There’s no doubt that dogs are super observant to the world around them — perhaps even more observant than people realize. So if you have an acutely observant dog, you may wonder if they can sense when you’re pregnant.
Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. So if you believe in your dog’s ability to pick up on these changes, their strange behavior related to your new pregnancy status might not be in your head.
Can dogs smell pregnancy hormones?
Aside from a change in body scent, a shift in hormones brings about other changes that some canines may pick up on.
Dogs are also observant of the physical and emotional state of their owners. So depending on how long you’ve had your dog, they may be able to read your moods.
Think back to your last bad day. Did your dog initiate more cuddle time to cheer you up? If so, your dog might respond similarly when you’re pregnant.
How your dog may react to your pregnancy
If your dog senses a pregnancy, you’ll likely notice a change in its behavior. Dogs differ, so their reactions can, too.
Some dogs become more protective of their owners during pregnancy and will stay close by your side. As your baby bump grows, this protective drive may even increase.
Can your dog sense labor is coming?
Many moms claim their dogs knew they were going to go into labor before they even know! Although this may seem like science fiction, there is actually a very real possibility this phenomenon is real!
But as you get closer and closer to delivery, your body will go through some 11th-hour changes that your dog might notice. And as a result, they may become extra protective and clingy, following you around the home to make sure you’re OK. Many women have reported this.
Dogs are observant and have strong senses of hearing and smell, so there’s a good chance that your four-legged friend will pick up on a pregnancy — or at least know that something’s different.
Babies and dogs (or cats — cat lovers, we haven’t forgotten you) can be an adorable mix when introduced properly. Whether your dog’s behavior changes during your pregnancy or not, there are big changes in store after the baby arrives. Don’t be surprised if your child and dog become best friends before you know it.