|Originally posted by its_our_family
Is nausea a normal PMS symptom? I've never had it as one before.
Absolutely is a PMS symptom! Some women experience nausea related to breastfeeding as well.
The same hormone, progesterone, gives us the PMS and pregnancy symptoms. Rising levels of progesterone as AF approaches give us those wonderful cravings, nausea, full/heavy uterine feeling, fatigue, teary, etc., etc.
Ever browse TTC forums and read the 'Early Pregnancy Symptoms' and the 'Not Pregnant Symptoms' threads? The symptoms are identical
A third factor is one's wish to be pregnant, not necessarily at work in your case. Many women want to be pregnant so very much (understandably) that every thing they feel or experience is understood in terms of confirming a suspected pregnancy. Craving that certain food you crave only when pregnant? Must be! Hearing that special song? Must be pregnant! Seeing spotting? Must be implantation spotting! Etc.
A virgin could have 'early pregnancy symptoms' technically, since her PMS symptoms would match the early pregnancy symptoms! That's why it is such a mind game to put oneself through - if you are going by your physical symptoms, it's the same hormone (progesterone) at work in both pre-AF and pregnancy. The difference is that progesterone levels drop upon AF and in a pregnancy, they continue to rise.
Oh, and everyone is different regarding their milk supply during pregnancy, of course. Nursing during pregnancy is a fantastic thing! As is tandem nursing both children after the baby arrives.