Am I pregnant? My last period was on September 9th, and since then I've been feeling tired with back pain. My nipples are a bit darker than their normal color, and I'm constipated. I have heartburn all the time and am feeling sick (but not throwing up). I did two home tests that came back negative and had two negative blood tests. Why am I experiencing all these symptoms if my tests are negative?

Answer

Because hormones are a huge bummer. If you recently had two negative blood tests and your doctor confirmed to you that you're not pregnant, then you're not pregnant.

I can see why you're feeling so frustrated though - according to a typical cycle; you're about two weeks late for your expected period. I don't know what your normal cycle (the number of days between periods) is though, so I can't say for sure how late you are, exactly, or if you are at all.

Here are some reasons your period may be late:

- You ovulated late because of an illness, stress or some other factor and your period is coming later because of that.

- You are entering perimenopause or menopause, the time when periods become irregular and your fertility declines.

- You took tests too early. This is unlikely, but there's a chance that you took your tests too early and that you're pregnant but didn't have enough hormone built up in your body at the time of the tests to get an accurate result.

Here's what I think you should do:

1. Write down your symptoms.

2. Call your regular doctor to make an appointment to talk about these symptoms (mainly, feeling sick, constipated and having heartburn) and your missed period.

Constipation can cause heartburn and feeling sick, so talking to your doctor is going to help you get down to the bottom of your symptoms. If you're dealing with GERD or another digestive issue, this could explain why you're feeling so awful and is pretty easy to treat.

Updated on October 29, 2018

Original Article:

Weird Early Symptoms of Pregnancy Before Your Missed Period
By Kierstin Gunsberg

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