6 Weird, Early Pregnancy Symptoms Before Your Missed Period

Updated on November 8, 2019
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Kierstin is a mom to two little girls and host of the satirical podcast Really Good Advice for New Moms.

Weird Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Something that sticks out to me as my "ah ha!" moments of realizing I was pregnant before I'd even taken a pregnancy test is that the symptoms I first noticed were weird, not typical. Like yeah, those common pregnancy symptoms popped up for me later on, but in those two weeks before my missed period I wasn't running around barfing in planters or peeing every five seconds like you see in the movies.

Instead, being grossed out by a favorite meal and feeling suddenly so dizzy on an autumn walk that I needed to sit down tipped me off that I might just be pregnant (I was!), even before I was far enough along to get an accurate result on a home pregnancy test.

Here's 6 weird signs you might just be pregnant too...

  1. You have a runny nose, sore throat or feel like you're coming down with a cold
  2. You feel sick when you drink coffee
  3. You're dealing with random dizziness
  4. You got your period a few days early
  5. You feel uncharacteristically happy for someone about to start their period
  6. Your favorite foods gross you out

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1. You Have a Runny Nose, Sore Throat or Feel Like You're Coming Down With a Cold

What it Feels Like

Like you're always about to come down with a cold but it just never comes on fully or you're dealing with allergies that the Claritin doesn't seem to be clearing up.

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

Early pregnancy (annnnd, well, the whole pregnancy) can cause rhinitis of pregnancy which means you might experience:

  • A stuffed up nose and sinuses
  • A runny nose
  • Scratchy throat

But why? Because the extra estrogen surges of your first trimester can cause an increase in congestion, and the extra blood flow (yep, pregnancy creates more blood!) also contributes to swelling in the sinuses.

Later, the drippity drop of mucous may also make morning sickness and nausea worse. Yay.

2. You Feel Sick When You Drink Coffee

What it Feels Like

Either a total aversion to coffee or feeling sick, shaky or nauseous after consuming it.

I love coffee. Not in a Gilmore Girls way where it's a lifestyle choice, but I mean, I need a cup or two to get me going each morning which is why I was horrified to find myself suddenly disgusted by coffee one winter morning after my husband had left for work. "Hmmm" I thought, "That's weird." And it was weird. A weird early sign that I was about to get my BFP.

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

It turns out this symptom isn't all that weird after all, in fact it's pretty common for women to voluntarily avoid caffeine (which is in coffee) during their first trimester. According to this study published in 2004,

"Consideration should be given that a decrease in caffeine consumption may be a signal for a healthy pregnancy and acting as a confounder."

Feeling a little pukey after that first sip of coffee? It could be your first sign that you're pregnant.
Feeling a little pukey after that first sip of coffee? It could be your first sign that you're pregnant. | Source

3. You're Dealing with Random Dizziness

What it Feels Like

Like you just stepped off a roller-coaster after vacuuming or getting up off the couch. Some people also describe it as lightheadedness or vertigo.

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

As your hormones begin to rise, blood vessels relax and widen, contributing to those freaky dizzy spells of early pregnancy.

To keep from falling over you should:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stand and sit up very slowly to keep your blood pressure even
  • Don't skip meals to make sure your blood sugar stays level

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4. You Got Your Period a Few Days Early

What it Feels Like

Cramping in your lower back and abdomen with light bleeding or spotting (say, showing up on toilet paper but not filling up multiple tampons or pads in one day).

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

If you start bleeding a few days before you're supposed to start your period you may figure it just wasn't your month. But, if your period is lighter and shorter than usual, comes earlier than you expected, and doesn't have clots or tissue, you may be experiencing implantation bleeding - a positive early sign of pregnancy.

When (and how) To Test

If you have an inkling you might be pregnant but still have a week or so to go before you're due to start your period, hold off on taking a test. I took one too early in my second pregnancy and got a negative result, even though I was already experiencing dizziness and food aversions. When I took one two days later, I had my husband grab a First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test on his way home from work and that time I did get a faint positive result (I was about three days from the day of my expected period). The test may say "6 Days Sooner" but if you can handle to wait, start testing no more than three days before your period is about to start and then only test once every 48 hours after that until you get a positive.

Did You Already Take a Test?

Here's some of the most common reasons why you feel pregnant but the test is negative.

5. You Feel Uncharacteristically Happy for Someone About to Start Their Period

What it Feels Like

Like you're not getting your usual pre-period blues.I don't know about you but I usually feel down and lazy in the last couple of days leading up to my period but before I found out I was pregnant with both of my kids I noticed that never happened. I even felt energized!

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

If your AF is right around the corner but you're as happy as can be, there's a chance this could mean your usual period hormones are taking a backseat to pregnancy hormones.

6. Your Favorite Foods Gross You Out

What it Feels Like

Like everything you ever loved is suddenly the enemy. Right before I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter my mom made me one of my favorite dinners and it tasted so salty I was actually kind of worried about my mom. I pushed through eating it but it was gross. When I asked everyone else if there's was salty they disagreed. Things that make you go "hmmmm…" am I right?

Why it Might Mean You're Pregnant

Food aversions probably stem from morning sickness - they're just the first icky part of a bigger symptom (nausea, possible vomiting) to pop up in pregnancy.

If your usual PMS cravings seem suddenly disgusting this is a sign you might be pregnant!
If your usual PMS cravings seem suddenly disgusting this is a sign you might be pregnant! | Source

But Can You Really Have Symptoms Before You Miss Your Period?

So, here's the problem - pregnancy and period symptoms are often the same. That's because the hormones responsible for giving you early pregnancy symptoms will also give you similar symptoms to those brought on by progesterone, which rises before your period starts. If you're experiencing dizziness, nausea and fatigue, how can you tell if it's because you're pregnant or just because you're about to start your period? For me, both times I was pregnant, I experienced symptoms that I don't normally experience before that start of my period. I always have symptoms beforehand, but these ones were clearly different for me.

Can I tell you for sure if you're pregnant? No. I'm not a pregnancy test. Is it fun to fixate, obsess and wonder in the two week wait? Absolutely!

Questions About Early Pregnancy Signs

Does your pee turn dark yellow or orange when you're pregnant?

You probably just haven’t been drinking enough water. Although dehydration can be a sign of pregnancy, it can also just be a sign that you need to drink more water!

Can a metallic taste in the mouth be a sign?

Dysgeusia, a distortion of the sense of taste, is a common early symptom of pregnancy. It can affect the taste of the food you eat but may be experienced even when you're not eating.

Is cervical mucus a good way to tell if you're pregnant?

No. Everyone's different in that respect. As with the other symptoms mentioned here, if it's different from what you usually experience before your period then it's possible this is your sign of pregnancy.

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.

Questions & Answers

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  • My period is a week late with clear discharge, mild cramps, soreness on the sides of my stomach and the lower side. My breasts are swollen, and I have white and sometimes clear with white discharge coming out of my right nipple. I also have lower back pain. I've taken two dollar store brand pregnancy tests, and both were negative. Could I still be pregnant?

    This is tricky. Those all sound like promising pregnancy symptoms, but the negative tests certainly confuse things. If you can, I would grab a First Response brand and test with one of those. I had a friend who could get a positive pregnancy test until she was technically six weeks pregnant (and two weeks late for her period).

    This is not medical, it's completely anecdotal, but I've noticed that the later my period gets, the weirder my symptoms will get, even though I'm not actually pregnant! If this continues to be an issue for you and you continue to experience nipple discharge, you should talk to your doctor because these can be signs of a very treatable thyroid condition. (However, if you've breastfed within the last three years, it's also possible that your body is just still randomly lactating - so fun - and something to let your doctor know about).

  • I'm five days late for my period, and experiencing headaches and stomach cramps all night. I am also experiencing white discharge, tender breasts and fatigue. I also feel like I have a fever. Could I be pregnant?

    Stomach cramps, as in, the kind you might get when you have a stomach bug are not indicative of pregnancy, and neither is a fever. However, being warmer than is usual for you and experiencing period-like cramps is normal for early pregnancy.

    It's possible that you have a late period because you're dealing with a virus which could be the cause of your fever and stomach cramps while your other symptoms could be attributed to PMS.

    To be sure, you should take an at-home-pregnancy test. If the test is negative and you do have a fever you should call your doctor. If it's positive, you should call your doctor anyway.

  • I had sex one day before ovulation. I'm now four DPO (days past ovulation), and I'm experiencing mild cramping. Could I be pregnant?

    In a word: no. Not yet, anyway. If you're sure of when you ovulated, then you most likely wouldn't be experiencing pregnancy symptoms yet. That's because if a sperm does fertilize your egg during ovulation, it still takes seven to twelve days after that for the fertilized egg to implant in the wall of your uterus. Once that happens then your body starts responding to the pregnancy.

    All of that being said, I do believe that there are women who experience symptoms right away after fertilization. However, it's debated by medical professionals.

    It's most likely that the cramps you're experiencing are post ovulation cramps - a normal response to ovulation.

    In six days, at ten DPO, you should be able to start testing for pregnancy with a fair amount of accuracy.

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      Teeh 

      5 hours ago

      Hi I had my period twice this month, first one on 02/05/2020 and 27/05/2020! I usually have 4-5 day period and 2 days before I would have sore boobs and abdominal cramps but nothing like that happened on the second one and I’m now 11dpo , I have headache like migraine, lower back pain my appetite increased. What could be the reason??

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      Etuhole 

      5 days ago

      I feel like my tummy is bloated and have a one right sided back pain. Am I pregnant?

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      Random. 

      8 days ago

      10 days before my period I had unprotected sex. Two days after that I have experienced brownish discharge. I am now 6 days away from my period but still have brown discharge. Should I be concerned?

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      Diamond 

      2 weeks ago

      Sooo I’ve been puking my brains out. I keep throwing up I don’t know why I do but any moment I’ll throw up. I felt like I’ve been had a sore throat but I haven’t been saying anything. And I’ve been like sleepy alll day. Normal stuff like walking around the house makes me sick. Standing up too long makes me sick. Idk what’s wrong with meee.

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      Nile 

      2 weeks ago

      Hello... I had my last periods on 20th of March ,not having regular cycle for past two years . But this time its toooo late .the major thing is that last week i saw pinkish mucus once just after intercourse ,i thought periods started .but no clot or blood was seen except that pinkish fluid .now again yesterday i saw pinkish sticky substance again in my vigina , no clot. I am not actually feeling anything but from past 4 days i have totally lost my sense of smell and have no taste in my mouth . What should I do , to wait or what ?

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      Charity 

      2 weeks ago

      I had sex a day before my ovulation and again when i was ovulating I have stomach cramps and i tested positive whats going on

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      Tesh 

      2 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex on my ovulation day 04/13/19 I started bleeding brown Mild cramping and breast tender mild headache on 04/27-04/28 it lasted for 2 days then it stopped completely. took a digital pregnancy test on 04/29 it was positive.Took another test on 04/30 it was negative. Went to my doctor’s appointment on 05/04 took a blood test. The blood test came back negative . I feel pregnant I’m bloated frequently going to the bathroom always hungry, fatigue, nausea I can feel baby flutters. I had 4 pregnancy’s so I know what pregnancy feels like. I have early pregnancy symptoms I’m starting to linea nigra on my stomach

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      Cas. 

      4 weeks ago

      So i been feeling off. My period app notified me that I am late. So I took a pregnancy test. Came out negative. But I am having weird symptoms. Like feeling sick when I see food. My favorite protein cookies are disgusting, I am spotting randomly every other day when I wipe after I pee, weird headaches, fatigue, and I getting night sweats and hot flashes. Could I be pregnant? just took the test too early?

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      Anonymous 

      4 weeks ago

      Last month my period was late four days. The fifth day it started but it was a light flow and it was pink and brown. This month I am now two days late going on three. I’ve been tired, nauseous. I’ve had back pain and dizziness. Is this normal?

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      Crystal 

      5 weeks ago

      I started getting nausea a day after my period started I am also dizzy with headache normally my back hurts severe but not at all this time with unusually light flow could I be or what could be the cause

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      Amber 

      2 months ago

      My partner and i had very slow unprotected sex for not even 5 minutes (he hardly moved his penis in and out) It was in a salt water pool with chlorine in it, he didnt cum at all, and he pee’d just before we did it. Im feeling off and weird in my stomach, as my period is due around the 13th - 15th march. I am worried that i might be pregnant, please help me with advice.

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      Lizza 

      2 months ago

      So me and Long time boyfriend had intercourse on feb 18 I started ovulating on feb 17 and had light pink bleeding on feb 27 with slight cramping like I was on my period and brown on feb 28 while feeling really irritated and felt like crying at the slightest thing and my breast are sore to the touch my period doesn’t start for two days but I don’t have any pms symptoms Could I Be Pregnant

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      Isha 

      3 months ago

      Hey i took a pregrancy around 9am it showed one linee couple mintues later i wentvthrow it i saw a faint pink line. I took one yestefay early morging said neagtive but i have. Sore yhroat tirefd more then usual whats going

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      Keeley 

      4 months ago

      I have been feeling sick for at least a week and a half, two weeks ago i have been getting period cramps but no blood. I cant remember when the last time i had my period. Some foods or snacks i love i cant seem to eat it. I havent been eating all three meals everyday since two weeks ago, i force myself to eat once a day everyday. I just want to sleep. I drink more water than i usually do and dont really want to drink anything else. Walking around in the house or anywhere, a smell makes me feel sick. I dont vomit but i feel like it. Im not as energetic and myself. I dont want to talk to anyone or even get out of bed. Am i really pregnant?

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      Britt 

      5 months ago

      My cycle is usually 27 days and now I am on day 31 and no period. My period is pretty regular. My breast are very sore, my lower back hurts, this morning I had small cramps on the left side and I did puke last week in the middle of my workout. My boyfriend and I did have intercourse on my “most fertile” day according to my period tracker app. However, I am battling a cold at this point. Should I wait to see if my period will come on after the cold is over?

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      Kam 

      5 months ago

      My period came a week early, it’s wasn’t as heavy as it usually is. I been having lower back pain cramping on the left side now I have a stopped up nose runny as well itchy throat headache. Could I be pregnant

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      Renee 

      8 months ago

      I am in birth control and me and my partner do not use condoms but use the pull out method. I am 5 days late with my period and had one day of spotting on day 4 of being late. I took 2 home pregnancy tests and they came up negative. I have also have nausea and only one craving so to say. I have also have cramping and lower back pain. Day six of being late I started to feel a sore throat and sneezing. Could this be pregnancy related,

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      Jada pinkston 

      9 months ago

      I conceived with my boyfriend around July 9, my periods are random June was my last period. My stomach hurts and is swollen, runny nose, clogged nose, I started spotting this morning and last time I went pee I had a big spot of blood on the toilet paper, I been needing to pee a lot more than normal, and about a week ago my nipples where hurting. Could this be pregnancy?

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      beentrying41 

      9 months ago

      positive pregnancy test, 1 day later I was spotting when I wiped it was light pink. 5 days later I went to the restroom and noticed 1 blood clot. Could I be experiencing a mc

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      Bria 

      11 months ago

      I had a very very vivid dream that I was pregnant. Big huge belly and everything. So I woke up and took a pregnancy test. I got a faint test that morning. I did miscarry but that’s how I knew I was pregnant. I was very early too.

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      angela 

      12 months ago

      what causes dryness in the vagina and how can menstrual cycle be calculated because it changes

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      Minyera 

      12 months ago

      So my husband and I had sex throughout the entire ovulation time and that was last week. For 2-3 days my nipples have had this feeling like they are hard and cold except they aren’t. They constantly stay like this and it’s sore in my upper breasts also. I’ve been nauseous and eating foods I hate...like pizza and I really don’t like pizza. Could I be pregnant?

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      Laney 

      12 months ago

      A week ago I had unprotected sex and I had got a cold after it and I had sore throat and runny nose. I had slight cramping on this tummy I haven’t had my period but don’t know what this could be isn’t it normal?

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      Maya 

      12 months ago

      This is going to be my second pregnancy. The first pregnancy was easy for me with only a few symptoms such as cramping from the very early start of the pregnancy until the second trimester. Today I am supposed to be 3 weeks pregnant and that means I have 1 week until my missed period. But, from the 3 dpo I feel cramping that lasts 24 hours and today is my 6 dpo (days past ovulation) and I still feel it. So, I am 99% sure I am pregnant, but still there is 1 % that tells me maybe it is a cold, maybe you wasn't wearing warm clothes the past month and your ovaries are little bit sick now. You know what I mean. But I think that the test will be positive after 1 week and few days. I don't have other symptoms now. In my first pregnancy it was the same. I got symptoms of lack of appetite in the first trimester and also I love coffee in any form and taste but in my pregnancy before I could not stand it. Those 2 symptoms lasted 9 months. Until birth. No nausea, no throw up, no crying, no big emotions, no pain, no dizzines, no cravings, no swelling, no extra weight, no acne. Actually my skin is so sensitive and I have acne in my normal life, but during pregnancy it was all clear. And my hair was shiny. I have a daughter so I don't know if it is because of the gender of the baby, but that was how it was. Just wonderful!

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      Evelyn 

      12 months ago

      I have an IUD... but i feel pregnant. I surely do. Im gaining weight, my stomach is always sick more often, i get very hungry but later fhings dont taste very good... i get weird cravings and am easily exhausted running back and fourth. My joints are in a lot of pain... and I dont really get much of a period, so its hard to tell if im pregnant or not. I took a home pregnancy test, it was negative but i still feel pregnant.

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      Coolitgirl 

      13 months ago

      Hi, i am 6 dpo, since ovulation date i had sore throat and flu, i took difflam lozenges its an nsaid, i read in an article it hinders ovulation, but we BD before and during ovulation , can i still be pregnant??

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      Jennifer Love 

      14 months ago

      I had unprotected sex on the 4th day of my period and 1 week later I feel really strange ,my back aches ,tiredness contractions ,my appetite for food decreased ,am I pregnant?

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      Sarah Graham 

      14 months ago

      I am 4days late for my period,i have headache for a week with cold and flu,light pain at the left side of my abdomen, hard pain in both nipple and white discharge

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      Smith 

      14 months ago

      I’ve been having sex probably about 2 times a week. But my period is 2 days late. For the past 3 days I’ve been having brown spotting on and off so light that I don’t have to wear anything because it doesn’t get on my underwear. It will stop and then start. I’m having very light cramps in my right sides down low. I took a pregnancy test today and it said negative? What do you think?

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      Deena Richards 

      14 months ago

      Hello,

      So I am on birth control (28 day regiment) and I missed more than two pills in my last pack and more than two in my new one. My next period is due next week, and I had unprotected sex last Tuesday’s around the time my ovulation window opened and he did release his sperm in me. I’ve been feeling pretty sick all last week, and yesterday I had some light spotting and I also spotted some more today but I know that implantation bleeding wouldn’t be due until next week when my period come if I was to be pregnant. But is there a possibility that I can be pregnant? I’ve been feeling nausea, dizzy.... and just waiting for the two week wait but don’t want to get my hopes up to high. The spotting I had today kind of have me doubting.

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      Maria 

      14 months ago

      Hi,

      My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for awhile now. I had an anovulation month in December and got put on progesterone to jump me back on my cycle. The last couple months my periods have been a day shorter and lighter than normal. According to my app, I ovulated last week and we had sex most days that week. However, the last few days everything I eat makes me sick to my stomach (haven't puked yet) and this morning I rolled out of bed and was really dizzy. My boobs are tender but I'm not sure if it's because my period is to be here next week. I know I need to wait and take a test or see if my period comes but I'd appreciate any advise or if someone else experienced this.

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      Sabrina 

      14 months ago

      Hello, pleaseeeeee help!

      I’ve ovulated around 23rd to the 1st of March ( according to my app).

      I’ve had breast pain soon after my ovulation.

      3 days ago I woke up to some brown Discharge after wiping but it was very little.

      Yesterday I’ve had really bad cramps with again small brown discharge which I thought was my period as I’m due. But it stopped after small amount.

      Then today I’ve gotten some pink discharge with cramps and now it has stopped.

      I’ve only had the cramps, the spotting and breast pain. Could this mean I’m pregnant?

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      Sierra 

      15 months ago

      I still haven’t taken a test but I think I may be having implantation bleeding. My first sign that something was up was my sense of smell!! I could smell everything! I could smell the chicken salad my husband was making... while I was in the shower!! (The bathroom door was open but still... the bathroom is down the hall!) I could just smell everything around it, it’s like having a super power haha

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      Sarah 

      15 months ago

      I had sex the day my period ended and three days later i feel butterflies in my womb, nauseous and dizzy. Does that indicate i might be pregnent

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      Abby Centes 

      16 months ago

      December 29 when me and my boyfriend sex. And The due date of my meanstration was on January 8-9 but then the day passed by 3 days after my due date my period still no coming. Then suddenly I felt dizziness and i felt my breast is becoming bigger and fuller? Is am I pregnant?

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      Marian kale 

      17 months ago

      I ovulated on 25 th this month as at now im 4DPO i feel backache and fatigue i also feel slight cramps on my right lower abdomen on and off could this be Pms symptoms

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      Ximena 

      17 months ago

      I had unprotected sex during my fertile days last week Wednesday (yes he cummed) and i started feeling lightdeaded and having anxiety attacks that Saturday this Wednesday i had unprotected sex again and i started feeling nauseous and lightheaded sharp pain in my left breast and my stomach just feels funny all the time like i want to vomit holding it in hurts even more i noticed how my moods are acting up i cry and get frustrated easily at the smallest things, is it normal? Oh wait! My periods are due on the 1st of Jan.

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      Deziraye 

      17 months ago

      I've known I was pregnant each time because I suddenly start smelling chemicals in EVERYTHING. It usually starts in the shower. What I've always thought smells great, my shampoos, conditioners and body wash, suddenly smells like harsh chemicals trying to be covered up with air freshener. You know how a pool smells when someone's added too much chlorine. It's awful. Then it spreads to my taste. Even bottled water starts tasting like harsh metals, like I'm chewing on aluminum foil or licking my fingers after counting change. Yuck. But that's usually how I know. After that I swell up. I know your ankles aren't supposed to swell until then end of pregnancy but mine swell up immediately. Before I even get a positive on a pee test. It subsides during the 2nd trimester then comes back again at the very end.

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      Mira 

      17 months ago

      Okay I'm starting to have signs of getting my menstrual early like big red pimples and I know I might be getting my menstrual early last month I only got it for 5 days and me and my fiance had sex we're trying to get pregnant could there be a possibility that I might be getting my menstrual early that maybe I could be ovulating at this time because I'm having symptoms of getting the minstrel early

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      Brittany 

      23 months ago

      I been having cramping under my stomach for the past 2 days what does this mean

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      Kate 

      2 years ago

      I knew I was pregnant when I went to get in the shower and saw what used to be my wonderful pink nipples were BROWN! Haha

      Did a test and i was 1-2weeks pregnant.

      Exciting!

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      Deborah Delva 

      2 years ago

      My period start on the 4/19 completely end nothing there by 4/27, had sex on the 4/29, period tracker say I ovulate on the 5/2, sex again 5/4, now my breast are tender and heavy, I feel out breath when I walk my job stairs, hot flashy feeling, a bit congested followed by headache , it is too soon for symptoms

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      zeena 

      2 years ago

      hi am having left pelvic pain and back pain when i lay down on my back after ovulation sometimes back hurt alot when am sleeping and its been 2 days i have pelvic pain

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      Shae 

      2 years ago

      Hello my OD was on the 23rd had UPS on the 18th,19th,21st & 22nd

      It’s now the 26th & I’m having lower back ache , slight headache & feeling really gassy

      Could this be a sign of pregnancy?

      I’m still 12 days out from AF

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Ebony. Since your cycle was off I would try taking a pregnancy test. If it comes back negative and your cycles continue to be short or different from normal talk to your doctor. It may be a sign of perimenopause which can cause lighter or shorter cycles than normal.

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      Ebony 

      2 years ago

      Hi I’m 41 n I came on my (p) 4days before my expected (p) mind me I only stay on for 2day when my cycle is usually 5-7 days. Could I be pregnant? Please help

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Nadia - I think if you're on cycle day 27 you should be okay to take a pregnancy test. If it's negative, I would still call your doctor and let them know you have a fever and pain because that can be a sign of infection.

      Also, your doctor will be able to give you a pregnancy test if the one you take at home is inconclusive.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Rice, I agree, if you have a typical 28 day cycle then it's unlikely you conceived. However, if on some off chance you ovulated a few days early this month then there's a possibility for conception.

      Feeling cold, bloated, etc. before your period is not uncommon (at all) and sometimes the indicator of pregnancy will be less symptoms ahead of your period, since your body isn't getting ready to start it's cycle.

      The only thing that kind of concerns me in regards to pregnancy is the spotting on the 29th. But some women do randomly experience spotting. I'd hold off and only take a pregnancy test if you period doesn't come on the day you expect it. If you continue to experience mid-cycle spotting, talk to your doctor.

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      Rica 

      2 years ago

      March 22-26 is my period days ,march 28 we had a sex ,then march 29 i have spotting,and now 6 days before my expected period i feel so cold .my body is hot but no fever.sometimes i feel bloated and gassy also feeling heavy full at my lower abdomen ,i think march 28 is my safe period..do u think im pregnant?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Lima Lou! Thank you for the compliment but I'm sorry I freaked you out!

      How far out from your period are you? It's completely possible that your symptoms have to do with PMS and even ovulation not pregnancy and that you're just now noticing them because you're nervous that you might be pregnant.

      When it's four days from when you expect your period, I'd start testing just because I know you're going nuts wondering. Testing four days early is tricky, you can get a false negative but you can also get a positive (I did with my second daughter).

      Keep testing every other day until the day your period is due and if it's still negative then then I would say more than likely, you're in the clear!

      If it does turn out you're pregnant, if it brings you any comfort, I was 23 when I found out I (very unexpectedly) was pregnant with my first baby and 24 when I had her. A year later I had our second daughter. They're 4 and almost 3 now and even though becoming a mom at that stage wasn't what I had initially planned, we're doing really well. I know that everyone says this but it's true, I couldn't imagine life without them now!

      And I'm also in college. Since you're a senior, it would be REALLY easy for you to finish up before (this hypothetical) baby arrives, or at least shortly after.

      You've got this, either way!!

      P.S. If you're not pregnant, check out Bedsider(dot)org for info on birth control options. They go through ALL of them and the pros and cons of each so that you don't have to deal with "scares" :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey, Loveness! If you're already experience intense symptoms and you're four days out from the start of your period then it would be okay to take a pregnancy test right now. If the hormones that are causing your symptoms are pregnancy related then you should get a positive test now. If the hormones that are causing your symptoms are related to your menstrual cycle, then the test will be negative.

      If you get a negative test and your period ends up late, then should take another at that point.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Anu,

      Those are all typical PMS symptoms for sure. If you've recently had unprotected sex though, it's not a bad idea to grab a pregnancy test and take it, especially if your period ends up being late.

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      Anu 

      2 years ago

      Hi my PM's date is tomorrow.unprotected and feeling Brest pain soreness and lower abdomen pain from 5 days and eating too much does it mean pregnancy r pms

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Blossomsmv!

      So, first, I love period apps for tracking my period but when it comes to TTC, I don't think they're very helpful, especially if you have PCOS which can cause irregular periods. Your tracking app won't be able to take your irregular cycles into account accurately. So, even though I know your app is telling you that you're late, it's possible that you haven't ovulated yet or ovulated late and that would mean that technically, your period may not be late at all.

      All of that being said, since you are actively trying to conceive I would take a pregnancy test just to gauge where you're at. I know that's probably a really scary and intimidating thought right now but if you can do it with a friend or your partner nearby for moral support, that would be ideal.

      If it comes back positive - yay! Dizzy spells can definitely be a symptom of early pregnancy, however dryness is not as common.

      But if it comes back negative then the symptoms you're experiencing could be ovulation or PMS symptoms.

      If you haven't already, I would look into the charting and temping method for conceiving. This would involve taking your temperature with a Basal Body Temperature thermometer first thing in the morning and charting the results to define when you are about to ovulate. There's a lot of resources online to learn how to do this, BabyCenter has some good groups and Toni Weschler's book Taking Charge of Your Fertility also has information on the BBT charting method.

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      Blossomsmv 

      2 years ago

      Hi. According to my period app, im 7days late. I have pcos and have had 2 failed ivfs last year.

      I had an early miscarriage in December 2017. I am 28yrs old

      Still ttc naturally..

      My cycles are irregular and since im 7days late (as per my period tracking app) im not sure if im pregnant. I have had dizzy spells recently, vagina was very dry and am having sharp pains in my left buttock region (pelvic area) today. Could these be early pregnancy signs? Pls answer asap :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Kirsten,

      You should call your doctor and let them know about your symptoms. It's a germy time of year and I feel safe saying most people are feeling a bit under the weather right now so your symptoms could range from a virus to pregnancy to another condition that only a doctor can diagnose.

      Before you call your doctor, go ahead and take a pregnancy test at home, that way you have more information to share with your doctor.

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      Kirsten 

      2 years ago

      Hey guys ive never been pregnant before. I had sex last actually about a month ago. I haven't done a test yet didnt want too. Im feeling very weird i mean by that is i have been having a very dry mouth almost like im dehydrated but im not very very sleepy to where im at work dragging horribly. No nausea or puking but also been having dizzy spells when i squat at work and get back up. Bad lower back pain lots of bloating where i look pregnant. Just all around a weird feeling. Someone tell me plz whats happening.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Elizabeth, you are TOTALLY freaking yourself out. I answered your question in the Q&A section, but I'm pretty certain you're not pregnant.

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      Elizabeth 

      2 years ago

      I "messed around" but did not have penetrative sex 2 days before my expected period. My period arrived on the day it was expected but was unusually short and light and I didn't cramp very much which is unusual. I am also on birth control. Is there any way I could be pregnant since I am on birth control and there was no penetration? I feel like i have had some pregnancy symptoms but might just be freaking myself out. Thanks!

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      Donise 

      2 years ago

      On December 14 2017was my last period a month a half later I found out I was pregnant on February 12 2018 I had a miscarriage bleed that whole one week after the bleeding stop me and my husband had sex and haven’t yet received my period plus I been taking over the counter prenatal vitamins and took about 6 pregnancy test out of the first two were negative than the other 4 were positive with the faint line and now it’s the end of March so do this mean that i’am pregnant.

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      Chole 

      2 years ago

      I’ve been on my birth control pill for a year and like four months now this previous week I missed my pills I had a lot going on and forgot to take them for 5 Sydney straight I regularated myself back to normal but I’ve been really hungry lately and when I woke up this morning my nipples were really sensitive and when I wasn’t cooking I couldn’t stand the smell of the meat could I be pregnant I don’t start my period for almost week and a half but also in the time I forgot to take my birth control pills I had unprotected sex and he came in me what are my chances I’m pregnant....

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      DK 

      2 years ago

      THANK YOU I WILL TAKE ANOTHER TEST THIS WEEK BUT MY DATES ARE CRAZY BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAD MY PERIOD TWICE IN THE MONTH OF FEB. AT THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE MONTH BUT ONE WAS SUPER LIGHT AND THE OTHER WAS REALLY HEAVY

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      DK, I'm a little unsure of your dates but since you're late for your period I would take another test! I have friends who didn't get an accurate result until they were at least a week late for their period.

      If the test is still negative, then it's possible you are actually sick and that that delayed ovulation (and caused your period to be late).

      Regardless, if your hands and feet are still swollen you should call you doctor and let them know about that symptom.

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      DK 

      2 years ago

      My period was April 20- March 3rd. I have irregular periods I've tried various birth control I had started new birth control on april 20th but it kept making me bleed more so I had stopped taking them. Which i hadn't had birth control in two months. After I stopped takign them my boyfriend and I decided to try to concieve. On the 20th of march I started having nausea,cramps,swelling of hands and feet, dizziness,lower back pains, slight constipation in which the nausea and cramping I usually start getting before my period comes on with some uterus pain(the shedding) but I didn't experence the pain at all. My boyfriend has been kind on and off sic with headaches too. I'm now 5 days late. i took a test when i was 1 day late it was negative. but i'm still having symptoms should i wait until next week to take another test or go to the doctor

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Kia! It looks like you also asked this question in the Q&A so I'm going to answer it over there for you. If I'm mistaken and that wasn't you please let me know and I will make sure to respond here too!!

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      Kia 

      2 years ago

      I been having cramps , nausea , and shortness of breathe , and extreme lower back pain , joint and muscle pain , and pain on my lower right side and it then went to he left lower side of my stomach , can I Be pregnant ? Last year I was exposed to a std (ghonarea) back in October can that be the reason why I can’t conceive concieve ? And I’m not on birth control and don’t use protection with my partner .

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Amar, I said "people I know who use the withdrawal method have never gotten purposely pregnant" when what I meant to say is that they've never gotten ACCIDENTALLY pregnant.

      I should probably stop responding to readers while I'm drinking my morning coffee and wait until that stuff sinks in.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Amar, I'm so sorry you're feeling anxious about this.

      The first thing you should know is that (according to Planned Parenthood) the withdrawal method, when done right is 96% effective in preventing pregnancy. To put that in perspective, hormonal birth control is stated to be 99.9% effective. There's a margin there that suggests withdrawal isn't the safest method for preventing pregnancy, but the odds are still in your favor.

      Anecdotally, I know more than one person who ended up pregnant on birth control while the people I know who use the withdrawal method have never gotten purposely pregnant. That's not scientific, but hopefully it's comforting.

      So, now to your dates. According to those, you could start testing on Monday, March 26 and get a pretty accurate result. Is there a chance you could have gotten pregnant? Yes. Is it a good chance? It's not a GREAT chance because you did use a method of birth control (albeit one that takes a lot of precision).

      Since you don't know exactly when you ovulated, I would take a deep breath, attribute that frequent urination to PMS symptoms (I get that) and take a test on Monday morning to calm your nerves.

      Putting this in perspective WORSE CASE SCENARIO is you did get pregnant. In the scheme of life that's not the worst thing you could have done and even though unplanned pregnancies are scary there are a lot of resources out there to help you figure out the past path for your life.

      Best case scenario (and the most likely), you didn't get pregnant but you might want to look into birth control options that leave you feeling confident. I love the website Bedsider(dot)org because it's really in-depth about every birth control option available and it also helps you find where and how to get that birth control (and goes over the pros and cons of each one).

      Good luck, Amar! You've got this, no matter what!

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      Amar 

      2 years ago

      I had un protected sex 4 days ago (March 16) I have been feeling normal but today I am especially anxious and worried if we did not get it out on time (which I think we did) also have been peeing a little more frequently. I use the MyCycles app, my average cycle is 32 according to the data I have entered into the app. My ovulation window says it was from march 8 to march 14. My previous period was on feb 24 until march 2. And my next period is supposed to be march 29, although somethimes comes a few days before or after what the app says. Am I worrying too much or is there a good chance I could have gotten pregnant?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Tina! If I were you I would hold off on a test.

      Go to CountDownToPregnancy(dot)com and use their pregnancy test calculator to put the date of your last period and your average cycle length into the calculator. It's really handy and will tell you when the best day for you to take a test is.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Lucille, it's possible that instead of a period you actually experienced implantation bleeding (IB). Some women have it and others like myself, never experienced it! Since your last period was abnormal, I would go ahead and take a pregnancy test right now. If it comes back clearly negative then keep track of your symptoms and if they persist let your OB know.

      Some women also experience ovulation sickness - it can cause you to feel pretty awful during your fertile week as you prepare for, begin to, and end ovulation. This is thanks to a hormonal surge that happens when your egg is released.

      Definitely don't hesitate to call your doctor, especially about the shortness of breath. They could even administer a pregnancy test at their office.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Mercy,

      These symptoms, especially headaches and back pains are very normal during menstruation. Dizziness is also a common symptom for some women during their period (including me).

      It's possible that you deal with anemia during your menstrual cycle which would mean the iron in your blood is low. This is a pretty simple fix - I take a multivitamin that also has iron in it and that helps me to control the headaches and dizziness.

      If your period seems abnormal to you or you feel like these symptoms are indicative of implantation bleeding and not a period then you might want to call your OB and let them know what's going on. They're period experts!

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      Lucille blignaut 

      2 years ago

      Normally my period heavy from day one to three and from day four it light to day seven. This month, day one was light, day two was heavy and from day three to five my period was light. According to my app I'm ovulating in two days, I'm constantly tired, and can sleep all day. I'm constantly light headed and can't walk to the gate of the complex without getting out of breath. My boobs sore on the side that I can't even wear a bra. With certain smells I can't take and can smell certain things from a mile away. Could I be pregnant?

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      Tina 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I last had sex few days after my period, 6 days after sex I’m feeling really sick, with back pains, feel like vomiting, mouth taste, I just feel like I’m pregnant already,,, can I do the home test? Even though my period is 5 days away?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Daneshia. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Your symptoms could be early signs of pregnancy or symptoms of a virus or some other issue that would need to be addressed by your doctor. My best advice is to wait until a day or two before your period is due to start testing so you can get reliable results.

      If your symptoms persist or get worse, definitely call your doctor.

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      Daneshia 

      2 years ago

      Hi i had unprotected sex two days before i ovulated and a day after i ovulated a week later im feeling like im finna faint my head spinning and it feel like i gotta throw up what can be the issue

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      Arzoo 

      2 years ago

      I have a sex just before my periods and I also take contraceptive pill just after the next day of penetration and till now I didn't get my periods. Can I get pregnant??

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      Hev 

      2 years ago

      implantation bleeding. It helps that I'm super in touch with my body, and with my cycle.

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      Ela 

      2 years ago

      I was Spotting on the 10th day after my ovulation and before my period. I’m 10days delayed right now. I took pregnancy test 3times but the result was negative. Do you have any idea whats happening?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, SE!

      According to your dates, I think it was too early to test and get an accurate result. I don't know your exact dates (like when you usually ovulate, how long your luteal phase is, etc.) but for an average cycle you shouldn't start testing until Saturday, March 10th with the highest rate of accuracy beginning on Tuesday, March 13th.

      I hope you get the answer you want and if you don't and you feel ready to try for a baby, I would recommend tracking your ovulation. That will help you with the timing!

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      SE 

      2 years ago

      Hello, I started my period on February 12 and I had unprotected sex with my husband on the 15th and the 18th, and I got off my period on the 18th. I have been having bloating, slight sore throat in the morning, constant nausea, everything I smell makes me sick to my stomach, I have had slight cramping, and my breast feel larger. I am really exhausted and really moody for no reason. I took a pregnancy test on Tuesday but it was negative, I was kind of disappointed, I figured i should wait to see if my period comes and re-test, what do you think?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Alisha! It doesn't necessarily mean you're not pregnant, but what it could mean is that you were experiencing symptoms of ovulation which can certainly mimic early pregnancy symptoms since ovulation causes a surge in hormones.

      Ovulation happens, usually, about halfway through our cycle. That is, around two weeks after the start of your last period and two weeks before the start of your next period. That's why you can have yucky pregnancy like symptoms halfway through your cycle that disappear as you near your period.

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      Alisha 

      2 years ago

      I am experiencing pregnancy symptoms and now that I’m getting closer to my cycle time not so much what does that mean

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      Ami 

      2 years ago

      Hi am little confused this is my second month but I don't feel any sign of period or ovulating don't know what to do last month my period came 40 days late this is my 13 month and not pregnant yet how to know about period or ovulating without any pain or anything because I don't feel anything

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      Taylor 

      2 years ago

      Kierstin, I seen you comment, but I wasn’t sure of how to find where my question that I asked was, lol. I seen other questions but not mine, but thanks so much for getting back to me!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Taylor! I will go find it and answer it right now. It should send you a notification/email that I've responded but if not you can just check back and see.

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      Taylor 

      2 years ago

      I posted a question up above, I have never been on a website and asked questions before, but I didn’t know how I could find a response if I did receive any? Thanks!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      B, nothing is more confusing than pregnancy dreams! I've had them and I always wake up like "Uhhhh..."

      I'm not sure of your age but perimenopause can start as early as our 30's which can lead to skipped periods, among other things. It's also possible that your body just randomly skipped ovulation last month.

      The symptoms you're describing do sound like ovulation (especially pain on only one side), so it's possible your body is gearing up for your next menstrual cycle to start within the next two weeks.

      Since you don't usually skip periods, if you miss this next one (depending on your cycle averages) I would call you OB or GP and just let them know what's up. Missing periods isn't uncommon and not generally a sign of a serious issue, but it can be a sign of a really treatable issue that you might want to address.

      Sorry you're dealing with this, it's really annoying to not know what your body is doing!

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      2 years ago

      My expected period date was Feb. 6, 2018.. Til now I haven’t got it. And the last time I had unprotected sex was last month Jan. 16, 2018. I took 2 PT in the morning and both came back negative. But I have been cramping a lot on my right side (it comes and goes), tired all the time, eating more than usual, very moody, tingly and weird sensation in stomach and people telling me that my boobs look bigger. Idk my body just feels weird/off and I haven’t missed my period like this in years. But the past couple of months my period has been a day or two late which I usually get my period exactly on the expected date on my period tracker. And just last night I had a dream that I felt and saw the babies little feet kicking and moving in my stomach but I didn’t know I was pregnant. It was really weird cus that’s all I remember of my dream.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Jasmine, congratulations! What day of your cycle did you end up getting your positive result?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Lexi, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your son.

      It's understandable that you're skeptical if your symptoms are true symptoms or just wishful thinking.

      Personally, before I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter I felt flu like symptoms and experienced cramping in the early stages of all of my pregnancies. It was confusing though because I did find out I was pregnant with my first during flu season as we're in right now.

      I know that a lot of people will tell you to wait to take a test until your period is late, but I think that in your case, the more days you wait, the more miserable you're going to be. If you're four days out (or closer) from the day your period is due, I would start testing in the morning with a regular First Response so that you can have an idea of what's going on either way. I wouldn't test earlier than that because I don't think you'd get an accurate result though and it would just add to the emotional roller coaster.

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      Lexi 

      2 years ago

      My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant again we lost our son and are ready to try again and we’ve been trying and it feels like it did the last time I got pregnant but I don’t know if that’s because I’m wanting to get pregnant I’m having like a crampy sick throw up feeling and keep getting headaches and feel like I have the flu ?

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      Mae 

      2 years ago

      very helpful.. thanks to the author..

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi K! I'm sorry it's taken me two days to respond, I was away from my computer this weekend.

      I put your dates into a pregnancy test calculator and in theory you should have been able to start testing on Tuesday, February 6th with an accurate result.

      However, I don't completely trust pregnancy timing calculators OR period apps. I was using a period tracker all of last year and it was constantly telling me I was late because it would make sweeping adjustments if my cycle was one or two days off.

      How are things now? If your cycle is still MIA then I think it would sound to take another home pregnancy test. If THAT one is coming up negative then I'd just put a call in to your OB or GP and tell them what's up. They may offer a blood test. I have a friend who sometimes can't get a positive until she's at least 6 weeks along and personally when I was pregnant with my second I had a start negative one day and stark positive two days later!

      Good luck and I hope that you get the answer you want :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, May. How are you feeling today and have you taken a pregnancy test yet?

      What you describe can certainly be symptoms of pregnancy, however they are also indicative of an infection so I would call your doc and ask if you can come in to have a urine test done to check for pregnancy as well as urinary tract infections.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Neek asks "Hello Author, I had sex unprotected sex on the 27th of January . I do not remember when my last period was but I do remember i had a period in Decemeber (25th- beginning of January) , I just recently had sex again on the 3rd of Feb ... I am worried and I need help . I do not think I missed my period because it sometimes irregular. What do you think ? HELP!!!!"

      Hey Neek, sorry I had to edit some of your comment but I have to be careful with my spam filters here. I did read your whole comment though :)

      My best advice, since you have an irregular cycle is to take a pregnancy test and go from there. Because you can't depend on your dates, taking a test every six weeks isn't an altogether bad idea.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey AntifaKitten - First, you need to take a very long deep breath and remember that just because you're feeling sick doesn't mean you're pregnant. It's flu season and there's a good possibility that you're just sick right now.

      But, if you ARE pregnant everything is going to be okay and feeling terrified is completely normal. Right before I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter I was 23-years-old, underweight, taking a semester break from college and had just quit my job. I was dealing with a bad anxiety flare up and we were living with my parents. By all standards I was 100% NOT ready for a baby but at the same time I desperately wanted one. I'd been feeling dizzy for about a week to the point where I was having trouble walking but I was too scared to take a test. My husband went out and bought one and threw it at me and told me it was time to take it, lol but I was so scared to confirm what I already knew because I was so scared I would be the world's worst mother and fail my child in every way.

      Five years later I can say with confidence that not only am I pretty darn good mother to my daughters but that the act of becoming a mother helped give my life a direction and purpose that it sorely lacked before them.

      At the risk of offending a lot of people I'm just going to say that many people, no matter their age, do not feel they "have their lives together" before they have kids. Some do. But I think that babies help light up the path.

      The other thing I want to add is that age doesn't always have a lot to do with a healthy pregnancy. I was pregnant at 23 and 24 with my daughters and had hyperemesis gravidarum with both, which is not a good recipe for a healthy pregnancy. Both of my children were born very healthy (and still are)! I have friends of "advanced maternal age" who had much better pregnancies than I did.

      All of this is to say, you're not alone and whatever you find out from that test you will be able to handle, even if it's just one day at a time.

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      AntifaKitten 

      2 years ago

      I have been terrified for the last several days that I may be pregnant. I have PCOS & my cycle typically begins heavy with massive clotting and dark red and brown blood. It lasts up to two weeks at a time. For the last four days, I have experienced incredibly light bleeding, so light, in fact, you could more accurately describe it as a light pink discharge. I have had awful headaches, fatigue, back pain, diarrhea and constipation (no regular bowel movements), frequently running to make peepee, and my BF thinks that I have been a real BIT-EI-EI-O . I Don't know if I'm psyching myself out but I'm definitely going to take a pregnancy test after having read up on the site here. Tomorrow. I've also said aloud several times the last few weeks "I stood up too quick...shew" after a quick bout of dizziness.

      I'm honestly scared to death right now. I'm 36 years old and have no children thus far and I am afraid that I am too old and too set back to maintain a healthy pregnancy and even too. Old and in an unstable point in life to have a child. Up until now, we have tried for a year and a half to conceive, but now I feel as if I am scared and may not be a great. Parent or be able to offer my child everything in life they may deserve. I'm not sure how my age old body is going to hold up during pregnancy. Please send prayers and good luck vibes to the Virgin baby maker.

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      2 years ago

      My period according to my app is 5 days late I took two pregancy tests yesterday and one on Sunday both negative my last period was January 8th (start) I’ve been feeling

      Tired lazy (started today)

      Odd times I’ll get sharp pains in my hips / boob they will last for a couple seconds and go away.

      My boobs look slightly bigger and darker to me but no constant pain

      Dry lips

      A warm fluttery feeling in my belly kinda around my belly button

      Lower back pain

      My sense of smell seems stronger

      And certain foods I die for and need others I can’t eat it all or turns me off completely not so much nausea yet but sometimes I feel full and not hungry for hours

      Odd headaches last week

      No cramping

      No signs of my period starting

      No implantation bleeding

      Could I be pregnant? If so when should I take another test to be certain???

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      May 

      2 years ago

      Hi am having brown spotting my period late 11 days and today am having spotting after nausea and stomach cramps is this pregnancy my stomach feels uncomfortable

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