Weird, Early Symptoms of Pregnancy Before Your Missed Period

Updated on December 27, 2017
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The nervous two-week wait before a pregnancy test is a rite of passage for women. Whether you're praying for a positive or crossing your fingers that it's just really bad PMS, read on and entertain or torture yourself with these weird, early symptoms that sometimes mean pregnancy (and sometimes don't...).

When to Call Your Doctor

Hey, I'm just like you, I Google 100% of everything before I take it up with my doctor—much to her chagrin. Still, this article is not meant to be used as a tool for diagnosis. Always consult a physician for medical advice and if you're feeling unwell, having strange symptoms after unprotexted sex, or have questions about your fertility you should definitely call your doctor.

12 Weird Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Overview of Early Pregnancy Signs

  • You feel like you have a cold
  • Food tastes different than it normally does
  • Sudden intolerance to smoke and caffeine
  • Nausea and gagging
  • Exhaustion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling extra sad or anxious
  • Increased sense of smell
  • Gas
  • Swollen breasts and breast pain
  • Cramps
  • Dizziness

#1: Feeling Like You're Coming Down with a Cold

Reaching for the tissues in June? Early pregnancy (annnnd, well, the whole pregnancy) can cause rhinitis of pregnancy which is basically a stuffed up, runny nose that can also lead to a scratchy throat. Why? The extra estrogen that surges during pregnancy 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.

If constantly dabbing at your nose with a kleenex is irritating the skin around it grab gentle lotion or chapstick and apply it to the affected areas during your bedtime routine.

#2: Everything Tastes Either Incredible or Incredibly Awful

Suddenly it tastes like your fruit salad from the deli has been seasoned with an entire shaker of salt and your tongue is on fire after eating licorice and all you can think about at 3 AM is that can of Spaghetti-Os in the pantry. Why does this happen in early pregnancy? It's probably safe to chalk it up to rapidly changing-hormones but no one really knows for sure. The good news is that this symptom usually disappears in the second trimester.

#3: Sudden Intolerance for Smoke and Caffeine

Is your lunchtime latte making you feel gross? An aversion to coffee can be an early sign of pregnancy before your missed period.
Is your lunchtime latte making you feel gross? An aversion to coffee can be an early sign of pregnancy before your missed period. | Source

Smells or tastes that you once enjoyed can suddenly send your stomach lurching thanks to a shift in hormones. Likewise, what your body could once tolerate, it may become more sensitive to such as caffeine, causing you to shake, sweat, and feel nauseous.

#4: Random Nausea and Gagging

Thank that sweet, sweet feminine classic, estrogen for the combination of a heightened sense of smell and lovely nasal drainage that accompanies pregnancy for this unpleasant symptom.

To ease early pregnancy nausea eat a hearty, if not bland breakfast as soon as you wake up and try to squeeze a brisk walk in before you head out to work or school. You can also replace your regular minty toothpaste with a milder flavor to reduce gagging and vomiting while brushing your teeth.

#5: Everything is Exhausting

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Sleepiness in the week leading up to your period is totally typical, especially if you haven't been getting enough Z's, exercise, or iron. But if you're worn out just from curling your hair or looking for any opportunity to plop down on the couch and stare off into space there's a good chance early pregnancy is the cause.

Gulp extra water and indulge in those staring-off-sessions - growing a human is exhausting.

#6: Shortness of Breath

Huffing and puffing walking up the steps to your apartment? This is a symptom that will follow most women through their entire pregnancy but can be especially alarming (and annoying) in the beginning of pregnancy when the body requires more oxygen to grow the embryo.

#7: Feeling Down, Anxious or Just Plain Off

This is a tricky, vague symptom of early pregnancy that can be attributed to premenstrual symptoms or just being human. However, if you suddenly find yourself in tears over a toilet paper ad or fuming about something a friend said on Facebook when you're typically stoic it might be a good idea to check the calendar to see where you're at in the two week wait.

#8: Your Sense of Smell is Totally Out of Control

Did you just smell your partner walk in the door all of the way from the upstairs bathroom? If you're pregnant you can blame - that's right, say it with me - estrogen for your heightened sense of smell. From roses to ravioli, everything is going to start smelling much stronger, sometimes for the better but usually for the worse.

Time to start opening some windows.

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#9: Increased Gas

It's no secret that gas and increased flatulence is a symptom of pregnancy, but for many women this can be one of their first clues to the impending changes, even before a pregnancy test. That's because the surge of progesterone that happens when you conceive relaxes your body's muscles as it prepares for childbirth. This can result in a some sneaky little slips. Whoops!

#10: Your Breasts Hurt and Look Larger, Fuller, or Darker

One of the first signs of pregnancy is changes in the breasts. This can include darkening and deepening veins (like a roadmap on your chest), darker and larger areolas, and of course, soreness and pain, especially on the sides, around your armpit areas and even leading down into your upper arms.

This totally uncomfortable symptom occurs because breast tissue is sensitive to progesterone, a hormone that's released in a woman's body when she becomes pregnant. It's also the reason many of us experience breast discomfort and pain before our periods, when progesterone is also higher.

#11: Cramps and Lower Abdominal Pain

Cramps, twinges, and pains in your lower back or on one side of your lower abdomen can indicate implantation. Each month when you ovulate your eggs are released from either the tube on the left or the right leaving soreness. Pain in your back and lower stomach can indicate a fertilized egg attaching to the uterus.

Cramping will likely continue in the first few months of pregnancy as the uterus expands for your growing baby. To ease the pain forego over the counter pain relievers which can be harmful in pregnancy and instead take a warm, relaxing bath to take your mind off those twinges and pangs.

#12: Totally Unexplained Dizziness, Vertigo, or Becoming Lightheaded

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Feeling like you just stepped off a roller-coaster after vacuuming or getting up off the couch too quickly can be an early sign of pregnancy--and morning sickness. While the nausea and vomiting may never come, dizziness is just as yucky.

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

The Two Week Wait

Should You Avoid Anything in the Two Week Wait?

If you suspect you may be pregnant here are some things to hold off on until you can test and find out for sure:

  • Consuming Alcohol This should be pretty obvious but it's also highly (and hotly) debated as to whether this "rule" is really necessary. Suffice to say, most doctors advise against consuming alcohol during pregnancy as doing so can harm a growing fetus.
  • Smoking If it's not good for you, it's certainly not good for a wee one!
  • Caffeine Some doctors will okay a small intake every day (like a small morning cup) but caffeine can also cause unpleasant reactions in a pregnant woman like dizziness, sweating, and lightheadedness.
  • Aspirin and Ibuprofen Neither are considered safe during pregnancy unless recommended by a doctor.
  • Deli Meats and Soft Cheeses Though contracting listeriosis--a food borne infection--isn't necessarily life-threatening in a healthy person, it can cause miscarriage because fetuses are much more vulnerable to illness and infection than healthy adults. Lunchmeat and soft cheeses (like feta and blue cheese) can carry listeria, the bacteria that causes listeriosis.
  • Scooping Cat Litter Besides the smell of the ammonia in cat-urine being totally gross, cat feces contain the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis--another disease that can prove fatal to a growing baby. If you can't get out of this chore just make sure to wash your hands really good afterward (hey you should be doing that anyway!)
  • Saunas, Hot Tubs, and Hot Baths Excessive heat can cause a growing baby to develop birth defects because baby can't regulate his/her own body temperature. So while you can cool down quickly, baby can't. A good way to judge your water temp is to make sure that your skin isn't turning pink. It's also a good idea to let your limbs drape out of the tub.

When is the Best Time to Test for Pregnancy and What is the Best Way to Test?

The pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) isn't detectable until at least two weeks after conception--basically around the time of your missed period. Conception happens at the time of ovulation and most women ovulate two weeks before their period. While some early detection pregnancy tests claim to be able to tell you earlier than that, your best bet is to wait until the day after you expected your period to test. Hey, pregnancies tests aren't cheap, and taking one too early may result in a false-negative.

How Early Can You Actually Take a Pregnancy Test?

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, 3 Count (Packaging & Test Design May Vary)
First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, 3 Count (Packaging & Test Design May Vary)

I've read different old wive's tales across the internet on how to test for pregnancy at home - pee in vinegar, pee in baking soda, pee, well, all over. But the best place to pee if you want to find out whether or not you have a baby on the way is right on a scientifically developed home pregnancy test.

With both of my pregnancies I confirmed early on that I was pregnant using a First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test. As for how early you can actually test before you're pregnant, the general rule is 6 days before your missed period if you're using one of these early response tests. Follow the directions on the box and if you get a negative result but still don't get your period, test again in two days since the pregnancy hormone (that turns the second line on these tests pink) doubles every 48 hours.

 

Did You Take a Test?

Is your period late but you're still pulling up negatives on your pregnancy tests? Check out my article Why Would You Have a Late Period if You're Not Pregnant? for some of the most common reasons why.

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      Gin 8 hours ago

      I’ve had sex all during my ovulation and my period is going to start in a week. My breasts are super swollen and my temp is 99.23 and also have a metallic taste in mouth. Are these symptoms too early?

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      Vichan 25 hours ago

      I had my periods on 12.01.2018 and they ended on 16.01.2018.I had unprotected sex with my partner on 19.01.2018 but i took the contraceptive pill within an hour.How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

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      Lindsey 36 hours ago

      Also I forgot to reply to your last comment, no they didn’t give me a urine test, but I had taken one that morning and it was negative, which is to be expected 8 days before the period. I did take the Mucinex D, but I won’t anymore just in case! The bleeding stopped again, which is weird for me if it’s a period, usually my first day is pretty light, but it usually comes with a lot of cramps, and I’m not cramping. Ahhhhh I’m so confused. Sorry for the multiple comments, I just don’t want to tell anyone I know anything yet! More than one person’s disappointment will be too much if I’m not pregnant.

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      Lindsey 39 hours ago

      I’m bleeding a little this morning... my period only ended about 2.5 weeks ago, so it’s early for another, but I have endometriosis and I just got off BC, so my cycle could be super off. I had 5 weeks between the last two. :( Thanks for the support. :(

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 42 hours ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey, Emma, if you took the Plan B right away I think you're probably fine :) That being said, if you're a few days out from your expected period, I think it's safe to go grab an early detection test (I always recommend First Response Early Response because these are the tests that always told me a few days early) that way you don't have to sit around wondering.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 42 hours ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Lindsey, did they even give you a urine pregnancy test?? I would make sure to take one before taking the Mucinex (but if you have already, don't fret, if you have a little baby blastocyst in there, they're really hardy!)

      You can DEFINITELY feel symptoms before missing your period. In my case, it turns out I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum which would explain why I feel sick before I'm even due, but a lot of other women also experience this. Sometimes when you know, you know.

      I've also had sinus infections, colds and other viruses that definitely made me wonder if I was pregnant. I deal with dizziness caused by inner-ear issues to (am right now actually) and that's no fun. Either way, I hope that you get to feeling better SOON!

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      Emma 2 days ago

      I haven't had much of these symptoms but am a little paranoid. I have been on birth control for years and usually always use condoms but we had a mishap. We bought plan b and I also took that just in case. This also happened a day after my period. In a few days I should be getting my period but I am nervous I could somehow be pregnant??

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      Lindsey 2 days ago

      Oh thank you for your reply! Until this morning I had every single symptom on your list EXCEPT for feeling like I had a cold, and guess what I woke up with?? I went to urgent care and told them all my symptoms, and the doctor scoffed at me, saying that they couldn’t be pregnancy, because it was way too early. It’s so nice to hear and read all the comments that I’m not crazy! My husband is on a national tour (yay theatre life!) until June, so we were saving up every month to be able to fly out and meet him wherever he is. This month I could only make it one day. Next month I have shows so we won’t see each other for 2 months! The urgent care said I just have a cold, no fever, and prescribed mucinex D to drain the fluid from my ears, which could be the reason for the dizzy spells. Long story short, thanks for listening and your advice!!

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      Sofia 2 days ago

      I haven't gotten my period yet so I don't think it's a uti since my last period was December 20-24,2017 and I had sex January 5 only that day

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Sofia, UTI symptoms can be similar to pregnancy symptoms, this is true. The good thing is you can buy UTI tests AND pregnancy tests from the drugstore :) If I were you, I'd grab one of each and find out what's going on!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Lindsey, I think you can definitely feel pregnancy symptoms if you're 8 days out from your expected period, especially because it's hard to know for certain when you've conceived. If I were you I would take a test Tuesday, January 23rd in the morning and see what's up! I felt symptoms with my girls over a week before I took the test - my biggest symptom was intense vertigo (which I normally only get once in a while if my allergies have been bad and I slept in a weird position, haha).

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      Sofia 3 days ago

      I didn't get my period today I have a 26-29 cycle and today is cycle 29 my last period was December 20-24,2017

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      Hi Mathecia 3 days ago

      Uhm I had back pain And I dont even feel like eating food of any kind ...feeling lazy most of the time headache and back pain

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Sofia! I just put your dates into a pregnancy test calendar on First Response's website and you're definitely good to take an at home pregnancy test and expect an accurate result. The earliest you could have started testing was on Friday the 12th. Each woman's body is different and each cycle is different, but according to your dates you were likely most fertile between January 1st and January 5th.

      Whether your symptoms are normal PMS symptoms (unfortunately I always feel like I'm going to puke and fall asleep at the same time right before my period) or early signs of pregnancy will be determined by that test :) Good luck and I hope that you get the answer you want!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Daisy! It certainly sounds like you're experiencing some weird symptoms. Do you think you're "late" yet? How many days until your expected period? The weird things about hormones is that no matter what is causing them, they can make us feel super off. If you're in the middle of your cycle, it's possible that ovulation is causing a surge in hormones and unpleasant symptoms. If you're closer to your period then it's possible you're pregnant. I would use a pregnancy test calculator to find out if it's a good time to take a test and if it is grab a First Response pregnancy test and find out!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Manda, sorry I didn't reply to your comment earlier. Have you taken a test yet...?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Oh Kara, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

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      Kara 5 days ago

      Sore boobs and the most exhausted I ever felt in my life that's what drove me to do a test. And turns out I was pregnant. Sadly ended in miscarriage at 13 weeks

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      Daisy 6 days ago

      Sooo I’m 22. I take hot showers and lately the hot water hurts my boobs and they feel really sensitive after my shower. I cried over a half a sandwhich I was saving and ended up getting thrown in the trash. I feel really heavy and I have this weird feeling my stomach. I’ve had pregnancy scares before but this one seems odd. I’m always hungry I can’t seem to get full. My dad believes I’m pregnant because I’m super skinny and now I have a little gut of fat. I’ve been more emotional and super needy of having my boyfriend around me. I whine for him not to leave and I’ve never been that way. Could I possibly be pregnant? Btw I’m irregular so it’s hard to keep up but I did get a period last month it was normal for a day or two then I kept spotting till I finished my cycle.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Nicola, there is no tired like early-pregnancy tired. Whew!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Monica, having a weird cycle is extremely annoying! I don't know how old you are but I do know that as we exit our most fertile years, sometimes our cycles will get wacky - lasting longer or being cut shorter than usual. Since you had a negative pregnancy test I would assume at this point that you probably just ovulated late and give it a bit more time. If your period is still MIA in a few days test again and if the test is still negative give your doctor a ring to let them know. Usually, doctors don't really do anything about late or missed periods for a couple of months but they may bring you in for a blood pregnancy test just to confirm. Good luck, I hope your body makes up it's mind soon, ugh!

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      Monica 2 weeks ago

      Hey Keirstin! I had bleeding last month but it was quite unusual and it ended up in three days. It was completely watery and without clots. And i didn't feel any cramps. And this month my periods are late. Though i didnt get any pregnancy symptoms, i took the test and it came of negative. I usually get AF in about 20 to 25 days. . But its already 34th day. Can you suggest me with something? Its driving me crazy.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Diana! The two week wait when you're trying to conceive is absolutely exhausting and trying to decipher between normal PMS symptoms and early pregnancy symptoms can just make you feel like you're losing it.

      In my own experience, there are very subtle differences between PMS and early pregnancy symptoms and to me, the difference was that the pregnancy symptoms were outside of my normal PMS symptoms. For instance, I was having terrible dizzy spells. I get a little dizzy sometimes if I have a cold or am tired or need to eat but these were like insane, out of nowhere and made me have to sit down. However, it turns out I have hyperemesis gravidarum so that may have been the early onset.

      The other difference between PMS and early pregnancy, for me, was the amount of symptoms. I will usually get like three of these symptoms before my period, but when I would end up with nearly all of them then I knew something was up! Everyone is different and each pregnancy is different, but that was my experience in differentiating.

      I don't have very good advice on charting because I never did that so I couldn't tell you how that applied in my situation, but I do know that temping has to be done so precisely that it could probably be pretty easy to miss the signs if you slipped up and temped at the wrong time or something.

      So now, for some unsolicited advice - if it turns out that this month is NOT your month, and if you can, holding off a bit on having a baby so that you can finish school is probably going to make having a family later on so much more peaceful. I only know because I started my family in my early twenties, before I had finished college and I'll be 30 next year and I'm still muddling my way through this degree. My one regret in life is NOT completing my education before I had children because now that I have them, I don't get as much quality time with them because I'm hustling to graduate so that I can provide for them better as they grow. It's honestly super stressful (then again, how lucky are we to live in a time where I can complete my higher education remotely?)

      By the way, did you take a First Response? With the pink dye tests especially, I've noticed that as the urine is running over the test strip it does reveal a white indent. That line doesn't mean anything if there isn't color but you also probably won't get color even if you are pregnant until just a couple of days before or even after your missed period.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Victoria, vivid dreams were a symptom for me through both pregnancies. Definitely do NOT watch The Walking Dead before bedtime when you are pregnant. Learned that one the hard way...

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      Diana 2 weeks ago

      Hey Kierstin! Im in the TWW but i feel it will never hapen to me to see 2 lines and im discouraged .. (cycle 4 trying to conceive first, tracking everything doing everything right...)

      Im 11 dpo cramping a lot and mostly exhausted. I have sore and bigger boobs 7-8 days before af should come but i feel now they are more hurtful(still no sensitive nipples or any change than normal Pms) thats why i am really sad. I took a test yesterday and a super tiny white line apperead which i think was evap(still on the invert its super super faint green) my husband says he feels im pregnant and i was super angry yesterday and lost myself for nothing.

      Also today i got huge back pain and 2 days of stuffy nose. As i said most of them are pms so i feel out..

      Becauese of my studies if i am not pregannt this month i should give up for an year and its sad for me as we are married for 7 months and really wish for it but i need to focus on studies as well( 20 years old) .

      Im just a really impatient person.

      Anyway even without any difference than pms may i be pregnant? Even without no implatation sign, dip in bbt or sore or change in nipples? Im super down right now

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Aryat, the second blue line is at least giving you an idea that you are indeed pregnant! As far as the brown spotting, breast and back pain, my understanding is that that is all normal. Now that you have a positive HPT you should contact your doctor so they can help you get all of your initial testing at first appointment scheduled.

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      Victoria Champsi 2 weeks ago

      Severe bloating and constant lower back pain, vivid dreams, itchiness.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Sandra, that's wonderful! I'll have to look into it and wonder if anyone else has tried it. When I was pregnant nothing but prescription meds helped to ease the vomiting.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Aryat, I would wait another two days from the day you took that test. If at that point you still don't have a period and it's negative I would give it ANOTHER two days because sometimes periods are just delayed but sometimes tests can take a while to become positive.

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      aryat 3 weeks ago

      Hi kierstin idid test on 26th was negative ans today is period date last night i saw some brown blood then nothing still now am having back pain breast pain and bloating stomach dont know what to do

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      sandra228 3 weeks ago

      I was super nauseous and was unable to keep down my meals. Here I entered in the kitchen and nausea and vomiting started vigorously. But, finally I found a remedy that worked wonder and my sickness vanished. "No to morning sickness tea" was a life saver to me.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Nicole, I'm sorry, I just saw this comment. My spam filter was hiding it. So, I think that besides a little bug or stomach upset, it's possible you were feeling sick from ovulation. It's actually not very uncommon to feel sick around the time of ovulation.

      Of course, it's also possible that your symptoms indicate pregnancy! I did feel sick right away after conceiving, especially with my first daughter and the symptoms showed up before a pregnancy test could give me answers.

      My advice is to sit tight for another week. Once you're a couple of days out from your expected period date then I think you should take an early results pregnancy test. I always suggest First Response Early Results for two reasons: One, the pink dye is MOST accurate. Myself, I've used blue dyes and received false negatives and false positives on them. They're completely unreliable in my experience, but not so with the pink dyes. Second, First Response is a trustworthy brand and the early result versions can detect pregnancy up to six days before your missed period whereas taking a digital test or a rapid response test can give you a false negative if you're still not late for your period.

      Good luck and I hope you get the answer you want!!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Congrats on your healthier lifestyle, Andria! If you're saying that it's been a full two weeks since you've ovulated, then I think you should absolutely take a home pregnancy test. If you're late for your period then any test should suffice but if you think there's a chance your period isn't late yet then using an early response test (like one that says it can read 6 days sooner) is your best bet. A blood test is more accurate but I don't think they're worth the trip and the poke unless you are late and still pulling negative tests at home.

      All of your symptoms sound promising but I can understand after your loss why you would feel so apprehensive. I'm sure the anxiety is just building up. You have to decide what your comfort level is here, but you might want to tell a close friend what's up just so she can be on standby for the results and offer a bit of emotional support either way. A friend recently had me as her go-to as she tested through TTC and when the results were negative we were able to talk it through together. Then, when the result was positive only the next day, we were able to celebrate together too. Good luck, I hope you get your BFP VERY soon!!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi wrd, if the line was white, that sounds negative, it sounds like an indent. The line needs to have color to it to be positive. However, it's also possible you're testing too early. I would wait until 2-3 days before your expected period and test with a First Response Early Response (pink dye) first thing in the morning.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Kellie, this reminds me of when I realized I was pregnant with my second daughter. I was strolling my baby and suddenly became so dizzy and lightheaded that I thought I was going to pass out. I literally ran back home I was so freaked out! Found out a few days later that I was pregnant!

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      kellie 3 weeks ago

      So suddenly exhausted and unable to do my grocery shopping. I was dizzy lightheaded and felt as if I might fall over. A little scary. First time and me not realizing until a few weeks later.

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      wrd 3 weeks ago

      Hi am having breast pain right after ovulation back pain sometime left pelvic pain but now i have light pain in breast and thick white discharge so i did test today i saw white second line appear same time is this positive or negative

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      Andria 3 weeks ago

      Firstly, since jan 2017 i have been plant based, and do alot of juicing and smoothies. I have lost 20lbs, since summer 2016. anyhow, My hubby and i Baby-danced during my ovulation window Dec 9th-Dec 12th. I did the whole standing on my head thing. Anyhow, the next day i had period like cramping in my pelvis (dead center in my pelvis), and my stomach has swelled and feels like it was stretching. there has been no spotting/bleeding. My BBT has been up since my ovulation. My cervix is soft-to-med-high-wet-with white discharge. My boobs started really hurting; it hurt to wear a sports bra. I have regular to a little loose stools (not diarrhea, probably from being plant based). I also began to have acid reflux really bad. My ankles/feet are starting to swell. Im really tired. And i have an aversion to my favorite thing "coffee". And i for the first 2 weeks after ovulation ive had lots of flatulence...... Ive been pregnant before back in 2008, but lost the baby at 12 weeks (during that pregnancy there was no cramping, there was spotting and slight breast soreness, and i craved everything, and had to get a blood test to tell if i was pregnant)..... Im scared to test and it come up Negative.... What should i do? is it too early to test? or should i go to my ob-gyn to blood test me?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Wow, Misty! Being pregnant does make us more susceptible to infections and illness.

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      Misty 4 weeks ago

      I had a bacteria infection I never had before and the doctor told me the reason why I got it was because I was pregnant

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      NEKA!!! Thank you for coming back and updating me! I'm so glad that you got your BFP and not just a stupid winter bug :) Here's to a super happy and healthy 9 months!

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      Neka 4 weeks ago

      Kierstin, I got my BFP this morning! It was from the 2nd pee of the day (sorry tmi) and still no signs of AF at all. It turned positive after about 2 minutes. At first it was faint so I had to wipe my eyes to make sure I was seeing what I was really seeing and I looked away and back at the test and BAM! BFP!!! My breast and nipples were really sore the other night and my body temperature has been high like I have a fever, been really sleepy lately. See, I told you, the dizzy spells are ALWAYS a dead giveaway for me lol I’m excited, shocked, and all kinds of emotions in a ball are running over me right now. Thank you for your input. I hope everyone on this thread gets what they want pretty soon. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!! Yayyy! Lol

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Aryat, I hope it's your month too!! If it's not and you're still in pain, definitely let your doctor know.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Marwa! I would definitely take an early result test like First Response since you're only two days from your expected period. If it's negative then you'll know your symptoms are from a virus and if it's positive you can contact your doc about that :)

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      Marwa 4 weeks ago

      Hi there i was perfectly fine 3 days ago but then i came down with what seems to be a bad cold headache stuffed nose soar throat and extreme dizziness and tiredness. When i cough my stomach aches and i cant sit up straight i just want to lay down. My husband and i have been trying to concieve. My expected period is in 2 days. Could i be pregnant? could i take a test now?

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      Aryat 4 weeks ago

      Thnkx dear for rply today i have only breast pain no sore and back pain i do exercise in home after exercise i dont feel sore breast but pain i will wait another week for test i hope this is my month

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Aryat! It could definitely be an early sign of pregnancy, but I also believe it would be too early to take a home pregnancy test. I know that some people will say you can't feel symptoms before you would get a positive on a test but in my own (anecdotal) experience, I definitely did.

      I would wait until at least the 25th to test and even then I would only trust a brand like First Response and do it first thing in the morning. I hope you get the answer you want!

      Also, if the fever persists I would let your doctor know.

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      aryat 4 weeks ago

      Hi i have a question am having pain in breasts and sore fever in night and now back pain and my period date is 29 dec i dont know is this sign of pregnancy should i test or wait is this possible i have early sign of pregnancy

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Neka, I think it's smart to wait a couple of days past the day you're due to take a test because sometimes our cycles are just totally off and we're not actually late. It saves a lot of confusion. Dizziness was ALWAYS a dead giveaway for me too. I do get dizzy spells nowadays now too if I've been forgetting to take my iron supplement or I've been so busy momming that I've forgotten to feed myself or glug some water.

      I hope your HPT makes things very clear for you and that you get the answer you want!!

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      Neka 4 weeks ago

      Btw I never have dizzy spells unless I’m pregnant. Has happened in previous pregnancies for sure and no other time outside of that. Dizzy spells are one thing for sure that tells me that I am pregnant indeed.

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      Neka 4 weeks ago

      I was supposed to come on my cycle today but nothing. No PMS cramps (usually get within a day or 2 before period). I cramped about a week before my expected period but nothing since. I have milky/lotion-like cervical mucus and this morning when I was cooking breakfast for my kiddos I had something like a dizzy spell. I felt really hot and had to lay down for a while because even just sitting in a chair with the fan blowing in my face wasn’t helping. I haven’t taken a hpt in fear of a negative result so I just wanted to give it about 2 more days to see what happens. What do you think? I’m anxious to know if I’m pregnant or not lol.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Cindy, I would find a community health clinic, since you don't have insurance, or call a local OB and find out if they offer sliding payment scales. I bet it's nothing serious, I would bet it has to do with phasing out of our most fertile years, but it's always reassuring to get answers from a physician.

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      CINDY 5 weeks ago

      Hi Kierstin I just turned 30 this year and I took another’s test last night and this morning both read negative still, this is frustrating and since November 6 (date I was suppose to start menstrual) I’m 5 weeks late

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Cindy, those are all really confusing symptoms because they could be indicative of pregnancy, especially with a missed period. When exactly did you take the home pregnancy tests? If it wasn't recently, I'd take one more. If it still comes back negative I would suggest going to your nearest Planned Parenthood or pregnancy care center and asking for a blood test.

      If all of those come back negative I would find a health clinic that works on a sliding scale to explore more. I don't know how old your are but I do know that even as I exit my 20's my own cycles are changing already (whaaaa!) and it can be super frustrating. I hope you get answers SOON.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Angelique! These could definitely be symptoms of implantation and morning sickness. Have you taken a pregnancy test yet?

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      Cindy 5 weeks ago

      My periods occurred every month, sometimes I was a few days to a week off but never skipped the month my LMP was 10/09 it is now mid dec and still no period, I have experienced light cramping and recently saw a light pink discharge but was gone that same day. I took 3 hpt that came back negative ( has happened before with my 11 yo son) when I look back in Oct I remember getting headaches with nausea after rough playing with my then partner, I sometimes get light headed i feel flutters in my Lower belly and some what constipated i have low back pain my boobs feel ok I noticed some light brownish in color nipple (I have pink nipples) are sometimes sensitive (but they are pierced) I mean I don’t know what’s happening and I don’t have insurance to get any testing done (blood work) and apparently per my mom I was very moody like 4 weeks ago and was cramping like a period was on it’s way and nothing no period. Could I have PCOS? Or am I Pregnant?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Edith, I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. Your symptoms could be a range of things. I'm not a doctor but as a woman I have experienced these kinds of symptoms from PMS. It's possible that you ovulated late and your period isn't actually late yet.

      Another possibility is that you ARE pregnant but the hormones aren't registering on tests yet.

      One more possibility that I can think of is that you're dealing with something like a urinary tract infection that's making you feel really off. This is something that would need to be addressed by your doctor and treated properly (usually just an antibiotic, water and rest).

      My best advice is to give your doctor a call and just let them know that your period is over a week late, you're feeling unwell and your tests look negative and follow their advice. They can test for pregnancy and a UTI at the same time using just your urine or they can give you a simple blood test to see if you're newly pregnant.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Sarah, that's frustrating. If you're still feeling sick then you could call your doctor. It may just be a bug or maybe it's something that your doctor can give you a quick fix for.

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      Sarah 6 weeks ago

      I took the test and its negative. I still have all those symptoms. I donno what to do.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Sarah. You can totally confuse IB for your period. Your best bet is to grab a home pregnancy test and take it. With such strong symptoms, if you are indeed pregnant, the test should show up positive now.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Sara, because of the amount of pain you're having I would definitely go see your doctor and also ask for a blood pregnancy test to get down tot he bottom of the problems you're having.

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      Sarah 6 weeks ago

      Hi there. I have a question. I got my periods last week which is a week early. and i didnt pass any clots/tissue and no cramps at all which is very unusual. It was very light and watery. Just a day before i got AF, i suddenly felt nauseated and sometimes vomitted. I have other symptoms like headache, mild lower back pain, dizzyniess, fatigue, metallic taste etc. even after six days of my periods I still have all those symptoms. I am getting confused was it AF or implantation bleeding (IB). I am afraid to see the doctor or take a HPT this soon. How long should I wait to take the test?Can u help me? Is it even possible to get confused with AF and IB?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Sara. This does sound confusing. Did you see a doctor about the pain and spotting and did you have a pregnancy test done?

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      sara 6 weeks ago

      Hi i have question my period came 1 month late but it lasted 8 days and still now have brown blood and stomach pain sometimes its hurts so much i dont know its period or something else and i have brown line down belly its shows clearly linea nigra so confusing

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Killentime, this is one of those "funny later on" stories. Bad acid reflux is the WORST (I have it pregnant and NOT pregnant) but I can totally see how you would mistake it for pneumonia. I'm glad that it was actually a baby and not a sickness :)

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      Killentime4fun 6 weeks ago

      I felt like I had phenomena, and when the doctor asked me if there was a chance I could be pregnant I said "yes" did the rest waited a week and pregnant with my now 9 year old son. It was actually really bad acid reflux.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Beck, that's totally possible! You could have mistaken October's bleeding for a period when it may have been implantation bleeding or normal spotting that sometimes occurs at the beginning of pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to explain it better, but as long as they don't see any issues with the pregnancy I wouldn't be concerned!

      You wouldn't be the first mom to be surprised that's she's further along than she first thought. It's actually not that uncommon. Congratulations, and I hope you have a happy and healthy pregnancy :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Oh, Ev! I'm sorry you deal with PMDD! But I'm very excited for your good news this month :) Usually it's the other way around which is a good reminder that feeling "not normal" (and everyone's normal is different!) is a pretty good indicator of pregnancy.

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      Ev 6 weeks ago

      I had a feeling I was pregnant when the week before my period I felt-wait for it- absolutely normal. I have PMDD, and for years, the week before my period I am a mess. Crying, panic attacks, vomiting, anxiety-the works. When this month that week rolled around and I felt GREAT, I knew something was UP!!!!!:-)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hannah, I can relate to the feeling impatient part! So, what I would do if I were you is to use a pregnancy test calculator to decide when the best time to take a test is. We almost for sure can't know when we implant so I wouldn't base it off that. There's a helpful calculator on CountDownToPregnancy that will have you put in either the day that you know you ovulated or, if you don't know that, the last date of your period along with how long your cycles usually are (like if you usually have 26 days between cycles, etc.). From there, it will calculate what your odds are each day of getting an accurate pregnancy test.

      Good luck, I hope you get the answer you want! Waiting is definitely the hardest part, ugh.

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      Hannah 7 weeks ago

      I want to take a blood test because I am not good at waiting. Is 7 days past when I implanted enough time? Or at least I think I implanted as I had a sudden zingy cramp after having egg white discharge mixed with brown and pink and then since then (4 days now) my lower abdominal area has been bloaty and a dull achy cramp. Also have breast tenderness but mostly in my right breast. And no appetite (or at least very picky for myself) but get ridiculously hungry. Hopeful for a pregnancy but trying not to get too excited. Just feel so different. I never spot between cycles or when I ovulate. Nor do I get cramps and sore breasts 2 weeks before my period!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, hrb! I'm sorry that your tests are not giving you clear answers, that's something that frustrates many of us. If you weren't feeling so awful I would say to grab a Clearblue Digital Pregnancy test. At 10 days late for your period it should give you a definitive "pregnant" or "not pregnant" answer.

      However, because you're having such severe nausea and vomiting combined with spotting and a late period, I would call your doctor's office. If you don't have a doctor's office you can use a walk-in clinic or a Planned Parenthood or Pregnancy Care Center. Tell them you need a blood pregnancy test to figure out what's going on and to make sure you're not experiencing a dangerous pregnancy complication like an ectopic pregnancy.

      I hope you get answers and start to feel better soon!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Genesta,

      Yes, although some people will tell you that you can't get pregnant that way it's simply not true since pregnancy depends on when you ovulate. Some women will ovulate close to the end of their period and this leaves a chance for conception. Any time you're unprotected there's a chance of pregnancy.

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      Genesta Pace 7 weeks ago

      Can you have sex during your period like towards the end of it and still get pregnant? Does it happen sometime?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Ooh, I would see a doctor Renee and ask for a blood test. If you had a positive you should count that one, not the negative one. A doctor can do two simple blood draws about two days apart to give you an idea of what's going on.

      It could be that you experienced a chemical pregnancy, but with such strong symptoms it's likely your "negative" was false. Do you have a primary doc or an OB? If not Google one in your area or a pregnancy care center in your area so you can get some answers and be sure to tell them about both tests and your symptoms!

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      Renee 7 weeks ago

      Hey, and yes I have. One was yes and the other one has said no. I have not yet been to the doctors because I thought the second one that said no knew what it was talking about but I'm so confused and don't know what to do.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Renee,

      I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling so unwell. Have you taken a pregnancy test at home or with your doctor yet? I definitely would, since you're feeling such strong symptoms and if it's negative and the headaches and vision issues are still occurring, that's something worth a visit to the doctor. I hope you get answers soon and can get on track to feeling better!

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      Renee 7 weeks ago

      I can't eat like at all missed Thanksgiving due to being completely sick. Sleep is all I have time for. Breast look completely bigger than normal. Back has been killing me. Had a period for about 3/4 days never came back. It wasn't even heavy as usual. Unexplainable headches that no medicine can cure, vision is messing up and getting up out of bed maked me so dizzy.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Cheryl, it sounds like you have pretty good odds considering your timing! The two most likely scenarios for your pain are:

      1. You are experiencing ovulation pain and discomfort. This isn't uncommon and it really just plain sucks. As my own OB explained it to me, when we ovulate, a cyst forms and then ruptures and that's why many of us experience pain around the time of ovulation (and why we would have pain afterward too).

      2. You are experiencing implantation on top of or separately from ovulation pain. The timing of implantation can be vague (which is so annoying). One of my favorite tools to share with other women is the implantation calculator at CountdownToPregnancy. You can put your dates in and it will give you the likelihood of whether or not you're experiencing implantation.

      I entered your suspected ovulation date and it says that you are most likely to implant between November 29-December 6.

      I want to add, purely anecdotal, if I had used these tools during my pregnancies they would have been WAY off. It looks like my dates were completely wrong with my first and that everything occurred a full week (at least) before they "should have." When she was born, the day after her due date, all of the nurses asked me how late I was. "I'm right on schedule!" and they just all shook their heads really sad, looking at my squished, flaky babe and said, "Nah, she's at least 8 days late."

      My second was two weeks "early" according to my dates and she was two ounces shy of eight pounds and completely on time by all other standards.

      What I'm trying to say is that as much as we want it to be, conception is not a perfect science (at least, that we can fully understand). Good luck, and I hope you get your BFP soon!!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Ann, that sounds frustrating. Did your doctor give you a pregnancy test? Have you taken one at home?

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      Cheryl 7 weeks ago

      Hi , I done a ovulation test on the 23rd and got a static smiling face so obviously it was my day , my husband and I did the deed that night and the day after plus the weekend before, I’m not not due on my period for another 9 days and I have felt sick most days since Friday ( 24 ) I had incredible cramping on my left side and discomfort in my tummy / backache and still have this but not as bad , my boobs are feeling heavy and sore ( but I get this before my period ) but not sure if it’s normally this early .. am I confusing early pregnancy with my upcoming period, it’s driving me mad .. this sounds silly but I feel pregnant but maybe that’s because I want to be ..

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 8 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Aidan, that must be frustrating. You could still be pregnant because it's possible that you ovulated late so maybe you're not as late for period as you think. I haaaate getting blood work but if you can, you might stop into your OB to have a quick draw. That will confirm whether or not you're pregnant so you can move forward either way.

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      Aidan 8 weeks ago

      Hi Kirsten, I have had most of these symptoms for the past couple of weeks and my period is over two weeks late, but I took a couple of pregnancy tests and they all came back negative. Could I be pregnant?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Sarah, really obvious blue veins on my chest were a huge tip-off for me right before I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Jhaida, if you've been having symptoms for three weeks it's probably safe to take a test! You could also pop into your doctor since you're feeling unwell and they can also give you a pregnancy test while you're there. I hope you get some answers soon!

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      Jhaida Scott 2 months ago

      My breast have been hurting so bad for about 3 weeks now. I have been so tired like exhausted for no reason for the past week now. I take small naps throughout the day. I want to wait at least one more week to take a test because I’m not sure what’s going on just yet

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Brittney, do you know when your last menstrual period was? If you do, look up the pregnancy test timing calculator on countdowntopregnancy (dot) com (I have to type it that way because of the spam filter) and see if it's a good time to test. If it is, there are really cheap tests at WalMart that a lot of mom's SWEAR by. They're called "First Signal" and they're 88 cents in the store of $1.52 online right now.

      If that doesn't work do you have a planned parenthood or a pregnancy care center near you? They would be able to give you a simple test too.

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      Brittney Farnam 2 months ago

      I went to bed alot earlier than I normally do, and woke up a little after 6 this morning. Since I've been up, I've been super hungry the last couple of days and can't stop eating. I've been nauseous the last couple of days and now I seem to notice that I'm smelling foods such as bbq chicken and donuts and eggs all morning. But I'm sadly living in a motel room at the moment and nothing like those things are around. I'm a little on the heavy side and my stomach is cramping and and twitching and seems a little bigger to me. Only my left breast feels tender but my right one is fine. I'm 24 years old. Could I be pregnant?

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      Dakota tillie 2 months ago

      Hey. My husband and I have been ttc and this month my period was late so I was thinking maybe we've gotten lucky but I'm having my doubts.. My period is 9 days late and I've been having low back pains, mild cramping, and my boobs feel sore but only when slightly pushed on. I've been feeling Moody and I'm hungry more often. The day of my missed period cervix was medium height and hard and it got higher to where I could barely reach it for about 2_3 days and now it's lowered to about medium and soft. I've taken 3 test and all are negative. Help please!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Dakota - I've been there! I know how it feels to be looking for symptoms all over AND to be frustrated by a late period and negative pregnancy tests.

      Since your tests are negative and you're experiencing cramping and back pain right now it's possible your body is just getting ready to start a new cycle and you ovulated late. Have you talked to your doctor or asked for a blood test? I've had friends who couldn't get a positive until 6 weeks!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey, Elaine! Waiting to find out if you're pregnant or not can be so confusing/frustrating, especially when you begin to experience weird sensations. If you've never heard of it, you might want to Google "mittelschmerz", it can sometimes be the cause of strange feelings leading up to a period. Good luck, I hope you get the result you're hoping for in the next couple of weeks :)

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      Elaine 2 months ago

      A weird feeling in my tummy I can't put the feeling into words a flutter or something to early to test any info pls thanks x

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Anusha, thanks for reading! Yes, even the "easiest" pregnancies can be super uncomfortable but morning-sickness, or any nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is miserable. I have friends who had good luck with moving around and getting some light chores done like you did. Unfortunately, I had hyperemesis gravidarum and just getting up from the couch induced vomiting. Oy! I'm so grateful for my daughters and SO glad to be done dealing with pregnancy!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Keen, I'm so sorry to hear about the issues you're having - wow, that sounds seriously stressful. What are your doctors saying about the bleeding? Do they suspect a miscarriage or have they been able to confirm that this is another kind of medical issue? In really rare instances women do hemorrhage during a miscarriage or they experience an ectopic pregnancy which can also lead to similar symptoms as you've described. Both are dangerous and should be considered a medical emergency so it's good that you received medical care. If your doctors do suspect one of those scenarios there are support groups including on BabyCenter where women who have experienced similar situations can go for advice and support. I hope this all resolves quickly - if you have anymore bleeding, pain, fevers or other symptoms please call your doctor.

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      Anusha Jain 2 months ago from Delhi, India

      That was an awesome post. The morning sickness can be nightmarish for some people. Thankfully a few morning chores done religiously worked for me like a charm, and after just 6-7 days of aweful vomits, I was able to skip them. Not that my Pregnancy was otherwise comfortable, it was anything but, still I am glad to have been spared with being sick in the mornings.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Rebecca! Sorry to hear you're dealing with this. My advice is to stop into your primary care physician, OBGYN, or just a walk-in clinic and give them a urine sample because having the frequent urge to urinate while being unable to get much or any pee out is a classic symptom of a urinary tract infection. Your doctor should know about these symptoms so they can help you resolve the issue.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Jenna! Have you taken a pregnancy test? If you're feeling unsure, I think it's always best to take an HPT just to get an idea of where you're at. In my experience though, it sounds like your regular menstrual cycle is trying to get back to normal after your implant removal and that your hormones are adjusting too.

      If you still feel sick and your pregnancy tests are coming up negative, you might give your doc a ring and just let them know what's up. You might also want to talk to your OB about what's normal and what's not when coming off birth control. Good luck, I hope your TTC journey is short :)

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      Jenna261091 2 months ago

      Hi Kierstin

      I had my implant removed Oct 2nd to TTC with my husband. We had unprotected sex on the 3rd then I had a heavy period from the 4th for 7 days. We that had sex numerous times around my fertile window. I then had light pink bleeding with sharp pain around ovary areas for 1 day on the 21st then bleed a bit heavier red then brown with period like cramps on 22nd & 23rd. Could this have been implantation bleedimg or another period?? I have taken a few tests but all negative. Ive had nausea, heartburn & sniffly nose & sensitive smell. Shakey and sick feeling after coffee. Could I still be pregnant or on to my next cycle?

      Many thanks x

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Liz, have you taken a pregnancy test? You should take one today and if it's negative then you can probably blame your late period on a virus since you're experiencing a cough. If you continue to feel unwell please call your doctor.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Manda! If the test was negative then you may just be dealing with a virus - how many days until your period is due or how many days late are you?