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Am I Pregnant?

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If you are unusually tuned into your body, you might begin to suspect that you are pregnant within the first few days of pregnancy. But most women don't suspect they are pregnant until they miss a period, and a few don't suspect or believe they are pregnant for months after conception.

Five very common signs of early pregnancy are as follows. You may experience all, some, or none of these symptoms, as pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman.

  • A missed period. Missing your period is the most clear-cut sign of pregnancy. But it is not definitive. Stress, excessive exercise, dieting, and other factors may cause irregular periods.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom. Even before missing a period, many pregnant women report having to urinate more often. You may even have to get up during the night! This occurs after the embryo has implanted in the uterus and begins producing the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone triggers frequent urination.
  • Fatigue. Utter exhaustion is a very early sign of pregnancy. Fatigue is a result of high levels of the hormone progesterone.
  • Morning (and noon and night!) sickness. Guess what? That queasy feeling isn't limited to mornings. Most pregnant women who experience morning sickness " which can begin 2 weeks to 2 months after conception " feel slightly nauseated at other times during the day. About half have vomiting, but very few have severe enough morning sickness to develop dehydration and malnutrition.
  • Sore (and enlarging) breasts. If you are pregnant, your breasts will probably become increasingly tender to the touch, similar to the way they feel before your period, only more so. Your nipples may also begin to darken and enlarge. Once your body grows accustomed to the increase in hormones, the pain will subside.

Other signs of pregnancy can include:

Implantation bleeding (spotting). Some women experience a light spotting or a brownish discharge. This spotting can occur at about the time the regular period would occur and can last for a few days to a few weeks.

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Food cravings, constant hunger. Some women begin to crave certain foods, constantly feel that they are hungry, or may avoid foods that they previously liked.

Metallic taste in the mouth. Many women complain of a metallic taste in their mouth during the early stages of pregnancy.

Headaches and dizziness. Headaches and the feeling of lightheadedness and dizziness are common during early pregnancy and are the result of hormonal changes and changes in blood volume.

Cramping. Some women experience period-like cramps. If cramps are felt mainly on one side or are severe, it's important to contact your doctor immediately.

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Ok so I'm new to this and please don't respond if your going to be sarcastic and judgmental. Ok my last period was ok August 13-15 2011 my fiancée I had sex a few days after at least once every week all through September but I notice I never got my period either I just thought it was just some hormonal thing going on and it was changing days but this month I didn't get it either. Last week I toke a pregnancy test (Walmart brand) and it was a severely faint negative so I think its faulty. But today I thought I was starting my period but it was pinkish reddish and it was just a wipe never happened to me before. I want to be excited if it means I possibly might be pregnant but not yet until I know for sure. Any idea if
I started my period on the 11th October and finished on the 15th October, my husband and I have had sex every day since hoping to fall pregnant..... What are the chances we have fallen pregnant? Our fingers are crossed, we really want a little baby! :)
Hello, I am 19 years old and my fiancee just got back basic training, We did not use a condom and he ejaculated his sperm inside of me 7 times while he was home.. Could I be pregnant?
7 times? you will more than likely be pregnant .. def. take a test
We had anal sex on March after 3-4 days I'm feeling like somthing in my left side an. Sickness in regular on my period Not another symptoms pls can u tell me what's happening I'm worrying xx
So i have a birth control thats inserted in my arm. But I been feeling lightheaded, throwing up, and restroom all the time. plus morning sickness. i took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. but the symptoms wont go away. Is it poosible to get pregnant while on a birth control and is the birth control the reason my pragnacy test came negative?
me and my boyfriend had sex 10 days ago he came inside me , im having terrible headaches, heart burn, and I have a weird taste in my mouth, and weird cramps can I be pregnant?
Hi im 21 yrs old and my husband was home from afghanistan a month ago tomorrow 12 Nov 11 and he ejaculated in me during my period and a couple more times after my period ended. he's back overseas again and since he came home and left ive been eating junky foods, having backaches, light headaches, falling asleep early, and i should have started my period today BUT have not i know it might be too early still but what do you all think?
Hello I'm 23 years old and me and my husband have been Trying for a baby For 4 months we have been having sex everyother day my last period was on the 27th October till the 1st novemeber my period was very light but I had really bad pains to the point where I would just cry on the sofa! Every since then I have been getting headaches like every day little back and side pains feeling dizzy and bloated, and I have been getting lots of discharge sorry to say this but it feels like I pee myself but it's just discharge! Any advise ? Could I be pregnant ? Please help me me and my husband what this so bad! Charlotte xx
Hi I'm 17, I don't know If I'm pregnant or if its just in my head! For the past few weeks I have been getting pains in my stomach & back pains iv been really moody & tired, I was due my periods on sat but got them Monday there not the same as other months. When they started it was light red & now there brown with a bit of red, can someone help please? x
Hi I am 19 yrs old and me and my bf been togather for 5 yrs.. we always have sex every time we see each other.. we never use condoms but we use the pull out method. Then do it another 1 or 2 times right after he enjaculated the first time. Last month my p came on oct. 13th it the first day it was very light pink with discharge for a whole day. The next day it got heavy then the following day it go really light again. Its now the 15th of nov. I think my p is late n I'm always hungry.. feel full bloated... my areloas n nipples got bigger and a lil darker n r only sore sometimes and I get stomach pains or crampy feelings that come and go
you may very be pregnant but im in the same thing as you just it bout to be 2weeks on the 21st since i had sex im bloated and my nipples are sore i eat n sleep alot more .. i have cramping like too but pms aint here till next month ,, so i would take a test to make sure
I really hope you aren't pregnant. You sound about as educated as a tool shack. Please, use condoms....please for the sake of any future offspring that will have to be forced to live on welfare.
whats with the negativity. I dont use a condom. im on welfare im 19 and i may just be pregant shit happenes. this person came here for a helpful hint. not a person they dont know to rip them apart. your ignorance is the reason people are ashamed of the things they do. welfare is not anything to be ashamed of and having a child young doesnt make her uneducated.... but your lack of respect for people does..
i wish you the best
Hello, My last period date was 22nd october, 2011. My last 2 cycles lasted for 26 days. Although I follow CM regularly and I think I had my ovulation on 14th day. I had a slight spotting on 20th & 21th day. Today is my 29th day (19th November 2011) and my pregnancy test is negative. I don't have any symptoms apart from frequent urination. Please suggest, I am desperate to get pregnant.
Hi I am on the pill and never miss a pill. My boyfriend and I had sex a couple days after my last period he ejaculated in me for the first time. I am supposed to get it in the next couple days but tonight I noticed it was a dark brown color and not a usual flow. I had a headache today and have felt kind of sick all day and now I feel really hungry. I am sleeping later than I ever had and am always munching on things. Is it possible I am pregnant and is it too early to take a test?
i had sex on halloween and now i missed my period.my breasts are sore im eatting more and sleeping more..im almost positive that im pregnant but im really concerned about the cramping im having...the cramping is in my overies and like right in the center of my stomach is this a sign of pregnancy??
Definitely i started having cramping a week before my missed period and at almost 7 weeks now i still get cramping every day. Its a sign of the uterus growing
I had my period the 2nd of this month ended on the 6th me and my husband had sex on the 18th 2 days past what would be my violation day. Ever since I had a cramp and when I pulled my pants down there was a tiny bit of blood, been waking up with a upset stomach every day, or a headache, boobs hurt, gassy, and incredible appetite out of no where. . I am supposed to start my period either today or tomorrow im not very tired but the headaches are starting to be out. ragepis and making me feel sick
I also had my period on the 2nd of november and started having the exact same symptoms almost a week before my period was supposed to arrive. I didnt start on dec 2nd so i took a test and found out immediately that i was pregnant.
seems to be alot of young, uneducated, and careless females on this site. i have 13 year old daughter and refuse to let her become one these young girls on here having sex and dont even understand there own body or understand how stupid it is to let someone ejaculate all in them. at the rate their going, every last one of them will be pregnant, and they god forbid they have daughters and wont be able to teach them anything because they dont know themselves. what a cycle. sick!
Who are you to judge them? These women might have had broken childhoods causing them to not understand or fully comprehend their true selves. I certainly hope you're not going to raise your daughter to be as biased as yourself!
i really like this post because i my self think i might be pregnant and im 16 years old ok well me and this guy had sex on the 6th of november and i didnt have my period at all that month and now its december and i think i might have gotten my period but im not for sure cuz its not like my regular period and plus im not cramping like i usally do what should i do can someone please help and give me advice on what you think it might be ? thanks
That's a little harsh don't you think? I am 26 and I know it is a vicious cycle, but maybe these young girls need guidance that they are not getting from home. Maybe they don't have a mother or another woman to look up to to educate them on these things. Instead of being condescending, maybe you should try to be that one woman that can help educate them and help break the cycle in at least one young woman!! I know it is not your responsibility to fix it, but if you have time to post about how ridiculous it is, then you have time to type out a response and help at least one of these girls.
instead of judging, criticizing, curse...i think you should have used this site to pass a good message to the girls you are talking about and specially your daughter if one day she will look for advice. Nobody is perfect and the is no right or wrong, there is what suits you or doesn't... Maybe you could give an advise about any experience you had regarding this matter. Nobody will judge you :) Information is power!!! Let's share the POWER
And why are you reading this post then? Just because people have sex doesnt mean they are uneducated and careless. If you dont have anything useful to say then dont comment at all.
Honestly, what if your daughter read this and now thinks she cant talk to you about this kind of topic to you. before you post this type of shit think twice about it i mean young kids are deathly afraid to talk their parents about this stuff. and its not fair for you to judge these young kids/ teenagers.
Hello all, i could use some advice....I had my period for one day last month, i havn't had my period yet this month. I have cramping on my left side for some time now, i'm really tired more then normal and my breast are sore to the touch. I eating more and i have been getting the shakes. When i eat the shacking gose away. I have taken 3 tests and all come back neg. I'm not sure what going on. I believe i have some symptpms of being pregnant but i'm not really sure. I'm 31 years old and have been trying to have a baby with my husband for a while now. If any body has some ideas on whats going or any advice i would really like that. thank you for reading my post and have a great day.
I am on the pill AND mostly we use condoms, I am not some idiotic girl who uses the pull out method or nothing at all so please take my concerns seriously. I 'skipped my period on the pill last month as a last minute resort because i was going on holidays to the beach. Ever since I have been exhausted, dizzy, gassy, changing between constipated and diarrhoea, I have had cramps and am always feeling queazy. I am experiencing to a lesser extent, ALL of the symptoms mentioned here and am wondering if its possible that both condoms AND the pill can fail on me.

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