Pregnancy Symptoms: Obsessing in the Two Week Wait

Updated on June 22, 2018
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Having spent over 2 years trying to get pregnant, I spent a lot of time doing research and am sharing what I found out.

You suspect you might be pregnant either because you had unprotected sex or you used a fertility treatment that you're hoping worked (like in vitro fertilization). Now you're in that period of limbo, uncertainty, and anxiety—the period between the last time you ovulated and when you can take a pregnancy test. You feel like you have some symptoms, but do those symptoms mean you're pregnant?

Some early pregnancy signs overlap with PMS signs, so having one or more of these signs is NOT a guarantee that you're pregnant.

What Are Two Week Wait Symptoms?

  • Dizzyness
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Sore breasts/nipples
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Difference in cervical mucus (lots of creamy white CM)
  • Change in the position of the cervix (higher)
  • Bleeding gums

According to a medical survey cataloguing early pregnancy symptoms, the four most common symptoms are "urinary frequency, tiredness, poor sleep, and back pain." Some of these symptoms can present before your period is due; so having one or all of these does not immediately mean that you're pregnant. However, if you don't normally get sore breasts, for example, and your sense of smell is way over the top, then this could be a good sign (if you want to be pregnant). Bleeding gums is an unusual one but occurs in early pregnancy on occasion.

Are Feeling Very Thirsty and Diarrhea/Constipation Early Pregnancy Signs?

  • Feeling Very Thirsty: Based on my internet research, it seems like feeling thirsty is a fairly common early sign. Feeling thirsty is like every other symptom though: just because you're feeling thirstier than usual doesn't necessarily mean that you're pregnant. One study seems to confirm that the more pregnant you are, the thirstier you get—and that those feelings can start very early on.
  • Diarrhea/Constipation: This was another symptom that people were asking about, and it seems that it is possible that it could also be a symptom. However, a lot of women who are trying to conceive are taking pre-natal vitamins, and these can sometimes cause either of these symptoms to occur.

Which Symptom Was the Strongest and Most Frequent for You?

  • 5% Dizzyness
  • 19% Tiredness
  • 10% Bloating
  • 18% Sore breasts/nipples
  • 10% Nausea
  • 23% Cramping
  • 4% Heightened sense of smell
  • 9% Different cervical mucus
  • 1% Change in cervical position
  • 2% Bleeding gums
1,098 people have voted in this poll.

Your Menstrual Cycle May Explain Your TWW Symptoms

Understanding your menstrual cycle from a biological perspective can help you understand what's going on with your body and perhaps help explain some of your symptoms. Menstrual cycles are broken down into two cycles: the ovarian and the uterine.

The Ovarian Cycle

The ovarian cycle happens in your ovaries (as the name suggests). It is divided into two phases: the follicular phase and ovulation. Your ovaries have follicles in them. Before ovulation, your body releases a follicle-stimulating hormone. These hormones wake up your ovaries and instruct them to prepare an egg. Once the egg is ready and the follicles have released the egg into your oviduct, your body has entered the ovulation phase. During ovulation, the egg is ushered into the fallopian tubes where it is either fertilized, or if it's unfertilized, begins to degrade after a short window of time. If the egg is fertilized (and the pregnancy sticks), you're pregnant. If the egg is unfertilized, the luteal phase begins. The luteal phase is the one that instructs your body to essentially remove the baby-making detritus.

The Uterine Cycle

In case it wasn't obvious, the ovarian cycle is so named because it happens in your ovaries; the uterine cycle is so named because it happens in your uterus. Menstruation, better known as your period, is the first phase of the uterine cycle. This is where the body clears out the unused uterine lining and unfertilized egg. From there, the body enters the proliferative phase, which is where your body starts preparing the uterine lining all over again. This is followed by the secretory phase, which is where progesterone is pumped into your body to prime the lining to receive a fertilized egg. Progesterone increases your blood flow, which can raise your basal body temperature, and uterine secretions.

Are Early Pregnancy Signs and PMS Symptoms the Same?

They can be! It is often difficult to discern whether or not a general symptom, such as fatigue or bloating, is a sign of PMS or early pregnancy. The best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test, but that's the whole point of this article: you are stuck in the two week wait and can't take the test!

So, now I am speaking from my own tww experience. I said I was not going to obsess or even think about pregnancy symptoms during that time, but really when you get caught up with it, it is almost impossible not to get involved.

First of all, before I list a lot of the pregnancy symptoms that I found out about when I was on the tww, I have to say that I also found out that a lot of women get no symptoms at all and also a lot of the pregnancy symptoms are also the symptoms of being pre-menstrual. So don't judge your pregnancy on whether or not you have the symptoms!

For me, almost every month I felt like I had a bunch of symptoms that I did not have before I started trying to get pregnant. But really, I was only being fooled by my mind or my body, and in the end, I was not pregnant—so none of these counted.

The time that I did get pregnant, I had pretty much no symptoms at all. The only reason I knew was because my temperature went up on the day my period was due to start (it would normally go down with most people).

What Should I Do During the TWW?

Abstain From Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

If there's any chance you might be pregnant, stop drinking, stop smoking anything (including tobacco and marijuana), stop any illicit drug use, and check to see if any medications you're on might affect an embryo.

Eat Well and Rest Up

Ensuring that your body has proper nutrition and that you're getting adequate sleep is a win-win. If you're pregnant, it'll help your body stay rested and get prepared for the task ahead. It'll be supercharged with awesome nutrients and feelings spry. And if you're not pregnant, eating well and getting adequate rest is going to help you feel better anyway! And if nothing else, cooking and meal prep should be welcome distractions.

Practice Self Care

Do you have a best friend you haven't seen in a while? Is there a movie that always makes you laugh? When was the last time you went to your favorite restaurant? Take care of yourself! Surround yourself with your favorite people, your favorite things—anything that makes you happy.

Reconnect With Nature; Get Outside

Go for a hike or a walk. Exercise increases endorphins, which will help you feel happy. Sunshine is also good for you, as is fresh air. Rope your partner or a friend into going with you. Maybe even make a picnic day of it.

Do Something You've Always Wanted to Do

There's got to be something you've always wanted to do but just... haven't. Now's a good a time as any to reprioritize whatever it is that just hasn't made it to the top of your to-do list. Maybe it's trying a new restaurant, reorganizing your close, learning a new skill, getting back into crafting, or volunteering at an animal shelter.

Go Shopping and Get Fancy

Plain and simple: treat yourself. Go out and buy a new outfit that you feel stunning in. You could also plan a date with your best friend or partner so that you have a reason to show off your stunning new outfit (maybe they'll even go shopping with you to help pick it out!).

And last but not least...

Try to Ignore Possible Pregnancy Symptoms

So the lesson that I have learned is to try to ignore anything that might be pregnancy symptoms because they actually might not be. It could just be related to menstruation or actually to nothing at all. I had four days of cramping, nausea, dizzy spells, and what I thought was implantation bleeding—only to have the test come back negative at the end of it all. I really had convinced myself at times that I was pregnant—I had not had these symptoms at any other time, so why were they occurring now?

In the second part of your cycle, your body produces progesterone. This can cause some symptoms like sore boobs. These may not be pregnancy symptoms but just part of your normal cycle. However, if you do not normally get sore boobs, then that could be a sign!

Perhaps it is that our minds just play tricks on us during the tww, or maybe we just notice more because we are taking notice. In any case, don't obsess (easy to say), and just try and keep yourself busy during the two weeks until you get to the point where you are ready to take a pregnancy test.

FAQ

What if I have no symptoms during the TWW?

For some women, this is normal. Having no symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that you're not pregnant. The best way to determine if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

What is the "two week wait"?

The two week wait (tww) is the time between ovulation and when your next cycle is due to start (i.e. the next menstrual period). That waiting period can be like limbo because essentially there's no way to tell if you're pregnant or not. Some women obsess about signs and changes that they see in their body during this period, as this can be the only way to determine at that point if they might be pregnant or not—and it's usually too early to take a pregnancy test.

How do I survive the two week wait?

During this period, there's no way to tell if you're pregnant or not. If you're not sure, it's best to abstain from any potentially baby-damaging activities, like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Practice your favorite forms of self-care, such as making your favorite dinner, getting affection from your partner, partaking in your favorite exercises, or anything else that makes you happy.

What if I used in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

IVF also has a waiting period. With IVF, the sperm and egg are either mixed together in the hopes that they'll bond on their own. If fertilization doesn't occur, a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is sometimes used. This is where the sperm is injected directly into the egg in a petri dish. The fertilized egg is then deposited into the uterus. It is possible that the pregnancy won't stick, however. So you might still experience the tww.

Have you had what you thought were pregnancy symptoms only to have a negative test result?

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In the Two Week Wait and Want to Order Some Tests?

These small pregnancy test strips are really easy to use—you just dip them in some of your pee and wait for 5 minutes. They are also really cheap. If you are a POAS addict, you can buy them in even larger quantities. These are much cheaper than the ones you can buy in store. So if you are in the tww, then get your supply ordered now so that you are ready to test at the right time. These are the strips that you can use from about 9dpo as they are ultra sensitive to picking up the HCG.

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    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      3 days ago from UK

      Hi mayang, you should probably see your doctor and get your hormone levels checked out if you have not had a period in 4 months, there could be a reason for it.

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      mayang 

      3 days ago

      Hello I'm taking pills almost a 9 years then when I finish my pills I have period then I stopped used already..why until now from my last period 4 months already I have no period.theres a chance to became pregnant

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      Sasha 

      3 weeks ago

      Good day

      I have a question too... I'm a 25 yr old female. I'm on a 28/29 day cycle. My period is late with 25 days today. I've been struggling with sore / bruisey breasts for some time now. Also I took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and it was negative. I got cramping in my lower abdomen & lower back for only 1 day yesterday along with discharge which was white/yellowish. The cramping stopped . what can this be?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Syl, it sounds like these could be peri-menopause symptoms if you are getting negative pregnancy tests. Check out this article, in particular the second paragraph as it seems to possibly fit your situation: https://hubpages.com/health/What-Are-The-Chances-o...

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      Syl 

      3 weeks ago

      Ok my symptoms are weird. First of all I did have a period, which came like 3 days early and only lasted 4days. My breast’s never get sore anymore BUT were sore for 2 weeks before that (and still are. Going on 4wks now). I have mild cramping where my ovaries would be which I never get. My discharge is white but has increased to the point of me having to check myself bc it felt like a gush of pee. I always feel bloated. I weigh the same but my jeans are all tighter now. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests( 2 homemade and one store bought) all negative. I have had lower back aches a few times. No nausea just heartburn a few times. I have no clue what’s going on. I am 46 and have had unprotected sex using the pull out method. I’ve looked up pregnancy, cysts, pre-menopause. I’m at a road block and any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Good Luck LizBeth34, you never know, you may get lucky the first time!

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      LizBeth34 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a 30 day cycle - pretty regular - can be 31 days at times. Tomorrow is when my period is due - I tested 3 days ago and it was negative (I knew this was early but I couldnt help myself) - This was our first month trying and I only have one fallopian tube so I expect to be disapointed... but im trying to just wait it out now. Going to test Monday if I don't get my period tomorrow.

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Gianna, if your period is due on 28th then I would only test today at the very very earliest and even then it may still be too early (my own test when I was pregnant came up negative on the equivalent of today) But really I would wait until maybe 26th to get a much better chance of a definite yes/no.

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      Gianna 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi! I have been having quite a few symptoms of pregnancy but I took 3 tests Nd they were all negative. I took them all befor e the tww and the end of the two weekends would be Sunday morning I’m supposed to get my period the 28th what do I do I really want to be pregnant

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      Niki 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello..thanks for helping me calm down enough to get through the rest of my 2ww. I tested again this past Sunday (Fathers Day) which was the day before my period. It was negative. I was suppose to start my period the next day on the 18th. I am having a fair amount of cramping, but no bleeding and my breasts are slightly sore. I am normally regular. I am assuming that I just got so stressed out during the 2ww that my period will be late. In case I’m wrong, when should I do a final test? Should I wait to be 5 days late? Thanks again for all of your advice.

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Niki, I think to a certain extent we all lose our minds in the tww! It certainly sounds like you are in with a chance and you could have tested a bit early as you may only have been 7 or 8 dpo when you tested. I would wait a few days more at least and then test again. Good luck.

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      Niki 

      4 weeks ago

      Had sex 2 days before, and day of LH surge. LH surge was on the 6th, 7th. On 11th I felt cramping on my left side but no spotting. Been slightly nauseous for past 2 days that goes away when I eat and then comes back in 1/2 hour. Last night I felt hot and started to sweat. Tested yesterday morning and it was negative. My period is due on the 18th of this month. I am on a 25 day cycle, and regular. I so want this to be real but I am scared that it is all in my head. I have had issues before and so want a child. I am having a difficult time in this ttw. Do you think I have just lost my mind or is there a chance this might be the real thing?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sahra, there are a number of reasons why your period can be late and you are not pregnant. Stress can be one, being under or overweight can change your cycle, hormone changes can cause this (including peri-menopause if you are older) plus other reasons. If you are concerned then go and see your doctor and they may be able to do some tests to see what is going on.

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      Sahra 

      5 weeks ago

      I did a test again on 7th june but still bot a negative and i am 3 weeks late

    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sahra, so if you haven't had your period since 11th April then maybe you need to test again. You say you haven't got any pregnancy symptoms but missing your period, plus all the other things you mention, can be symptoms!

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi Precious, yes you can get a test now for sure!

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      Precious 

      2 months ago

      My lmp - 19th April, 2018, had unprotected sex- 27th April,2018, started experiencing lightheadedness and mood swings just 3days later. implantation bleeding(jelly like spot with a little blood inside)-6th May

      then on 10th May- light cramps and brown blood flow for less than an hour.

      I feel tired, very dizzy- feel like sleeping everywhere, no sore burst, metallic taste in my mouth, acne, fever especially at night and in the morning, nauseating and very sensitive to smell-getting easily irritated by smells,

      13th may- blocked nose that made me spit mucus especially after eating

      feel bloated most times,

      today14th,-feel like stomach is making noise, like talking(lol)

      can I get a test soon? feeling weird

    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi Rashana, yes if you missed your period and you had unprotected sex then you could be pregnant, you don't have to have any other symptoms.

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      Rashana 

      2 months ago

      Hi. My last period was March 22. I have had this clear snot looking discharge in my pee and I have been having a lot of milky white discharge. The only thing that I have been out of place is the discharge and the miss period. Could I be pregnant and not know it yet. My husband and I have been trying for a little over a year and I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Pleasr help!!!

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi Hannah, I would definitely take a test now! yes I have heard of dogs and cats having an extra sense and knowing that someone is pregnant :-) For me the tiredness started about 3 days before my period was due and I also had cramps. The signs all seem to be there but by the results of the poll you can see how many people have had pregnancy symptoms and not been pregnant so fingers crossed for you!

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      HannahMalone 

      2 months ago

      Hi I actually have a question my self :) I have missed my period I am 3 days late and I have regular periods I am having this milky white discharge and I’ve thrown up recently, I’ve also had mild cramps but they are tolerant I’ve also had diarrhea I took a pregnancy test last week but I have a feeling it was way to early my questions are what do you think is going on and when should I take a pregnancy test cause today would’ve been my last day for a period but I don’t have it ... when should I take a test? Also might add I’m peeing a lot and very tired like walking to the store with my faincee I get so tired and exhausted? Also I have a dog and she’s been super cuddly with me and she never really has been do you think she knows before I do? Please let me know I’m really happy if I am pregnant ❤️

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      IsabellaEdgar 

      2 months ago

      Hello Everybody!! So me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for almost a year now, I have irregular cycles so sometimes I get my period twice a month, my last period was on April 20-23 it was heavy huge clots for one day and the rest of the days brownish discharge, we had sex the 26 of April and the 30 and then again on may 3 which is three days before ovulation. My period is suppose to come on May 21 however I have been feeling thirsty and have a decreased appetite and getting full off of water and ginger ale, I lost a little weight nothing significant. Is there a slight chance I can be pregnant? I have been taking test after test and all negative can it just be in my mind? Thank you for your responses.

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      blackwell2018 

      2 months ago

      Haha, yes! :) okay, thank you so much for the help!!

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Blackwell, I think the problem is that if we never drank when there was a possibility of being pregnant, well there would be a lot less drinking in the world :-) - but maybe just tone it down if you think there is a chance but at this stage a few drinks would probably be OK (but obviously I am not a doctor so I'm not talking with any medical knowledge).

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      blackwell2018 

      2 months ago

      This is the same lady from Blackwell post below. I signed up and it changed my username.....

      Yes, always the alcohol! haha I was cramping terrible last night. But my period is not suppose to start until 6/15. Is this normal if I am pregnant? I had my first born almost 6 years ago so I can not remember. My husband and I are open to having more kids. SO if I am it will be great. We are suppose to go to a concert tomorrow night and we will be drinking. I am terrified if I am pregnant that I should not be drinking this weekend. Or does it matter being this early. Should I or no? The soonest I could take a pregnancy test would be next Wednesday(6/09) to find out. I just want to make sure if I am, I am not doing any harm to the baby.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Ha ha Blackwell, it's always the alcohol! If your tracker says you should ovulate on day 11 of your cycle and you had sex on day 8 then the sperm would need to survive for 3 days which it can do. So it is possible...

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      Blackwell 

      2 months ago

      My last cycle was April 20-21. I am currently not on birth control. My husband and I had sex on the 22nd and 27th of April, where he ejaculated inside me. Is it likely I am pregnant??? My tracker says my ovulation day was the 30th. He usually uses protection but these two times were spur of the moment with a little alcohol involved in both times.....

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      That's always a tricky one Vanessa - the spotting could be your period (this can occasionally happen, especially as you get older) but it also could happen when you are pregnant so it is worth taking a test if you think you might be.

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      Vanessa 

      2 months ago

      My last period was on March 22-26 and my period tracker said I should had stay my period on the 22 of April which never came but I was spotting only for that day. It’s april 30th and still nothing, is my period just late?

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      Tia Haskins 

      2 months ago

      Thank you Jackie. But my periods have always been heavy after the first day and this was pinkish brown spotting. I have never had this happen before I'm a always on time and today makes 16 days I haven't had my period. I'll wait it out and see though. Thank you again

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      It sounds like that might have been a really light period so it might be worth waiting but if you feel something might be amiss then it is always worth consulting your doctor.

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      Tia 

      2 months ago

      My last menstrual cycle was March 17-22 like normally. According to my period tracker app my next cycle should've been April 14th. I started spotting that exactly day for about 3-4 days and then nothing else. I don't feel nauseous, I have frequent back pain and headaches which is what I normally feel when my cycle is due. My breast aren't sore like most and I have taken 4 hpt all negative. Should I wait until my next menstrual cycle to test or see my doctor before getting obsessed about being pregnant?? Please help, any advice is welcomed.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi himahima, those could be pregnancy symptoms. It depends on when your period is due as to when you should test but if you think the possible pregnancy is as a result of sex 2 weeks ago (and that was in your fertile window) then chances are that you could test now.

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      himahima 

      2 months ago

      Me and my husband had sex before 2 weeks.. from last 3-4 days i feel so thirst, my breast are sore, discomforts in my belly and back, i feel full even after a small meal( its like some bloating occurs inside my stomach) and i feel so urge to pee in a while.. can it be a pregnancy symptom? If so within how many days i can take a test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi Chloe, it is possible to get pregnancy symptoms as early as 5 days after ovulation but you still might not get a positive on a test until later. It would probably be worth testing again after at least the 24th but otherwise there could be other reasons for feeling nauseous and needing to pee so if that goes on without a positive test it might be worth seeing a doctor.

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      Chloe 

      2 months ago

      My bf and I had unprotected sex on April 14th and my lmp was March 26th. Ive been feeling nauseous when I’m around food and also when I wake up. My breasts are sore but I figured that could just be pms. I’ve also had the urge to go pee frequently lately. I took a pregnancy test April 19th and it was negative (I realize it was way too soon to test but I was curious.) Any ideas on what’s happening?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      It can take a number of months to get pregnant (even though it happens for some people very quickly!) so if you have been trying for a while maybe check out this article https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/why-cant-i-get-...

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      Neisha 

      3 months ago

      So me and my boyfriend been having sex since the 18th of March and we have been using unprotected sex and every test I took said negative but I really want to get pregnant what should I do

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      Hi lolly I can't tell you what is wrong as I am not a doctor but pregnancy tests (and certainly blood tests) are not usually wrong so if you are feeling unwell it might be worth seeing your doctor.

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      lolly 

      3 months ago

      Can u pls help m I have vomited after a meal than later that day i got my period it only took 2 days normal it takes 4 days it was not heavy it was light since than i start having symptoms of a pregnant lady even water coming out of my breast i took a home test and blood test show negative but I still have the symptoms what is wrong with m pls

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      Hi ami there are different reasons why you could be missing your period (pregnancy and stress are just 2 of them!) If this is unusual for you then it is worth going to see your doctor.

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      ami 

      3 months ago

      I have missed my periods for two months and when I test it says negative so I don't knw what's wrong or am I sick or what?please help

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      If she had her period and you had protected sex then that is extremely unlikely. As I am not a doctor if she continues to feel ill it is probably worth seeing a doctor.

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      Roman niroula 

      3 months ago

      I had protected sex at the 7 th day of her periods..as far as i know condom was fine and also i didnt ejaculate speam inside her vagina..

      She got mesuration 7 days late.. And it lasted for 7 days as always it was normal.. But she is now suffering from back pain and vomiting from past 2 days...she doesnt want to eat any food.. Whenever she eats,all of those comes outside through vomit..

      Moreover,she is very weak girl from beggining

      Is she pregeant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 months ago from UK

      @Manoj - have you taken a pregnancy test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 months ago from UK

      The problem is that everyone has different temperatures so what is high for one person may not be high for another so you will only know if you regularly take your temp.

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      Anonymous 

      4 months ago

      How high does the temp stay if you’re pregnant, I’ve never check the temp before ..???

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 months ago from UK

      It sounds like you could be. If you are pregnant then your temp stays high after ovulation and doesn't go down just before your period is due, so it really depends on your normal temps.

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 months ago from UK

      Hi Sofia, did you do a test? You can still have some bleeding and be pregnant.

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      Sofia 

      5 months ago

      My lmp was December 20,2017 and had unprotected sex January 5,2018 and I have a 26-29 cycle and I got my period yesterday January 27,2018 but there's nothing on my pad on when I wipe off and it also looks light and I had no cramps plus I had pregnancy symptoms I feel tired,I had the urge to pee,feel bloated.

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 months ago from UK

      14 days between periods is not common but can happen.

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      Laura 

      5 months ago

      My AF started on Jan 7th. I believe ovulation was on the 17th. We had sex every other day the week I was fertile. Waited the dreaded 2ww just to have AF start on the 14th day which should have been conception day. Its not a light flow, feeling tired all the signs of a normal AF. Is this normal?

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      Chloe 

      6 months ago

      So I don't get my period today cycle 29 and the cycles I have are 26-29 and I'm not sure if tomorrow I get my period but I've had symptoms..

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      Yes, online calculators give you the best estimate based on the average person. I'm just saying it is possible for you to have ovulated at a different date but you can't know for sure.

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      Chloe 

      6 months ago

      Well that's what it said on the calculator but I'm not sure since you said I can probably ovulate late and no I haven't used ovulation tests.

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      Chloe 

      6 months ago

      No I didn't use ovulation tests

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      If you definitely ovulated on 2nd January and you only had sex on January 5th then it is not possible to be pregnant as the egg does not last that long. However, it is very difficult to know for sure that you ovulated on a specific date - were you using ovulation tests?

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      Chloe 

      6 months ago

      I was doing some calculation here on google and it said that I ovulated on January 2 and I conceived January 3 and I had sex on January 5 but I have a headache rn and I still kinda feel like peeing a bit it's kinda going away and I also feel so tired and my period is coming on January 17.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Sophia, yes that is true but if you get it the day after having sex it is unlikely to be related to pregnancy.

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      Sophia 

      6 months ago

      And couple days ago I felt like throwing up I don't know why

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      Sophia 

      6 months ago

      I've had it for 10 days now but it also says that you can get it in the first or two weeks and be pregnant.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      Yes it can be either but if it started right afterwards it is more likely to be a UTI so best to get it checked out.

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      Sophia 

      6 months ago

      I had sex and then the next day I started having the urge to pee till right now it's been 9 days and I've read on google that it can be an early pregnancy symptoms or uti but I'm not sure what it is.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      Did your period start or end on 25th December ? If it started on 25th then yes that would seem extremely early to show a positive on day 15 of your cycle. If it ended on 25th then that would be possible...

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      Lora 

      6 months ago

      Hi i had my last period on 25th dec and had unprotected sex one week later every two days. One week later (8/1) i had some cramping and abdominal pain and tried to do pregnancy test for curiosity. 3 test showed faint line, isnt it very early to show positive? Notice that i have irregulare cycle about 35-40 days sometimes more.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Sandra yes, every body is different but symptoms only really start once the hcg is produced and that doesn't tend to differ very much.

      @Chloe, see previous answers!

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      Sandra 

      6 months ago

      But every body is different and there symptoms can start any day?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Chloe I think the thing is that we really start looking for symptoms when we think there is a chance we might be pregnant. I would leave it until your period is due and if you are still worried then take a test but it sounds like the chances are slim.

      @Sandra, yes for sure you can get symptoms early but it takes a while for the hcg to be produced that causes the symptoms so the earliest really that symptoms are felt is likely 4 days but even that is pretty rare.

      @Cb It might be worth testing...

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      Sandra 

      6 months ago

      But sometimes you can get symptoms early?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Chloe yes the egg only lives for 12-24 hours after ovulation so once that is done you can't get pregnant, but you can't guarantee that you ovulated on day 14. As you had sex on day 17 it is unlikely but there is still a slim chance, even if you ovulated on day 16 say, that you could get pregnant.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Sandra, that seems a bit quick to be getting symptoms but I guess you never know!

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      Sandra 

      6 months ago

      It's been 3 days since I had sex and i feel like vomiting and I have the urge to pee.

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      Chloe 

      6 months ago

      People said you can only get pregnant before ovulation and on ovulation so I thought there's no chance for me to get pregnant since I had my period December 20-24,2017 and we had sex January 5

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @ Preet Have you tested?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      Yes there is a chance because you could actually ovulate any time up until around day 18 (although yes, day 14 is most likely).

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      Preet 

      6 months ago

      14 days late white discharge on and off tummy cramps ,sever lower back pain,felling lightheaded a lot,cold symtoms ,sharp pain in groin area ,leg cramps,

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      @Jessica - watery cervical mucus often occurs just before ovulation and is nothing to worry about - however, if the mucus smells and you have any other symptoms (like itching or burning) then you should probably see your doctor in case of an infection.

      @Amy - what is the problem?

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      Amy 

      6 months ago

      Can you help me please

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      Jessica Fenn 

      6 months ago

      I had sex on 25 november and had my period on 11 december for three days . For one week now i am experiencing watery fluid that soaks my panty and smells.

      please help

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      That is not a question I can answer as I am not a doctor. If you are worried then you should see your doctor.

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      Disebo 

      7 months ago

      Hi I don't get my periods at all since 2012 nd recently I've been feeling tired nd my temp has gone very high that i can't sleep at night. Do u think the is something wrong with me

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      It definitely sounds like it is worth taking a test. Light spotting is quite common in early pregnancy.

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      bre 

      7 months ago

      I don't know if i am pregnant. My period was 10 days late, and it wasn't normal. My period last 7 days this lasted 2 days, and i can't call it a period. I wore a tampon usually i buy the super because my period is so heavy. My tampon was making me uncomfortable, because it wasn't filling up. I stopped wearing them after two days, and not once did i leak blood. I can stand up normally, and it would gush out(tmi sorry), but nothing. It was dark brown and not bright red. after two days i would wipe and i would have min pink on my tissue. I been throwing up at night/morning, my mouth been so watery, i been feeling stretching in my sides, tons of mild cramps, my smell enhanced, my nipples are so dark, and etc. My bf think i am pregnant, but I don't want to get my hopes up. I'm scared to take the test because this is something we wanted for a while and i don't want to be disappointed.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      Hi Jo, it is really not unusual to be 1 day late - in fact it is more unusual to be 28 days on the dot every month! I can't tell you what the spotting was a week later, it can sometimes be the result of slightly rough intercourse or some people have some spotting around the time they ovulate. The symptoms you talk about could be pregnancy symptoms but you don't say if you had unprotected sex around the time you ovulated and if your period this month is now late so it is difficult to say.

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      Jo 

      7 months ago

      I usually had a normal 28 days cycle. But last Nov, I’m 1 day late. I had a light mens that lasted for 4 days tops and then just after a week, I had spotting that only shows when I peed and lasted for 3 days. Since then I was having these sore and fuller breasts, increase appetite and always feels tired symptoms. I already took 4 PT but all of the results were negative. What do you think is happening to me? Can I possibly be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      Cramps can occur when you are pregnant and also when you are not so the only way to tell is if you take a test.

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      jamie 

      7 months ago

      I had "unprotected" sex (he inserted a few times but thats it) at 1 am on the 4th of December and according to an app I have my last ovulation day was the 2nd. I have had light cramps ever since and its been a week and I still have faint cramps. Could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      I don't know when you tested before but it is probably worth testing again if you haven't done so for a while.

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      Tes Herrera 

      7 months ago

      I'm now 12 days late with not very many symptoms only headaches nausea and some back pain. I'm afraid to test again Can I still be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      That's a tricky on Ny! I would say keep testing every few days but if it goes on and your period doesn't arrive in a few weeks or you feel very unwell then maybe speak to your doctor.

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      Ny 

      7 months ago

      My last period ended on November 9 , on November 20 I started to have a very light bleeding and it lasted for a little over 1 day followed by very faint cramps and some pressure in the abdominal area. Now December has arrived I have cramped for 4 days now and still no period... I've taken multiple hpt and all are negative. I'm having headaches, nausea, constipation, frequently urinating, hunger pangs, tiredness, heartburn and faint cramps here and there. Anyone have a suggestion??? Please

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      Hi Abby, those symptoms do sound positive. It is possible to get a BFN at 12dpo and then get a positive so it may be wroth testing again.

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      Abby 

      7 months ago

      Hey! I ovulated on November 25th and had sex on the 25th and 26th... I’m 13 dpo and 4 days before my expected period. I have had creamy milky cm now it’s clear and sticky. My cervix is high soft, and closed. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and got a BFN. Since I haven’t missed my period yet could I still be pregnant? I’ve had an increase in temp, nausea on and off, cramping for a few days now like I’m gonna start my period but not as bad as my period cramps and I don’t usually cramp that long before my period. Also lower back ache, dizziness, so so so tired. Help me!

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      It is probably worth taking a pregnancy test if you haven't already.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      If you get a faint positive test after your period is due and then that goes to negative then it is possible that you had a chemical pregnancy. These are actually very common and sometimes people don't even realise that they have had one as it just appears like a late period. If this is the case then there is nothing that you can do apart from wait for your period to arrive which it will likely do quite soon.

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      ANNoymous 

      7 months ago

      So I need some help!

      I am 16. My Period is about 3-4 Days late. I’ve been very sexually active since the end of October. Ive Recently Been experiencing faint cramps, and i got extremely dizzy once. IT was quite scary. What should i do

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      I think one of the reasons for this article was to show that we can still get symptoms that seem like pregnancy ones even when they are not and we son't really know why this is or what is going on. the only real way to tell if you are pregnant is to do a test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 months ago from UK

      In theory it is not possible to get pregnant 36 hours after ovulation as the egg does not survive that long (apparently it survives for 12-24 hours) but in practice it is not possible to know exactly when we ovulate even with the best tests!

      It is possible to get symptoms 5 days after ovulation but tests will likely not be accurate until at least a few days later (maybe even 4-5 days before your period is due) so it is probably worth waiting before you test.

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      Brittany 

      7 months ago

      I was on depo for over 1 year , my last shot was march 2017 , i just had something like a period 1-2 weeks ago. I took a ovulation test on the 18th of this month and it was a smiley face so we had intercourse. And the week leading up to the smiley face. Day 1-5 after the smiley , i had cramping , Brown/clear discharge , nasea , feeling bad. But day 6 after i don’t feel any symptoms at all. All i feel is something like gas in the bottom of my abdomen on the right side. ? I’m confused

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      Danielle 

      7 months ago

      I think I might be pregnant, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend 1 day and a half after my ovulation day, today my period is due in 9 days and I'm experiencing bloating cramps fatigue frequent urination lots of clear discharge, please let me know what I should do and if I could be

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