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Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

Updated on April 19, 2016

For many women, the two weeks (or so) between ovulation and their expected period are very stressful. If you are trying to conceive and hoping that your "Aunt Flo" will stay away for the next year or so, or if you are sexually active and hoping to not become pregnant, this time period can put you on edge. Sometimes it seems as though every twinge is a symptom of something bigger, probably pregnancy. If you're like me, you could buy stock in pregnancy tests, which sit waiting until the day of testing. You might keep a calendar or a chart. You're on the edge of your seat, maybe even biting your nails. "Am I pregnant?" You ask yourself time and time again and until you can pee on that little stick, there really doesn't seem to be a solid answer.

I have been pregnant four times, and I can honestly state that the truth of the matter is that most pregnancy symptoms are also signs that your Aunt Flo is going to show up any day. This can be confusing and disconcerting for most women. The only cure is to pee on a stick and/or get a blood test done by your doctor.

I will, however, guide you through some of the most significant signs that you might be pregnant.

Pregnancy begins with implantation
Pregnancy begins with implantation
A home test will tell you you're pregnant!
A home test will tell you you're pregnant!

For Those who are Casually Trying to Conceive or Not Preventing Pregnancy

The following symptoms apply to those who are casually trying to conceive as well as to those who are using fertility charting.

Please keep in mind that pregnancy doesn't begin until implantation and that your hormones won't be rising enough to produce symptoms until your fertilized egg has implanted on the uterine wall. Implantation usually occurs roughly 6-12 days after ovulation. If you don't know when you ovulated, you will find it much more difficult to follow your symptoms! Charting is always a good idea, even if you are trying to prevent pregnancy!

I am placing these symptoms in order from most obscure to most well known. You may learn a thing or two!

  • Stuffy Nose

Most women don't know that a stuffy nose is a symptom of pregnancy, but it can be! Keep in mind, however, that a stuffy nose can also be a sign of allergies or illness and needs to be considered in conjunction with other symptoms.

  • Metallic Taste in the Mouth

Dry mouth, with a metallic taste, can be a symptom of pregnancy. In most cases where I have known a woman to have this symptom she has later tested positive for pregnancy! Keep in mind that some medications might contribute to this symptom as well.

  • Dark Blue Veins in the Breasts

Consider your breasts. Are there dark blue veins? Most of the time these veins will be prominent and puffy if you are pregnant, but this can also be a symptom of your menstrual period, so please be aware of your cycles!

  • Increased Sensitivity to Odors

Your sense of smell may increase when you are pregnant!

  • Implantation Cramping and/or Bleeding

Usually this is just light spotting but the cramping can be quite painful. Implantation bleeding occurs for a day or two when the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall.

  • Headache

Headaches are very common in early pregnancy, but this can also be a sign of illness, stress or a coming menstrual period. If you suspect you might be pregnant, please do not take aspirin or NSAIDs for your pain! Stick with Tylenol, which is safe during pregnancy!

  • Fatique

Fatigue is very common early on in a pregancy as well as during the third trimester. If you are feeling frequently very tired, then you could be pregnant!

  • Morning Sickness

If you find yourself becoming sick to your stomach, this can also be a sign of pregnancy. This symptom can show itself as early as the day of implantation! Remember, too, that feeling sick could also be a sign of illness.

  • A Missed Menstrual Period

In most cases, a missed period is an indication that you are pregnant. However, there are other aspects that can affect this, including stress and simply "getting older." Women in their thirties tend to experience lengthening cycles, and it is possible to have an occasional anovulatory cycle (which means you might need to have your period jump-started medically).

Your baby's development in the early stages will be quite slow.
Your baby's development in the early stages will be quite slow.
Morning Sickness is a common sign of pregnancy.
Morning Sickness is a common sign of pregnancy.
Image courtesy fertilityfriend.com This woman is not pregnant.
Image courtesy fertilityfriend.com This woman is not pregnant.

For Those who are Charting

If you have been charting your cycles while trying to conceive, you will have further indications of your fertility and your possible pregnancy. If you are serious about becoming (or not becoming) pregnant, you should consider purchasing a Basal Body Thermometer (BBT) and taking your temperature every morning at the same time. Your basal temperature is taken when you are at rest and have been sleeping for at least three hours. Your temperature should be taken before you speak or rise in the morning. Temperatures can be taken either orally or vaginally.

See below for resources for trying to conceive and pregnancy.

If you have been charting your fertility, you probably have a good idea of how basal temping works, but I will cover the subject in brief:

  • During your menstrual period and the follicular phase of your cycle (while your follicles are developing and preparing to release an egg), your temperature remains fairly low and, if you are healthy, stable.
  • A few days prior to ovulation, you will begin to see some egg white cervical mucous. This is a sign that you are fertile and could become pregnant. Resources at the end of this article.
  • When you ovulate, your temperature will most likely drop, and then rise sharply. If you are using a charting program like Fertility Friend, you will notice that after two or three days, you will see red cross-hairs, indicating the date on which you ovulated.
  • After you have ovulated, your temperature will usually continue to rise for several days.
  • If an egg has been fertilized, it will implant. When the egg implants on the uterine wall, you will usually see a profound drop in your temperature that will last for only one day.
  • After the drop, you should see your temperature rise and continue to do so if you are pregnant.
  • If you are not pregnant, your temperature will drop below your cover line and your period will show up, beginning your next cycle.

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      Zoe 3 days ago

      Could I still be pregnant as woke up with blood down my legs and fell sick and dissy today and got a headaches

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      Ann Damirez 6 days ago

      Hi, I’m curious about what’s going on with me because I had my period September 28th. 2017 less than 28 day cycle and then had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on October 3rd. 2017 after 10 days of my period went off and after 10 days had unprotected sex why I had spotting? I took up birth control pills for several days and stopped 4 days before I have had spotting. This spotting never happened to me before. I’m wondering I might get pregnant? or is it because of the birth control pills? Any comments are welcome. Thank you!

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      Michelle Kilpatrick 3 weeks ago

      Hey I'm having brown stuff coming out of me and its dark is that a sign of pregnancy I'm needing to know cause yeah

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      Shawn Brown 2 months ago

      I've been try to get pregnant an I'm praying this time I am my menstrual cycle. Comes on the 1st but it didn't an it's the 11 today the information that I just gotten today gave me hope an I pray I am

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      Nneka 2 months ago

      Im HIV positive with my partner @nd were trying for a baby.

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      Vicky 2 months ago

      I still have the signs of my flow but it has not come yet. its been two weeks now. I also feel like vomiting lately. although its just two weeks, my breasts have gone big. Does that mean that Im going to be pregnant?

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      Simphym@gmail.com 2 months ago

      I started to noticed the signs of pregnancy after a week but then I went thru my period, after the period the symptoms did not stop my breast stared swollen n green veins n my stomach started to be more discomfortable in such a way that am not able to sleep by it side I did preg/test it's came negetive. The following month I missed my period I did the pregnancy test again but is says negative still. So am confused cause am not normal. Whats going with me pls help

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      krystal 2 months ago

      I see my period on the 15 of July an how am seeing it again the 28 of July wat can cause that to happen please help

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      Venita 3 months ago

      I have sing early been pregnancy my period started 9 July but light spot of pink came out and that is all I have some sings up it thew up and sleepy lots eating lots

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      Joanna 3 months ago

      Hi my name is Joanna I had a period it came on time but only bled for a hour filled one sanitary towel and then spotting every so often but ended up being really sick on Saturday night Sunday and Monday and couldn't really eat anything this is still a problem as I still feel really and can't stand serten smell or food as it's turning my stomach I have a problem with my head it's a medical condition could it be affecting my period only this is first time it's been this weird it wasn't great last month but it still came this month it didn't really and if felt sick any advice please

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      Kat 3 months ago

      I'm a mother of 1, I recently been dating this guy and we been having unprotected sex, but for 4 weeks now my stomach has been sore, over been very nauseous day and night, even mood swings, my period was 4 days late and short, the ect of it but I recently took a pregnancy test and it came out negitive but I feel pregnant. Idk what to do except take another test..

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      Mmataunthoalphonse@gmail.com 4 months ago

      I have learned so much,but I'm still afraid because I used asprin when I had that headach

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      Mmataunthoalphonse@gmail.com 4 months ago

      I have learned so much,but I'm still afraid because I used asprin when I had that headach

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      4 months ago

      I am confused.. i had came on my period on the 14th of May, my cycle is normally 21days bit this happened on the 19th day.. anyway i came off on the 19th the blood was light but thought nothing of it. So i thought my period was over then 6 days later i spotted for 2 days 2 week before my next period.. i now have slight cramps npthing major, my breasts have dark blue veins but its never been like that before my period. I have had 2 children but ive forgotten what its like as my eldest now 5.

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      Kim 4 months ago

      Thanks this Article really help me out a lot. Because with me taking pregnant test to early. I am going take one later in week. But now am in a lot of pain with spotting.

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      Shegirl42 5 months ago

      I have irregular periods but this month for 3 days I felt like an animal, in heat. My calendar says I have for days til next cycle which it normally doesn't happen. It's always a week before or even two. But this time my nipples or tender to touch and boobs are sort of aching. Any ideas cause I don't want to rush to think I'm pregnant and get my hopes up

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      Brittney 6 months ago

      I have a question I usually start my period on the 25th I had a miscarriage 4 months ago and past the 2 months I had my period I had them on the 25th of each month except this month I spotted a little well when I whipped it was on the toilet paper but it was really lite and now I'm not doing it no can somebody please help

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      April 7 months ago

      What dose this mean about 2 or 3 weeks ago me and my bf had sex and I'm on birth control it was our 1st time in months because he works so much and is this normal I've been coughing back aces head aces grouchy all the time werid little bubble feeling in my stomac?

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      Aj 8 months ago

      I woke up with very bad cramps around 4:25 am went to the bathroom tried to do a number 2 but during that it was vert painful to my stomach then looked at the tissue it had light colored blood on it then all of a sudden i start to feel sick to my stomach and began throwing up please tell am i pregnant

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      jay 8 months ago

      hi there i have pcos and have light spotting brown from dec 28,2017 until jan 19 its been bright red. I did ultra sound and no cyst blood work not pregnant dr gave me provera its been 29 days what is going on

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      refiloe mehlape 9 months ago

      On the 25 DEC I had a little spot of my periods and when I test it came out negative so am confused

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      Ashley 9 months ago

      haven't had my period for 4 months I get sick sometimes at my stomach and my stomach hurts a lot and my nose bleed sometimes not a lot but a little bit I took pregnancy test and they all said negative could I be pregnant

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      Britany 10 months ago

      I did the deed 4 days ago ... and im slightly spotting ..

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      Victoria 19 months ago

      Well I have some problems myself. On February 9th I started my menstrual cycle and it ended on February 11th. So after that in the same month my breast became real tender and sore and I also got sick with certain things I smelled and I wouldn't eat anything for a whole 2 days. So a couple days after that I started having abdominal pain right in the bottom of my stomach and I started discharging slippery white stuff for 1 day and I was being very tired all the time so the next month on March 10th through 14th I started bleeding and I don't have sore breast anymore can anybody tell me what is going on please.

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      Taylor 22 months ago

      I don't think I'll get a notification, so if you could email me, it'd be much appreciated. Taytaybaberz@gmail.com

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      Taylor 22 months ago

      Hi! So I've been using Nuvaring for at least 5 months, and I forgot to take it out when I was supposed to and it was in for an extra week, so it had been in for a little over 5 weeks. My boyfriend and I never use a condom and he ejaculates in me.(sorry, but it needed to be included).. I took it out a week ago. Recently I've had headaches, a stuffy nose, sore throat, hip pains, lower back pain, my legs ache, slight cramps and I'm always tired, and I'm always hungry. Also last Friday,I had pink dishcharge and the next day I wiped and there was a tiny bit of blood. Yesterday at work, I was upset over the silliest things, all I wanted to do was cry and then a few hours later I was in a happy mood. My cramps gradually became stronger and I started bleeding, not as much as I normally do on my period, but enough that I have to change my pad every few hours or so( not that it's full, but I don't wanna sit in blood for a very long time). I had to call off work because my cramps really hurt, my back and hips still ache and my head really hurts. My lower abdomen is sensitive. I've taken two tests and they both came up negative..

      I'm not sure what's going on, not sure if I was pregnant, not sure about anything but any information you could give me would help!

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      francella 2 years ago

      I had unprotected sex on june 4. About 6 days after that I had a brown spot in my underwear. Since that day I've been really tired. I don't usually take naps but since that happened I've been taking naps everyday. Its also hard for me to fall asleep at night. I've also noticed my areolas are slightly darker than before. I have been really moody lately and light headed. I haven't took a pregnancy test yet but I will soon. I am 15 and I want to know if I'm pregnant. Can you help me?

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      Amber Lynn 2 years ago

      There is some info on here that isn't true. The day of ovulation and only 12hrs just after you suspect ovulation occurred, you can still get pregnant. Many doctors say the best time is the day before and day of. And also, pregnancy signs can occur before implantation as well, but minor barely there signs or intuition... The egg fertilizes then implants... The fertilization can cause changes in body just days before implantation. But most of the time you won't notice anything, only those in tune with their bodies like a handbook would notice changes very early. And I'm proof of all the above too. Confirmed with several drs and now with my BFP. Know your stuff and enjoy sexy time with your man and it will work. :o)

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      Gwen 2 years ago

      Hi, I'm so glad I found such an informative site! I was hoping you could help me. I am 44 yrs old and have been on Seasonique for 6 months. I spoke to my doctor about getting pregnant and she said just go right off of Seasonique and start having lots of sex for the next few months and see how that goes. So I went off of it Feb 4th and did not have my period. We had unprotected sex Feb 18 and 19th. It's now March 5th and still no period, last night I saw the clear egg white discharge, I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose that went away, breast have blue veins (not sure if they are always like that), I'm bloated and peea lot, but I tend to have both of those anyway. Do you think I'm pregnant? My fiancé and I would actually love to conceive. Any help would be appreciated - thanks!

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      cindy 2 years ago

      Hi. My hubby and I are trying for a baby,but my cycle keeps changing,my last period was on the 5th of feb,and had sex every after 2days now I'm feeling nausea and have a lot of cramps,I also had an egg white discharge after wiping my pee,could I be pregnant?

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      indigo25 2 years ago

      hi there I had sex on the 22nd of november 2014 and had my periods on the 10th of december 2014 which last for four days and had my peroids again on the 4th of january 2015...could I be pregnant

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      kacie 2 years ago

      My breasts have been hurting since the day day I ovulated january 11th. We are TTC. We have intercourse almoay everyday. Including the days leading up to my ovulation day. Now the past three days january 19-20-21 my stomach HURTS makes weird noises almost constantly. I am very moody. Still hungry even right after eating. Very sleepy. Could I be pregant?

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      rike 2 years ago

      I had sex throughout this month but I didn't felt i ovulate this month and my breasts are sore and tender after i checked my calender i saw my ovulation period had passed,my next period should be on 5next month,could i be pregnant?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It *is* possible to bleed if you are pregnant, but a particularly heavy bleed is never a good sign.

      REGARDLESS, you should see your doctor, because if you are bleeding and pregnant, that could be a sign of miscarriage or other problems, and particularly heavy menstrual periods can be an indication of other problems as well. Definitely talk to your doctor!

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      Paige 3 years ago

      This is just me overthinking probably. But anyways. I am recently married. I have had the WORST month of my life bc of back pains, feeling sick, and cramping. I am on my period so I don't think I can be pregnant. I was 2 and a half days late on having my period am it's been extremely heavy and painful compared to the past. My beast have been way to sore to even put on a reg bra lately just been using sports bar. They have blue vines showing but idk my vines show up easily so idk if it's always been like that or not. I have been feeling sick to my stomach a lot but mainly when eating or running. My husband says Iv been getting a belly but I figured that's bc Iv been eating more and not working out as much bc I'm getting a feeling like I will b sick but it just goes away after a while. I didn't know runny nose could be pregnant sign but Iv been taking allergy pills at night bc my nose as been running a lot Like I said I'm on my period but all the sign of being pregnant are here. Can I be pregnant? Or is it just a bad monthly period. If so, Should I be worried about a bad monthly period?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It's impossible or me to answer this question without knowing your age.

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      Tina 669 3 years ago

      While I was in the relationship for ten years I did ttc however without any luck. Now my period is twice or three times in a year,what are the chances of having a baby at my age. Still having the symptoms, I think I'm to old now for a baby.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      If you're still getting periods, you're still ovulating, so it's worth it to test.

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      Tina 669 3 years ago

      Was in a relationship for ten years, at frist he didn't wanted any children after 9 years change his mind... well i told him it was to late by then my period was on and off, so he letf me. Now 51 years old,no period for 7 months, met this guy had sex with him after 4 days had symptoms of pregnancy. What do you think???

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      gladmax 3 years ago

      I 've been looking for a baby boy.someone ask my wife to have sex with me 14days from the day she saw her period then abstaIn from sex through out the month.how real could this be?

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      lillylouise 3 years ago

      i have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms over the past month. i came off my period on roughly the 20th of may and had unprotected sex on the 21st and 23rd of may. i experienced what i thought was a period for 3-4 days on the 10th june to 14th june. i took a home test on the 17th of this month but it came up negative however i still feel i may be pregnant. i need some advice

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      anna s 3 years ago

      I had my period last month a few days early. I had my period this month 4 & 1/2 days late. Its been over with for a week or so, and now I am spotting, light brown in color. Some cramping.I have two daughters, and had my period, or something similar with both of them for the first month or two. I am married, and we don't use protection, but it's been about a month since we've been sexually active. Could I be pregnant, or is something else wrong? Advice please!

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      Joanie 3 years ago

      I had a still born at 37 weeks and this would have been my 4 th baby that was a month ago on April 6 but I've been feeling like I'm pregnant ago with all my kids when I tuck a pee test there never showed up is it just that I might be or is it where I had the baby yes me and my hubby has done stuff

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      You're *probably* not pregnant if you're getting negative pregnancy tests. If you're using the patch, it's unlikely that you're going to become pregnant. If you're still concerned, have your doctor run a pregnancy test.

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      Beedy 3 years ago

      Okay, Ive been on the ortho evra patch for about eight months now, and I have been having unprotected sex for about five months. I have never felt the way that I'm feeling now! It feels as if something is floating around in my stomach. I have slight pains in my lower and upper back. The bottom right side of my belly sometimes twitches. I have had slight headaches for about a week now but the pains are very short and mild. For some odd reason, I have been crying a lot lately and people have been hurting my feelings. My boyfriend say that I'm always jumping the gun now. I'm always catching attitudes with him for no reason at all... My breast have veins appearing in them also. I sleep a lot, which is something that I've always done. I have took 2 pregnancy test within the last month and they both said negative. My instincts are just telling me that I'm pregnant. Could this be?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I'm sorry Haylee, I don't know anything at all about Depo. You could try the American Pregnancy Association forums for more information. Everything I do know about Depo is bad news for future fertility.

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      haylee 3 years ago

      I have been on the depo shot since I was 13 I am now 19. And in the past month have decided not to continue with my shots. I've experienced Brown blood (old blood) along with cramps. What does this mean ?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      :( Well at least now you know something!

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      You're saying that you ovulated on March 8th? How do you know that you ovulated? By which I mean, are you temping and charting or did you have other symptoms associated with ovulation (such as cramping)? What color is the spotting (pink, red, brown)?

      Spotting can be one of several things, most of which aren't concerning. For example, I spot for about four days prior to the arrival of Aunt Flo. If the blood is bright red (highly oxygenated and fresh), I'd recommend seeing your doctor. Otherwise, check this out (it's mine):

      https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/bleeding-during...

      If you have any questions, feel free to come back and ask them or to ask them on the other page. I'm not a doctor though, so if you're really concerned, contact yours.

      Also, are you cramping?

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      AF came hours ago!:)

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      zita 3 years ago

      Hi, I was to have my period on 8th March and instead, I ovulated. My period hasn't Come yet and I am seeing blood spots. What could it be? Im worried.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It's definitely still possible that you're pregnant! Do you know if your temperature is elevated?

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Hello! Still haven't got my period and had cramps the past few days. Took a PT however it was still neg. Will wait til end of this month and will req Transvag UTz if still delayed. I just wish im pregnant rather than having a dse causing these headaches and nausea.

      I talked with a friend yesterday she told me she had the same sit like me. She had PTs every week but never got a positive 2 months after they had sex so it is really possible that Im preggers, right?:)

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Yes, there's definitely a chance you can be pregnant. You already tested, is that right?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It could be pregnancy for sure. The only way to be certain is to take a pregnancy test!

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      Layla D. 3 years ago

      Hello I just need a little input on my situation here it goes I had my baby 8months ago and my periods have returned 4 months ago they have been regular the 3rd of each month, so this Month March 3rd I started feeling cramps like I was about to start but nothing then on the 4th I went to the bathroom and notice some light pinkish spotting for that day and then nothing else it is now the 17th of March and I've been crampy,headaches,bloated,alot of cervical mucous and I've been. Very fatigued could this be pregnancy?

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      Monica 3 years ago

      Thank you Everyday Miracles.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It depends on when you believe pregnancy begins. If pregnancy begins with implantation, you couldn't be pregnant yet, as implantation occurs between 8 and 12 days post ovulation. You can test about two days after that. I'd say the 11th and 12th were probably in your fertile window if you're fertile mid-cycle.

      The only way to really keep track of this is to track your temperatures via a charting service like fertility friend. Then you'll know when to attempt to conceive.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It could be PMS. If your period doesn't come by the time it's due for the next cycle, talk to your doctor. Periods can change with age or stress levels.

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      Monica 3 years ago

      Sorry I meant January 2014.

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      Monica 3 years ago

      Hi my cycle has been 29 days long since past 2 months. In January 2013 got my periods on 30 jan and February was on 28/2. My periods last for 6 days always. Me n my hubby had sex on 6,9,11 and 12 march. I haven't experienced any symptoms of prego still. I had an egg white discharge on the 12 morning and afternoon.. Is there a possibility of me being prego at all. We both are looking forward to having a baby. Thanks in advance.

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      I still haven't got my period and I feel so sick! I vomit most of what I ate and am craving for peanuts. PT is still negative. It could be PMS right?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      First of all, let me clear up one thing for you, particularly if you're trying to get pregnant (or to avoid it).

      Your fertile window happens BEFORE your ovulation, not after it. So you're fertile for up to five days PRECEDING your ovulation. You won't conceive after you've ovulated. Ovulation ends the fertile period and leads into the luteal phase of your cycle, which is the phase during which implantation would occur.

      If what you're telling me is that you believe the 1st started your fertile window, you probably ovulated on the sixth. Most women won't become pregnant from having sex on the day of their ovulation, so if you have become pregnant, it would have been due to sex on the 1st.

      Assuming you ovulated on the 6th (which is how I'm reading your question), the likelihood that you've implanted by the 13th is relatively slim (as that's only seven days and it's generally 8-12 DPO before implantation occurs). However, since it's fair to assume you're not temping and charting, I'd say that your symptoms DO appear to be consistent with early pregnancy.

      You can test as soon as the 16th if you're eager to find out, but be sure to follow the test instructions very carefully and to use First Morning Urine to do your test. Check with the recommended websites for information about which tests are the "strongest."

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      Sav 3 years ago

      The first day of my last period was 02/19/14. My periods are relatively short and only last about 3-4 days. I have a 28 day cycle. My husband and I had unprotected sex on march 1st (I believe this is around the day I ovulated, because of the egg white discharge I had that morning) We also had sex on march 6th which would still be in the "ovulation window". Since then I have had light cramping, stuffy nose, headaches, and white globs of CM. CM discharge is very light now. my period isn't due till next Wednesday. Could I be pregnant?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Generally doctors recommend waiting 3 months before trying again.

      I'm so sorry for your loss :(

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      Loopylou22 3 years ago

      Found out yesterday from doctors I sadly had a miscarriage, doctors said I can try again but unsure when as still having this discharge it's the 6th day today

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Indigestion is /definitely/ a symptom, but it tends to come later in pregnancy when there's more pressure on the internal organs. Hot flashes /may/ be as your temperature rises during pregnancy but I never had real hot flashes during pregnancy. I have gotten minor hot flashes during periods though.

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Hehe. Thanks! I was just wondering. Is indigestion and hot flashes a sign of pregnancy?

      I've been having these weird fluttery stuff going on inside me and some hot flashes-- the one that causes goosebumps. Then the food I ate yesterday at 5 pm seems to be stuck in my esophagus. :/ im just being paranoid, right?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Hormone levels change during pregnancy. After a certain point they'll come up negative even when you're still pregnant because the hCG levels have changed (:

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Yeah. That's what i thought so I did another PT when I woke up. Twas negative :) i do get paranoid when I read stuff online that some women never get a positive one even thought they were 3 to 5 months pregnant. Weird.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      A line is a line, regardless of how faint it is. They often fade over time. If you got a line check with your doctor to have a verification. I can't see the strip so there's no way to be sure.

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Took PT a while ago and its DEF neg! Yay! Nearly had a heart attack when I saw a very faint line form on the strip that has the test part but after a few seconds it cleared out!:) thank you!:)

      Twas a local EZ step pregnancy test that I bought from the drug store.

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Now im sure that im not. *relief* just tested a while ago and nearly got a heart attack as urine passed by the strip that has the 'test' part. Now, its DEF a negative. :)

      Its a local brand i bought from a drug store. EZ step pregnancy test was the name

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      atelectasis, an HPT should be 99% accurate in most cases when used properly and is more likely to give you a false positive than a false negative, as far as I'm aware. If you still get a negative and your period hasn't arrived, definitely check with your doctor.

      I'd say that March 5-8 is too late for implantation bleeding, but there are other reasons that the cervix might bleed during early pregnancy /if/ you are in fact pregnant. What brand of test are you using?

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      My mum never knew I was pregnant until 3 mos and she wouldn't have known if not for a routine check up. I could just be like her. :/

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      Loopylou22 3 years ago

      Thank u, just worried something is wrong today when I wipe there's a tint of brownish colour when I wipe nothing on underwear or pad thank u for your advice :-)

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Thank you! If I take another HPT now (just for confirmation) it is most likely 99% accurate, right? And its fairly impossible for it to give off a false negative rsult, right? I just want to end this agony once and for all.

      If I had spottings between March 5 to 8--- is it possible tht an egg implanted by that time after our last act on feb 17 or is it too late and too impossible?

      PS. Had moments of queasiness hours ago and was peeing a lot than usual.. Maybe it ws because of the buko juice.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It doesn't sound like you're pregnant, atelectasis. A number of things may cause your period not to come. If you're just keeping track with a calendar, you may wish to start temping your chart as well. Even a bio rhythmic cycle could have caused your cycles to change, especially given your age. If you're concerned, see your doctor for confirmation. No symtoms + negative pregnancy test probably mean you're not pregnant.

      Good luck!

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Cheap isn't always bad but if they were all in the same box you might have just had a bad batch. If you can afford to, try another test before you see your doctor just for confirmation. Use First Morning Urine to test (five hours since you last used the toilet) and follow the instructions exactly. Too much urine will wash the stick out as well, so you may wish to try dipping instead.

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      And I'm not having any pregnancy symptoms except for maybe some fatigue.. Which is understandable coz I'm anemic, A few cramps but not the dysmenorrhea type of cramps coz its a bit subtle and in just one area.

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      Loopylou22 3 years ago

      The 3 tests came in the same box it's those cheap ones very thin sticks, I will make an appointment with my doctor thank you

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      atelectasis 3 years ago

      Hello! I am so confused. My LMP was Jan 31, 2014. Had sex last Feb 17 and he ejaculated inside me. That I'm sure of. SoMething tells me that I'm pregnant coz I shud be having my period last Feb 25 ( I have those calendar thingies that help me keep track of my fertile days) and I'm pretty sure Feb 17 wasn't a fertile day for me. I still don't have my period and the last time I tested was march 6 and I got a negative. What do you think?

      P.s I'm 21 and single and I hope am not pregnant

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      See a doctor. It definitely sounds like pregnancy but if you're getting negative tests, that could be a sign that something's wrong. Were the three tests all the same brand? From the same box? They could be duds, but it's best to get a blood test to make sure.

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      Loopylou22 3 years ago

      Hi,

      Was wondering if I could be pregnant my periods are irregular so unsure when they are due as it's different every month,

      About 2 weeks ago started wiv sore boobs like I normally get a week before my period is due nothing arrived every night get a bath noticed big blue vains on my breasts leading to my areola not sure how to spell it,and some on my chest still have really sore boobs then night after noticed these little white lumps around my nipples thought nothing of it as thought my period will arrive any day which it hasn't, noticed two days ago I wiped teeny tiny bright red blood was there and day after very light red blood colour (only slightly) and today I wiped there's light brown discharge so I've put a pad on just in case period arrives there's still only light brown colour I have done 3 preg tests last week all negative do u thing I could be pregant or a sign period on way please help really desperate to get pregant been with partner for over 4 years oh last day of my period was 15th January we've had intercourse every 2 days stopped having intercourse about 2 weeks ago

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      If you haven't tested, I'd go ahead and do that.

      Cycles change dramatically sometimes. Mine has been through some serious twists and turns over the years. It's possible that something has changed for you. Still, it's possible that you're experiencing implantation bleeding, as it's only twelve days dpo. Test and see what results you get. If it's negative, wait until AF is due and see whether it comes. If not, you might want to talk to your doctor.

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      Mesha 3 years ago

      Hey I'm 18 in I think I may be pregnant and going through (IMPLICATION BLEEDING) I had intercourse on the 16th and again on the 18th I ovulated on the 17th around a week later I started having really bad cramps like I was about to start my cycle the cramps only lasted for a day yesterday day I was at 12dpo and only 2 days away from my cycle in I started bleeding it's not much blood (SORRY TMI) but I know in feel this is not my cycle I know my body like clock work during the first day I have REALLY BAD CRAMPS but I haven't felt any cramps or back pains at all I woke up last night in I some blood on the PAD (SORRY TMI) but still not enough to say it was my period today I'm at 13dpo and one day away from my schedule cycle and I still having some bleeding

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I didn't mention it in the hub (should have) but crazy dreams for YOU can be a sign of pregnancy too!

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      Mesha 3 years ago

      I really hope I am I've had my fingers crossed since that day now this waiting process is killing my finace told me he had a dream I was so guess I'll test again in three days I bought a first responds because it's suppose to tell you sooner so when it came back negative my heart dropped

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Yes, you're testing too soon. You want to test at 10 DPO at the earliest. It's better to wait at least 12 and make sure that you're testing with FMU. Test again in a couple of days and make sure that it's been at least five hours since you last used the toilet when you do. You'll get a more accurate result.

      Otherwise, it sounds like you're pregnant! Good luck!

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      Mesha 3 years ago

      I had unprotected sex the day before I ovulated and two days after I ovulated I chart my cycles in order to know the dates that I am more likely to get pregnant two days ago I was experiencing very bad cramps like I was about to start my cycle in that was 8 days before my cycle was due lately I have been feeling things in my stomach as we'll I know it's not like a baby kicking or anything in there had just funny movements in some lower back pain today makes 10 days from the date I have intercourse so I went in bought an early response pregnancy test in it came back negative AM I TESTING TO soon

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Take a HPT first thing in the morning and try different brand of test. Even something purchased from a discount store may give you better results than the Clearblue. They have a very iffy reputation and can be hit or miss. Use a non-digital test for sure. They're more accurate.

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      sam 3 years ago

      No haven't spoke to a doctor yet. I have all the pregnancy signs. Dizzyness.headachws.burnin up.nipples hurt.bumps round em are bigger.pinky discharge.urine alot more.belly keeps bloating had minor cramps runny nose. When would be better to do a hpt

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Clear Blue Easy is *not* a good test in many cases. Try a different brand. Your cycle is your cycle, regardless of what's considered "regular."

      That being said, while I don't have any personal experience with Depo, I do know that it can really mess with your system. I've personally talked to women who were menopausal in their early twenties as a result of this birth control shot. Have you talked to your doctor about these short cycles?

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      sam 3 years ago

      Hi i was on the injection and came of it june last year. I had been having 2 weeks cycle ever since then in january i bled the whole month till feb 1st me and my partner was having sex everyday on the 21st i started to have a few cramps then noticed pinkish blood when i wiped.im feeling really tierd headaches.my body tempature is always high.keep urinating like never before.took a couple of clear blue digital but both were negative but if i am plantatin then its surely to early as if i was on a 28 day cylce i would come on on the 28 feb.i have had dizzy moments. Theres been no clotts in the pink discharg.its been goin on now for 3 days theres brownish blood on my knickers.dont smell nothing like a period. What do you think

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      If you're pregnant, the earlier you find out, the earlier you can see a doctor to get yourself taken care of and take care of your pregnancy. I'd definitely test now.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      If you got your period on schedule, you're /probably/ not pregnant, but since bleeding in pregnancy occurs sometimes, you might want to test just to be absolutely sure.

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      blairbear 3 years ago

      So my boyfriend just got back in town on the 8th we have had unprotected sex , but I also just had my period and got done with it 3 days ago, now I am spotting a little and I've had a stuffy nose and headaches. Am I pregnant?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Thank you so much, Writer Fox! This hub does get a ton of traffic!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Very well-written! My guess is that thousands of people are reading this article every day. Voted up!

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Yes. It could definitely be pregnancy. Sounds promising, Jamie! You should test and then let me know if it comes up positive for you! Good luck!