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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.

The Cleveland Clinic 2004
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I just am curious, I was on the Depo since November, and was on Anti-biotics since Dec. 4th up until' yesterday. I've heard that the antibiotics may cancel out the depo. I am having all of the symptoms of pregnancy but all the tests I take are saying negative. I am confused as to what's going on but If you have any idea could you please email me and help me out? .........thanks [email protected]
I have the same situation! Get a blood test, I found out yesterday I'm around 3 months pregnant
i have been feel really dizzy,with mild headaches lately through out the day,im urinating more frequent that usual, in addition, on the 20th of January 2012 i experienced light bleeding just for a few hours, then spotting a couple of days after...i now have back pain along with abdominal cramps that comes and go...not sure when im supposed to see my period because it usually irregular...Plz Help, i dont knw whats wrong, i typed in these symptoms and got directed to this site along with other pregnancy forum.Could i be pregnant?
Hello I'm hoping someone will know. I'm 7 days past my period now. I usually start on the 1st of every month but didnt this month. Before I start my period my breasts usually start feeling sore a couple days before the 1st and my ovaries are a bit sore than I start cramping and than I know my period is coming. This month was different. I missed my period that and it wasn't until the 4th that my boobs started feeling sore and than later came a little pain in the ovaries so I was thinking I'm just late. But it is the 8th now and still no period and the pain in my ovaries is getting worse and my boobs are still sore. Also I know girls tend to get bloaty when they start there period but I have never been bloaty and this month for some reason my stomach has been REALLY bloaty for about 5 days now. To the point where people thought i gained weight or i was sticking my stomach out. It's embarrassing but I have been really really gassy. Are these early signs of pregnancy?
I'm really hoping someone could help me. I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms for the past week and a half, such as fatigue, after I eat a meal not long after I'm hungry again, I'm moody, and maybe about a week ago one of my breast swelled up and it's still much bigger than my other. My boyfriend and I took two home test last week they were both negative, if I am pregnant the time of conception would have been two weeks ago today. The thing I need explanation about is that last night in the middle of the night I got extremely bad cramps that last about an hour and then they stopped when I fell asleep and started back up again they hurt even worse when I would bend my knees but lessen when I stretch them out. I had these cramps with little pinkish brown spotting. When That was over with this morning I woke up with what seemed like menstral bleeding it was a very light flow and a little cramping. I'm torn between wether I'm pregnant or not because I had the symptoms. My period is supposed to come on tomorrow, but I have cramping and light bleeding today. I'm having dizzy spells and I just want to lay down, I don't want to do anything. I know this is a bunch but if anyone can tell me anything It will be most helpful.
i have all the same symptoms did you find out if you were pregnant or not?
I have a child already my period is doing the same as last time I'm spotting at night I feel extremely nauseous I get light headed and now I'm losing my appetite but I drink lots of fluids please I need answers Jamie I pregnant?
I am 19 years old and my boyfriend and I are very sexually active. I was on the pill two months ago and I was very regular every 28 days I had my period. I stop taking the pill and last month my period came 34 days after. We had sex using the pull out method, its been 37 days and I havent gotten my period. We took two urine pregnancy tests day 29 and day 35 and they were both negative. I have been feeling dizzy and vomiting for the last two days. I dont have any other symptoms of pregnancy. I dont know if I might be sick or pregnant. Without the pill I am very irregular with my periods. Please help!!!
I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on the 17thmarch 2 weeks later I had bad cramps like period I started lightly bleeding then stopped the light brownish discharge 5thapril this lasted 3 days with sore breasts bloating belly frequently used toilet then I started bleeding again on the 8th and I have been feeling sick and vomit once 3.40am feeling dizzy always hungry gt a metal taste in my mouth. This does nt feel like a normal period it was different I stopped bleeding 12thapril and light pinkish brownish discharge is coming lightly. I have not taken any tests in too scared, can I be preg?
im worried because my boyfriend and I are trying to have a baby we had unprotected sex on April 8th and April 10 my ovulation week was supposed to start on April 10. I been having lots of cramps and yesterday I was a little nauseous. I took a test today April 15 and it came out negative. Is it possible that I toom it too soon or maybe since we have been wanting a baby all of this thing are just in my head? Please help
i had sex 3 times last month i had my period march 20th and ihavent got my period cause i missed it in april , ive been feeling dizzy , cramps , and bloated took two pregnancy test. Does it mean im not prego or can i be ?!
I experienced spotting for about a week,(20-26th of april) light brown, and now im dizzy all the time with nausea and headaches which are not normal at all for me, and im really tired all the time and even when i go to bed earlier then normal i still don't get up till for 15 hrs and then nap in the afternoon. I took two tests, one right after the spotting finished and one 5 days after that and both were negative. I feel like im extremely emotional , like pms but more ... prominent...im extremely irratble and moody... and no period still-
I experienced spotting for about a week,(20-26th of april) light brown, and now im dizzy all the time with nausea and headaches which are not normal at all for me, and im really tired all the time and even when i go to bed earlier then normal i still don't get up till for 15 hrs and then nap in the afternoon. I took two tests, one right after the spotting finished and one 5 days after that and both were negative. I feel like im extremely emotional , like pms but more ... prominent...im extremely irratble and moody... and no period still-
Hi I'm 19 I already have one daughter I don't know how to tell when I'm ovulateing me and my bf have been haveing sex for the past couple weeks. Its been a week since my period has passed but I'm having cramps & cramps in my rectum no spotting but more horny then ushual and eat even when I'm hungry and some headaches no vomiting but only have has some morning I felt like pukeing but the feeling was not strong I took pregnancy tests for my first but they always came out negative :/ so I had to get blood work done to figure it out. I was tested for and STDs and all that but I'm clear and clean on that while having intercouse its very painfully and feels like I'm swollen down there can anyone explain?
I had unprotected sex few weeks ago and I now vomit, get cramps, sick, frequent visit to d bathroom and always tired. I really am not ready buh I think I am pregnant.... How can I flush this pregnancy
Hi, I am about to turn 16 in 8 months. So,I am basically 15. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex, I know it is bad,but we still did it and I admit to that. He usually pulls out, but this time he didn't know if he did or not. he checked and he said he was had and half,although he did not see r taste anything different. Also, cum or maybe precum is suppose to drip out of the vagina, and that didn't happen. Yes, it can shoot if you haven't had sex in a while, but then it would hit something down there and I would have felt it. Maybe I am just a bit worried showing things. But, I feel like I'll throw up but don't and this is only 2 days so far. I haven't had my period,but it is usually at the end of the month or beginning of a month. It isn't unusual for me to miss about a month or so,because I have without having sex so I am not sure. Am I pregnant?
Help ! Me and my fiance have been trying to have a baby for 2 years. We don't use protection, and I don't take no pills. I got my period like a week ago and it went away 2-3 days ago. But now I'm frequently going to the bathroom to pee more than usual. I'm confused. I don't know if I may be pregnant or this is normal. This never happened to me before after my period.
Okay so me and my boyfriend are very sexual active and we had sex last Sunday , and my period was suppose to come on the 18th but today is the 19th which is a day late and I think my period has come on but I'm not really sure because its very lighter than usual and the day we had sex he pulled out but some got on my vagina but I whipped myself before it could go down anymore . Anyways I was just wondering if I'm pregnant or not . I haven't had any pregnancy symptoms except my boob is hurting a little bit but only one of them and I have cramps but anyways could someone please help me thanks .
Hi i am 22yrs i hav been using Depo i stop using it last yr i got my periods back on Feb this yr my fb en i having been using condom since then en i usualy get my period 4-5days last wk on the 27i got my periods 28stoped en i take a hpme prg test it was negative i hav stomach cramps,headach evry morning,get hungry all da time,toothach,brown dicharge,sure breast like stabbing pains urinate more than usual,moody craving for apple en craving for suwer sweets 3days ago i took another preg test it was negative again am confused am i pregnant o wt?
I am having headache and dizziness..sometimes nauseated as well but my date is yet to come(2days).i cant bear smell of some foods as i am airhostess so i cant resist the smell of food of the oven in flight.i feel sick.is that mean i am pregnant?i am so confused and tensed.plzzzzzz somebody help me.
Take a pregnancy test. Go to the doctor. It is not difficult to find out if you are pregnant. You can buy a test in the drugstore, No one can help you online. I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but I am surprised how many comments there are asking for help and "am I pregnant". It just does not make any sense and you want to know what is causing any symptoms as soon as possible.
How about you all go and get a fucking pregnancy test and really getting pregnant from anal cop on and go grow the fuck up before you decide to make bog decision like having sex and get a bit of education first
I'm a 26 year old with a very active partner iv had one child im normally very regular same time every month for 2 days but this month I came I on the 1st for a day and a half then I took a test around the 17th wen I was normally due it was negative iv had sickNess n other symptoms and I started to bleed again on the 26th of with a few clots that lasted two days it was very u n comft able using tampax n 5 days on iv got cramps and lite bleeding wen I just go to the toilet cud I be pregnant now
I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend 5 days before my period was due. 3 days after I started to feel nauseous, and sick to my stomach. The day before my period was due I experienced brownish spotting and some bad cramps and back pain. The day after my period was due I had light bleeding and cramps that stopped that night. Is there a chance that I may be pregnant?
i saw my period on 11th of September and have sex on 20th -28th and on 5th October am i pregnant
Hi, My boyfriend and I had sex about a week or more ago and my period was due to start on the 10th or 11th like it usually does. I have not gotten my period and I have been bloating with period like cramps. I've also been extremely tired, VERY hungry all the time, I've been getting headaches and I've been nauseous (Even Threw Up Once). Could I be pregnant?
i saw my menstruation on 9th-14th September have sex on 21, 23, 25, 27, 28 September and 3rd 7th - 18th of October and my period came on 20th October and last for 2days in the 3rd day it was brown and in 4th day it change to darker brown not heavy but slightly blood instead of 6days it last for 2-3days am I pregnant
My stomach started to hurt i got up at 2:47 n i puked thenbi started to get cramps am i pregnant
I missed my period for about ten days and we're having stressful dancing in our PE this month and my husband and I have sex last month but he didn't ejaculate the sperm inside my vagina and Im not experiencing any early sign of pregnancy only a little cramping and frequent urination. Is there a possiblity that I'm pregnant? Or its just a late period or stress?
I am 21 years old and I am married. I have my period starting the 14th and ending on the 19th or 20th. Well I thought it was my period I normally bleed lightly my first day or two on my period but this time it was serve bleeding the whole time. Now it's the 25th and I'm having period like cramps but I know its not my period because I've already had it this month and they're normal. The cramping is below my belly button but above my area, I sometimes have slight back pain, and I have a clear jelly like discharge ( feels as if I'm peeing on myself but I'm not) I always have to use the bathroom now and I'm frequently thirsty. Please help needing to know what this might be

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