You can read a lot about the symptoms of early pregnancy. You can read books, message boards and pamphlets at the doctors, but the reality of it is very different.
There was a time when I lived in Merritt, Country Music Capital of Canada. While there I developed some sort of illness. The symptoms were vague but basically I felt nauseous and exhausted all the time. At one point it was so bad that for weeks all I could keep down was yogurt and Gatorade. To this day I can't drink Gatorade because of throwing it up so many times. I went to doctor after doctor and they couldn't figure it out. I had blood tests and urine tests and they couldn't find anything. It was actually a really scary feeling because I could tell my body was inherently different than it used to be, and it wasn't going away, and no one could figure it out. I straight up thought I was dying... so I was loosing my shit and also only eating yogurt and Gatorade.
At the time I was really pissed because doctors kept giving me pregnancy tests. I probably did six pregnancy tests during this time even though I told doctors I couldn't be pregnant. But I was a woman in her mid 20's living alone and so doctors didn't believe me. Once a doctor actually made me do two pregnancy tests within a single visit: one at the beginning and one right before I left. If I wasn't pregnant when I came in, I don't know what he thought would have changed. How many women leave his office pregnant? What kind of hinky practice is he running?
Anyways, it turned out to be a rare stomach parasite that you can only get in South America. Also, it only makes about 20% of people ill. Weirder still is that I have never been to South America but the doctors didn't seem too concerned. They already didn't trust me not to be pregnant why wouldn't I lie about my travel history? Anyway the medicine they gave me killed the parasite and I got better.
I have for years used this story as an example of what poor healthcare is offered to women in small towns. I have to say now that I am actually pregnant I have a little more sympathy for the doctors. I was describing being pregnant pretty much exactly. Being pregnant feels just like a South American stomach parasite.
The top 3 symptoms for me, as illustrated by cats, are:
1) Dry Heaving
I don't barf a lot. I do dry heave a lot. I wish I would barf - at least barfing provides some sort of relief. Dry heaving, like dry humping, is all of the work and none of the satisfaction (in actuality there is a lot more satisfaction in dry humping - if you're doing it right).
2) Extreme Fatigue
Extreme fatigue, total exhaustion, utter and overwhelming sleepiness, chronic drowsiness, everlasting snoozy-ness, relentless napping-ness. I rarely make it to the double digits at night time and I was napping everyday but naps started making me nauseous, so now I power through the day and just go to bed even earlier.
3) Bad poops.
I won't get into this, whatever "bad poops" means to you, rest assured, that's happening.
There are lots of other symptoms but those are the main ones. I would not tolerate feeling this way for anyone except my unborn child. I do think of it like a parasite... my baby is sucking my energy and health to make itself strong. Which I guess is okay because it's the size of a lime, and I am human sized, so I have a lot of strength to give. Also, I love it much more than I have ever loved a lime.