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14 Early Signs of Pregnancy and How Your Stomach Feels

Lela Davidson is a mother and writer who is passionate about healthcare and education for women and children.

What does your stomach feel like when you're pregnant? Am I pregnant if it's feeling weird or hard? How can I be certain I'm pregnant?

What does your stomach feel like when you're pregnant? Am I pregnant if it's feeling weird or hard? How can I be certain I'm pregnant?

How Does Your Stomach Feel in Early Pregnancy?

Feeling pain in your lower abdomen or feeling like your stomach is hard, swollen, or heavy are not early signs of pregnancy.

To the touch, a person's stomach and abdomen will not show any noticeable signs of pregnancy until later on, depending on your specific body type. So, a self-examination of your stomach is not going to lead to anything conclusive. People who are in their first pregnancy usually don't start showing until twenty weeks or later.1 Those who have already been pregnant might start showing sooner.

My Stomach Feels Weird—Does Your Stomach Hurt in Early Pregnancy?

It depends on what you mean by hurt.

In general, the kinds of pain you’ll experience in your belly or lower abdomen in early pregnancy are related to:

  • Nausea — usually happens between two and eight weeks after conception2
  • Cramping — these can feel similar to pre-menstrual cramps and can be a sign of implantation2
  • Bloating and abdominal discomfort — similar to PMS symptoms

Below I talk a little more about nausea, which is common in early pregnancy (usually starting four weeks after conception).

So in the sense of feeling nauseous, yes, your stomach can hurt. Some women also feel some light cramping at the very beginning of their pregnancy, which may or may not be accompanied by spotting (implantation bleeding — more on this below). This usually occurs around the predicted time of the period or a couple of days before.

What if My Stomach Feels Hard?

Feeling hardness in your belly or pain in your stomach that’s not related to queasiness or light cramping, however, is not a documented sign of pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. It could be due to a number of other issues or possibly caused by stress.

Extreme Pain in Early Pregnancy

If you're feeling extreme pain in your abdomen, you should see a doctor right away. It could be a sign of something serious, including an ectopic pregnancy (a rare condition where the egg implants itself somewhere aside from the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube).

Are Itchy Boobs or Nipples a Sign of Pregnancy?

The short answer is no. By themselves, itchiness on the breasts is not a documented sign of pregnancy.

That said, some women report breast itchiness in addition to other symptoms.

There are many changes that happen in the breasts during pregnancy, and some of them happen quite quickly after conception. This includes the enlargement of the breasts, which may lead to the sensation of itchiness in some cases.

What are the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

What are the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

What Are the Earliest Signs of Pregnancy?

Some symptoms to watch for before you miss your period are sore breasts, fatigue, sensitivity to smell, food aversions, nausea, and more frequent urination. Keep in mind, however, that it's very likely you will have no symptoms.

One study found that 50% of women showed no symptoms at five weeks after conception, 30% had none six weeks after conception, and 10% still didn't have any at two months after conception!3

Below there are three tables.

  • One is the signs of pregnancy you might experience before you miss your period.
  • The next is the most commonly reported first signs of pregnancy, so you can get a sense of how common these symptoms are.
  • The third shows 14 signs of pregnancy you might experience within the first three weeks after conception to get a better look at some other symptom possibilities.

Signs of Pregnancy Before You Miss Your Period

Information from "Early signs of pregnancy: When will I feel symptoms?" from

Weeks Before Your Missed PeriodWhat's HappeningHow You Might Feel


It's been two weeks since your last period and you're ovulating.

Like you have PMS (sore breasts, cramping, bloating, mood swings)


The egg was successfully fertilized. It starts dividing and implants itself in your uterus.

Most women feel no different. Some might have a bit of spotting and other pregnancy symptoms (fatigue, breast tenderness, heightened sense of smell.)


You missed your period.

Most women still feel no different. Some may note symptoms like sore breasts, fatigue, or frequent urination. 1/3 of women experience nausea.

Am I pregnant?

Am I pregnant?

One of the special (and sometimes frustrating) things about pregnancy is that no two women experience it in the same way. One woman doesn't stop vomiting for weeks in the first trimester, and another might never even feel nauseous (lucky!).

There are several early signs of pregnancy. Some of them are subtle, and you may not notice them right away, or you may mistake them for PMS since they are similar. In fact, in one study, 29% of women reported that missing their period was their first clue that they were pregnant.2

You'll probably want to know if you're pregnant sooner rather than later since it's important to receive appropriate prenatal care and discontinue any unhealthy habits you may have.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, and if you've missed a period, you should definitely take a pregnancy test. It's the only way to know for sure if you're pregnant or not.

7 Most Commonly Reported First Signs of Pregnancy

Data based on a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, "First Signs of Pregnancy." 2014

Symptom% of Women

Missed Period




Changing or Tender Breasts




Implantation Bleeding




Headaches, Increased Urination, and Cramps

1.5% each

An OBGYN on Early Pregnancy Signs

14 Symptoms of Early Pregnancy You Might Feel Within the Three Weeks After Conception

SymptomWhen can it start happening?Can it happen before a missed period?

1. Spotting and cramping

6–12 days after conception


2. Breast tenderness and changes

1–2 weeks after conception


3. Fatigue

1–2 weeks after conception


4. Morning sickness and nausea

2–8 weeks after conception


5. Missed period

2 weeks after conception (or whenever you were supposed to get your period)


6. Frequent urination

2–3 weeks after conception


7. Bloat

2–3 weeks after conception


8. Mood swings

2–3 weeks after conception


9. Elevated basal temperature

1–2 weeks after conception


10. Smell and taste sensitivity

3–4 weeks after conception


11. Backache

2–3 weeks after conception


12. Headache

2–3 weeks after conception


12. Constipation

2–3 weeks after conception


13. Dizziness

1–2 weeks after conception


1. Spotting and Cramping

Some women experience spotting or cramping in early pregnancy; this is usually a sign of implantation bleeding.

When It Happens:

Some light spotting and/or cramping can occur 6–12 days after conception. This is usually termed “implantation bleeding.”4 It is a symptom that is frustratingly similar to getting your period. So if you have a period that is early and much lighter than normal (sometimes implantation bleeding is described as just a few drops of blood), you could still be pregnant.

Why It Happens:

This is sometimes a sign that the egg has implanted itself into the uterine wall.

How Common Is It:

According to, about one-third of women experience implantation bleeding.5

What It’s Like:

Implantation is when the now-fertilized egg burrows into the uterine wall. It happens one or two days after the embryo gets to the uterus, which is typically about five to seven days after ovulation and fertilization. On average, implantation is nine days after ovulation and fertilization, with a range between six and twelve days. Some light cramping can accompany the bleeding, which can last from three hours up to three days.

You might think you're experiencing ordinary PMS symptoms if your breasts are sore or swollen; however, it's also a relatively common early pregnancy symptom.

You might think you're experiencing ordinary PMS symptoms if your breasts are sore or swollen; however, it's also a relatively common early pregnancy symptom.

2. Breast Tenderness and Changes

Breast tenderness is a common early pregnancy symptom that can be accompanied by swelling, heaviness, or darkened areolas.

When It Happens:

Breast tenderness can start as early as one or two weeks after conception. In fact, this is often one of the first signs of pregnancy.4 Tenderness may really start to kick in around four weeks after conception.

In addition, the breasts may become larger or feel swollen or heavier. The areola (area around the nipple) may also darken.

Why It Happens:

Increased blood flow to your breasts makes your boobs swollen and painful to touch. Over the course of your pregnancy, you could gain up to two cup sizes, with the extra bulk coming from milk, extra fatty tissue, and blood.

How Common Is It:

Every woman will experience breast tenderness though the degree and timeline might differ. For some, it might only last a week, and for others, it might last the whole first trimester.

What It’s Like:

Some women notice changes in their breasts as soon as a day or two after conception, though this is not common. Many women will recall in hindsight that they indeed had sore breasts shortly after conception though they didn't take note of it at the time. Changes in size or shape, heaviness, tingling, or soreness are all typical sensations.

A distinguishing point from regular PMS tenderness is the darkening of the areola (as early as one or two weeks after conception, but especially around the fourth week), and you might start seeing blue veins in your breasts as well. Prickling and tingling are other words that have been used to describe the changes in your breasts.

How to Deal With It:

You’ll probably want to invest in some different kinds of bras, which could be larger, made out of cotton, and underwire-free. Wearing a bra to bed might help ease the pain as well. Though your larger twins might look enticing to your partner, make sure you let them know that they are welcome to look, but touching should be kept to a minimum.

If you're pregnant, your body is working hard to make another human, so you're feeling tired for many reasons!

If you're pregnant, your body is working hard to make another human, so you're feeling tired for many reasons!

3. Fatigue

Fatigue is common throughout pregnancy and might be one of the earliest symptoms you experience after conception.

When It Happens:

Fatigue can start as early as one week after conception, though most women really start feeling it after about two weeks.4

Why It Happens:

Fatigue is caused by a number of factors. One of them is the change in hormone levels that starts soon after conception.6

How Common Is It:

This is one of the most common symptoms of being pregnant, and coincidentally, also one of the most common symptoms of being a parent!

What It’s Like:

Many women feel very tired during pregnancy, especially during the first few months. This is your body's normal response to its new state of transition. Although energy levels typically rise during the second trimester, it's common at the start of pregnancy to feel extremely and inexplicably worn out, like you’ve just run a marathon even though you only commuted to work. Fatigue can be a symptom of many other things, but if you feel ungodlily tired combined with any other signs listed here, you should take a pregnancy test.

How to Deal With It:

Don’t let feeling exhausted get you down. Even though you’re not showing yet, your body is still in the process of creating another person. It’s hard work! Rest when you can. Take naps if your body calls for them, and sleep for as long as you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner or family.

4. Nausea

Nausea is often experienced in early pregnancy and is sometimes accompanied by aversions to smell or taste.

When It Happens:

Though queasiness can start around two weeks after conception (right around the time of your missed period), full-blown morning sickness and vomiting don’t usually roll around until the sixth week or so of pregnancy (four weeks after conception). Usually, the symptoms taper off after the first trimester.4

Why It Happens:

Doctors still don’t know what causes morning sickness. Current thinking is that morning sickness is the body’s reaction to the hCG hormone, which is at its highest levels in the first trimester. This is just one of those lovely pregnancy mysteries that we get to experience!

How Common Is It:

80-90% of women experience some form of morning sickness, from nausea to vomiting. You’re not alone.

What It’s Like:

Nausea can occur with or without vomiting and is often worse on an empty stomach. It's called morning sickness because the discomfort is often the worst in the morning. However, it can happen at any time of day. If you find yourself sick for no apparent reason, you may be pregnant. This is often the sign movies and television shows use to indicate that a character is pregnant. It's cliché for a reason: it's common!

How to Deal With It:

You can manage morning sickness by eating small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones. Morning sickness tends to be worse on an empty stomach, so eat a couple of crackers before bedtime. Also, keep track of what sets off your nausea and what soothes it. When you know what makes you hurl, you can try to avoid it.

For some women, ginger ale and saltines work wonders. For others, it’s something else. Many women find that bland, carb-rich foods are safe, like pretzels and crackers. Cold treats like popsicles and watermelon also help. Common wisdom dictates avoiding spicy and fatty foods (which do enough to cause trouble even without a baby on the way), but sometimes these are the only foods that spell relief for some women.

If you're not tracking your menstrual cycles or have irregular cycles, you might not be aware that you've missed your period—the most common first symptom of pregnancy.

If you're not tracking your menstrual cycles or have irregular cycles, you might not be aware that you've missed your period—the most common first symptom of pregnancy.

5. Missed Period

A missed period is the most common first symptom of pregnancy.

When It Happens:

Normally, two weeks after conception, or whenever you were supposed to be getting your period.

Why It Happens:

You get your period every month since an egg wasn’t fertilized, and your body is shedding the uterine lining it created to support a baby. When an egg is fertilized, however, the body keeps the lining and adds to it! This means there’s no Aunt Flo for you.

How Common Is It:

This is another (almost) universal sign of pregnancy. Most women skip their period, but occasionally (rarely), women do have bleeding early in their pregnancy. Continued bleeding, however, is not normal and should be brought up with a doctor.

What It’s Like:

There are many reasons for missing a period, including stress, illness, extreme weight gain, anorexia, or discontinuing use of hormone contraceptives (birth control pills, patches, etc.).WebMD However, missing your period is also one of the surest signs that you may be pregnant. Tracking your menstrual cycle is a good way to know when to expect your period.

Home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate when you follow the instructions. If you test negative, but your period still doesn’t come after a few days, take one again just to double-check.

You might think that frequent urination is limited to early pregnancy; however, it's quite common in the first trimester as well due to increased blood flow to the pelvic area.

You might think that frequent urination is limited to early pregnancy; however, it's quite common in the first trimester as well due to increased blood flow to the pelvic area.

6. Frequent Urination

Due to increased hormones and blood flow to the pelvis, you may be making more frequent trips to the restroom in early pregnancy.

When It Happens:

The constant need to pee can start as early as two to three weeks after conception, but it's more common to see it after the sixth week of pregnancy.4

Why It Happens:

hCG, the hormone that produces the estrogen and progesterone your body needs to sustain your pregnancy, also increases blood flow to the pelvic area. This helps your waste-disposal system to be more efficient, which unfortunately means more trips to the bathroom.

How Common Is It:

Most women will experience an increased need to go to the bathroom throughout their entire pregnancy, though (like everything) the scale of the change will depend on the woman. Typically, the need is worse in the first and third trimesters.

What It’s Like:

Long before you start to show, or perhaps even before you know that you are pregnant, your uterus is getting larger. Fluids begin to increase in your body as the womb gets ready to make a comfortable home for the baby. This added burden puts physical pressure on the bladder, plus the extra fluids in the body all have to be processed through the kidneys and bladder. In addition to the hormonal changes described above, this combination makes you need to use the bathroom a lot!

If you find that you seem to need to run to the bathroom more frequently than usual, it could be a sign that you are pregnant.

How to Deal With It:

It can be annoying to have to go to the bathroom so much, but don’t let this keep you from staying hydrated. Instead, try cutting out drinks with caffeine in them since it’s a mild diuretic. You have enough trouble as it is! Some women find that double-voiding is helpful, where you go to the bathroom and empty your bladder, then wait a second, and do it again. This way, you can ensure that you’ve really emptied out everything in there so you don't find yourself needing to pee again in five minutes.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms: One Woman's Experience

7. Bloat

Digestive issues are common during pregnancy, although you may not experience bloating until later on.

When It Happens:

Bloat (and other digestive symptoms) can start happening as early as two to three weeks after conception, though it's more likely you'll notice them at the fourth week and later.6

Why It Happens:

The body has started to produce the hormone progesterone, which helps slow down digestion and allows nutrients from foods you eat more time to enter your bloodstream and reach your baby.

How Common Is It:

Almost every woman experiences some digestive issues during their pregnancy, though not everyone experiences it in the first few weeks.

What It’s Like:

Many women find their pants feel snug early into pregnancy because the waistline can expand quickly with bloating.

Of course, there are a lot of reasons you may feel bloated, and this is one of those symptoms that you are likely to notice in conjunction with another sign.

Gassiness might also be a common theme throughout your pregnancy as hormones slow down the digestive tract and wreak havoc on your body in general.

How to Deal With It:

Keep a food diary of the foods you eat and your levels of gas discomfort, then make some changes if you need to. Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill to make all the symptoms go away, but with care, you can find ways to manage them.

Drinking lots of water, exercising, and making sure you're eating enough fiber are all good ideas for health in general, but especially while you're pregnant.

8. Mood Swings

You can blame hormones again for mood swings, which you're most likely to experience beginning four weeks after your missed period.

When It Happens:

The rollercoaster can start going up about two weeks after conception (around the time of your missed period). You might mistake this for your normal PMS symptoms. Most women, however, will probably get more mood swings around the 6th week of pregnancy (four weeks after your missed period).6

Why It Happens:

Your body is being flooded with hormones that can make you feel unusually emotional or weepy.

How Common Is It:

Most women experience some sort of moodiness or mood swings during pregnancy and about 10% experience depression. Mood swings are most noticeable in the first twelve weeks of being pregnant.

What It’s Like:

All throughout pregnancy, but especially at the start, hormone levels will be fluctuating. If you find yourself laughing, crying, and shouting all in the same breath, you may not be crazy. You may just be pregnant.

How to Deal With It:

Go easy on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for being irrational or moody or for feeling down when you feel like you should be excited that a baby is on the way. Recognize that 99.9% of other expecting mothers have felt the same way that you do. You might also experience a sense of a loss of control, over what’s happening with work, in your family, with your body, and in life in general. Your best bet is to let go of the issues that you can’t control. Try to get plenty of sleep and communicate your needs to your social network and your partner.

Most women don't track their basal body temperature unless they are trying to conceive (TTC). Sustained increased basal body temperature after the ovulation stage is a nearly universal symptom of pregnancy.

Most women don't track their basal body temperature unless they are trying to conceive (TTC). Sustained increased basal body temperature after the ovulation stage is a nearly universal symptom of pregnancy.

9. Raised Basal Body Temperature

If you've been tracking your basal body temperature and notice a sustained increase in temperature in the post-ovulation phase, you're likely pregnant.

When It Happens:

You will only notice this if you've been charting your basal body temperature in order to track ovulation (normal BBT for women is between 96 and 99 degrees; it’s your body temperature right when you wake up in the morning before you do anything). If your body temperature stays elevated about a half-degree or so for two weeks after the increase that indicates ovulation, then you could be pregnant.6

Why It Happens:

After the release of the egg during ovulation, BBT increases by about half a degree in almost all women. This is caused by progesterone, which is secreted by the ovary after ovulation. The hormone also causes the preparation of a uterine lining for a possible pregnancy. Body temp stays higher (about a half of a degree) until right before menstruation, when it returns to normal.

How Common Is It:

The rise in body temp is nearly universal. Tracking BBT, however, is a little difficult and is not fool-proof.

What It’s Like:

The rise in temperature is so small that you won’t be able to notice it without using a basal body temperature thermometer.

Sensitivity to smell and taste is very common during pregnancy.

Sensitivity to smell and taste is very common during pregnancy.

10. Smell and Taste Sensitivity

Sensitivity to taste and smell is a classic symptom experienced by at least 85% of women during pregnancy.

When It Happens:

Increased smell and taste sensitivity can start three or four weeks after conception. At first, however, you could just have an increased appetite. This could also easily be a decreased appetite depending on your level of nausea.3

Why It Happens:

This is another one of those things that scientists just don’t understand yet. Yay, pregnancy mysteries!

How Common Is It:

At least 85% of women experience some kind of food aversion, and most women experience cravings of some kind. Luckily, these can be your body’s way of steering you away from the bad stuff (like coffee and alcohol) and towards nutrient-rich foods, like extreme moose tracks ice cream.

What It’s Like:

Things that used to smell or taste good to you may make you feel nauseous. Some women even experience a metallic taste. The way you relate to smells and tastes can vary from being slightly altered to being completely changed. If you find that your favorite hair gel suddenly makes you want to vomit, you may be pregnant. But foods are the most common triggers for a lot of women. If the corner hot dog you used to love now turns your stomach, take a trip to the drugstore for a pregnancy test.

How to Deal With It:

Try not to overindulge too much on some of your more sinful cravings. Instead of a whole candy bar, maybe go for a snack size, or for some fruit or dark chocolate instead. If you simply can’t get your mind off of something, try distracting yourself by taking a walk, doing another activity, or calling a friend. That said, you don’t have to deprive yourself of everything. Just indulge in moderation!

An aching back is relatively common during pregnancy.

An aching back is relatively common during pregnancy.

11. Backache

If your back is aching and your period hasn't arrived, you just might be pregnant!

When It Happens:

Depends on the woman.

Why It Happens:

Many women have backaches as a part of PMS, and as pregnancy continues and the uterus grows, women can continue to experience them.4

How Common Is It:

Backache, along with other abdominal pains like cramps, is relatively common.

While many women have a lower backache right before their period starts, this can also indicate pregnancy. A dull ache that won't go away and is not accompanied by your period can be a sign of pregnancy.

How to Deal With It:

Make sure to keep exercising regularly to keep your back muscles strong. Ask your doctor about low-impact activities that will be safe, which could include walking, swimming, and biking. Notice your posture as well, and make sure that you avoid standing for long periods of time. At night, sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees will take stress off your back.

If you sit at a desk job, place a rolled-up towel or cushion behind your back for support; rest your feet on a stack of books or stool and sit up straight, with your shoulders back. You can also take acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic) to help with the pain. If your pain is ever severe, you should see a doctor immediately.

Headaches in pregnancy are usually caused by hormones or increased blood flow.

Headaches in pregnancy are usually caused by hormones or increased blood flow.

12. Headache

An increase in hormone levels is again the culprit behind headaches in early pregnancy, although not all women will experience this symptom.

When It Happens:

It varies according to the woman. We are all such special snowflakes!

Why It Happens:

Hormones are at it again! The increased blood flow in the body can also contribute to headaches. If you quit your coffee habit to prepare for pregnancy, withdrawal can also cause headaches.4

How Common Is It:

Many women experience headaches as a part of the general dizziness, fatigue, and nausea that accompany early pregnancy. Obviously (as I’ve said a million times already in this article), every woman is different, and some may never complain of headaches.

Many women suffer minor to severe headaches as a result of the rapid hormone changes.

How to Deal With It:

You can do your best to prevent headaches by staying hydrated and keeping your blood sugar from getting too low. Keep some snacks on hand to ward off any hunger-related headaches. You should also get plenty of sleep. Making time for short naps throughout the day could be beneficial.

Keep a headache diary, recording everything that you eat and drink and how much sleep and exercise you’re getting to see if you can identify a trigger in your diet or other health habits. Hot or cold compresses could also help, as well as other stress-reduction techniques like acupuncture, massage, or hypnosis.

13. Constipation

The digestive system is affected by hormone changes during pregnancy, which may cause constipation, among other issues.

When It Happens:

The first trimester can be full of many unpleasant digestive-system-related issues, like tons of gas, bloating, and yes, constipation.

Why It Happens:

Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can result in both constipation and bloating.4

How Common Is It:

Garden-variety digestive problems seem to be part and parcel of pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimester. Chances are you’ll experience some changes in this area, though they vary significantly from woman to woman.

How to Deal With It:

The way to deal with constipation during pregnancy is fairly similar to how you can keep your bowels healthy in general. Here are some tips:

  • You should eat a diet rich in fiber, but don’t overdo it too fast. Work your way up to a high-fiber diet.
  • Make sure you’re drinking eight glasses of water a day.
  • Try eating six small meals a day instead of three large meals, which will help keep things moving through.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Schedule regular time to go to the bathroom after your mealtimes.
  • Stay away from commercial laxatives since many of these are not approved for use during pregnancy.
Dizziness may occur throughout pregnancy but is usually worse in the first trimester.

Dizziness may occur throughout pregnancy but is usually worse in the first trimester.

14. Dizziness

Dizziness is fairly common in the first trimester and can start pretty early in the pregnancy.

When It Happens:

This is another one of those classic movie symptoms. Dizziness can start as early as one or two weeks after conception and is usually worse in the first trimester.7

Why It Happens:

Pregnancy causes your blood vessels to dilate and your blood pressure to drop, which could result in some unexpected swooning.

How Common Is It:

Many women experience dizziness during their pregnancy.

How to Deal With It:

If you find yourself getting dizzy, you should lie down right away, on your left side if you can. This will maximize blood flow to the heart and will keep you from fainting. If you’re in a place where you can’t lie down, sit and put your head between your knees. If you’re in a place where you could put you or yourself in danger, such as driving, be sure to pull over right away.

You should avoid:

  • Standing up too quickly
  • Getting low blood sugar
  • Excessive exercise
  • Becoming overheated while doing something like taking a hot shower or using a sauna
A positive test is the most effective way to find out if you're pregnant.

A positive test is the most effective way to find out if you're pregnant.

How to Tell If You're Pregnant Right Away

The only way to tell if you’re pregnant right away is by taking a home pregnancy test according to its instructions. Waiting can be difficult, but you can usually take a test three to four days before a missed period though you’re more likely to get a false negative if you test too soon. If it’s negative, wait a couple more days and test again if Aunt Flo doesn’t come to visit.

Be sure to test first thing in the morning, when your urine and the hormone that the test is measuring (hCG) are most concentrated. If you see a line indicating a pregnancy, you’re almost certainly pregnant (even if it’s very faint). Pregnancy tests with false positives are rare.

When Will You Experience Pregnancy Symptoms?

One factor to consider is the fact that many of the earliest signs of pregnancy (i.e., sore breasts, bloating, cramping) are the same symptoms you might have right before your period.

With that in mind, you probably won't experience significant symptoms before your missed period. Most classic pregnancy symptoms don’t start until one or two weeks after conception at the very earliest. Many women don’t notice anything until one or two weeks after their missed period (three or four weeks after conceiving).

Remember: Take a Test

The most important thing you can do if you feel you may be pregnant is take a pregnancy test. These are inexpensive and widely available. You can even find them sometimes at the dollar stores! There are also community resources available such as Planned Parenthood, where you can get a test for free if you cannot afford to pay.

If you are too shy to buy one yourself, ask a friend to pick one up for you. You can even buy them on Amazon. For your health and your baby's health, it's best to know as soon as you can if you are indeed pregnant. Buck up and get one!

When taken properly, home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate. Though some say you can take them up for five days before your missed period, the earlier you test, the more likely you are to get a false negative. If the test is negative and your period still doesn’t come, try again.

When Did You Know?

Fun Pregnancy Myths

In this video, people are asked to describe pregnancy myths and wives' tales they know. It's a fun watch, and you never know—some of those old wives may be smarter than you thought!

Cute Timelapse Pregnancy Video With Touching Song

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


MrsSolomons on February 27, 2020:

I have had sex everyday since after my period my last family planning was the 18 August I'm trying to have a baby, I'm experiencing headaches some lower tummy pains and I have experience some nausea... My period is due soon should I wait a couple more days to take a test?

Shannonmurray on January 26, 2020:

hi ,

I’ve had sex with someone 8x in one night sounds crazy but it’s true , I was then late coming on I then experienced light spotting and some brown discharge this lasted 4 days , 1 week after having sex I did 2 tests one was negative and one showed an extremely faint Second line , I left it another week so by then it would have been 2 weeks That showed negative I went to my gp I told him everything and by this point my boobs where heavy they hurt I can’t stop weeing im constipated I can’t stand certain foods I usually eat im tired my belly is bigger than usual (I am curvy not exactly skinny) The doctor has told me to go by the fact I’m pregnant but we don’t know it’s now been 3 weeks today I took another test and it’s negative last night and this morning emotions came out of nowhere I’ve had cramping last night and this morning just want to find out what’s going on if I’m pregnant then so be it if I’m not I can try again just wanna know why I feel like this I’m only 23 and never been pregnant before


mr haman on December 30, 2019:

me and my girlfrend had a protected sex and she have not had a piriod yet what mast be the cos of that please and her piriod have to come this month from 28th or 29 bt today is 30th bt we are still facing problems what might be the problems?

Shakita Jones on August 23, 2019:

Hello... I Am Having Pregnancy Symptoms But The Test Came Back Negative All 3 Times I Am Having The Same Symptoms That I Did With My Son... Am I Pregnant Or Just Imagining It...

marle tom on August 10, 2019:

Hello, I Have similar to this.

OneAndOnlyCass on May 15, 2019:

I had unprotected sex the last day of my period and my boyfriend did not cum at all in me, he pulled out wayyy before he could and there was no chance that precum could’ve been at all a possibility due to the fact that he had not cum at all that day beforehand and did pee way before we did it. I started experiencing slight dizziness about a week after (around the time of expected ovulation) and I felt a slight twinge on one side for about a few days (when the dizziness started) and I have not shown any other signs of pregnancy or pms besides slight dizziness on and off, could that mean that I am pregnant? Or is it just more likely a sign of pms or ovulation? Is it possible to have dizziness a week after if you are pregnant? I’ve read so many things that only say by 6 weeks women experience it. (Today is now one week and four days since the day we had sex)

Ramhmangaih Sangi on March 28, 2019:

During my ovulation in January this boyfriend and i we had sex....without Cd of course...till now my period had not come....i have done 3 home pregnancy test but all so confused...all pregnancy symptoms were there but still negative results.....please getting stressed out

Heavenly from Philadelphia pa on March 27, 2019:

i Had sex unprotected sex with my boyfriend March 6 and after this time perido my period was supposed to come on March 22 and this is day 6 that my period is late but I been feeling more tired and sick this pass week and what should I do what do you think is wrong ?

bronwyn shipley on January 22, 2019:

Hi I'm 9days late for my period. I've done a pregnancy test the other day and it was neg has any idea when u get alot of milky white discharge but no sign of period sore boob's my last period was the 18/12/18

Freakyflowergirl123 on January 22, 2019:

Hey anyone there?

Ellie1230 on December 28, 2018:

Hi there. So am a bit worried i had my menstrual cycle on December 13th by December 18th my period had gone away but by December 23rd my husband and i had intercourse and he released his sperm inside of could he possibly may of got me pregnant.

Anionette on September 27, 2018:

i need advise, my period was due 25 Sep, that morning no period, some and my bf took the opportunity to have sex before the lonnng wait(he likes sex) so after sex i went to pee only to find blood on the tissue, not much but it was there, so i put on a panty liner, but then it went away, not even enough for the liner, now its the 27th,, no period

LaRiesha Dimps on September 11, 2018:

Hello, so my last period was June 23,2018. I normally have regular periods but i was told by my doctor my tubes were blocked.Does anyone else have this issue or had a similar issue to this?

tembisa on August 27, 2018:

i had my period this month on the 7 August and havent had one since took two tests and they came back negative whats going on could i be pregnant ?? couse i am feeling some movement in my stomach ..the vomiting and i get tried and sleepy all the time ..

Jdobbins33 on August 09, 2018:

I had my last period on june 24 and havent had one since took two tests and they came back negative whats going on could i be pregant ??

Ashley devega on July 17, 2018:

I have a ? If your period came on the 14 of this month and had sex on the 15 and the 16 my period went off and today i used the pre-seed then i started bleeding again today what do i do or what do that mean

EMummy on April 15, 2018:

So.Feeling so confused. On 18-23 of March was my last period. My next period is due on 21 of April. My cycles are never regular. Drop 3-4 days most times. approx. Cycle 34 days according to my chart. We had unprotected sex

2 days after my period's end. On the 25th and 5 days later were my fertile days. On those days had lots of discharge abdominal and lower back pain sore breasts and so i said ok should be my ovulation. But up to today i have really sore breasts and for the past week a constant feeling of pressure in bladder. Worried that might be an infection. So 4 days ago did my tests in OB to check for infection and came back clear. Also the OB checked my ovary and everything were ok. Im going crazy. Did an early pregnancy test 4 days ago but came back negative. Feeling so confused as i have these symptoms of really sore breasts for 2 weeks now abdominal pain and a constant feeling of want to pee like someone push my bladder and mostly at night were i relax and sometimes like want to gag. I cant wait for my period days to come so i can actually understant if this is pms or pregnancy. What do you think?

Diamondfreeman on April 05, 2018:

I have a question about pregnancy testing

buggirl2018 on April 01, 2018:

Okay, so I am on the patch and have been for over a year. My boyfriend and i have been having unprotected sex for almost 6 months. I just had my period a week ago but it was lighter than normal, but about normal length, maybe ending a day or so earlier than normal, but the patch has changed my cycle. For the last week (a day or so after i put my patch back, which normally clears up any hormone imbalances or pain) my boobs have been hurting especially any time you touch them or i put a bra on, i have been having slight stomach cramps in my abdomin area, my feet are swollen, i have been having nausea but no throwing up. I’m scared it’s too early for a pregnancy test, but should i take one?

sandra228 on February 18, 2018:

I was going thru debilitating morning sickness and fatigue also. I had all day and night morning sickness and hadn't started prenatal yet. Anyways, I was taking "No to morning sickness tea". It's definitely worth a shot.

Tulashigrg on January 18, 2018:

Can someone please help me im confused weather I'm pregnant or not my last period was on dec 7 and I had unprotected sex on dec 24 and on December 31 I got brownies and light pink discharge for 3 days then stop on day 4! I took pregnancy tests 3 times all came negative

Britt2132 on January 08, 2018:


Hello there. I know this question was asked 3 weeks ago, but I still wanted to reach out to you. I am not a doctor nor am I a psychic, however I can tell you that I have been in your place before. To hopefully give you and your partner some relief I can say I use to work in a pharmacy. We had to learn everything here was to know about the MAP. If Dec 8th was your only slip up, then the MAP should have done what it was supposed to do.

If you were feeling symptoms of starting your cycle, which I understand can be confused with early pregnancy symptoms that soon after then I would guess that the MAP could have thrown your cycle off a bit, but your body is either getting ready for your cycle or is going through the process of the MAP being in your system.

I can tell you that 4 days free taking the MAP, which is 5 days since the slip up then you would definitely not feel and symptoms of pregnancy that soon even if you were pregnanct which in my opinion it does not sound like you are.

The MAP Most likely just grew your body off a bit. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

Smoothinnocence on June 19, 2017:

I've been throwing up for almost 2 weeks now,I get lower belly pain,my back hurts,my feet recently started swelling up from jus sitting down too long,I'm smelling things that's far away,I made a pregnancy test and it came back positive bt idk if to trust it cause I pocs and I really want to have a baby,if i'm not I'll jus give up any advice would be welcomed

Susan Frank on March 04, 2017:

I was coping with severe nausea and morning sickness since the week 4 of my pregnancy and nothing was going to help easing my sickness. After trying a bunch of remedies finally I got the solution. It was No to morning sickness tea.

Scaredmommyof2 on April 06, 2016:

I am 2 weeks late, always tired, very sensitive to smells, can't eat without getting sick to my stomach, my stomach is bloated, I've been getting hot flashes like crazy, and Boobs are sore! I have taken a few home tests 2 showed faintly positive and 2 showed negative, but at the same time I had a tubal ligation done when my youngest was born 6 years ago.....could I be pregnant?

worriedgirlfriend on December 27, 2015:

Can I be pregnant four days before my period because me and my boyfriend was in me webothed with out clothes and he pulledout before he cumed I put pants ack on before he ejcleted. I was on top of him fullled clothed when he ejoclate.

Genesislee96 on April 28, 2015:

I'm 19, my period due on the 30th of this month. A week before I get my period I usually have cramps and my boobs hurt, my last period was April 1-8, I was intimate on the 8th. We've been having unprotected sex for about two months now . My boobs aren't sore, I'm not getting any cramp, I get back ache, my stomach constantly hurting especially if I haven't eaten, I'm really sensitive lately, constantly hungry. I woke up at four a.m last night because I was hungry. I feel like I want to throw up but I don't, especially when I'm near my boyfriend or when we speak on the phone, I've gain some weight. I don't know what to think, maybe my period just late and this karma telling me to use protection or I may just be expecting. I need an answer asap, when should I take an at home test?

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on August 07, 2014:

Great hub with good info and links.

dcrawford21 on December 04, 2013:

ok so back in July-Aug my period was off i didn't start when i was supposed to only spotted bout 1-2 days, spent over $100 on test the month of Aug all Neg till i went to walmart and got first response all 3 had came back BFP, took one Wednesday morning, Thursday Morning & Friday morning. Went and got blood drawn at the end of Aug results came back in with a BFN. Here we are today I have noticed blue veins on my breast, my breasts fill fuller and bigger, my husband said my mood has changed, i have had a few hot flashes, I have been hungry, I felt really sick to my stomach earlier about 1:00 and felt like i was going to throw up but wouldn't come out, woke up this morning with a headache. Went and got 3 first response preg test and it came out negative. Calendar shows im supposed start period on 12/7 which is in 3 days. IDK what to do' idk if im to early or if Im not preg and my mind is telling me I am. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on September 25, 2013:

Great info!

marion langley from The Study on July 11, 2013:

I guessed correctly that I was preggo at 5 weeks both times because of the higher basal temperature. I almost voted this hub funny because the title is about questioning the possibility of being preggo but the top picture is of a woman so preggo she looks about to pop LOL Lots of great info, well organized, useful and interesting. Thanks for writing!

Guardian angel 17 on May 23, 2013:

Hey guys I need your help.Friday the 17th I had sex my period is due the 28th. The other day I was having cramps they hurt so bad I've never had them hurt so bad. Today a one point I discharged a Lot it was whitish clear and I've not discharged in a while. Also I'm extremely bloated. It hurts to push on it. I'm a small girl. I'm not due for my period till the 28th wish is in like a week. Could I possibly be pregnant? Please help. Im only like 96 pounds so im wandering if the symptoms are kicking in earlier due to my size. I also didn't mention backache the other day.

confused mommy13 on May 15, 2013:

Hi, my last period was on 24th march then I missed my period until yesterday (13th may) when it started bleeding yesterday. Today it has stopped again. Was really disturbed with that as was hoping that I was pregnant as was having symptoms like increased hunger,frequent urination and dizziness. My doc gave me primolute - n for getting my period from 7th may - 9th may. So was this bleeding my period or implantation bleeding as now it has stopped. Could i still be pregnant?

beautiful1410 on May 10, 2013:

Hey girls,I'm 18 and I had my period on april the 14 and it end it on the 21st. My question is that the last day of my period I had sex and maybe that whole week I really don't remember well after that week I started having lower abdominal pain like cramping on both side or sometime it takes turn cramp or it goes away and come back and sometime I get a lot of pressure while eating or sleeping... 2nd week my nipples started hurting and I was tripping out cuz I was having both system going on at the same time and it felt like I WAS going to start my period but the funny thing was I just had my period like a week weird right....So knowing that my nipple hurt just around my nipples not the breast..well my nipples is really red.and I'm hoping it's goes away soon other then that these two thing I having going on is what happening to me...well the only way to find out is take a home pregnancy's been 19 days...So do you think I'm pregnant?

CutieBunz16 on May 02, 2013:

Hi I'm 15 years old and my boyfriend is 17. we had unprotected sex saturday and sunday on april 20 and he came in me. i had a period a few days after and it shut off the same day. what do i do? am I pregnant? please help

staceyleigh787 on April 18, 2013:

im 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant. this is really awkward but the opening of my vagina is really sore, i do shave so i might have cut myself or it could be from rough sex im thinking also i have a bump on the left sideof my uterus is this normal. ?

Stephanie from Canada on February 11, 2013:

Fantastic hub, thank you for sharing!

Am17 on October 01, 2012:

Ok I haven't had sex in 3 months well 2 nites ago I got drunk and after a couple of drinks my stomach has had a sharp pain like someone ia stabbing me I can't sleep everything I eat I throw up can someone tell me what's going on please I dnt wanna go to the doctor cuz ill prolly go to jail for under age drinking

clawdzy on July 16, 2012:

is it possible for a woman to feel a week after the conception of any strange feelings?? will she be pregnant,,,?? she told me something getting hard with her lower abdomen, want to eat anything but she cannot guess any food she likes to eat, back pain, like she told me she wants friedrice, coke, dumpling and before she eats twice a day but this time she eats 3 times and with extra snacks after a while she eats, she smells something that I am at her side, we are a bit away from each other, its been 5days after the conception, i want to make a plan if she is really preggy, the time she will not be having her period this 27 of july and missed it, i mean will she be preggy,???? will she be able to use PT earlier

alishaelizabethr on April 07, 2012:

I'm 17 and my fiancé is 19 and I have had three miscarriages with him and now I'm fixing to get a test because I haven't. Had a period since January and its April I'm constantly snapping. At him I'm always tired and I've gained about thirty plus pounds and my breasts have gone up to high AC cup and my stomach is getting hard around my left side of my waist what should I be thinking??

Vanilla90 on March 22, 2012:

Hey I'm 21 and married. Ok how do I start... Well almost a week ago my husband came in me and I was kinda freaked out but not really. Then the last few days Ive been feel moody, have cramps, getting hot when other people are not, back hurts a little, stomach feels bloated, feet kinda hurt. Idk if it's cuz I might be prego or if it's just my period. I have irregular periods they last awhile. I've been to the doctors about they did nothing about it. Anyway we had sex when I was on my period. Then these past few day it was heavy. Ugh I'm sooo confused!!! When I'm on my period I never have any of these symptoms. Am I prego or is it the period talk? How long should I wait to take a test? HELP I'm soo confused!!!!! Thanks!

babyhopers on February 22, 2012:


My names Bekah, i am 16 years old and my boyfriend and i are ttc... yes, i know im young but hes 23 and ready to settle down.. i act a lot more mature for my age then most girls and i am ready for a baby..

we have had sex the past few days, hes came in me each time and ive held my legs up above my head..

we hope to have conceived..

i have been reading articles about how long it can take a woman to feel the symptoms..

i have been very tired lately and very moody as well as nausous and dizzy.

yes my period is due in a few days but i just don't feel normal. usually by now my cramps would have started and they haven't..

can someone please help?!?! me and my boyfriend are curious!

Karleatha on January 27, 2012:

Heyy im Karleatha me nn my boyfriend been trying 4 a baby for months but im confused on if im pregnant i been sleep a hole lot lately nn getting this feeling in my upper stomach am i pregnant ???

Smilie1234 on January 23, 2012:

Last month I was a week and a half late and my period only lasted around 3 days I have lower back pain and headaches a lot especially when I eat something hot my stomach is feeling really odd I wake up feeling nueoseous when I life something heavy I have to put it down cut I'm afraid I'm going to puke and I've been very emotional my boyfriend has seem me cry and pissed off more than he has ever I've taken a few test and they all showed up negative. I've been pregnant b4 but had a miscarriage and that pregnancy the tests didn't show anything till I was about 3 months any advice???? Idk what to do :(

Fern22 on January 15, 2012:

Hi I have been TTC for 14 months now. The last 5-9 days I have been feeling sick, my nipples are a little bit sore, my lower tummy is sore not painful and I have been feeling a butterfly feeling in my tummy. Could I be pregnant? I done a test and it said negative but my friend said I tested well to early. Please give me some advice xx

Emoslayer on January 06, 2012:

ok well me and my husband r trying to have a kid but doctors tested me i used a home test and they all came back negative but last month my period was 3 days late and then this month I don't have one.And i have been feeling sick lately and tired and hungry a lot and my head and back hurts a lot and im very emostional.Could I Be Prego?

Please Help Me!!

babygurlf200 on December 27, 2011:

i am sixteen years old me and my boyfriend have been having unprotected sex for almost seven months he always pulls out. i haven't had any symptoms of pregnancy, but i've had this freakish thing happen, when im smoking a cigarette it started to hurt my stomach and i started throwing up..

and evetytime me and my boyfriend have sex after we are done my stomach hurts so bad, it makes me cry.

can anyone please answer why im having these issues?

could i be pregnant?

samaritansilver on December 15, 2011:

guys is there a possiblity that my friend is pregnant because today she has her period but before that its dec 15 in the morning she vomitted three times and has a headache after that she get back to sleep and then later on around 12pm she woke up and she feel that she has her period already. although its true that her period came up. by the way every month of 15 she has her period.

becka789 on December 07, 2011:

hi my name is rebekah im 22 year old mother with a 2 year old. i just got off my depo shot a 3 or 4 months now, but i feel like my pregnant cuz im tired i have diarrhea and when i drink i feel sick. i eat one bowl of kd and a fruit cup and i feel full. i get head aches and lower back pain. my tummy in the morning is flat and then by 6 or 7 it starts to get uncomfortable for my jean button to button up. i have to pee after one cup of chai tea. my eat habits have totally changed from eating a little to eating a lot..

i dnt understand y all the test are negative, could i be pregnant

please help me i feel like im 7 weeks or 8 weeks pregnant is it just in my head?

Rachel Ann Evans from las vegas nevada on November 27, 2011:

so, my fiancé and iv tired all this month for a baby.. and my last date of my period starting was oct 27th 2011.. well.. i should have started my period just three days ago and it still hasn't came and ive taken three tests and all were negative.. what do you guys suggest? please email me because i really need advice lately i have been more than usual stressed but it doesn't normally throw off my period.. iv been very fatigue and have had headaches that wont go away and i never get headaches.. also when i urinate it always seems to burn or just feel uncomfortable rght after but not for a long period of time so i know i don't have an infection at all. what do you guys think it is.. my fiancé tries holding my belly at night when we sleep and i end up pushing his hands off bcus it feels too uncomfortable and too much weight on my belly and i am bloated.. so do you guys think im pregnant or im just psyching myself out.. we both will feel a little upset if we arent and of course try again next month but can i get some suggestionS?

sxycosmo1 on November 26, 2011:

My boyfriend and i have been talking about having kids and until i met him i never would have thought about kids. ever since we had a condom break hes been just pulling out.. but 2 days after my period ended he stayed in (Nov. 17th). then again on the 23rd. ive been noticing that ive had headaches, been sleeping more, heartburn, nausea.. now the funny thing is (and here is where id love some feedback, if anyone has done this) my friend on thanksgiving did this trick with a ring and string( she apparently was correct with this for all of her 3 girls, her mom's pregnancies and others) she said if it went into a cirlce it was a girl, a boy is a straight line, and the time it takes for the ring to start moving is how long before they are born. now she even told me that it didn't really work on men,, yet when she did this to both me and my bf it was exactly the same.. she also said if she did it over my stomach she could find out if i am. she did and it started spinning almost instantly.. soooo she thinks im pregnant. i think its still too early to tell. but my boss made meatballs yesterday for work and as soon as i walked in i wanted to vomit i couldn't handle the smell. and today i cant really lay on my stomach it hurts, been urinating a lot, still nauseated and Really freaked out,, would love some feed back thanx

princessvickie0x on November 25, 2011:

i been having pain below my belly button nd above my vagina nd i feel like im goin to throw up all day long nd i have been eating a lot more nd using the bathroom a lot more my back been hurting me nd i been sleeping a lot could i be pregnant? And could i have ealry simpsons of pregnancy cause its been bout a week or 2 nd we had done it on my period nd i was told u can get pregnant easyer when u can someone please help me...

kez16 on November 21, 2011:

can anyone help me ? I am 2 days late for my period, and for the last 5-6 days, i have been feeling nauseous, some things smell funny, i have bad indigestion, and a tender abdomen. Could i be in the early stages of pregnancy ???

ashley230 on November 14, 2011:

I have been going to the bathroom every four to five hours, mild backaches, nauseous at random times, I cry over stupid things, I am extremely tired even though I sleep enough, I have had mild cramping and my breasts are somewhat sore at times. If I am pregnant then I am close to four weeks. I did skip my period but I usually skip every other month and this would be my month to skip. I also am unable to sleep on my stomach as I usually do because it is very uncomfortable. I am a police officer so I have to wear a duty belt and I just want to rip it off because it is very uncomfortable. I also yell at people for no reason. I have taken three pregnancy tests and all said negative even though I took one three days ago. I am afraid to go to the doctor because I would feel silly if he told me I am not because I have thought I was pregnant before and had a negative blood test. Can anybody help?

ash1991 on November 13, 2011:

@madgirl, My sister Had her baby boy in mar 2009 and got pregnant again 7 wks after having her baby boy she was not ready for another baby but she says now she wouldn't give it up for anything she says yes it is hard but at the same time its great her baby boy helps her a lot with his baby sister and her kids get along great im not saying it wont be hard but im sure your a great mother and you can def handle it Good luck and congrats.

Lovebug24 on November 11, 2011:

Okay so hi.

I'm 15 years old. So three nites ago I had sex with this guy. He had a condom on. It wasn't the first time I did it but for some reason my cherry broke tht nite.. He claimed some of the blood got on his dick.. I really don't have any of the symtoms any one has said beside kind of sleeping but I sometimes like to sleep i'm not really sleeping more or less then I normally do.. Also I'm not really hungry lately. I'm not supposed to get my period till like dec 3rd. So iknow it's kind of early but is there a chance I could be prego? He told me if i am to get an abortion but I wouldn't be able to kill my baby but I wouldn't be able to raise the baby I have a baby brother nd see how hard he is. I'm just scared to tell me parents nd I just need help please help me!

Lizziebear90 on November 08, 2011:

so this is my deal. i got pregnant in sep. 2010. i had my daughter june 2011. she is only 5 months old and there is a possibility that i am pregnant again. ive missed my period completely and ive been having breast tenderness,back pain, increased urination, fatigue, mood swings, increased hunger, headaches and a pull/ cramping in my belly. i am only 21 years old and been married for almost a year to my husband. we arent really ready for another baby but we will have to deal with what happens. i was on birth control but it gave me problems so i quit taking it. ive looked for another method but weve just been using condoms sometimes. he has gone inside. and with my last cycle he went inside a few days after it had stopped. im pretty sure that i am pregnant again but i am afraid of taking a test and knowing that i am right....i need advice on how to cope because i am not ready for this again...

Madgirl on November 06, 2011:

K so I'm 25 and me and boyfriend are trying to get pregnant.. On oct 29 I had what I think was my period but it wasn't like it normally is.. It started as spotting then on the 30-31 was heavy then was spotting again (no panty liner was needed) and that spotting lasted a day or so and now it has been approximately 5 days since the spotting has stopped and I have been feeling nauseous, dull cramps in abdomen and lower back.. I was supposed to start my period on Thursday oct 27/11 and end the following Thursday.. Also my periods always start off heavy then go light the last couple days( sorry tmi) so now I have no idea I have taken 3 preg test and all have said neg.. Any help would be nice.. Thanks

MaDTaSTiC from Indio, CA on November 05, 2011:

Me and my boyfriend have sex like every day haha and we always start out without a condom and im late 2 days for my period and ive been getting craving and he wouldn't sit with my on the couch and i started crying!!! Ive been sick for 3 days not throwing up but like my tummy hurts and i just got new jeans that were one size to big and now there like really tight idk if im prego cuz i took 3 test and they all said im not to HELP!!!

JtsLSld on October 31, 2011:

Hi, So 5 days ago my girlfriends period ended and me and her had protected sex. I did not pull out when I ejaculated. Now on sat she got her period again out of nowhere and has been feeling lazy feeling tired. Now Today she woke up randomly sick puking, cramps, headaches, and stomach pain. Could she be pregnant?

lisahennon on October 30, 2011:

i have been very 14 and i was with my bf one day we started snoging and stuff than he undressed hisself and I didn't want to so I was still wearing jeans a tshirt and nickers so we were basiclly messing around when my bf went home i noticed sperm on my jeans then i took them off and there was a little bit of sperm on my nickers but nowhere near my vagina.. and now 1 week later i notice that I feel kind of sick when I eat I have tummy aches and headaches.. so can anyone help me can sperm travel trough clothes and can I be pregnant if I had sperm nowhere near my vagina? please help me im REALLY WORRIED ;(

JJ Nicole on October 28, 2011:

Okay so I'm 15 and my boyfriends is 16. We just recently had unprotected sex...well we've been for the past week or 2. He pulls out tho. Anyway, i went to check my calender 2day and realized my period is almost a week late. I've been very nauseous in the mornings and afternoons nd my boobs r really tender when they r touched. It seems like I've been out partying all night when i get home from school bcuz im that tired. My boyfriend says that im really emotional bcuz out of nowhere i start crying and then 5 sec. later, im laughing nd having fun. And just today, my boyfriend and i walked passed a funnel cake stand nd i absolutly LOVE funnel cakes but for sum reason, the smell of them was repulsive. And foods i find really nasty, im starting to eat them. Please, if anyone could let me know what's going on, my boyfriend and i would greatly appreciate it. We're really scared. Can someone please help?

Nikki29 on October 26, 2011:

Please help, me and my husband r trying for a baby we had sex just over 2 weeks ago, my period is now 8 days late but hpts r negative is it 2 early to detect am so so confused please help Have also had some nausea and feeling tired plus the sore nipples thankyou xx

Elizabeth90 on October 26, 2011:

Hi I am new to all of this so here's my story.. Me and my bf have been ttc for 3 months now, last month I had an early mc and it devastated us. I am now due my period but this past week have been feeling overally hungry, tired, emotional, bloated and have had headaches. Am I imagining that I am pregnant again or could I actually be? I feel I'm driving me and my bf crazy!!

tlynn2214 on October 22, 2011:

Milo31 - I've taken tests but they've been negative. Idk if it's too early to find out but I've been having all the signs so I really don't understand.

KatherieS on October 22, 2011:


I am very worried I am pregnant. Here's the story..

I'm 17 years old. The last time I had sex was about 4 weeks ago. Obviously it was unprotected. Since then, every day I have been feeling very nauseous, (Most food will make me gag! Even if I am hungry) my breasts are tender, my nipples are bigger? Also, I use the restroom a lot. Not just too pee, It's almost as if everything I eat goes staright through me. I sleep a lot. I mean a lot! I am always so tired. More than usual!! And I have been so moody!! I cry over nothing, then I hate everyone! Everyone will just annoy me! My moods shift a lot lately. I have been feeling very dizzy and the right muscle in my back is all swollen. I have never had normal periods. But the last two that I had were pretty normal, they came around the same time every month and I had cramping. Well, I had sex a few days before my period was expected and It never came. Then about 2 weeks ago I had almost period cramps. (My periods are normally heavy and most of the time last a little more than a week)Well, following the cramps I had very light bleeding at first then it got kind of heavy so I used a tampon so there would be no accidents at school. It only lasted 3 days. I took a pregnancy test a week after I had sex and I know it was too early and it was negative.I took one about a week ago and it was still negative. Also, in my panties there is a white discharge. Not sure if it has any signifigance. An I feel as if my belly is a little bloated. I am very worried I might be pregnant. I'm scared to tell my parents and I'm scared a doctor will say I am :( Someone please tell me if you have the same problems!!

Milo31 on October 21, 2011:

tlynn2214 - A couple of my friends didn't find out until they were 2-3 months pregnant because they still had their so called "period" they thought. You sound like you are having a lot of the signs. Good luck and I am hoping for a positive for you!!! : ) Please keep us updated. I hope to find out sometime soon if I am!!

tlynn2214 on October 20, 2011:

I'm having many symptoms but I don't know if I'm pregnant. I have to go to the bathroom frequently, I feel nauseated every night and some mornings for the past few days. My breasts are tender and my jeans are getting really tight around the waist and my appetite changed to. I find it odd that I don't want to eat foods I regularly like. I also have really random lower back pains and I'm always tired. I'm supposed to start my period on the 25th, if I do start does this mean I'm not pregnant? I really hope I am. Helpp!

Milo31 on October 20, 2011:

I know that everyone is different and will not have the same symptoms. Sometimes it's just nice to put it all out there with women who are in the same boat. My husband and I have been TTC for 8 months now. Of course, I have taken several test out of hope for a positive over the time. The past week to two weeks I have been experiencing extremely sore breast, nipples seem to stay hard, and I can't find motivation when I get home in evening. I have been a very active person and normally work out when I get home from work, but the past week to two weeks I have just wanted to lay on the couch and/or go to bed. I am not due to start my period for about another 4 days. I am hoping and praying that we are pregnant this time. I just have tried to not get to worked up about it. The things I am experiencing are new for me. My breast normally don't become sore until the day I start my period and nothing like how they are now. I mean even when my arm rubs across them while moving around for everyday life it hurts. I am going to try to hold off until I am at least a week late to test. Good luck to everyone that is TTC.

mimi99 on October 18, 2011:

ok sim pretty regular on my period and i am now 2 weeks late and i am urinating like crazy and my boobs are super sore but i took a home pregnancy test on the 5th day of my missed period is it still possible that i am pregnant and just tested too soon?

Erykahbossy28 on October 18, 2011:

I have a problem and hopefully someone can help me out with this. My lmp was Sept 22 and its now Oct 19, my period is suppose to start in 2 days but for the past week i've been nauseous I even vomited a few times and I'm extremely tired and exhausted all the time for no apparent reasons. I did take a test on yesterday Oct 17 it had a very faint positive. I haven't experience pregnancy symptoms in so long seeing as tho my daughter is six. I guess its just a waiting game now if I don't get my period by Oct 21 then I will test again and I will definitely post my results..

nyrichsure on October 18, 2011:

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AaronModesty18 on October 17, 2011:

I only have two symptoms. Frequent urination and tender breasts. I have started going to the bathroom more often then usuall when I began birth control which was last year (Depo Shot) so I don't know if it could be because I might be pregnate. I was on the depo shot for about four shots and you get one shot every 3 months. At the begging of this month I switched birth control due to my severe weight gain on depo which also caused me to get A LOT of stretch marks and bigger breasts so it's hard to tell if I have gained or lost weight.

I am now taking a pill birth control called Sprintex. I just took my white pill last night. I have been having period cramps for about 3 days due to my upcoming period. Me and my boyfriend have sex. We have always used protection and the few times we didn't we went straight to a drugstore and bought the planB one step pill.

Recently we have had sex with a condom but after a while my boyfriend takes it off so he can finish but he always pulls out.

Every time we have sex we ALWAYS go to the bathroom and "wash off" as we call it. I clean my vaganial area And vagina with soap and water, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. It burns really bad but that's cause it's alcohol and I don't know if I should be doing that either. I also put on a panty liner on my underwear just in cause I missed anything and I also line that with hydrogen peroxide and alcohol.

It's only been one night since our last intercourse but I'm afraid I might be pregnate.

My right nipple has been sore since yesterday morning and of course while we were having sex and now but I don't know if that's cause I might be pregnate or because my boyfriend always play rough with my boobs. Only one hurts.

I don't know if I should take a pregnancy test yet or wait to see if I get my period I'm only 16 and I'm still in highschool.

Someone help please!

kidnamedcuddi on October 16, 2011:

Hi my name is micah me and my GF had sex two weeks ago and she is feeling all these symptoms but here's the thing..she is on this birth control that make it to where she doesn't have periods..but she feels like she is going to start and i finished inside of her and we didn't use protection ...what to do ?

bbandgsj on October 14, 2011:

added to comment below my boobs r bigger, and tinder. please help!!!!

bbandgsj on October 14, 2011:

hi yall

im almost 18, and me and the boyfriend have always had unprotected sex. well my last period started on 09-27 and lasted till 10-01. on the 2nd we had sex, several times and he finished. then on the 8th and 9th we again had lots of sex, and he finished several time. well my period is due around the 25, well for the last 2 week ive been really blotted, dissy, and ive had several bad headaces that wont go away. my lower back hurts all the time, and im cramping but not all the time. i am using the bathroom more often. like every hour, and i do not have a uti, or anything else. i wake up in the morning and my tummy hurts. like im going to b sick. im also verymoody, and crying a lot. and when dining times come around what i c there is i don't like it, with out tasting it, my tummy just feels full. but i want certin foods, like snickers, and fungins, and well this mornong a pb& pickel sandwich. well as u no my period isn't due for about 2 weeks, so i really don't no what's going on. please help!!!

MaybeBaby on October 13, 2011:

okay so im a couple days late so far , and i have a previous post just in case someone is wonderng what im talkin about .. so should i just wait the rest of the week out n then test?? , im nervous .

ravenj88 on October 13, 2011:

And my period is due today 10/13/11 . (this goes with my other comment that's under this one) please help me .

ravenj88 on October 13, 2011:

So i need help .! im 19 years old . i was takin birthcontrol pills for the last 2 months but not consistantly . i had not been takin them for a while when on sept 4th and 5th me and my bf had unprotected sex both times . i got my period 7 days later . My period only lasted 4 days as usual. lately ive been bloated, lower abdominal pain, having headaches that wont go away, higher temp, lower back aches, and my nipples are sensative . i sleep all day . && im up all night . Even if i stay awake all day i still cant sleep at night . im havin a lot of discharge with a weird smell . im nauseated but not vomiting && constipated . I also am peein a lot. could i be pregnant ?? please help .!

isabellasmommy11 from El Paso Texas on October 11, 2011:

I recently had a Blighted Ovum as well as a D&C about 4-5 months ago. I was 11 weeks into my pregnancy when They told me it was just a sac. I became real sad as any other women would knowing there would be no baby! Now The past few months I have gotten my period on time on the 3rd of each month. My last Period only lasted 09/3/11 3 days and then had spotting for one day and stopped. My periods usually last 5. Well it's 10/11/2011 today and i have not gotten My period. My first pregnancy I didn't even test till i was 2 weeks late and it was a positive. I was blessed with a beautiful babygirl. This past pregnancy I didn't even know i was and tested 13 days late and Got the positive. For this time around though I took a test on the 6th and 8th and 10th and I got a negative. I had used a FIRST RESPONSE with all 3 test. I am confused. Should I wait till Friday to take one more Test? Any advise would help! Thank you. Christina p.s I have had some Cramping like cramps

wnabe yw on October 10, 2011:

hi , I had sex with my Boyf last month on th 16 . and now . I'm having my mensus but I'm feeling dizzy , fatigue & I feel like barfing at times . I don't know if I'm pregnant . how ?

tiggerisbeasty on October 10, 2011:

i am experiencing many of those symptoms but the thing is my boyfriend and i had protected sex only this past saturday and i've been noticing nasuea at random points in time, fatigue , tenderness, dizziness,and i have to pee A LOT! i don't know what's going on but quite frankly im scared

lovelyj24 on October 10, 2011:

Hi, I just went my period Friday and me and my bf had sex a day before the day I started and now I am spotting and I have been feeling dizzy and nausea for example last night he took me on a date and we was riding back home and I could not take it I had to keep telling him to pull over I was very sick and one day I woke up to go to work and I was very dizzy it lasted all day and this was only a few days ago and I was feeling nausea then too if I bent over it felt like I was about to fall straigaht on my face and we had unprotected sex last night also I have been having horrible headaches and I have been very emotional and I have heard that even though you had your period if you had sex during or a day before the sperm could stay alive and once you come off it can meet with an egg. Someone please help me thank you so much.

jordiiebabey on October 09, 2011:

for the last 3 months i have been on for 3 days that's it and normally im on for 7 days a month for them 3 days i bled normalli but then suddenly came off and tthats was it i took 2 hpts on the first month came up negative i haven't took on erecently but i have back ache to the max it makes me unable to sleep im never sick in the mornings but always at night i randomly get pains on the right hand side of my belly and i know this part sounds stupid but i got that dizzy whilst lieng down that i felt like i was falling through my bed for the last few weeks i have been able to sleep all day and all night every few days of the weeks and i used to hate brown sauce with that branston bite in it but now that's the only thing i will eat otherwise im not hungry i will not eat unless its branston sauce.... strawberry milkshake....strawberrys or grapes and i hate healthy food but all the shit unhealthy food nocks me sick what's going on PLEAASEE HELP MEE!!

Chanel19 on October 08, 2011:

Hey everyone 'Im new to this site, but I was searching on google and came across it. On google I was asking questions about pregnancy because its a possibility I could be. Me and boyfriend of course had unprotected sex, (FOR EVERYONE WHO IS READING THIS POST IF YOU DON'T WANT PREGNANCY SCARES PLEASE ALWAYS USE PROTECTION) But any ways, We had sexual intercourse exactly 2 weeks ago, My period is due 0ct,16 and I'm doing my best not to stress at all. I really need some one to answer these question for me:

Can you start to have pregnancy signs after 2 weeks of sex?

All I' ve notice is that I'm hungry more then often. But please some one help me out and write back. I'll be checking for response. Thanx ^^

denglefield on October 07, 2011:

im on the pill, and i came off my period about a week ago, me and my boyfriend had sex three times both saturday & sunday last weekend, i took my pill but now i keep feeling really sick i don't know if im pregnant or what?:(

Katierodriguez on October 07, 2011:

Okay, so I need someone to help me out. Im 19 years old and me and my boyfriend have been using the pull out method lately. We had sex using that method the day I finished my period. I have looked it up and many say you can get pregnant from pre-cum and others say you can. Anyway, it's been about 3 and a half weeks now and I should be due for my next period soon but I'm freaking the he'll out because I been sleepy, cramping in my lower abdominal & I wake up with back pains :( this morning I woke up and my mom had made something as soon as I smelled it I ran upstair to throw up i felt so nauseous ! I have been more sensitive to smells, maybe it's just me but I need someones help!

sxycosmo1 on October 07, 2011:

well I went to the appt.. did the test and it came up negative again. soooooo i'm going to assume that 3 strikes and i'm out lol.. both me and my bf were both relieved and sad by the results

Molly8892 on October 07, 2011:

So you went about a week and a half without BC... I think your fine.. Because it takes a while for the BC to work out of your system.. I would wait a couple more weeks before you test.. If you test to early it will come back negative and you would have wasted the money on a "pee stick" :D Calm down and relax.. Don't work yourself up just yet. :) Good luck hun :)

MaybeBaby on October 06, 2011:


okay so im usually on the pill but as i was waitin for my mom to get my refill prescription my bf and i had sex and he ... well you know .. messed up ! and idk if im stressin to much that i could be pregnant or if i really am. i was a good 10-11 days without my pill(and just finished my period) when this incident occurred , and i sleep allllll the time , i feel like i may be peeing more than more normal , i get headaches , and i eat more (but idk if that's jus me cuz i love food lol) my stomach feels so full and tight and looks real bloated and my period is due in 4-5 days . could i test now ? or wait ? or am i jus trippin ! HELPPPPPP MEEEEE ! (: Thanks !! oh yea and i have felt little cramps every now and then ..

Molly8892 on October 04, 2011:

Keep us posted.. If ya need anyone to talk to.. I am here.. Well you don't know me but.. Im a good listener. :D

sxycosmo1 on October 04, 2011:

thanx molly. I have an appointment tomorrow at our local pregnancy crisis center. they only do a urine test but I'm sure its more accurate than a dollar test from the dollar tree.. so I will know for certain.

Molly8892 on October 04, 2011:

@BKLYN21: OMG. Thank you so much.. I have been freaking out.. I think I am but I am so not sure... And now that you have said something about the pregnancy hormone, it makes sense... Since the PCOS is a hormonal imbalance I may not have the same amount of hormones as other women.. Phew.. My fiancé and I are moving in the next couple weeks.. So I will make sure I don't do to much heavy lifting.. I am going to call and make an appointment here soon. I don't have insurance at the moment but my Fiancé is adding me to his.. Thanks so much for your help.. I will keep in touch.. Thanks.:)

@sxycosmo1: Maybe your just stress about losing your job.. But just to be safe.. Go to the doctor. Find out for sure... I am going to call my doctor at the end of the week.. By then I should be on my fiance's insurance.. Have an amazing day.. :) Thanks for all the help :)

sxycosmo1 on October 03, 2011:

Well I've never posted on one of these before. I'm stressing out right now. I hope some one can give me some advice. I know going to the dr is the only way I'll know for sure since Ive taken 2 hpt and they both were negative. I'm 24 yrs old. I was on Welbutrin for anxiety and it was the only thing to make me regular.. 3 months on it,, 3 periods.. ALL of them ended right around the 4th of the month... I got fired from my job and lost my insurance so i couldn't afford the rx.. so i stopped taking it. My last period ended Aug 4th.. the day before I met my bf.. We were constantly using protection. On Aug 15th.. One of the condoms broke.. after he finished.. I had my lil freakout and we talked about the possible outcome.. well I didnt get my period in sept. sep 6th i took a $1 store test it came up negative.. A couple weeks later i had very light bleeding that didn't even last 2 days... when normally im super heavy and dark lasting about a full week.. I took another test bout a week later when i noticed that my nipples have been hurting a lot... it seems they are hard A lot and the left one feels like a nipple clamp has been put on it.. Ive been tired but i just figured that was cause i just moved and started a new job.. Im really nervous..its oct now and still no period. and since 9am ive had to pee like six times (its 11:25 AM). a couple of my friends think im over thinking this and that im not and im worrying for nothing.. a couple of my other friends would bet money that i am.. Sorry for the long post but i just hope i can get some advice from someone or just have someone to talk to about this.. Thx

BKLYN21 on October 02, 2011:


Molly8892 on October 02, 2011:

@BKLYN21 Thank you so much.. I thought that i was the only one out there.. :S I am tired.. But im always tired. LOL.. My breasts arent sore but they are getting bigger... I haven't gotten my period since.... April/May?? I took three home prego test.. All of them were negative.. I am afraid that I am going to have to go to a doc to get pregnant... Pay all sorts of money.. That i don't have.. My back hurts. I don't feel the empty spot down south anymore.. I still get headaches and pee a lot.. i think.. I don't keep track. I just don't know what to do.. Im going crazy.. :S To me.. It sounds like your pregnant!! Go to a doctor and find out!!!! :)

BKLYN21 on October 01, 2011:



Cowboys10 on October 01, 2011:

Me and my husband been having unprotected sex and I haven't gotten my period since July 27.... On August 24 I've gotten spotting but only lasted a day and a half.... I'm always hungry, gets sick when I smell smoke, and having lower back pain and also my stomach has a lil pulge now! My husbands family thinks I am but I don't think I am! Should I take a test??

han18 on September 29, 2011:

hello. just wondered if anyone could help me.,, the first day of my last period was the 23rd of august. i made a very stupid mistake and had unprotected sex with my ex on the 8th of september. my period was supposed to come on the 19th of august, on that day i had loads of pressure on my pelvic area and cramping, had a lot of pain just on the left side but the pressure pain passed and i had light cramping throughout the week but it was 9 days late, yesterday i got my period and it is very light and today im hardly bleeding at all. do you think this is normal bleeding. i felt nausous all last week like at the top of my tummy near my ribs. and my boobs look a lot more full, even my sister has noticed that they look bigger. ?

Molly8892 on September 27, 2011:

So. I have a strange feeling.. down south? LOL It feels like a hard empty feeling.. I don't know what to call it.. But i don't feel it all the time..sometimes it feels kinda fluttery.. IDK.. Please someone help me.. Am I going crazy.... I also asked my Fiancé if my boobs were getting bigger.. he said yes.. but idk if he was saying that.. we were fighting all day.. was it to get me to stay?? I would suggest that you go to the doctor.. Or a clinic to find out for sure.. i should go too but Im scared. I want to be pregnant so bad.. I don't want to be let down again.. Ugh. I have a really bad headache and I have to pee again.. TTYL Good Luck all of you..