very early at about 13 weeks as I then estimated. I am still finding it a bit hard to believe but my midwives seem to agree. Current EDD 24 March NOT 1 May (my personal belief is early April - we'll see - just hoping the confusion about dates doesn't lead to unnecessary interventions).

December 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermm

#1- the second it happend!
#2-5 weeks (after pregnancy test)
#3- 3 weeks after LMP, I knew even before a NEGATIVE blood test was taken and 2 negative pregnancy tests. Showed up positive on week 5
#4-34 days after LMP

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle T

I found out 7months after that I was pregnant, month after that I had the baby.

It was after Thanksgiving 1999 when my chest was hurting and because I rarely become sick, I got so scared and had my husband take me to the emergency room. I was asked 3 questions: Was I pregnant, Do I think I am pregnant, or Have I ever been pregnant, I have one answer: NO. Doctor sent the nurse to do ultrasound (I was clueless what it was at that time), heard the heartbeat which my husband said out loud "Honey, your heart beat so fast." Nurse replied, oh no sir this is not your wife's heartbeat. It's your baby's. Doctor then told us that at the size of my cervix I probably about 5 months so I was sent to see a gynecologist the following day. Found out from the gynecollogist that I am actually 7months pregnant.

Called my mom and told her the news that I am pregnant and of course the first thing she ask is how far along, when I told her I was seven months, she corrected me by saying you mean seven weeks. Of course I have to correct her back..hehehehe

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie R

6-7dpo. Implantation spotting. Bfp hpt 1w later, but more spotting tat would come and go. Awesome u/s Measuring 5w4d, looked great, hb. Miscarriage at 6w.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

i had symptoms 4 weeks after implantation. however did not recieve a positive test at home until 10 weeks. had an us at 11weeks. my first due date was for jan 11.... then they said it was feb 2..... my baby was born on jan. 10 2011.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermonica

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