How Soon Can You Tell If You're Pregnant? How to Know for Sure

Updated on March 9, 2018
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Susana has worked extensively with pregnant women and families with children under 5. She is a mother to 3 children from 4-25 years old.

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I've worked with many women and those with young families in therapeutic roles on a team with midwives and health visitors. Here in the UK, midwives are the main carers for women with normal pregnancies, births and babies. I've listened to many hundreds of women's experiences of trying to conceive, unplanned pregnancy, early symptoms, miscarriage, etc. and supported them through it all.

I hope my experiences can help you.

How Can You Tell If You're Pregnant?

Answering the burning question of whether you are pregnant or not can be easy or difficult depending on how far along you are and how well you know your own body.

I've worked with many women and those with young families in therapeutic roles on a team with midwives and health visitors. Here in the UK, they are main carers for women with normal pregnancies, births and babies. I've listened to many hundreds of women's experiences of trying to conceive, unplanned pregnancy, early symptoms, miscarriage, etc., supported them through it all and learned a lot in the process.

Many women can tell if they are pregnant within two or three weeks of conceiving, and some women know a lot sooner, even within a few days. It really depends on your ability to pick up on the changes occurring within your body and how sensitive you are to them.

Of course, you'll definitely be able to find out for sure once you have missed your first period by doing a pregnancy test (and sometimes even before your missed period). Don't be tempted to take a pregnancy test too early, though. Doing so can increase your chances of getting an inaccurate result.

How to Know for Sure You're Pregnant as Soon as Possible

The only way to know for sure that you're pregnant is through a positive pregnancy test. The earliest home pregnancy test (First Response Pregnancy Test) is accurate up to six days before the day of your missed period for 76% of women who take the test (according to the test manufacturer's website).1

So, the soonest you might be able to find out for sure that you're pregnant is by testing with a First Response home pregnancy test no earlier than six days before the day of your missed period.

So if you're expecting your period on a Saturday, you would be able to test the Monday before (see the table below).

First Response Pregnancy Test Accuracy vs. Date

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Test is 76% accurate
Test is 96% accurate
Test is 99% accurate
Test is 99% accurate
Test is 99% accurate
Period is expected.
Test is 99% accurate

As you can see above, roughly one in four pregnant women (24%) who take this test will get a false negative when they take it six days before the day of their missed period. Five days before the day of the missed period, however, it will be accurate for 96% of women, and 99% of women will get the correct result if they take it four days or less before the day of the missed period.

In general, the accuracy of home pregnancy tests gets better the longer you wait to take them. If you take a test and it comes out negative and you still think you might be pregnant, wait three days and test again. If you test and it's positive, you're pregnant.

Other pregnancy tests are also very reliable—they just can't be used as early as First Response. Most brands of pregnancy test are accurate from the day of the missed period.

Keep track of the date when you may have conceived as well as when you are expecting your period.
Keep track of the date when you may have conceived as well as when you are expecting your period.

When Will You Start Feeling Symptoms of Pregnancy?

Some women experience symptoms of pregnancy very early on, though many women do not. According to one study of 136 women who ended up having babies, 50% had some symptoms roughly eight days after their missed period, 70% had some symptoms roughly two weeks after their missed period, and 90% had some symptoms one month after their missed period.2

Many early pregnancy symptoms are also very similar to PMS, which can be confusing. I go into more detail about the early symptoms of pregnancy below.

Helpful Video on Early Signs of Pregnancy

How to Know If You're Pregnant and . . .

You Missed Your Period

You should take a pregnancy test. If it's positive, you're pregnant. If it's negative, wait a few more days and retest. If it's another negative, you're still not experiencing any symptoms of pregnancy, and you're sure you're taking the test correctly, then you're probably not pregnant and you've missed your period for another reason.

You Haven't Missed Your Period Yet

If you haven't missed your period yet, mark down the day that you think you may have conceived on, and wait at least six days before the day you are expecting your period to take a First Response pregnancy test. If you think you might be pregnant and do not want to be pregnant, there are emergency contraception methods that are effective within five days of having unprotected sex, so you may want to explore those options.

You can also choose to take a pregnancy test after you miss your period. In fact, some recommend not taking one until one week after your missed period in order to ensure accurate results.3 Be sure to follow the instructions of the brand of pregnancy test that you buy.

You Don't Know If You've Missed Your Period or Not, or You Don't Know When It's Supposed to Come

Mark down the day when you may have conceived and wait two weeks to take a pregnancy test. This is because your body needs 7 - 12 days after the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus in order to produce enough of the hormone to be effective with home pregnancy tests, and it takes a few days for implantation to happen.4

Your Pregnancy Tests Are Negative, but You Still Think You Might Be Pregnant

While false positives are very rare, false negatives with pregnancy tests are more common. Here are some reasons you could be getting a negative pregnancy test.

If you've gotten negative results multiple times but are experiencing the signs of pregnancy, and especially if you've missed your period, then you should see a doctor who will be able to conduct additional tests and see what might be going on.

How to Know If You Are Pregnant

If You Had Sex...
What to Do
If It's Negative
And you missed your period
Take a pregnancy test
And your period doesn't come, test again in three days
And you haven't missed your period
Mark down the date that you may have conceived on and wait until six days before your period is supposed to start to take a pregnancy test
And your period doesn't come, test again in three days
And you don't know when your period is supposed to come
Wait at least two weeks before taking a test
And your period doesn't come, test again in a week

How Long Does It Take HCG Levels to Be Detected By Home Pregnancy Tests?

Pregnancy doesn't necessarily start the day that two people have sex. An egg can be fertilized by sperm up to six days after intercourse.5 And then, it can take between six and ten days for the egg to implant itself in the uterus.

The hormone that home pregnancy tests look for starts being released from when the fertilized egg implants itself, which is why you have to wait for them to be effective.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, HCG is made by cells formed in the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it is has implanted itself in the wall of the uterus.4

Levels of HCG can be detected by two kinds of tests:5

  • Blood test—accurate as early as 11 days after conception (between 12 and 17 days after you've had sex)
  • Urine test—accurate as early as 12 to 14 days after conception (between 13 and 20 days after you've had sex)

So, if you don't know when your period is supposed to start and you think you might be pregnant, you should test about two weeks after you had sex and possibly conceived.5

If it's negative and your period still hasn't come and you still think you might be pregnant, test again in another week.

Should You Get a Blood Test to See If You're Pregnant?

If you the idea of waiting longer to see if you're pregnant is unbearable, you might be considering a blood test. A blood test has its pros and cons:5

Cons of Blood Testing

  • It must be done at a doctor's office.
  • It is more expensive (up to $75).
  • It takes longer to get the results (about two days).

Pros of Blood Testing

  • Blood tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test, about 6 to 8 days after ovulation, or about 7 - 12 days after possible conception (roughly a week before your missed period).
  • This could mean that you get a result as early as 9 days after possible conception, or 5 days earlier than a home pregnancy test would be able to detect (because you still need to wait for the results of the test).

For most women, it makes more sense to wait and do a pregnancy test at home because of its convenience and low cost, as well as the fact that you'd only find out a day or two earlier with a blood test (if that).

For others, especially those with a high risk for miscarriage or other pregnancy complications, their doctor may recommend getting a blood test.

Be sure to follow the testing instructions of the pregnancy test brand that you bought very closely. Different brands have different instructions.
Be sure to follow the testing instructions of the pregnancy test brand that you bought very closely. Different brands have different instructions.

Some Tips on Pregnancy Testing at Home

Because early pregnancy symptoms can be confused with other illnesses or conditions, I would always recommend buying yourself a test. These are very accurate from the point that your period is due, and will take the guesswork out of knowing if you are pregnant or not.

  • Pregnancy tests can get expensive, especially if you end up buying a lot of them, but you can shop around as the prices will vary greatly. I bought a pack of three tests from a pound store (99c store) and they worked just fine. All the tests work in the same way by testing the hCG levels in your urine.
  • One of the most recommended brands of pregnancy test is the First Response Pregnancy Test. In 76% of women, it was able to detect pregnancy six days before the first day of the expected missed period. Price may vary depending on your location.
  • You can also buy pregnancy tests in bulk, as with the ClinicalGuard® HCG Pregnancy Test Strips. These should not be used for testing before your missed period, but they are accurate for testing after it.
  • It's always advised that you test your first urination of the day. This is because the urine is stronger and you will get a quicker result. Testing the weaker urine that you produce during the day may not give you the real result—it may tell you that you're not pregnant when in fact, you really are (this actually happened to me).
  • If you find you have a positive result, then it's time to book a doctor's appointment because you are pregnant. False positive results are extremely rare. The doctor may decide to do another pregnancy test to confirm your result.

For those who have missed a period and got a negative pregnancy test result, follow the link to learn about the most common reasons behind this.

If you keep getting negative results but are experiencing pregnancy symptoms, listen to your body and make a doctor's appointment!

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy (Aside From a Positive Pregnancy Test)

  1. Extreme tiredness
  2. Breast changes
  3. Feeling sick (nausea)
  4. Light spotting (implantation bleeding)
  5. Metallic taste in mouth
  6. Aversion to certain foods and/or drinks
  7. Heightened sense of smell
  8. Feeling dizzy and light-headed
  9. Missing your period
  10. Increased urination
  11. Feeling different
  12. Feeling emotional

These are all symptoms you might experience within your first six weeks after conception,2 and organised roughly by when you might experience them.

Sometimes a confusing factor when trying to determine if you are pregnant is that all of the symptoms of pregnancy can be symptoms of other conditions. So, detecting the very early signs of pregnancy without a test can be tricky, especially if it is your first pregnancy. Once you are on to pregnancy two, three, or four, you will more than likely recognise the signs quite quickly. Testing, however, should always be your first course of action, and is especially helpful to confirm your symptoms.

There are several early signs that can tell you that you may be pregnant. The most obvious is missing your period or having light spotting instead of a proper period.

Pregnancy is the number one reason for missing your period.6 After you've missed your period, you probably conceived between one and three weeks ago unless there is something else that could be interfering with your menstrual cycle.

It can be possible to have symptoms of pregnancy even before that first missed period. Personally, I knew I was pregnant within two weeks of conceiving on each of the three occasions I've been pregnant.

How to Tell If You're Pregnant: 13 Early Signs and Symptoms

1. Extreme Tiredness

If you're trying to determine whether the feeling of being tired is one of the early pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing, then be aware that the kind of tiredness you'll feel within the first 4-6 weeks after conception is probably unlike any kind of tiredness you've felt before. You will feel exhausted and will more than likely be falling asleep on the sofa and will be wanting early nights and afternoon naps for no apparent reason.

Some women start may start feeling extra fatigue as early as two weeks after conception.2

2. Breast Changes

One of the first things most women notice and that causes us to suspect pregnancy is changes to our breasts.2 These changes can take on many forms, including prominent blue veins in the breast tissue. Some of the common breast changes caused by pregnancy are listed below:

  • Enlarged nipples
  • Darkened nipples
  • Sore breasts
  • Swollen breasts
  • Enlarged breasts

You might start noticing these very early in your pregnancy, as early as two weeks after conception. This is one of the symptoms that can be easily mistaken for PMS, however, as it will probably start right around when you might be suspecting your period.

3. Feeling Sick (Nausea)

Feeling nauseous is another common early sign of pregnancy. The way to tell whether this is nausea caused by pregnancy, rather than a virus, is that the nausea tends to last all day (even though it's often caused morning sickness) and also tends to get increasingly worse over a period of weeks. In the early weeks you may just feel a bit sick, then later on it may progress to actually vomiting.

About 1/3 of women experience nausea two weeks after conceiving, but most women start really feeling it between four and six weeks after conceiving.2

4. Light Spotting (Implantation Bleeding)

Not everyone will experience implantation bleeding, but it is something that some women do experience, and it's another symptom that's easy to mistake for a period (especially if your cycle is irregular or very light).

Implantation bleeding is different from a normal period. It will usually last between 1-3 days, and will be intermittent spotting, rather than the constant flow of menstruation. Most women who have had implantation bleeding also say that it's more brown in color, rather than red.

It may happen within roughly a week or so after the date that you conceived.7

5. Missing Your Period

I mentioned this earlier but I'll say it again. Missing your period is the most obvious and clear sign that you are pregnant. If your period hasn't arrived on time, then it's time to take a pregnancy test.

6. Metallic Taste in Mouth

The experience of constantly having a metallic taste in your mouth is a pregnancy sign that I am familiar with. It's difficult to describe, but your mouth feels like you have been sucking on a coin.

It's a pregnancy symptom that is very common and is unmistakable (unless you have actually been sucking metal . . . if so, that's a very weird thing to do!)

You may also experience other strange flavors in your mouth, like saltiness, rancidness, or just a bad taste in general.8

Did you used to love coffee? You might find that you can't stand the taste or the smell now.
Did you used to love coffee? You might find that you can't stand the taste or the smell now.

7. Aversion to Certain Foods and/or Drinks

Do you suddenly dislike the taste of foods and drinks you used to love? Do they make you feel nauseous? If so, this is another common pregnancy symptom that many women experience. Common culprits are tea, coffee and alcohol.2

8. Heightened Sense of Smell

Related to the point above (taste and smell are very closely linked), a heightened sense of smell is another common pregnancy symptom. Are you quite suddenly starting to feel nauseous from everyday smells such as soap, cooking or perfumes? This can be another early pregnancy sign to watch for.2

9. Feeling Dizzy and Light-headed

Another extremely common sign of pregnancy is having bouts of dizziness and/or light headedness. If you've been experiencing these sensations, have had unprotected sex recently, are sure you don't have a virus and have missed your period, then this could well be an early sign of pregnancy.2

10. Increased Urination

Need to pee more often than usual? Waking up in the night to urinate when you normally wouldn't? These are both hints that you might be pregnant.2

11. Feeling Different

How can we put our finger on a sense of "feeling different?" If you just feel different inside for no apparent reason, this can be a sign of pregnancy. I have found it impossible to find any words that explain this feeling. I'm pretty certain that even if I could, my feeling different would be different from your feeling different. If you have a feeling you can't put your finger on, but you sense an internal change, then this could be an early sign of pregnancy.

12. Feeling Emotional

Keep bursting into tears or getting cross and snappy with people around you for no apparent reason? Check to make sure it's not a full or new moon and that it's not your normal PMS—it could be a sign.2

A Personal Note: What My Pregnancy Symptoms Were Like

Some of these pregnancy symptoms are hard to quantify, especially when it's something like "feeling different." But, you may well feel different somehow even though you can't explain how you feel different.

In my first pregnancy, the earliest signs for me were the enlarged nipples and breasts and breast tenderness as well as feeling dizzy, sick and extremely tired. And yes—I did feel different!

During my second pregnancy, the most noticeable early symptoms were a metallic taste in my mouth, an aversion to drinking tea and a heightened sense of smell. This last symptom got worse and worse throughout my pregnancy and it became difficult to manage all of the smells that made me either feel sick or actually be sick. Smells I couldn't handle were anything soapy such as body wash and deodorant, perfume, aftershave and alcohol. There were a lot more, but these were the main ones.

For my third pregnancy, me, my husband and our daughter were away traveling around Europe in our motorhome. We'd stopped to work on a farm for a few weeks, when I started to feel incredibly tired.

I couldn't work out why I felt that way after a good night's sleep and I had no other symptoms of illness, so I tried drinking extra coffee to keep me awake (I wasn't concerned about the caffeine because I wasn't planning on becoming pregnant). Then a few days later I started feeling really unwell to the point I spent around four days laying down resting, but no real symptoms as such—I might describe them like the flu without the sore throat and cough.

Then the nausea and dizziness came but I still didn't put it all together. I was chatting to my adult daughter on Skype and when she suggested I might be pregnant, I just scoffed at her. I thought that was impossible, especially as I couldn't remember having had sex! Anyway I bought a test the next day and it was positive. The result was a bit of a shock to say the least!

Other Reasons for Missing Your Period

Here are some possible reasons for missing your period but having negative pregnancy tests:

  • Menopause
  • Underweight
  • Overweight
  • Very high levels of exercise
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • The morning-after-pill
  • Starting a new birth control method
  • Illness
  • Hormone imbalance

If you suspect one of these reasons may be disrupting your normal menstrual cycle, and you have a negative pregnancy, test then you should speak to a health professional.

And Finally . . .

It goes without saying that if you have had unprotected sex at any time during your menstrual cycle you could well be pregnant, even if it was your first time and even if your partner "pulled out."

You could also be pregnant if your contraception failed. Remember, no form of contraception offers a fail-safe 100% guarantee. If you're worried about pregnancy because you haven't taken precautions, you might want to read the real story about how to avoid pregnancy.

I hope I've provided enough information here to help you work out how soon you can tell if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant and wanted to be—Congratulations!

Sources

  1. First Response Pregnancy Test Website. Accessed February 28, 2018.
  2. BabyCenter editorial team. "Early signs of pregnancy: When will I feel symptoms?" May 2017. BabyCenter. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Home Pregnancy Tests: Can You Trust the Results?" December 2, 2015. Mayo Clinic. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  4. "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG): The Pregnancy Hormone." August 22, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  5. "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." March 4, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  6. "Missed or Irregular Periods - Topic Overview." (n.d.). WebMD. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  7. "What Is Implantation Bleeding?" November 25, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  8. Cherney, Kristeen. Medically reviewed by Lynn Starr, RNC-OB. "The Metallic Taste in Your Mouth During Pregnancy." September 30, 2015. HealthLine. Accessed March 1, 2018.

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      Diana 24 hours ago

      Hi!

      I had ovulation from 11/04 and i had sex with my husband and i want to know when i have the right to do pregnant test because they have only taken one week now.

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      Suki 38 hours ago

      I had unprotected sex on the 8th of march and I'm wondering if I could be pregnant and if so so could I be pregnant

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      Avon 4 days ago

      Hi, I had unprotected six in last January, until April I don't miss my period, but I feel my body was changed, I had lower back pain, I headache, am I had pregnant? Please help me

      Thanks!

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      Stefanie 6 days ago

      I feel bloated and I feel like I have to vomit every minute and I am cramping at the bottom of my stomach

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      Nishika 8 days ago

      My periods start on 21 march and i did unprotected sex on 3 april?am i pregnant nw?pls help me

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      Janaz 12 days ago

      Since eight month I became married, in the first four months I dont want to become pregnant but now I want to, we tried and six many times but still mu result is negative, my period is also late last month and this month, What should I do

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      Elise 2 weeks ago

      I had my copper IUD removed in February, and the period that followed was on time but lighter and shorter than typical. However, I’m 3 days late now with 2 negative test results. We’re TTC so naturally, I’m searching for all the same symptoms as my first pregnancy. My breasts were extremely sore for a week but otherwise I feel fine. Could the removal of my IUD be the culprit here? I would be grateful for your guidance

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      UK 2 weeks ago

      Please I had my period on the 13th of March and had unprotected sex on the 21st of March and has been experiencing cramps and pains around my naval. Please am I pregnant?

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      Yvette 3 weeks ago

      I had my normal 5 day period and on the last day had unprotected sex could I get pregnant?

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      Worried 3 weeks ago

      So I had a period on the first of February it was light and lasted maybe 4 days but then 2 days later I started spotting again until the end of the month . I haven't had any type of period or bleeding at all this month but I have been extra emotional alot of crying an nausea an bad head aches . An my utine is smelling kinda foul. Could I be pregnant?

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      percy 3 weeks ago

      i had unprotedted sex on 18feb after 4 days of my period and later i hv been experiancing lower abdomen and backpain, bloated and constipation,visible big bumps on my areola.i thought i might be pregnant later endup getting heavy period which was two days late on 11 march 1st two days was heavy and then it stoped on the 3rd day evening till next day noon and started bleeding heavily like never before and on 16march it was only dark brown powdery drops and on 15 march i got my ultrasound and bloodwork done but the result was normal even the home pregnancy test was BFN and after 4days of my period i started having lowerbackpain and genital hurts while intercourse And yellowish mucus like discharge, is there possibility that i might be pregnant?

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      3 weeks ago

      Mrs. Susana,

      Thank you so much for this article. I am going through a pregnancy scare and this has been so helpful. I appreciate the research and straight facts, it helped me calm down some before I see the doctor tomorrow to check if I am or not.

      Thank you.

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      Brittneyfrazier 4 weeks ago

      My last period was the 30th of January and in February I didn't have my period but when I wiped it was a light pinkish for about 3/4 days then completely stopped so I waited to see if I would have my period still nothing, it is now the 21st of March and I still haven't had my period I've taken a home pregnancy test on the 17th it came back negative and I'm having the light pinkish when I wipe but only when I wipe. Should I wait to take another pregnancy test or see a Doctor.?

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      Dee 5 weeks ago

      I am 2months late with a negative home pregnancy test.ive been really tired lately trying to stay up during the day.i made an dr appt already but is there a possibility I may be pregnant.

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      emily 6 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex 3 days ago on Sunday the 4th (March) and I feel really different, I feel sick all the time and 2 days after I had a spot of blood when I wiped I want to know if I could be pregnant?

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      Opeyemi 6 weeks ago

      I saw my last period on the 17 of Jan this year and I expect my period to come Feb it wasn't coming so, i went for pregnancy test and it negative, seriously confused, but I do feel tired, back pain, light headache, heavy weight and fullness in my body.pls way is the way out am seriously confuse. Pls help me.

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      Jerry 6 weeks ago

      Hey, I need your help actually I wanna know that last night we had sex and we exactly dnt know that whether it happened or not which is required for getting pregnant, and my partner is worried if she will get pregnant, and we dnt want the baby right now!!! So what should we do in the case?? Please reply ASAP

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      Susana S 7 weeks ago

      Usually a test (the type you get from the drugstore) will be able to tell you on the first day that your period is due. Use my method for testing though to increase your chances of getting an accurate result.

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      Susana S 7 weeks ago

      Period length and flow often change throughout a woman's life so it could just be a natural change. It could also be down to a change in contraception. If you absolutely want to rule out pregnancy then see your doctor.

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      NIkki 7 weeks ago

      Okay this may sound weird but here I go..

      Past two months now I’ve bleed for 2-3 days not like a monthly and not heavy, my mood keeps changing And I’m cleaning like mad and fussy

      I’ve done test but all negative. Does this mean I could be?

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      Tiara 8 weeks ago

      How long does one wait until they are able to find out if they're pregnant or not?

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      lizzy 2 months ago

      hello i feel pregnant but the test is negative and i have been my period last month which i had unprotected sex, is it possible for me to still be pregnant?

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      Lucia 2 months ago

      I have my period this month early around 3 to 6 of January then after the day I'm out of my period we have sex after 5 days I start to experience nausea, head ach, breast sore and itching and cramps in my stomach last week Saturday I saw a blood but it was light changing to be brown discharge and its taken only 3days on Monday while I'm still bleeding I took a test its comes out negative and I wait I take another one in morning still negative so I'm wondering if I'took early test or I'm not pregnant at all

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      Ann 3 months ago

      So my last period last week of November and then first couple of days into December. I am on the pill but I do forget to take it sometimes. Not a lot but I have. I have not had a period since then. Should have came the last week of December into the first couple of days into January. I took a pregnancy test Saturday and it was negative. I have continued to take my birth control because of the negative pregnancy test. I have felt just a little nauseous some mornings but then it goes away. Could I be pregnant or just a late period from not being consistent on the pill?? Should I stop taking my birth control pill? Should I go to the doctor and get a blood test done? I’m worried that if I continue the pill and I end up being pregnant it could have effects on the baby. I’m just worried.

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      Hellen 4 months ago

      How do I get over the emotions I just can't stop crying,I just burst into tears and my fiancee gets worried I don't want to see him like that anyanymore,any suggestions

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      Hunter 5 months ago

      I am 20 years old,& this is the first time I've has these issues. Me & my fiancé were trying to conceive for months, eventually we just quit trying. WELL, this month I am 2 weeks late on my period. Now, I have always had a regular period, & when my menstrual cycle changed it was only a few days off, a week if that. I have no symptoms of my period, usually tender breasts & cramps. I started my period last month on October 2nd, got off of it around the 6-7. (I have short periods) I have taken two pregnancy tests, both came out negative. I reached out to a doctor & she told me that if I am, my hcg levels are not high enough to detect, that & it may be because I conceived late on the month. I'm debating on going to the health department, not sure. We've been wanting this for a minute now, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. Any suggestions or opinions? Anything helps!

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      JJ 5 months ago

      I had sex 2 months ago and I haven't missed my period, but the sex was unprotected and I haven't been feeling six to my stomach can you help me?!

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      Paulina 6 months ago

      I need help! So me and my husband are planning to have a baby this will be our second one... We conceived going two weeks now this Saturday. But already took two pregnancy tests and came out negative. And just my luck... I got my period. Can i still be pregnant??

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      Surbhi 7 months ago

      Please anyone can tell me that if sexual activity is going on while wearing the clothes so can a girl gets pregnant or not?

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      Unknown 8 months ago

      Me and my boyfriends had sex about two weeks ago and he cam inside of me but after I rinsed myself out with water. But I need to know if I am pregnet or not

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      shanice 8 months ago

      Hi I've had implantation bleeding which was about 4 weeks ago and I had cramps I took a test today and it was negative but I've had all the symptoms I still have all the symptoms

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      kim 8 months ago

      If u have a sex say in July an all know u cant see it does that mean your pregnant but u text normally see it like January uno see it February until march that how u normally see it but u hade sex in july an your in August know is it possible that u might be pregnant an u haven't seen nor fell anny of the pregnant sings u just fell normal

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      Damariskananu02@gmail.com 9 months ago

      I had sex on 15 of this month with my boyfriend...probably it was unprotected sex.and I was one week after my period,can I get pregnant..

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      Adeeba samreen 10 months ago

      I had unprotected sex but stil negative test n no period from last 2 months whats wrong plz tell me ASAP.

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      NygmaWonder 10 months ago

      I'm possibly late on my period. I have weird craps not the usual. my boobs have been feeling like heavy, eating makes me nauseous, nothing is satisfying and I am exhausted more than usual. I had my last child 10 years ago so I feel like this is new and I dont remember how I'm suppose to feel. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests and both negative.

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      Arathi 11 months ago

      Hi,

      We had sex 5 days before my periods and still my periods has not yet come. Its been 4 days since i have missed my periods. I usually have my periods on correct date. I had checked with a pregnancy kit and result was negative. Am I pregnant or not? Do I need to test again? Please do reply.

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      Let me just say, we ARE NOT trying to get pregnant. But, we have had unprotected sex at least 25 times in the last month but he always says he "pulls out". Recently he ejaculated once, then we did it again without him urinating between. And I've been feeling awful, extremely exhausted, pain in my lower left abdomen, I haven't been eating nearly as much as I used to. I feel really hot all the time. I've been constipated, my face is breaking out. I had my period last week, and my next is projected to come in 2 weeks and I think I'm just being paranoid but at the same time I've never felt like this before. I'm gonna try not to scare myself too much until I miss my next period. Just need some input/advice.

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      Doesn't matter 11 months ago

      Hi. Okay so I had sex with this guy about 10 weeks ago. I had my period last month but this month I havent. I have had nausea, breast enlargement, gain weight, food cravings and headaches but about 9 weeks ago I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative so a week later I took another one and it still came back negative but I haven't had my period so can you please respond ASAP and tell me what you think thank you?

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      kim 12 months ago

      I'm 10 days late, got two negative tests, been having lower back pain, tender breasts, metal taste in my mouth, food smells I've been put off by, I'm tired of been tired, what's wrong with me?

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      Vera dovba 12 months ago

      Im 10 weeks late for my period and I ended up spotting 2 weeks after my last period for 2 days. I'm having discomfort in my lower abdomen and towards my left side. Also my breasts are sore and I'm having a weird pattern going #2. And also the cramps have been pretty bad. I took 4 tests through your the 10 weeks and still negative. Any ladies have any suggestions what could be going on?

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      Michaela 12 months ago

      I had sex with a guy 11 weeks ago, i have the implant in my arm but am also experiencing many symptoms. Im 17, since i have the implant i have irregular periods, i havent gotten a period since about a week before the sexual contact. We had sex 3 times in less than 24 hours and all three times he ejaculated completely inside of me.

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      Ynah 12 months ago

      Hi! I'm 16 years old and I'm quite scared that I'm pregnant. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex 10 days ago, I know, too early to know whether you're pregnant or not but I'm showing these symptoms that indicated that someone's pregnant! My breast swells, I have fatigue, I'm feeling lightheaded, and, I noticed I have a small bump above my bikini area and also, above my pelvic bone, there's like a small rock that formed there, it's really hard. Am I pregnant or not? Or am I just really paranoid?

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      Jade 13 months ago

      I'm 15 years old and I have unprotected sex exactly a month and 1 day ago. I'm supposed to get my period tomorrow but I'm scared that it won't come. Today I came home and I took a 2 hour nap because I was feeling tired. I have not been feeling sick at all and I eat the same foods and the same amount everyday. When my boyfriend and I had sex, he did ejaculate but he said he didn't do it in me. He said that he is more than positive that he was out and he came all over himself. I'm just nervous and I want to know for sure that I'm not pregnant? Do you think I am?

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      San 13 months ago

      Hey I didn't got my period this month and we had unprotected sex in last month but all of my tests are negative . . What should I take it as . . . ??

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      Lovely 14 months ago

      Hi. So I had sex intercourse started on January 30 to feb 2 and it was unprotected sex, and had intimacy for 2-4 times a day. My last period was Dec 23-27, 2016. So by january last month my period did not came until I had sexual intercourse. Until now my period hasnt come yet. Is there a possibility that i could get pregnant even my period did not come on January?

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      Debbie 16 months ago

      I've took 4 pregnacy test the first two came back light positive and the second to I took like two weeks after the first two and they came back BRIGHT positive! Is the test accurate?

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      Sahana 24 months ago from India

      Wealth of information. Really good read.

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      Jordan cadevilla 2 years ago

      Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex maybe two weeks ago and I haven't felt anything in since but tonight I feel nauseous and I've had light spotting.. Am I pregnant...?

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      Jessie 2 years ago

      So, I've been feeling a little light headed tired just wanting to sleep with a bad headache I've had unprotected sex before my ovulation day and during my fertile days and even before.. I've been feeling weird but I took a test and it came out negative will I be able to notice right away or how long can you tell if your pregnant or not? Also should I wait and see if my period comes I'm supposed to be getting it the first week of April ?

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      Dee 2 years ago

      My periods are ALWAYS irregular. My bf and i had unprotected sex for the first time alittke over 2 weeks ago. Ive been really moody, tired and sick to my stomach. I constantly have a weird taste in my mouth but i dont kbow if it's exactly a metallic taste. Due to the fact that my periods are so irregular, when should i take a pregnancy test?

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      LaurieNunley517 2 years ago from Deep South

      Amazing number of comments on this issue! Thanks for the really concise information. My son's girlfriend says she's pregnant so here I am doing a refresher course! Thanks again.

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      Jignya 2 years ago

      Hi susana, Im 18 and I had unprotected sex a week ago just after my periods got over. And now after a week im experiencing many changes like weak legs, back cramps, some kind of fluttery in my stomach and continuous white discharge. And also my bladder gets full quickly. Please, do reply. Im really scared to know if its about pregnancy or something else.

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      bassie 2 years ago

      Hi just a quick question.me and my boyfriend always don't use a condom everyday and we are planning to have a Barbie.we had unprotected sex last month and got my periods and last night we had unprotected sex and I still having had any symptoms but my breast keep on itching and their bigger sometimes.could I be pregnabt

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      geetha 2 years ago

      Hi,I'm suffering from irregular periods.recently I conculted to the doctor.and she gave medicine and said that u will get periods in one week or else by get chance of pregnancy.one week is completed I have not get any period and negative pregnancy result.plzzzz suggest me

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      Alice 2 years ago

      Hi,

      We had unprotected sex yesterday and that was the 19th day ..My most fertile day ..Could you please tell how to know whether m pregnant or not?

      Any symptoms by which i can know this

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      Teanna10 2 years ago

      Has anyone ever experienced this.

      Back in March my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex around March 7 or 8th and 2 days later I got my regular normal cycle on March 10th

      In April my cycle came twice on April 4th through the 7th, then again on April 27th through the 30th. We have not had Sex since march. But I have not had a cycle in May. Could I be pregnant even if I have had normal cycles. I'm confused.

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      Susana S 2 years ago

      Yes it's possible!

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      Kiley 2 years ago

      Hi I had sex almost two weeks ago would I be having symptoms already even if I took a test and it said negative ?

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      Claudia H 3 years ago

      Hi i started my period a few days ago only for like 6 to 5 days but ive been feeling nauseas my breast are hurting & i think they are growing i feel different i am very tired more than the usual & i pee almost all day long i get cravings i don't know could that mean im pregnant

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      dulce jimenez 3 years ago

      Thatnnnk you for telling us about that it helps a lot for us the girls who r pregnant.or the ones who want to know about that................THANNK YOU

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      jessica 3 years ago

      i have been sick for 3 weeks and i don't have periods bc i was on the depo shot also i have all the perancey symptoms but i took the test and it was neative cAN it be because i took it to soon my mom said it is

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      harles 3 years ago

      i need your help. i am 17 years old and had sex for the first time on friday feb 6. 2015. today is the day after, and my stomach feels bigger, and very tense. and i have small traces of blood. i was bleeding after intercourse yesterday. I have no idea about pregnancy and stuff. i couldn't get the plan B pill because my mom doesn't know. i don't know what to do. the only thing is my stomach feels big, and i have traces of blood. is that enough to say i might be pregnant? cause it has only been a day... should i just wait to see if i get my period. i can't go to the doctor or anything cause my mom can't find out. my period is supposed to come around the 17th of february. should i just keep waiting and see if the symptoms go away? What do i do? Im really scared!!! I hope you can respond to this soon! I really need someone that knows something about this. Thank you.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      They all sound like pregnancy symptoms to me. The joys of the Christmas period often lead to new life :)

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Sounds like you're pregnant to me :)

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      You have a lot of pregnancy symptoms for sure!

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      Nancy Gonzalez 3 years ago

      Hi I have been feeling all types of changes but My period is not due yet. I have been nauseous, extremely tired, have a certain taste in my mouth, my uterus feels full, some smells make me sick, and I have been dizzy at times and I do get headaches. I do have a feeling I am because I do have 4 kids. But I have been wrong at times too. Is that pregnancy signs I'm seeing or it could be period signs. Oh and I do have this blue vain that is on my boob it's really long blue vain. Not only that my boobs felt so sensitive to the touch.

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      Nancy G 3 years ago

      Lately I have been extremely tired and some smells are unbearable to me. I have been feeling very nauseous. Some foods that I love makes me want to gag. I have this long blue vain on my boobs and my uterus feel a little full. I have been crying out of nowhere. I have the strings smells and I get dizzy and have headaches. I'm getting all of this but my period is not due until the end of this week. Is it period or is it pregnancy I'm feeling. I know it's early but this had been on my mind.

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      Megan Hastings 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing this out, it is so helpful! I haven't seen this question asked before, so I'm going to give it a try! I am coming off depo provera after three years of being on it, and I am having many symptoms as stated above. I have heard that these symptoms are a part of coming off of BC, however the specifics of each symptom match up very well. I haven't had a period, so I have no way of knowing when I would be able to tell if I took a test. So my question is, are there any ways to tell the difference between early pregnancy signs and coming off BC signs? All the symptoms I'm experiencing are completely different than any symptoms I have had in the past related to a period. I'm wondering if that means that this is different or just that my body is reacting in a new way after so much time. **Also I have been taking maca root for hormone balance since a month before going off (which was two months ago), and haven't had any major symptoms of "coming off BC" until the past couple weeks! Thanks for any advice! :)

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      Nolo 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this, super informative and entertaining. Enjoyed your writing style :)

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      Shawna B 3 years ago

      Hi Susana. I'm not sure when I should get a test done. The last time I had unprotected sex was about a week ago and I started bleeding but my period wasn't supposed to start for a week and a half and ever since then I have been getting sick especially in the mornings. Any help please?

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      ubrish ali 3 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      so much informative

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      CupCakexox3 3 years ago

      Hello im 12 days late on my period , does this mean i am pregnant even though i toke a test and it came out negative ?

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      Destiny 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I had unprotected sex with my partner 3 days and ive been feeling very weird I have been peeing more then usual and been having lower back pain also I am eating more then I usually do help ! Am I pregnant

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      Mellisa L 3 years ago from Canada

      I found out I was pregnant at 3 weeks and 3 days(based on LMP). I was using cheap internet early hcg tests.

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      Malik humza 3 years ago from multan, Pakistan

      How to prevent this ? Suppose my girl friend is not informed about her pregnancy and she just came to know after 3 months now what to do with her ? She just used pregnancy strip and she got results.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Hopefully you are pregnant Tabinda :) Nothing I can do though :) All you can do is wait and hope. Good luck!

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      Juliet 3 years ago

      i was searching for this topic from several days thanks for writing and your effort.

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      tabinda zohaib 3 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Hi Susan a, l am ttc for 6 years but Notting happened .I do many expensive treatment but Notting now I am fade up .I read your articles and I want to share my problem with u.2 days before my periods I have spotting on and off when I wiped brown or about 2 drops red 3days spotting firstly I thought it was my periods But That Is not my periods are heavy three days then spotting 2 day now it's week and my periods is not come my stomach is hurting, breast tenders and heavy some time pain, hungry all the time, cramping in my abdomen, sometimes white discharge ,mood swings, negative hpt. I think I am pregnant some sleepy also plus help me.

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      navidesu 3 years ago

      Hi Susana,

      I saw this site as I google some pregnancy articles. For the past 2 weeks now I feel different and have a mild cramping and lower back pain. My period is due next week which is why I think I can't test yet. I was in Japan with my boyfriend last month and as we haven't be together for a while due to work we did it too many time without protection. Though on the 21 I had my period and it lasted for 3 days. After my period we did it again until I came back here in Singapore and that was on 27th. May I know if it is possible to get pregnant with this time line? Also, I started to feel sick on the 28th until now. I'm confused cuz I never feel like this before especially the breast pain and cramping. I only have cramping on the 1st and 2nd day of my period. But now its been 2 weeks.

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      Raya 3 years ago

      Hello I been having unprotected sex lately right around ovulation time, I got my period today on time however it is very light and a little darker than normal.. I'm usually pretty heavy. I also use the bathroom constantly and have light case of nausea. When should I take a test ?

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      blah blah 3 years ago

      so I am on birth control and I finished my last pack on a Saturday. then I couldn't get my refill till tuesday I started the new pack then had unprotected sex then a few days later missed two more pills then a few days later I started to bleed so I went to the doctors cause I been throwing up and getting sick to my stomach and they did a pregnancy test but it was negative is there a chance I could be pregnant and they just tested to soon it was only a week and three days ago.?

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      Daniel Long 3 years ago from All Over

      Wow, this is really interesting. I had no idea that all of this was possible.

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      Dajanique serrato 3 years ago

      I recently had intercourse on May 23 2014 and I've been feeling tierd I've been bloated and my feet are sweeling I took a test today and it came back negative when is the best time to take a pregnancy test.

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      confused 4 years ago

      I don't know what to make of what's going on with my body. I am aware that I have quite a short cycle compared to most. I had unprotected sex just before my period, and on the nights after I had come off, for the rest of the week. A few days after, I noticed, a pale pink on the tissue after I had peed. I have also had a fluttery feeling in my stomach, on and off for days, as well as weak legs, and even had a dizzy spell yesterday. I have been pregnant before, but it ended in a miscarriage. I had the feeling of weak legs, and restless leg when I was pregnant last time, but none of the other symptoms. Both my partner aand I would be ecstatic if I were pregnnt again, but I'm not sure whether these are actual symptoms, or wishful thinking. Having suffered with polycystic ovaries for years, I do notice the tiniest change in my body

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Not much point worrying about it really. It will happen or it won't. To keep calm I recommend thinking about all the millions of women who have gone before you and have birthed just fine :) Your body was made for this and you are more than capable! Also learn how to breathe during labour to relax yourself. http://www.doyogawithme.com/content/rhythmic-breat... Good luck!

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Could be implantation bleeding or could just be one of those things that happen from time to time. Try a pregnancy test.

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      Celine Sanderson 4 years ago

      I'm worried about getting those veins that stick out after my pregnancy! What are some products that you guys use to alleviate those crazy spider veins? I'm excited to have my baby, but nervous too. What do you recommend for me to calm my nerves before I have my baby?

      Celine

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      Anny 4 years ago

      My period came a week early and lasted 2 days. I was supposed to have my period 4 days ago. Im really confused.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Indiana

      Interesting article. I had never heard of some of those signs. As an NFP user, I chart my cycles and have been able to use the charts to determine if I was pregnant or not. One sign that I didn't see on there is cervical mucus, which will not taper off after ovulation if you are pregnant. Good hub! :-)

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      ericadelove 4 years ago

      Hey Susana S....I'm currently on the depo shot and my next one is in April....I had unprotected sex on Feb. 6th...using the pull out method...is there a slight chance I can be pregnant... And if so...how soon can I test?

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      angela 4 years ago

      Hello..

      me and my bf have contact last january 11-12 2014.but before it happened i used pills and i take 7 days before we contact.

      but my question is.. why my period didn't come yet until now?

      i hope you can help me. thank you so

      much

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      Dominique W 4 years ago

      I have a question OK I didn't come on my period this month n I never miss a period am I pregnant

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Jessica - you won't know until you have a positive test result. Take a test the day your period is due (make sure you do it properly!). Sex will not harm a baby in utero. Good luck!

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      jessica 4 years ago

      my last period date was 8th december, i am trying for baby from november , my question is if my ovulation date is 18th december and we had sex on that day how can i will be sure that the pregnancy occurred or not and is it will be okay to have sex after the date, or it will harmful if already been the occurred?

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      Tasha Collins 4 years ago

      hi my names is Tasha and I am getting a lot of comment from people that know me asking if im pregnant and I went too my doctor and the took two urine test plus blooded and it came back saying negative and my boobs are really tinder and my pants are getting tight on me what dose it sound like to you

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great hub on how to know if you are pregnant. Very useful information and accurate. Up and useful.

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      marie 4 years ago

      Hi im 19 if im pregnant this will.be my first child I have not been on my cycle for 2 1/2 mtz I supposed to come on on the 16 September I came on on the 27-28 that was the last time I seen my cycle. Two days ago I went to the bathroom and blood was n my underwear but once I wiped it was no more I don't understand why. I went to the dr.after takin two test on saying yes the other saying no and the also said no yet I still have no came on some one have any ideas?

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      Lungile 4 years ago

      hi it is very interesting and i was trying to get pregnant for the past four months

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      Carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Interesting. Most of these I already knew about from previous knowledge, but the Metallic taste in the mouth is something I have never heard of. Increase in Iron maybe? Thank you for taking the time to write a hub on an interesting and unique subject matter :)

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      Melisa a 4 years ago

      I'm 4 days late and I always on time if not early ... I have one child already and is still really confused when to check ? I have 2 of the symptom u list when is it safe to check ?

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