Dogs may be able to tell youâre pregnantbefore you can.
Actress Tia Mowry announced on Instagram earlierthis month that sheâs carrying her second child, and last week she posted an image ofherself from a photo shoot when she was just one month along.
In the caption, Mowry giddilyexplained what clued her in to her pregnancy: The photographer had a dog who paid her alot of attentionâand that made her wonder if the dog sensed something she wasnât ableto yet.
Mowry isnât the only expectant mom who noticeda pooch acting more clingy and cuddly; other women have also said that their dogs behaveddifferently when they were pregnant too.
Science hasnât weighed in definitively as to whethercanines have a sixth sense about human pregnancy.
So we reached out to dog experts to find outif your pooch really can tell youâve got a bun in the oven.
Jeff Werber, PhD, president and chief veterinarian of the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles,credits dogsâ keen sense of smell for their ability to sense physical and emotional changesin humans.
But what about human pregnancy?Dr.
Werber believes dogs can also smell the hormonal changes going on in a womanâs bodyat that time.
Canines may not understand that this new scent of your skin and breath iscaused by a developing baby, but they will know that something is different with youâwhichmight cause them to be more curious or attentive.
Related article: 15 factors that affect awomanâs fertility Itâs not just your scent that gets yourdogâs attention during pregnancy; hormone-driven mood swings may also have an influence onyour furry family member.
âSome dogs can be very sensitive to peopleâs moods, andthey will respond if they know their owner is upset or angry, â Peter L.
Borchelt,PhD, a New Yorkâbased certified animal behaviorist, tells Health.
If they sense that you are moreemotional or anxious than usualâas many women are at some point during pregnancyâtheyare more likely to stay close and seek more attention from you, Borchelt says.
Dogs might also be reacting to a change in your daily routine.
For example, youâregetting up in the middle of night to pee, or youâre staying home more due to morningsickness.
These habit changes can leave them curious and confused.
Borchelt explains itlike this: âIf they were people, they would say, âGee whatâs going on, somethingâsdifferent here but Iâm not sure what nor why.
ââAnd though Borchelt says this is hard to scientifically prove, if your four-legged BFF sits on yourlap or nuzzles up to your chest for petting, they might be able to hear the infantâsheartbeat.
That lets them know somethingâs upâand they become protective or start tocompete for your attention.