My little one knows. She’s always laying on or near my belly. She didn’t come near me my first 6 weeks of pregnancy. She’s usually attached at my side and it was like she wanted nothing to do with me. It was so bizarre. After that, she went back to normal and now sleeps at my tummy instead of between my legs.
My cat seemed to know very early on with all 3 pregnancies. Pawing at my stomach, laying near me more often, being more attentive.
The night I had pre-term labor with my first, he was laying curled up to my stomach for hours before cramps even started. He has never done that before or since. He definitely knew something was up.
He’s always been very sweet with my children. We call him the nanny because he pays extra attention to them if they’re sick and if they are fussing he often hears them through the monitor before we do and starts yelling at us to wake up.
Around 7 months my boy, Wolf got really snugly with the belly. And now Mowgli is born, he is very protective of him. Our cat didn’t care about me much when I was pregnant but as soon as bub was born he turned into a whole new cat! We used to never see him unless it was dinner time, now he is here all day, everyday and is actually playful! He doesn’t pay much attention to Mowgli but I can tell he has changed tremendously since his birth.
I can’t vouch for animals’ behavior while pregnant, as I’ve never been pregnant. But when my little brother was a baby we had a cat who was very mean to anyone but us. Anyways she used to treat him like her kitten. She knew the differences in his cries and would come get us and harass us if she felt we were taking too long. And as a toddler if he was throwing a fit she’d tell him to knock it off in her cat way. She was never ever mean to him, and he was her boy up until she died when he was 10. She did the same for my little sister who is a few years younger than my brother but the bond was stronger between that cat and my brother. Animals are very smart and intuitive creatures. I completely believe that they know things before we do.
Not for most of it but I’m 39 weeks now and for the last month or so my cat has been super clingy, she’s always been cuddly but now she’ll follow me around and meow if she can’t find me and whenever I lay down she immediately comes over and cuddles up to me. Also for the last few days one of my dogs has been staring at me, like she usually follows me around and watches me even before I was pregnant but it’s different now not like staring like dogs do when they’re being threatening but like just more alert/curious, ears forward tail slowly wagging. I think she just realized something is happening with me but since she hasn’t been around a pregnant lady before I don’t think she understands what it is yet.