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

Updated on November 29, 2015

How to 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 also how well you know your own body. Many women can tell if they are pregnant within 2 or 3 weeks of conceiving, and some women know a lot sooner -- within a few days, even. 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 be able to find out for sure once you have missed your first period by doing a pregnancy test. Don't be tempted to take a pregnancy test before this point, though -- taking a pregnancy test too early will yield inaccurate results.

What Causes Pregnancy Symptoms?

If you know your body well, you may notice some subtle (or not-so-subtle changes) in the first few weeks of pregnancy. These are all caused by the changes in your hormone levels.

The pregnancy hormones rushing around your body will progressively increase the further down the road of pregnancy you are and so will the strength of the potential symptoms. You can go from feeling a little nauseous to being frequently sick in a matter of weeks. Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin hormone, or hCG, is the hormone that tells your body to increase progesterone levels and this is what makes your periods stop, as well as being responsible for most of the "symptoms" of pregnancy.

Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are testing for hCG in your urine and are very reliable because hCG levels are so much higher in pregnancy than when we are not pregnant -- in fact, they double every day.

The Early Signs of Pregnancy

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 having done a test can be tricky, especially if it is your first pregnancy. Once you are on to pregnancy 2, 3 or 4, you will more than likely recognise the signs quite quickly.

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.

At the point of missing your period you are probably 1-3 weeks pregnant unless there is something else that could be interfering with your menstrual cycle (see below).

It can be possible to know you are pregnant even before that first missed period. On a personal note, I knew I was pregnant within 2 weeks of conceiving on each of the three occasions I've been pregnant.

More tired than you've ever felt in your life!
More tired than you've ever felt in your life!

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 of 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.

2. Feeling Sick (Nausea)

Feeling nauseous is often one the first signs that you may be pregnant. The way to tell whether this is nausea caused by pregnancy, rather than a virus, is that the nausea tends to last all day 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.

3. 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!)

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Breast Changes

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

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

7. 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 and are sure you don't have a virus, then this could well be an early sign of pregnancy.

8. 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.

9. Light Spotting (Implantation Bleeding)

This is one of the least frequently experienced pregnancy symptoms, but it is something that you should take note of if you are wondering how soon you can tell if you are pregnant. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Quick Weight Gain

Have you noticed that you can't do up your trousers or they feel a little more snug than usual? Putting on 4-8 pounds within a short time frame (a week or two) is another common sign of pregnancy to watch out for.

A Personal Note

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.

Pregnancy tests are very reliable when taken during the right time.
Pregnancy tests are very reliable when taken during the right time.

Pregnancy Testing

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 be really expensive, 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.
  • 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. 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.

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.

Other Reasons for Missing Your Period

  • 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....

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!

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      Paulina 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 10 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 18 months ago from India

      Wealth of information. Really good read.

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      Jordan cadevilla 18 months 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 19 months 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 20 months 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 21 months 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

      Sounds like you're pregnant to me :)

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      Susana S 2 years ago

      You have a lot of pregnancy symptoms for sure!

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      Nancy Gonzalez 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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

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      Shawna B 2 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 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      so much informative

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      CupCakexox3 2 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 Louise 3 years ago from Ontario, 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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      Kept private 3 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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      Joyette Fabien 4 years ago from Dominica

      That was very comprehensive!

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      verradonna 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Thank you so much, this was a very informative hub. Sometimes it can be a little scary, especially because a woman's body is so finicky.

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      Alvin Tay Kong Wei 4 years ago from Singapore

      Very informative hub . Thumbs up

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your hub! I have never been pregnant and don't know how I would feel. I voted up and useful.

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      Hello Susana,

      I am experiencing several of the symptoms you listed above such as dizziness, headaches, MAJOR bloating, fatigue, "feeling different", and also a lot of indigestion, feeling warm at points, and I have been feeling extremely thirsty lately. If I am pregnant it would only be by two and a half weeks. I am getting extremely excited, and I am just worried that since it is so early in the pregnancy that I may be making these symptoms up in my head. I still have a week until I can take a test, and I can't help but wonder if these symptoms are a reality or if I am just imagining things because I want to be pregnant so bad. Any advice?

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      Impatient One 4 years ago

      Hi Susana

      This thread and website is amazing - thank you for caring!!

      I have a long winded story.......

      my partner has suffered from impotence for the past year and we have both been so stressed with it all. We had intercourse 7 days before my period was due, but my period then arrived 2 days later instead(6th June 2013) , it was very light for about 4 days and then I had a heavy flow for 2 days and then it was finished - I am never early!!! I have taken tests and they are all negative.

      We managed again last night as I worked this week out to be the best chance of conception although my cycle would suggest I should be due my period again on 27th June? Have I worked it out wrong? When is the earliest I can test? I have noticed a weight gain (very uncomfortably so) and have sore tingly breasts - I am so desperate to be pregnant, but am worried I am getting my hopes up for nothing.....

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      Jenny 4 years ago

      Its been 2 years since last time i had sex.me & my bf just recent got back together & if i am pregnant it will be my second pregnancy but it been 4 days so far since we last had sex & is your 1st pregnancy different or will feel the same way my 1st child?....My period due next week sometimes bc i start my period on may 27th i usually have 5 days!!

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      A lot of it is water, but your body may also want some extra fat stores to help with energy a bit later on. It takes a lot to make a new baby!

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      NervousTeen 4 years ago

      & what is the reason for rapid weight gain during the first few weeks of pregnancy?

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Hi Jane, it is possible to still get periods and be pregnant though I think it's pretty uncommon (unless you are taking the pill, but considering the irregularity of your periods it doesn't sound like you are). If for some reason you really think you are pregnant (I'm not really sure why you would?) then a pregnancy blood test may be the best way to proceed. Go and see your doctor. Best wishes x

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      Jane 4 years ago

      Hi Susana! What a wonderful website! Read the whole thread and good to know that you reply to each and everyone.

      I had protected sex with my fiancé the 27th of February. My period before that was the 9th of February. I have had irregular periods since I can remember. I started my period on the 24th of March(two weeks late). It felt normal yet a bit heavier.

      I had my second period after the "Deed" the 24th April and it was normal the first two days, but after that it was very light for a couple of days.

      I took 4 pregnancy tests since and all came back negative. The last one I took was about 16th of April. (about 10 weeks after my period before sex). I'm now 5 days late.

      Is there any chance that I could be pregnant? I have been gaining a bit of weight and my tummy feels funny at times.. like butterflies (Maybe its just in my head?). If I am pregnant I am just over 16 weeks. I haven't had any morning sickness, and my nipples aren't darker(sorry for the info), nor does it hurt) I'm so stressed about this, could this be that my period is late? Any other advice or comments will be appreciated so much!

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      NervousTeen 4 years ago

      *Typo* I meant to say my period is very unusual.

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      NervousTeen 4 years ago

      Hi Susana. So I had unprotected sex last week & my partner didn't pull out. Since then, I've been unusually tired all the time & there has been a white, milky discharge. Prior to me having unprotected sex, I was losing weight. Now, I definitely see some of the weight coming back, & fast. My period is very usual so when it's coming or when it's supposed to come is a mystery to us both. Could I be pregnant?

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Tiffany - there's no reason you can't buy a pregnancy test as there is no age restriction on them. So go ahead and get one and find out for certain.

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      tiffany 4 years ago

      Hi susan I have irregular period n ive been having unprotected sex n im alwsys tried n I haven gt my period thos month n I dnt no how to tell my parents n im 16 i I dnt know if i .can buy a test and i really don't want to tell my parents umtill i know for sure if im pepregnant and im scared to tell tjem until . What should Id

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      Angela 4 years ago

      Another thing is that my lower Bach has been hurting sooo much..

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      Angela 4 years ago

      I have irregular periods and I have been having unprotected sex for a while. And now my periods are becoming to be implantation bleeding or spotting blood. It's def turning out to be brown and red. I have been having headaches and I feel like throwing up once in a while but I never do. I always have to drink water because I feel dehydrated and if I don't i feel like I'm going to pass out. I'm gaining a lot of weight! And I've been every emotional. I've been very bitc$y you can say. I always have to eat, my stomachs been hurting a lot. And when I do I get full very easily then I get hungry again in about an hour later. But then again I took 4 tests already and they all said I wasn't pregnant. Of course i took them at different times. Do you think it's too early to know? Is it possible i have been using the tests wrong? Please help me.

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      bobbi 4 years ago

      ok its been 50 days since lmp i have taken several hpt all neg i have had lower back lower adominal presure like i pulled a muscle or over worked for 3 days chest feels like someone ran me over bbs are not real sore i have 3 other kiddos and hpt was pos at 5 weeks. i have been on bc pills. theres days i don't feel pregnant as the symptoms went away then days i do feel preg

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      itsjasminekaay 4 years ago

      Okay so here it goes. Im nineteen if that really changes anything. I should also add that i have a very irregular period as it is . Or that i have been kinda atressed but not that much. At least i don't think so but who knows. I had sex a while back. At least over a month and a half ago. I had unprotected sex without thinking. Then I don't remember if I got my period after that or not. Anyway I had sex recently and thats when everything started hitting me. I noticed that my pee would get darker like it usually does when im about to have my period but it still hasn't come. My breast were kinda sensitive for a while there. Now the smells of foods make me sick a lot and I keep having the feeling like im about to throw up but I don't . Im definitely bigger whether thats from me eating im not sure. I thought it was for my period at first but it still hasn't come. Im really starting to get worried and im learning my lesson. If anyone could help or tell me some other things to look out for that would be much appreciated

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      Mc 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info, your kind words are appreciated

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      The best thing to do is to wait a couple of weeks and see if your period comes. If not then do a pregnancy test.

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      Breanne 4 years ago

      Hi I just need a little help.....

      I had sex a couple weeks after my period I went back to check my calendar so I know when I started my next period and I realize that the same week I had sex it was my most fertile day we used the pull out method which I know is kind of dumb but for this week my body has been feeling kind of funny like my back has really been hurting and my breast has this tingly feeling that well come and go I sometimes have abdominal pain that feels like it starts at my pelvis and then it a go to my sides also two days ago during the night I just kept peeing and about that fifth time when I wiped there was a spot of light red blood on my tissue and that was the last time it happen also the other day at work one of my co-wokers told me I was glowing but today I'm suppose to start my period and it hasn't came yet it's about 12:16pm my time.but today I keep feeling like I'm about to start but I haven't yet......

      Should I be concern about anything I really don't want to waste my money on a test or a trip to the doctor if it doesn't sound like I should be worried

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      Jay 4 years ago

      Hi, wondering if you could help me out...

      I'm 18, and me and my boyfriend had sex (for the first time together, and both of us were virgins beforehand) on the 9th of October, 2012. We did use a condom, but I'm not sure he had it on properly, I don't think it was on all the way to the base, and he stayed inside me for a couple of minutes after he finished.

      and on the 28th October, we didn't have sex, but he did cum over my stomach and then touch me downstairs to try and get me to finish, is there a possibility some of his cum could have gotten on his hands and gone on down there?

      Anyway, I was due for my period on October 16th, and it didn't come. I have always had somewhat irregular periods, sometimes missing up to two months before it coming again. But for 4 cycles (funnily enough, the time I have been seeing my boyfriend) I have been regular 28 day cycle.

      It's now October 29th, and I'm starting to get a bit paranoid. I have been peeing HEAPS, which is really unusual, and I have been eating a heap. I have been battling an eating disorder, and me eating is very very very strange, but all I want is meaty foods. It's strange. And I have been feeling... a little bit odd? I guess you could say, like a weird feeling in my gut, the last week or so. I've also, since two days before I was due, onwards until about the 25th, on and off of course, had cramps that I'd always gotten before my period, signalling that it is coming, but nothing has arrived. I've never had that before, and it worries me. I've also been getting the upset stomach that for me is a sign of my period, but alas, no period as of yet.

      I've talked to my boyfriend about this, and I've agreed to take a test, but I'm going to wait until after my end of year exams are through, because I SHOULD, in theory, have gotten my period by then. But what do you think? Am I imagining things?

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      Lady E 5 years ago

      Hi,

      i went to visit my BF on the 23 July and we've been having unprotected sex because i started the pill 4 weeks prior to visiting him.stayed there till 6 August, had a light period on the 14th, feeling nausea, bad taste in mouth, frequent urination and sensitive smell but took home preg test evening of 27th August and came back negative. now i have cramps and back pain what would cause this please help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, I've been on birth control for a few years, but stopped about a month or so ago. To be honest I lost track of it. I had a period in june that lasted one day, and I'm usually at least 4days long. I can't I may have had one in july, I tried tracking my cycle and I should hav started a two to three weeks ago. I don't have any symptoms of pregnancy. about a month ago I had that metallic sensation in my mouth that would appear for a few days but thats its. I don't think i could be pregnant i used prtection. Should I be worried? I'm debating on taking a test?

      Thanks xo

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      devonmum 5 years ago

      hi just after a bit of advice. i am 30 with one child and trying for another. this will be the 6th month of trying. my fertile days were 15th-21thjuly and we tried on the 19th. what is the chance of being pregnant. i have another week of waiting to find out. i have no sore boobs etc but i am a bit bloated. i am having headaches all the time and peeing lots too. i start to feel sick at night and find it hard to settle when i am ready to go bed any help would be great. hope to hear from you. x

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      Celticthunder 5 years ago

      Hi, I am a guy and i got a question. I been searching online to find my answers. My gf and I had unprotected sex and she pulled off while i was ejaculating so i think i got some in her. But she was finishing her period and it was last day, she was just done. So she thinks she isn't going to be pregnant.. I kind of thought the chances are so little too. So my question is do many girls get pregnant like that? What is the chances? she just ignores it and its been two weeks so how long would there be a sign to know? It bugs me because i can't ignore if she could be.