When we are trying to conceive many women I know like to obsess over possible early signs of pregnancy.
I recently wrote a post about getting pregnant while breastfeeding so I decided to compile a list of possible pregnancy signs while breastfeeding.
I have actually gotten pregnant while breastfeeding, so I have personally experienced some of these. For my fellow obsessives out there or anyone wondering about those early symptoms, this is for you!
Pregnancy signs while breastfeeding are usually the same as any typical early pregnancy symptoms
I know this is kind of boring to hear, but most of the usual symptoms we normally experience when pregnant occur when we are breastfeeding and pregnant too. One notable difference is the absence or presence of a period as a pregnancy sign.
Since it is possible (but uncommon) to get pregnant before your period returns while breastfeeding; you cannot count on this as a sign. Our cycles can be off or much different than we are used to when nursing as well.
Common signs of pregnancy while breastfeeding
For me personally, one of the very first signs I noticed the second time I was pregnant (and while still breastfeeding) was extreme fatigue when going about normal activities.
I remember going for a walk with my husband and daughter and I started to feel like I could barely make it home, I was very winded and out of breath. I do not recall feeling that way at all the first time I was pregnant until a little later in the first trimester.
Extreme or just extra thirsty:
I am always more thirsty when breastfeeding and was especially so when pregnant. I have heard from other breastfeeding and pregnant friends that this is common.
Sore breasts or nipples:
While this can be a very early pregnancy symptom whether you are breastfeeding or not; it is definitely noticeable when breastfeeding.
I have gotten some cramps both times I was pregnant. Maybe it is implantation, but it feels like your period could be coming and it is a very common super early pregnancy symptom.
Nausea can be an early pregnancy sign although usually it comes a little bit later. I had it both times around but much worse when I was still breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was probably not related to it, but I thought I would add it here since it’s a pregnancy symptom either way.
A drop in milk supply:
This usually will not occur till much later -closer to the second trimester, but it can be an early pregnancy sign and it will usually occur at some point when pregnant and breastfeeding.
A change in milk taste:
This also is typically closer to the second trimester but the taste of your milk will probably change. My daughter let me know when this occurred because sadly she did not like it anymore.
Once you are pregnant your calorie needs will go up slightly and they should already be up a bit from breastfeeding.
So, what does this mean?
These signs and symptoms are fun to look for but any of them can occur even if you are not pregnant. I know it’s hard when you are in that two week wait and can’t test yet.
Some of these very earliest symptoms can be noticeable even before it’s time to test so hopefully this list helps you.
Otherwise, if you think you may be pregnant and you are breastfeeding there is really only one way to tell for sure. Get out there and get yourself a test!
If you’ve been pregnant while breastfeeding please let me know, what were the earliest signs for you? Thanks!!
I get a lot of questions and comments on this post from women wondering about possible early pregnancy signs while breastfeeding. I am now pregnant with my third baby.
I conceived while breastfeeding again and decided to expand on this post with my updated symptoms. So head on over and check it out if you are inclined!