12 Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period

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Have you been planning on having a baby for a long time and are now waiting for that typical sign of a missed period to confirm the fact that you are pregnant?

Well, maybe you don’t really need to wait so long. Sometimes, the answer is just right there and it is believed that certain pregnancy symptoms before missed period are more eminent than others. Often, we tend to undermine these ‘other signs’, as we lack the ability to understand and interpret such signs our body might be sending us to signify a successful fertilization.

Motherhood is an experience that gets you feeling complete and is undoubtedly one of the most enriching and important experiences of being a woman. It is that unique cord that connects the mother with her little baby. The bond tends to stay quite strong all our lives, despite the children growing up and develop as independent individuals. If you are planning to have a baby, you may need to pay attention to the changes that your body will now undergo. It is important for a woman to understand her body and acknowledge the changes she will go through, as and when she gets pregnant.

Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period:

As your body prepares itself for the little spurt of life inside, it may present a few minor pregnancy symptoms before your ‘missed period’ to help you understand and know whether you are actually expecting or not.

1. Changes In Daily Life:
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There are small, indiscriminate changes that you may feel, as your body and mind readies for what is to come your way. It is important to understand some basic human anatomy here. Your body goes through the menstruation cycle and is guided by the fluctuating levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Once you get pregnant, your progesterone level rises and stops the normal process of menstrual bleeding. This helps the body start preparing for the baby and as time passes it signals that an embryo is in existence.

2. Nausea:

While many women would undermine having that nauseated feeling was may be due to a wrong meal or misplaced sleep, but it is one of the first indicators that you may have conceived. It is mostly referred to as morning sickness that many women experience during their pregnancy. Nausea is triggered due to increase in the levels of estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones slow down digestion and lead to inability to hold food inside. So, it is advisable not to ignore that early morning-throw ups and do a quick pregnancy test if you are planning to have a baby. Most women skip this sign altogether or sometimes ignore it. Don’t pop pills thinking that you are having heartburn or acid reflux, have medicines prescribed by doctors. Steer clear from antibiotics, if you are facing any of the above mentioned symptoms.

3. Breasts Are Tender And Feel Swollen:

A female body is designed naturally to ensure wellbeing of the baby growing inside. Your mammary glands or breasts are designed to feed your baby with all the possible nutrition. If you are becoming increasingly sensitive to any kind of touch to your breasts, you could be very much pregnant. In some cases, the hormones will work to make your breasts very sensitive, sore, tender and highly ticklish. Also, you might feel them getting bigger, heavier and fuller as time passes and you progress into motherhood.

[ Read: Sore Breasts During Pregnancy ]

4. Tiredness And Fatigue:

As your body starts to prep itself for the pregnancy and the upcoming changes that are going to happen over a period of time; you will get tired and feel fatigued and exhausted very often. The rising levels of progesterone hormone are indicators that signify that the body is starting to prepare itself for pregnancy, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

Medical practitioners at Mayo Clinic advice to take rest during the first few weeks of pregnancy since they are crucial. Take it a little easy on your work during pregnancy and give priority to your health. The chances of miscarriages are high during the first week of pregnancy so you have to be extra careful. Plan your maternity leave and talk with your doctor regarding the nature of your occupation, if the doctor advices you to take an early leave don’t hesitate to take one. He might also ask you take leaves according to the nature of your pregnancy, if he detects any complications then he will ask you to take an early leave during pregnancy.

5. Your Food Habits Get Surprising:

Anxious to know how food habits change while the little soul starts developing inside? Then here is your answer. If you are pregnant, changing levels of estrogen will enhance your sensory organs and it can trigger a change in your perception of certain foods. Also it could cause an aversion to some foods as well. You will feel hungry more than usual and find yourself craving a lot. Notice whether you are having a desire to have some food that you used to hate earlier, but liking it now. If this is the case, it’s good to go for a pregnancy strip test at home, as it could not just be an odd unusual day that you feel heightened sense of smell.

6. Spotting or Little Bleeding:

Sometimes, as the ova gets fertilized and attaches itself to the uterus it leads to a medical bleed called the implantation bleeding which is very normal and no cause of concern. This usual happens in 6-7 days of fertilization and many confuse it with their usual period. There is an easy way to know if you are pregnant or not, since the blood color is lighter usually pink or light brown, than the period. The bleeding is slight and you can see spots.

7. Cramping:

While you may not experience menstrual bleeding during pregnancy, there is a good chance that you may experience cramping in the pelvic area during the days you usually experience your ‘periods.’ Sometimes, as the body undergoes changes and the embryo attaches itself in the uterus, it may cause bleeding and may also cause cramping as the uterus adjusts itself and the endometrium lining makes place for the baby. Medications may help you ease the pain in such cases, and you can also visit a doctor or get a pregnancy test done to check if you are pregnant. If the cramps are accompanied by bloating and indigestion it is a sure sign of pregnancy.

8. Mood Swings:

Women often experience their tempers soaring for no reason, this is counted normal. It happens due to the hormonal changes going through them each month. If you are normally a moody person, it might become a little tough to notice any subtle changes in your mood. However, if you are getting a bit too angry or depressed without reason and quite frequently then you might be pregnant. Though this is not an effective way to judge pregnancy, but nevertheless keep a check on the sudden outbursts of emotion. Try to practice meditation and stay cheerful, for motherhood is a great experience!.

9. Dizziness:

Pregnancy causes your body to tire. Due to several reasons, such as the arteries and veins dilate to improve blood circulation within your body, drop in blood sugar level or plenty of nutrition-secretion by your baby. Dizziness in first trimester is common to expecting mothers, so if you are feeling light-headed or experiencing bouts of low pressure accompanied by palpitations, its high time you should at least have a pregnancy strip test at home, later you can go for a medical one.

[ Read: Dizziness During Pregnancy ]

10. Constipation:

While some women start to throw up, in other cases a missed period causes women to experience constipation as the food moves slowly in the body thanks to increased levels of progesterone. This may cause discomfort in many women. If you are experiencing constipation regularly, feel free to do that home kit pregnancy test to maybe get the good news you have been waiting for.

11. Increased Frequency Of Urination:

An increase in the number of trips to the bathroom is a good and sure sign of conceiving, even though you may not have increased your water intake. You can blame this increased frequency of rushing to the bathroom on the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is produced in your body. The HCG hormone is produced when the embryo implants itself in the uterus and sets the production of this hormone. As the uterus wall hardens to let the baby develop and grow, it reduces space for the urinary bladder which creates pressure on the bladder and makes you rush. As the uterus adjusts, this becomes less of a problem and one can relax.

[ Read: Frequent Urination During Pregnancy ]

12. Backaches And Headaches:

Headaches and backaches are another signs of conception. The reduced blood sugar levels could cause you to have a headache as the brain cells try to cope up with the deficient level of sugar supply they are getting. If you are having headaches more than often then it is a sign that female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone are being secreted to prepare the uterus or womb for the baby. Would be mothers suffer from this common malady- headaches.

Alternately, you could also experience a lot of lower back pain. This back pain can be attributed to the fact that your ligaments start to loosen up as your body prepares to carry the weight of a baby. You can ask your doctor for some medicines beforehand, never do self-medication during pregnancy. Also, it is important to understand and pay attention to your sleeping position at night so that the pain is not induced due to bad posture instead of pregnancy.

While all the above mentioned symptoms are associated with being pregnant, one can also experience these symptoms due to other factors caused by a disease or an infection or sudden change in one’s surroundings and eating habits. Some other symptoms which may indicate pregnancy is as follows:

Darker Areolas:

Areolas, the dark area around the nipples are no longer pink or light brown colored but begin to turn darker. You will also notice that they may have grown in diameter. It happens due to the HCG hormone produced during pregnancy. Many of the experts believe that the darkening of areolas is nature’s way of helping the little one find out the nipple for feeding. The shade will continue to become darker with the progressing pregnancy. The Areolas will return to their normal shape in a week or two after conception.

Metallic Taste in the Mouth:

You may experience a metallic taste in your mouth that happens along with a strong aversion to few odors. Some women may have a lingering metallic taste all day long. Though the actual cause is unknown, few experts say that it might be due to fluctuating hormonal levels. Some women may suffer from this all through the pregnancy phase while some find it disappearing soon after the first trimester.

Excessive Thirst:

Feeling thirsty is one of the symptoms of early pregnancy. It is because of the increase in the blood volume during early pregnancy. It, therefore, causes frequent urination that in turn will make you feel like having lots of fluids.

Lack Of Appetite:

Due to nausea and vomiting, your appetite will be on the lowest ebb. The hormonal changes also influence your appetite. You will have hunger pangs and strong craving for few foods like pickles. However, your appetite is in the downward slope. It will improve in the advanced stage of pregnancy once the morning sickness stops.

You can smell lavender essential oil, since this helps to curb nausea. You can also have lavender shortbread biscuits to reduce nausea and increase appetite. Reducing stress also improves appetite to a great extent.

Shortness Of Breath:

Are you short of breath easily and frequently? Then this can also be a sign that you have conceived successfully.

High Body Temperature:

If you have missed your menstrual cycle, then take your basal body temperature and keep a record in the chart. If the body temperature is higher than normal during the time you were due to have your periods then you can possibly be pregnant.

Aversion To Odour:

Are some odours repelling you? If yes, then this indicates a rise in the estrogen levels in the body. But this is not a sure sign of pregnancy.

All you need are pregnancy test kits, a thermometer, a basal body temperature chart to keep the records of your body temperature and your complete attention to the changes happening inside your body.

How Can You Be Sure Then?

In order to really find out if you are pregnant or not, you can look out for a few of these above mentioned factors to happen at all same time or one after the other at a spaced interval. So, it is important to start taking care of your body and ensure you know your normal lifestyle and cycles to be able to spot and tell any changes that occur out of line.

  • Many of us are not aware about our basal body temperature until our consulting doctor informs us about it. So, if you are working towards getting pregnant, obtain information but don’t fret over it.
  • You may be trying to conceive and become a mother. An important point to remember is to pay attention to your body and stay alert for any sudden changes.
  • However, before you get excited give yourself some time and keep an eye out for other symptoms as well. Sometimes, it could be a false alarm as well.
  • Above all, ensure that you visit your doctor for the final verdict to get all necessary scans to find out if you are expecting or not.

Some Tips To Detect Pregnancy:

1. Wait For Increased Levels Of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone):

If you have regular menstrual cycles and you find that suddenly you are having your menses late then take a pregnancy test at home. If the results are negative, then test again after a gap of few days. Sometimes, the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG) levels are very low; as a result, you see negative results on the pregnancy test strip. You need to wait till the HCG hormone level comes to a steady rise and do the test again. If the results are positive then consult the doctor to confirm your status.

2. Wait For Your Missed Periods:

First of all it is important to understand the pattern of your menstrual cycle. You have to keep a track of your last menstrual cycle, because the doctor will definitely ask details about your last menstrual cycle. The first day of your last menstrual cycle is important since it helps the doctor to give you a fair idea about your expected due date.

So if you have missed your periods, don’t rush and take the test on the day the menstrual cycle was expected. Wait for two to three days and take the test. You can keep a separate desk calendar to keep a track of menstrual cycle. You should be well acquainted with the time of your menstrual cycle and the gaps between your monthly cycles. You should be able to provide all answers regarding your menstrual cycle the doctor can probably ask. So just listen to your body quickly.

[ Read: Pregnancy Symptoms After Missed Period ]

3. False Alarms:

Many of the pregnancy symptoms can be pre-menstrual symptoms. So you have to know your body really well to differentiate between premenstrual and pregnancy symptoms. You have to judge the abnormal symptoms that never occurred before and it is occurring now. You can ask your doctor also to get a better idea.

False alarms can make you sad if you were expecting to become pregnant and the tests showed negative results. So look for signs your body is showing carefully. If the results are negative, don’t worry you have many more chances to become pregnant. If the results are positive, then that’s a great news, welcome to the journey of motherhood.

Warnings:

You really have to be careful about some signs that your body is showing. Report to your doctor about these unusual signs and follow his advice religiously.

  • Few women continue to have their menstrual cycle even if they are pregnant. The menstrual cycle generally stops during pregnancy, if it doesn’t you need to consult your doctor. However, having your period doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant. Don’t confuse menstrual cycle during pregnancy as spotting or implantation bleeding, which is quite normal if you have conceived.

[ Read: Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy ]

  • If you experience unusual bleeding accompanied by painful cramps on one side of the abdomen report to your doctor immediately. This cramp and bleeding can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy and needs immediate medical attention. In normal pregnancy, the embryo implants on the wall of the uterus. In the case of ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. This can cause the fallopian tubes to burst; this can be life threatening for both mother and the baby.

Be calm and patient, as your body undergoes changes. Remember not to over think too much about being a parent or exert yourself over the thought. You would only exhaust yourself and create specific problems that do not exist. One the other hand, if you are confirmed about your pregnancy after a medical, then it’s time to start prepping for the arrival of the little one, if not then you can keep trying!!

Hope you will look out for these early pregnancy symptoms before missed period. Do share your experiences with us and if you have more known symptoms other than the ones listed above let us know about them.

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  • Deborah

    I’ve been having movements in my stomach since november and my tummy getting bigger by the day. But i still menstrate. Is it that am pregnant? Have done scan three times at the earlier stage nothing. Now by my calculation i should be 8months gone.

  • Sumera Fatima

    Hello, I missed my periods my due date was 9th of march. Bt I don’t find any symptoms of being pregnant. . Can any1 plz suggest me wht to do…

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Sumera, missed periods or delayed periods can happen due to others reasons other than pregnancy such as major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid irregularity or polycystic ovary symptom. It is advisable to check with your gynecologist for any of these reasons.

    • Niharika

      Hi Sumera, missed periods or delayed periods can happen due to others reasons other than pregnancy such as major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid irregularity or polycystic ovary symptom. It is advisable to check with your gynecologist for any of these reasons.

  • Rita Aladi

    My name is Rita. My issue is exact as Deborah and by my calculation am 8months gone. I have done scan three times nothing but the movement continues and stomach getting bigger.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Rita, it is good to get a pregnancy test at a hospital or a clinic to get a clear picture as to your issue.

    • Niharika

      Hi Rita, it is good to get a pregnancy test at a hospital or a clinic to get a clear picture as to your issue.

  • Niharika

    Dear Amber, delayed periods or less bleeding can happen due to stress, lack of rest or iron deficiency or other medical conditions too. Hence consult your gynecologist to get a clear picture or the cause of your delay if not pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Dear 12345, if you have indulged in non-penetrative sex then the chances of you getting pregnant is very less. But for the benefit of doubt you can take a home pregnancy test after two weeks. It is advisable to consult a doctor to know the cause of your cramps and headaches.

  • Bhebhe

    I missed my period for 3 weeks already but I am experiencing symptoms of menstruating, am I pregnant ? Me and my dada is applying a withdrawal method? Please help I’m confused!

    • Niharika

      Dear Bhebhe, you can take a home pregnancy test to clear your confusion. It is also advisable to consult a gynecologist to know the cause of your delayed periods. Also look for other symptoms that suggest periods or pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Meep, it is possible that your periods has started early…but if it turns out to be just a spotting or so then wait for one or two weeks and then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Amanda

    Had the same thing happen to me, really weird, last month my AF came 3 days late. But was normal for the most part. This month Iv had a ton of symptoms and started bleeding 3 days early, which never happens and was extremely light only used 1 pad a day for 2 days, usually I fill a few super plus tampons( sorry tmi) and cramping wasn’t nearly as bad as usual. The third day I literally only had a couple spots. Took a hpt and got a really really faint line..almost to where I didn’t even notice it until I went to chuck it in the trash..I’m gonna wait a few more days since today would actually be the start of my AF.

  • Amanda

    So just an update. Come to find out I was pregnant. The bleeding wasn’t implantation bleeding, but a very early miscarriage! :( guess we will keep trying! Baby dust to all!

  • Amanda

    Okay so me and my boyfriend have been together for 2 years and were planning on having a baby, the problem is we’re both 16. We both have jobs that pay above minimum wage, I get paid $16 an hour and he gets paid $15 an hour. I’m currently a junior in high school and I am graduating early this year, he is a sophomore. I just want some advice on this. We have talked about it and were both so exited about starting a family, we have a stable home, stable jobs, and stable finances. Yes my father would be upset but he would be supportive. Please no hate, I just want a little advise, maybe from a teen mom/dad them selfs.

    Me and him have been trying everyday for the past week, today is the first day of my ovulation.

    • Niharika

      Hi Amanda, being a teen mom can be difficult. Becoming a mother in teens may affect your education and career. Also children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and/or at low birth weight than children of older mothers, placing them at higher risk for other health problems. Keeping all this in mind, it is advisable to consult your doctor and family before you decide to start a family.

  • Niharika

    Hi Pooja, the symptoms can suggest pregnancy…however wait for a couple of weeks and take the test again.

  • Niharika

    Dear Amy, if you have trying to conceive then the best time to try would be when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. If your periods lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. By following your ovulation time, yo could n’t conceive then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Dolly, as you already have a medical history a miscarriage and missed periods…it is advisable that your consult your gynecologist as soon as possible and to know that if you are pregnant or not you can check that by taking a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Congratulations Dolly :-) During this special phase of your life take care and relax ….. because when the little one comes you will hardly get time to rest. May God bless you with a happy healthy pregnancy.

  • sudhakar syam

    hi anybody please help immediately…i had sex on may after my periods…i had menses on 23th may…for june month i had my menses on 20th june…ate pappaya, pine apple,sesame to have my periods…for july month i hadn’t get my periods…8 days are dealyed.whether there is a possible to get pregnancy…plz help me and clear my doubts

    • Niharika

      Hi Sudhakar syam, as you had periods during both the months of May and June then its not likely that you are pregnant. Delayed periods may happen due to stress, nutritional deficiency or hormonal change. So wait for one or two weeks and if you still do not get your periods, then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

      • sudhakar syam

        i had my periods on 23rd may…after 23rd may only i had my sex…on june month i had my menses on 20th june…ate pine apple,sesame seeds to have my periods on june month…for july month i hadnt get…please clarify and clear the doubts

        • Niharika

          Hi Sudhakar syam, as you had periods during both the months of May and June then its not likely that you are pregnant. Delayed periods may happen due to stress, nutritional deficiency or hormonal change. So wait for one or two weeks and if you still do not get your periods, then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bukola, sometimes delay in periods can occur due to various reasons other that pregnancy. Before you take a home pregnancy test you need to wait for at least 28-30 days after you miss your periods. Also the test has to be taken early in the morning during the first urination. If the symptoms persist then visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bukola, the symptoms mentioned by you can be seen during periods too..so do not be worried..but if you still suffer with pain or rashes then do take a home pregnancy test as the bleeding can be spotting or implantation bleeding. This type of bleeding during pregnancy usually occurs 6 to 12 days after conception–close to the time when the next menstrual cycle is expected. Implantation bleeding will be lighter, and of lower quantity. If your bleeding is normal then do not be alarmed.

  • jess

    I have a question my period wasnt due till the 28th of july I started spotting brownish on the 23rd then on 24th n 25th little red on the 26th nothing then on 27th brownish again but it stopped I have symptoms like headaches mood swings breast tenderness everything but sickness I have 4 kids already and ive never experienced this before please help

    • Niharika

      Hi Jess, all the symptoms like spotting, breast tenderness…mood swings can indicate pregnancy. however before coming to any conclusion do visit your gynecologist and also take a pregnancy test at home. If you are not happy or unsure about your next pregnancy, do talk and discuss about this with your family as well as with your gynecologist to help you out further.

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th..after i had my menses on june 20th..for this july month i hadnt get my periods…whether there is a chance to pregnancy..please clarify..i want to get menses plz tell me which tablet have to take

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th after that i had my menses on 20th june…for this july month i didnt get my periods…is there possible to get pregnancy

  • sudha

    i had a sex on june 10th after that i had my menses on 20th june…for
    this july month i didnt get my periods…is there possible to get
    pregnancy..please clarify the doubt

    • Niharika

      Hi Sudha, missed periods cannot necessarily mean pregnancy. There can be delay in periods due to various other reasons like stress, nutritional deficiency etc. So wait for one or two weeks…if your periods do not start then take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

    • Abdulrashid Abidemi Mariam

      It’s possible u are not pregnant I had d same experience but if uve neva experienced a missed period b4 it’s likely u are but i’ll advice u see ur doctor it might b a case of PCOS

  • Niharika

    Hi Elizabeth, some time irregularity in periods or early menstrual periods may be caused due to hormonal imbalance or emotional stress, fatigue, over work. A sudden loss of a lot of weight or a sudden gain of a lot of weight can also disrupt your periods. Exhaustion, mood swings, heartburn etc are all signs of PMS. To deal with PMS try to improve your diet. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Exercise for at least 30 mins a day and make a conscious effort to reduce your stress level.

  • Kanisha Coleman

    I had my menstrual period july 1st & went off july 7th had sexual intercourse july 8th now its july 30th and i feel nauseous, my head ,back and lower stomach hurts.. Not to mention i dizzy and have mood swings..
    Could I be Pregnant …?

    • Niharika

      Hi Kanisha, if you and your partner had a sexual intercourse without protection then it may be possible for you to get pregnant. With the above mentioned symptoms it is little early to confirm if you are pregnant or not. You will need to wait for your next menstrual cycle, if your periods do not start in the next couple of days…then wait for a week and take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cass, as you are on birth control and had a protected sex then it is unlikely that you are pregnant. Your periods might have been delayed or missed due to various other reasons like stress, eating disorder, hormonal imbalance or excessive exercise. Wait for a couple of weeks..if still your period does not occur then schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Xperia, all the symptoms mentioned by you can be PMS. However taking a pregnancy test is too soon right now. If you have missed a period by two or three weeks then take a pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Star, as you had an unprotected intercourse during your ovulation cycle then you are likely to get pregnant. Visit your gynecologist and explain your symptoms….it is too early to say if you are pregnant or not. Wait till your next periods, if it gets delayed by more than two weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi KayKay, as you had unprotected intercourse during your ovulation period and showing symptoms like pelvic pain, frequent urge to urinate and tender breast etc..it is possible that you are pregnant. Light bleeding or spotting could also mean implantation bleeding which is normal. But before you jump to any conclusion do take a pregnancy test and also visit your gynecologist.

  • terra

    Hey me and my fiance have sex and I have birth control.and I missed my period. Could I possibly be pregnant? ??

    • Niharika

      Hi Terra, if you are on a birth control then it is unlikely that you will conceive. Delayed or missed periods can be a signal of hormonal imbalance, stress, nutritional deficiency etc. Do consult your gynecologist and look for other symptoms of pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Dani, yes being off the birth control and having an intercourse when you are ovulating that is during your fertile period may lead to pregnancy. All the symptoms mentioned by you can be the signs of both pregnancy or PMS. So to confirm wait for your periods and if it gets delayed by two or three weeks then take the test again.

  • Dani

    Thank u for responding.

  • Niharika

    Dear freaking out, it is possible to get pregnant during period. A typical menstrual cycle is about 28 days long, but some women have cycles as short as 22 days. If you have a shorter cycle, you could ovulate just a few days after your period ends. And since sperm can survive in your reproductive tract for up to six days, if you have sex during your period, it’s possible that the sperm may still be hanging around when you ovulate, ready to fertilize the egg. So wait for your next periods… and if there is a delay of one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Anne

    Hi! I have irregular period cycle. Sometimes, I’m late for 2 months but never exceeded 3 months. Now, I’ve been late for nearly 4 months, but the UPT shows negative result. I do experience back pain, especially at night and light-headed when I suddenly stand up. I’ve had this warm, cramp feeling for quite some time now. I’m am very much puzzled as I noticed my body changed, but the test showed negative result. Thanks

    • Niharika

      Hi Anne, there can be various reasons of missed periods other than pregnancy, such as ovarian problems (like polycystic ovary syndrome and early menopause), pituitary tumors, stress and anxiety, having to little or too much body weight, and other reasons. Always relying on a pregnancy kit too may not be a good idea. It advisable that you consult a gynecologist as soon as possible.

      • anne

        Thank you..I’ve booked an appointment for this weekend.

        • Niharika

          That is great Anne ! it is good to get checked by a doctor instead of guessing.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ify, symptoms like stomach pain and fever may indicate some kind of infection, so do follow the advice and prescription of your doctor. Your medical adviser may be in a better position to guide you with your health condition.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jazzgabe, as your periods are not expected until nine days, then it is too early to suspect pregnancy. The symptoms mentioned by you such as tiredness or nausea can be caused due to stress or PMS. If there is a delay in your periods for three weeks or more then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Pinky, determining the conception date of the child may provide a good indication of who the biological father is. First of all, get a calendar. Mark the date you first began bleeding from your last menstrual period. Count 11 days from the date of your last period began. This usually marks the time that many women begin to enter the fertile time of their cycles. Add 10 days from the first day of you were fertile. This usually marks the end of the fertile period for women with regular menstrual cycles. Make an appointment for an ultrasound to estimate the week of conception. Get this ultrasound as soon as possible, as ultrasounds in the first trimester and beginning part of the second trimester tend to provide a more accurate estimation of the week of conception. If the ultrasound matches up to the time frame you established with your calendar, it is more likely that the time frame is valid, and that is when conception occurred. Another way is to take a prenatal paternity test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shay, You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period. If you have regular periods, you’ll probably know when this is. If you’re not sure when your next period is due, you can do a pregnancy test 21 days (three weeks) after you last had unprotected sex.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bella, as your due date of periods is 13th August then it is too early to say that if you are pregnant or not. All the symptoms faced by you right can be PMS.

  • Niharika

    Hi Alexandria, as your period date is not due in a couple days till then nothing can be confirmed. You need to follow the prescription given by your doctor for viral infection. If your periods get delay by two or more weeks then take a pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Anon, the fact that on were on a pill when you had sex and that the intercourse did not involve ejaculation inside you…then there is less chance of you becoming pregnant. Early periods can be induced by the pill or it could be stress, changes in your lifestyles, or a hormonal imbalance triggering menorrhagia along with irregular cycles. Although the average cycle is 28 days, it is perfectly normal to have a cycle that is as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. So wait and do not stress till you meet your obgyn.

  • Niharika

    Glad to help you :-)

  • Crystal1693

    Ok this is going to be long. So i started bleeding aug.6th and it looked just like AF but it wasnt as heavy and normal and it only lasted four days. …..but the thing is, my periods are always exact. Always between the 13-15. This time i didnt have the harsh cramping. But i have been having terrible mood swings, back ache, super tired, and hungry. Havent really been nauseated tho….tested on a cheap test today and was negative…..opinions?

    • Niharika

      Hi Crystal, early period can be bleeding just days or weeks after the end of your last period. An early period can be caused by hormonal and lifestyle changes that disrupt the balance of your body. Hormonal imbalance can be caused by taking contraceptive pills / stress or anxiety or fatigue. Early periods can sometimes indicate pregnancy or implantation bleeding. If you think you could be pregnant, see a doctor to get checked out.

  • Niharika

    Hi Yuni, it is remotely possible to get pregnant four days before your period, the chances are all up to how your body works. The fertile cycles in women’s bodies can all be different. Ovulation often occurs in the middle of the cycle between day 12 and day 16. Having sex in this window may result in fertilization of an egg. If you have irregular cycles, this could be possible. If you have 35-day cycle, you could actually ovulate later in the cycle. Some times it is also possible to get pregnant while you are on your period and it usually occurs in women that have shorter cycles.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sharron, the fertile cycles in women’s bodies can all be different. Ovulation often occurs in the middle of the cycle between day 12 and day 16. Having sex in this window may result in pregnancy. If you have irregular cycles, then it is possible to get pregnant a week before your periods. If you have your regular periods then it is a sign that you are not pregnant. You can also get pregnant after a regular period. You may ovulate earlier in your cycle than expected or if you have a longer period that lasts up to 8 days and ovulate within just a few days after. Know that if you have sex within the week your period ends, that sperm can live up to 7 days and this definitely puts that first week after your period in the fertile window.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ragan, chances of getting pregnant just after your period depend on how short your menstrual cycle is, and how long your period lasts. If your cycle is short, 22 days for example, then you could ovulate just days after your period. A clear and stretchy mucus is a sign of ovulation. It is advisable that you consult a doctor or take another test after a week or so.

  • Niharika

    Hi Pooja, if your periods are regular and if you are trying to conceive then a delay in your periods around two to three weeks, take a pregnancy test at home or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Khulet, the birth control pill works by preventing ovulation. Once you stop taking the pill, the hormones are out of your body quickly, usually within a couple of days. When the hormones are gone your body needs to start again on its own to function. That mean it will start producing follicles again, which eventually lead you to ovulate. Everybody acts differently, some may take a couple of weeks to ovulate, other may take some months, but in general your body should be in normal mode within less than two to three months after stopping the pill. It takes on average four to five months to get pregnant, and 85% of couples take up to one year. So keep trying…good luck !

  • Niharika

    Hi Xperia, a brownish discharge can indicate few reasons like early sign of pregnancy or implantation bleeding, a light brown discharge in women, the discharge is the body’s way of releasing any old endometrial tissue that was not shed during the menstrual cycle, A light brown discharge can be an early symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The most common STDs that cause a discharge include chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and genital warts. Another reason is Atrophic vaginitis that can cause a brown discharge, bleeding, pain or itching in the vaginal area. Do consult your obgyn with this regard.

  • Niharika

    Dear Habiba, sometimes it is normal and it may take 6 months to an year for a couple to conceive. Some of the tips you can follow while trying to conceive are:
    1. Record your menstrual cycle frequency – record the no.of days of your menstrual cycle and calculate your fertile window.
    2. Have an intercourse every other day during your fertile window – The fertile window spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. These are the days each month when a woman is most fertile.
    3. Maintain your body weight – Being too heavy can reduce a woman’s odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby. Having too much body fat produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. Women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.
    4. Eat healthy food – eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy . This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat. Eat lower amounts of high-mercury fish, such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish, also go easy on caffeine.

  • Niharika

    Hi Aishatu, the drugs that fight fertility can create the premises for a pregnancy with twins. Some of the drugs that favor pregnancies with twins are – Clomiphene, Parlodel, Pergonal and Humegon. The fact that these drugs act mostly at hormonal level, it is very important for every treatment to follow a thorough medical examination and the doctor’s recommendation.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ragan, sometimes an intercourse before periods too can lead to pregnancy, however as you have taken a blood test then please have patience and wait for the reports rather than stressing out.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lilian, pain in breasts or pimples are the forms of PMS and may not necessarily occur before every periods. There can be change in the pattern of PMS due to hormones. So relax, a delay in periods for a couple of days or a week is nothing to be worried about. Stress, diet, other environmental factors or fatigue may trigger a delay.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jessy, black vaginal discharge in most cases it occurs due to the old blood left over after menstruation or embryo implantation. It is normal to have dark discharge right before period or several days after menses.

  • Niharika

    Hi Chhavi, sometimes it is normal and it may take 6 months to an year for a couple to conceive. Some of the tips you can follow while trying to conceive are:
    1. Record your menstrual cycle frequency – record the no.of days of your menstrual cycle and calculate your fertile window.
    2. Have an intercourse every other day during your fertile window – The fertile window spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. These are the days each month when a woman is most fertile.
    3. Maintain your body weight – Being too heavy can reduce a woman’s odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby. Having too much body fat produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. Women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.
    4. Eat healthy food – eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy . This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nerissa, vaginal bleeding between periods is also called intermenstrual bleeding, spotting, and metrorrhagia. When bleeding occurs between normal periods, there are many possible causes. Because spotting can indicate a serious underlying condition, you should see your doctor for testing, diagnosis, and treatment options. Potential causes include growths in the uterus or cervix, a miscarriage, vaginal dryness, and hormone imbalance .

  • Niharika

    All the best Antonia… always relying on the home pregnancy test is not a good idea. Talk and discuss about your symptoms to a doctor or gynecologist, who ll be in a better position to guide you and help you in this.

  • Niharika

    Hi Hadija, usually first seven days of menstrual cycle is considered as safe days where the chance of getting pregnant is very low. Wait for a couple of days and if your symptoms continue then take a home pregnancy test or visit your GP.

  • Niharika

    Hi TK, as your first day of last menstrual cycle was 16th July then for the month of August it should be around the same time if you have a regular cycle. If your periods do not occur in a couple of days then go for a home pregnancy test or visit a clinic for a blood test.

  • Niharika

    Hi RA, the most important advice for a woman who wants to get pregnant is to get to know her body, specifically your menstrual cycle. Women with regular cycles generally ovulate two weeks before the arrival of their periods. It’s harder to predict ovulation in women with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of the next period. For this you can use a Home ovulation-prediction kits. Another way is to have sex every other day during the fertile window. Other things to keep in mind are eating a variety of healthy foods for both you and your husband. Do not indulge in drinking or smoking. Also visit a gynecologist if you still face a problem after following them all. Be patient and do not stress out sometimes it takes a little longer for a couple to conceive.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kim, having periods for 2-3 days with sufficient blood flow is normal. It is a concern if the blood flow is heavy or too less. There can be change in the number of days of periods due to hormonal change or lack of blood in the body. As you are a nursing mother… nourish yourself well and mention this to your gynecologist on your next visit.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lola, as you were cautious and took all the precautions then the chances of you getting pregnant are too less. A delay of periods by a week or so, can sometimes be normal. If your period does not occur in another week or so then take another test. It is also advisable to visit a gynecologist.

  • sukanya

    hi

  • sukanya

    We had unprotected sex from 7th day of last period ie,on 30th july 2015 to 11 august 2015.now i feel pain in breasts and lower back pain and lower abdominal pain. my next period is due on 23 august 2015..I’m waiting.could I be pregnant?I badly need a baby.and we are trying for the first time.

  • sukanya

    hi..we had unprotected sex during fertile days..feeling breast pain ,lower back
    pain and abdominal pain after 12 days..my next period is due on 23 august 2015.could i be pregnant

    • Niharika

      Hi Sukanya, as your period is due on the 23rd, there are two possibilities, first of all it is possible that these symptoms can be of PMS. Secondly as you had unprotected sex during your fertile period, it would also lead to pregnancy. The only way to know if you are pregnant or not is to wait for your periods…and if your periods get delayed by more than two weeks, then take a home pregnancy test. or check with your gynecologist.

  • priyanka

    My husband’s 3 uncles(mother’s brothers) have infertility problems and 3 of them don’t have baby. so I’m little worried that is it hereditary?I hesitate to ask my husband about this.What can i do.plz help me.

    • Niharika

      Dear Priyanka, for the most part, fertility problems are not hereditary or genetic. However, there are so very many different and varying causes for infertility. Depending on what the underlying causes of infertility are, those issues can sometimes be hereditary. Up to 14 percent of men who have no sperm or very few sperm in their ejaculate will have a genetic reason for this. Some of the reasons include deletions of areas of the Y chromosome which is the male chromosome. Depending on the location of the chromosomal problem, there can be associated health issues for the man so it is important that these men receive screening and appropriate genetic counseling if a problem is found. If you are planning to start a family then both of consult a gynecologist and a counselor who will help you both through this phase.

  • Niharika

    Hi Veronica, all the symptoms mentioned by you can mean the possibility of pregnancy. However to be sure… take a home pregnancy test. Also it would be good to consult a gynecologist regarding nipple discharge and cyst in the ovary.

  • Niharika

    Hi Maneka, if you do not like to continue with the pregnancy then it is good to discuss this with your family and gynecologist. There are ways to terminate one month of pregnancy. There are two methods of abortion available to women in the first trimester of pregnancy. A medication abortion (also called medical abortion or abortion with pills) involves taking medicines to end a pregnancy. An aspiration abortion (also called surgical or suction abortion) is a procedure that uses medical instruments in the vagina and uterus to remove the pregnancy. Do discuss this with doctor and choose a method accordingly.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sonia, implantation bleeding differs from menstrual bleeding in few ways. Implantation spotting is possible a few days prior to the date of your period in the current month. Implantation bleeding is nothing else than a scanty bloody discharge of pinkish or brownish color. It occurs not in every woman and lasts normally just for a couple of hours. Nevertheless, in rare cases implantation discharge may continue for 1-2 days. Take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist who can suggest a couple of tests or scans to know if you are pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hi Pooja, sometimes its difficult to detect pregnancy hCG hormones soon…wait for a couple of weeks and then take a test or meet a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Drt, a little blood while peeing may mean your periods and if not then it may signal some serious problem like urinary tract infection (UTI). Symptoms like breast tenderness and nausea can also mean periods… if your periods do not occur in a couple of days then take a pregnancy test and if that comes out as negative then it is advisable to consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Priye, an emergency pill should be taken within 72 hours after having unprotected sex, for the pill to be effective. Sometimes periods can be delayed after taking the pills… so do not be alarmed…wait for one or two weeks and if your periods do not occur after two weeks or so then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Pragathi, there are no scientific studies regarding the best sexual positions for baby-making. You can get pregnant having intercourse in almost any position, but there are certain gravity-defying positions such as sitting, standing, or woman on top that may discourage sperm from traveling upstream. Also, some people suggest that placing a pillow under the hips and keeping legs raised after sex may enhance the sperms’ ability to swim upstream. Avoid wiping or douching your vagina. When trying to conceive, it’s better to have sex every other day (alternate day) around ovulation to give your husband a chance to recharge his sperm count.

  • Niharika

    Hi Aimy, implantation bleeding occurs for a couple of hours (2-3 hours) and in rare cases for 1 -2 days. Implantation bleeding typically consists of a discharge with a pink or brownish tint. It is often darker than period blood because it takes time for the blood to travel from the uterine wall through the vagina. If the abdominal cramping continues to increase, it could indicate a regular period or problem with the pregnancy, such as an ectopic pregnancy. If there’s too much pain (unbearable) or dense bleeding that lasts beyond three days then this could point to an ectopic pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test at home and it is advisable to consult a doctor too.

  • pragathi

    Hi,why it takes 3 to 12 months for some women to conceive even if they have unprotected sex daily.

    • Niharika

      Dear Pragathi, no one can say exactly how long it’ll take you to get pregnant. If you try for a year without success, it’s smart to seek help from a fertility specialist. You might conceive on your own if you keep trying, but in case you have an underlying fertility problem, it’s best to get help so you don’t waste valuable years as your biological clock continues to tick. If you’re 35 or older then you should get help sooner. Set up an appointment with a specialist if you’re not pregnant within six months.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mehtab, the only sure way of knowing if your wife is pregnant or not is by taking a home pregnancy test. Also look for other symptoms too like cramps, spotting, body ache, nausea or changes in appetite. A urine test or blood test suggested by doctor will help too.

  • Niharika

    Happy to help you pragathi :-) take care !!

  • Niharika

    Hi Sang, you must experiencing pain due to any one of the reasons. You can be experiencing PMS (delayed periods) or you can be pregnant. Wait for a couple of days and if your periods do not occur then take a home pregnancy test or consult your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Dear Tranasha, please do talk to your mother or any person, whom you trust to help you out in this situation. Do not be scared…be brave and do not let anyone touch you without your consent. Talk to someone whom you trust and take their help to stop your dad from hurting you. Be cautious and take care.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kyra, usually the first seven days, beginning from the first day of the periods is considered to be safe days or safe window. Having an unprotected intercourse, during safe days it is unlikely to get pregnant. However sometimes it is possible. Your chances of getting pregnant just after your period depend on how short your menstrual cycle is, and how long your period lasts. Do check with your gynecologist… or take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Smita, if you are trying to conceive then keep a track of dates of your ovulation period. If you consistently have sex two or three times a week, you’re almost certain to hit a fertile period at some point. Maintain a healthy weight, include moderate physical activity in your daily routine, eat a healthy diet, limit caffeine and manage stress. Take the help of your health care provider who can assess your overall health and help you identify lifestyle changes that might improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

  • shreya

    Hi, I have two questions. 1)Is leg and hand waxing,eyebrow shaping safe during pregnancy?
    2)taking tablets which really not supposed to take during pregnancy whether cause problems if one is consumed before pregnancy is confirmed?

    • Niharika

      Hi Shreya, for small hair removal jobs like shaping up eyebrows, removing chin hairs, cleaning up stray mustache hairs and zapping the occasional nipple hair for such tweezing and threading are probably best option. Because neither require any chemicals or medical procedures, both are completely safe during pregnancy. Waxing provide a longer-term solution to your hair woes and is fine if pregnancy hasn’t made your skin too sensitive. Check with your doctor before waxing, to find out if there is a specific reason that waxing is not recommended for you during pregnancy.
      Secondly, if you have taken a tablet or a medication before confirming your pregnancy then please do consult and discuss this with your gynecologist. The doctor will be able to determine the time and effects of that medication.

  • Niharika

    Hi Saima, it is possible that you are experiencing PMS and hence the pains. If your periods do not occur in a couple of weeks then take a home pregnancy test. If your pains are unbearable and causing you a lot of discomfort then consult a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Omega, sometimes home pregnancy test fails to give accurate results. In that case it would be wise to visit a gynecologist who may ask you to take a blood test or scan to provide you with accurate results. All the best and take care.

  • Niharika

    Hi sukanya, lower abdomen pain can signal lot of health issues such as stomach infection, kidney stones, food poisoning, allergies, gas, ulcers, hernia etc…it is advisable that you consult a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor may ask you to undergo a couple of tests which will determine the cause of your pain and discomfort.

  • Niharika

    Happy to help Omega :)

  • Paola Cuellar

    I need a explanation I been stresses out and sleeping late because I have a lot of hmw. I totally have like if something is pinching my stomach or cramps. But I don’t feel nauseous. I have athletics. I’m very nervous because I dont know if just a late period or gonna change…

  • Niharika

    Hi Brandy, you have mentioned that someone came up and said that you were pregnant, but that can just be a guess or so. So to clarify your situation, do take a home pregnancy test or meet your gynecologist. Describe all your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nida, experiencing a miscarriage can be tough and traumatic but this not does not mean you cannot get pregnant again. As you hadn’t period for the month of August then take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Fatou, sometimes implantation bleeding or spotting can be confused with periods. It would be advisable to take a home pregnancy test or get a check up done by a gynaecologist. Sometimes any kind of stress, lack of proper nutrition or any other health aliment can affect the periods too. So consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jasmine, the only way to know for sure that if you are pregnant or not by taking a home pregnancy test. If you have missed your periods by two or more weeks then take a test. If your symptoms like abdominal pain is persistent and severe then visit a gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mirium, when you have intercourse, sperm are released up into the uterus and Fallopian tube. If you happen to have sex on the same day as you have ovulates, then you could get pregnant the same day. But if you don’t ovulate the same day you have sex, sperm can live for up to three days . So you can get pregnant 1st, 2nd or even on 3rd day after you have sex. It all comes down to when you ovulate and if there are sperm present at that time! The egg only lives for about a day so the sperm needs to be present around that time to conceive.

  • Niharika

    Dear Rocker, as you had protected sex, then you shouldn’t be worried about getting pregnant unless and until if the condom was broken or something. The pain you faced can be cramps or symptoms that usually occur along with the periods. If you experience cramps or pain in your stomach or abdomen which is severe and persistent then it can signal infection, in that case you ll need to make a visit to gynecologist as soon as possible. While vaginal discharge is normal most of the time, in some instances it can indicate an infection. Normal discharge is clear or white and doesn’t smell bad. You should be concerned if your vaginal discharge is yellow, gray, or green, has a clumpy texture like cottage cheese, or has an abnormal odor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jasmine, yes they all can be the signs of pregnancy or just PMS too. So to get a clear picture…take a home pregnancy test or get a check done by a doctor. This will help you.

  • Niharika

    Glad to help you Miriam :-)

  • Niharika

    Hey Mirium, a few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy — spotting and, sometimes, cramping. That’s called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight. Blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests and can detect pregnancy from about six to eight days after ovulation. However you will not be offered a blood test for pregnancy until after your period is due, and even then only if there is a medical need.

  • Niharika

    Glad to be of help to you Rocker :-)

  • Niharika

    Hi Kara, Vaginal discharge is most often a normal and regular occurrence. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or have a foul odor. Yellow discharge can signal some kind of infection. Get a check up done as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi jessie, sometimes pregnancy test may not give accurate results, if it is an early stage of pregnancy or if the test was taken at the wrong duration of the day. If your symptoms continue then it would be advisable to consult a gynecologist or take a blood test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Betty, sometimes it is possible to get pregnant during periods. The only sure way to know if you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. As you have missed your periods only by a day…then wait for couple of days more. Take a home pregnancy test after a week or so and in the mean time if your pains become severe then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shreya, in a 28 day menstrual cycle, the average time for ovulation is the day 14. The ovulation time may vary for each woman and can occur at any time from day 12 to day 19 of the menstrual cycle. So if you have a regular cycle then your ovulation period falls between 5 September to 13 September. Even if you have missed a day in between it is alright. It is good to have intercourse every alternate day during your fertile period.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jasmine, sometimes there can be delay in periods due to hormonal changes, stress, lack of proper nutrition or over exercising, PCOS, sudden weight loss etc. Delay of periods by a week or so is nothing to be worried about. Wait for two or more weeks and if your periods do not occur by then, take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • nene

    Hello

  • Niharika

    Hi Nene, tender and swollen breast can be sign of periods or PMS, and a not sure way of saying if you are pregnant or not. If you miss your periods by a couple of weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Southerngurl, sometimes home pregnancy test may not give accurate results, it may happen if you have taken the test early or at the wrong time of the day. Take another test next week or so, early in the morning that is with the first urine of the day. If your test gives a negative result and you still find these symptoms then consult a doctor.

  • sowmya

    we are trying for a baby from 3 months but i have not become pregnant. should i really need to worry now or waiting for some more months is better? when should we see doctor for not conceiving?

    • Niharika

      Dear Soumya, if you have trying to conceive then the best time to try would be when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. If your periods lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. By following your ovulation time, even then if you could n’t conceive then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nadine, yes the symptoms mentioned by you suggest pregnancy. However to be sure take a home pregnancy test a week later or so from the expected date of your periods. All the best !!

  • Niharika

    Dear Sowmya, sometimes it is normal and it may take 6 months to an year for a couple to conceive. Some of the tips you can follow while trying to conceive are:
    1. Record your menstrual cycle frequency – record the no.of days of your menstrual cycle and calculate your fertile window.
    2. Have an intercourse every other day during your fertile window – The fertile window spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. These are the days each month when a woman is most fertile.
    3. Maintain your body weight – Being too heavy can reduce a woman’s odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby. Having too much body fat produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. Women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.
    4. Eat healthy food – eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy . This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat. Eat lower amounts of high-mercury fish, such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish, also go easy on caffeine. If nothing else works then consult your health practitioner who may help you with a medical advice.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kim, missing birth control pills and having unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy, however just feeling nauseous cannot be a sure sign of you being pregnant. If you are close to your periods then it might be a sign of that or any stomach illness. Wait for a couple of days and if you find any other symptoms or missed periods then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Deepti, having an intercourse for the first time can be stressful and sometimes may lead to delayed periods. However, looks like you have missed your periods for both the months of August and September. A woman when she is pregnant can display few symptoms or all of them or none during initial few weeks. It varies from person to person. In your case, it would be advisable for you to take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist who can help you with regards to your missed periods..by asking you to take a couple of tests.

  • vijaya

    Hi we are trying for a baby and I would like to know before pregnancy can I take prenatal tables or not please let me know.

    • Niharika

      Dear Vijaya, some of the studies have shown that women trying to get pregnant can also benefit from taking prenatal vitamins. Although you can meet your nutritional needs through a balanced and healthy diet, busy family lives and demanding careers can make healthy eating nearly impossible. Most women don’t get all the nutrients and vitamins that their body needs by food alone. They need a prenatal vitamin to improve their odds of getting pregnant. However it would be advisable ask your practitioner for a recommendation.

  • Niharika

    Dear Momof2, although getting pregnant after having your tubes tied is highly unlikely, it is possible. If you feel like you may be pregnant, the easiest thing to do is to take an over-the-counter home pregnancy test. Or wait till the due date of your periods, if you have missed your periods by a week or so then take a test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Taylor, absence of periods for three months or more can mean pregnancy or secondary amenorrhea (a condition, when a young woman has had a period before, but stops having them. For example, your periods were regular for the first 2 years after you started having them, and now they don’t come at all. Or you only have 2 or 3 periods a year and sometimes 6 months goes by without a period.) Not having a period for more than a couple of months may not be normal, and finding out why is important. Amenorrhea may be completely normal if you are on birth control, but you should check with your health care provider if this is an expected side effect of you chosen form of birth control. Diagnosis starts with having a pregnancy test and a medical evaluation by a health care provider (HCP). So do check with your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Alyxes, it is unlikely to get pregnant few days before your periods. The less number of days of bleeding can be due to stress, fatigue or lack of proper diet etc. Or some hormonal changes can also be possible. The symptoms mentioned by you can signal pregnancy or PMS. So wait for a couple of days… if your periods do not occur in a week or so then take a home pregnancy test. If your cramps become severe or if your discomfort increases then consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sowjanya, to be sure if you pregnant or not…just take a home pregnancy test or consult your gynecologist to be sure. All the best !

  • Niharika

    Hi Beryl, symptoms like nausea and a little dizzy can be felt before the start of your periods too. So the only way to confirm if you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. Wait till your periods arrive…but if you have missed your periods by one or two weeks then take a test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Tiroyaone, back pain, lower back pain, tiredness and nausea can be experienced before periods or during periods. These symptoms may not always confirm pregnancy . While experiencing these symptoms, you miss your periods by a couple of weeks then it would be wise to take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Wellencia, having an unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy. However symptoms like back pain or abdominal pain cannot confirm pregnancy. If you have missed your next period by a week or so, then take a home pregnancy test. Also if your pain turns severe then consult your gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sandy, hormone-based birth control often comes with side effects that can range from slightly annoying to bad enough to make you switch. Some of the side effects of birth control pills include headache, dizziness, mood swings, breast tenderness etc. So wait for for periods to occur…if you have missed your periods by two weeks or so then take a home pregnancy test.

  • sanju

    Hi.. my periods are 11 days late now.. could i be pregnant because i don’t have any symptoms. is it possible to have pregnancy without any symptoms.when actually symptoms start?

  • sandhya

    Hi..i have missed period from 11 days..i took home pregnancy test in the afternoon and got positive.can i trust the result? what would be the next step?plz help me..thanks in advance

    • Niharika

      Hi Sandhya, congrats on your pregnancy. Most of the time the results are right. Usually the test should be taken in the morning. However as you have got a positive results, look for other symptoms too and visit a gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Laurie, if you have missed your periods by one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test. This will help you to determine if you are pregnant or not for sure.

  • Keke

    My period is 11 days late n I had a sharp pain last night in my side I’m scared to test

    • Niharika

      Hi Keke,if you are scared to take a test and if your pain persists then it would be wise for you to consult a doctor to avoid any complication in future.

  • Niharika

    Hi Joyce, if you had your periods in the first week of August then getting on periods on 30th August can be considered for the next month. Which makes it as 26 days cycle. The number of days menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman.

  • Niharika

    Yes Berly, two lines on the pregnancy test kit mean that you are pregnant. However if the lines are faint, or not you will need to consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Glad to help you Joyce !!

  • Niharika

    Hi Beryl, despite taking the test, if you are not sure and cannot understand the est result because of the faint line then it would be wise for you to consult a doctor. Medical help at this point would be beneficial.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sandhya, “an early single live intrauterine gestation of about 6.6 weeks” is a medical term for saying that there is a first trimester sized baby seen in the uterus (womb) of about 6.6 weeks. Secondly, yes. It is absolutely safe to indulge in sex in the first trimester in a normal pregnancy. However, your gynaecologist may advise you to not have sex if you: have a history or threat of miscarriage, have unexplained vaginal bleeding or spotting, have abdominal pain or cramps, if you have a history of cervical weakness, are pregnant with twins or multiple babies or if you have a low-lying placenta (placenta praevia). You may also be advised to avoid sex during pregnancy if your husband has genital herpes. Thirdly, travelling whether by plane, train, automobile, or even boat, traveling while pregnant involves its own set of challenges and guidelines. Discuss any travel with your doctor and see what he or she thinks. If your doctor is concerned, then you should be concerned and really weigh whether the travel is necessary.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ella, if you are facing all these symptoms..then wait for a couple of days…if your symptoms still continue then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cassidy, spotting after periods can mean different things. It can mean:
    1. Ovulation: Some women notice light spotting for a day or two after ovulation. This happens regularly for some people. Ovulation is the time in your cycle when you are most fertile.
    2. Contraception: Spotting between periods is a common side effect of hormonal birth control, like birth control pills, hormonal IUDS and patches, shots and implants. Spotting may occur when you start the contraceptive or shortly after stopping its use.
    3. Pregnancy: Many women experience spotting during pregnancy. It usually happens in the first few months. This can be harmless in a healthy pregnancy. If you are experiencing other symptoms of pregnancy, take a test to confirm you are. If you are pregnant, see a doctor right away.
    4. Menopause: As your body prepares to transition out of your child-bearing years, you may experience hormonal imbalances that cause spotting. This is a sign that you are starting the transition to menopause.
    So, do discuss your case with your doctor to understand the cause of your spotting. If you experience other serious symptoms such as fatigue, fever and pain with the bleeding, then you may need immediate medical attention.

  • Niharika

    Hi Deondra, abdominal pain and lower back pains can mean PMS too… so wait until you get your periods.. if your periods do not come in one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Joyce, normal bleeding of three to four days does not mean pregnancy. The number of days of periods may sometimes change due to any hormonal changes.

  • Niharika

    Hi Marie, all the symptoms mentioned by you may mean that you are pregnant. Brownish spotting, light in its shade, in sexually active women, who have delayed in period, is often a sign of pregnancy. Brown spotting instead of the period, is in fact nothing but implantation bleeding. It is advisable for you to take a pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • esther

    My Name is Esther, I had my period on the 16/9/2015, and from 27_2oct I had sex expect for two day and now am having abdominal pain, lower back pain and headache. Does it mean that I have taking in because I have been trying and daughter is 3 years.

    • Niharika

      Dear Esther, as your last periods was around 16th September and if your menstrual cycle is around 28-30 days and regular then all the symptoms such as abdominal pain, lower back pain and headaches can mean PMS..that is you may experience these as you get closer to your next period. If you miss your periods for the month of October for one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test to confirm your doubts and if the pain get severe then it would be wise to consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Ashley, usually the test is suggested to be taken if you have missed your periods that is after the due date of periods. So it is absolutely your choice…you can take the test right away or wait till your next periods. Also remember that if the test is taken at a very early stage (or too soon) then you may receive a negative result, even if you are pregnant.

  • Niharika

    Hi Anna, just wait for a couple of days more….if your periods do not arrive by your due date…that is October 18…then take a test after a week or so..cause if the test is taken too early then you might not receive an accurate results.

  • Tiny

    Hi I am 3 days late. I took a test and it was faintly positive. I went to the ob and she couldn’t see anything it was too early . Could be pregnant?

    • Niharika

      Dear Tiny, as your doctor suggested..may be it is too early to guess. So wait for a couple of weeks and then take a test again or make another visit to your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Dear Taylor, there can be many reasons behind missed periods other than pregnancy . Some of the reasons can be: major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, thyroid irregularity, polycystic ovary symptom (PCOS), premature menopause or your birthcontrol. It would advisable to consult your gynecologist, who can help you to diagnose and help you to get your periods back on track.

  • Naziya Mulla

    hi, how may days prior to period due pregnancy symtoms can be noticed..my last period was 27th september 2015…i have reglar 28 days cycle..now i am noticing just feeling hungry every time and some time breast tenderness and nthk else other symptoms…please advise me is there any chances that i could be a pregnant in this month..i had miscarriage in the month of july and had d & c.

    • Niharika

      Dear Naziya, some women experience pregnancy symptoms days before their period is due. These very early pregnancy symptoms may occur up to a week before there are enough pregnancy hormones circulating in the body to give a positive pregnancy test result.

  • Niharika

    Hi Siobhan, the symptoms mentioned by you can be the signs of your periods too, as the due date is closer. However if your periods are delayed by a week or so, then take a pregnancy test to confirm.

  • Niharika

    Hi evidence orluye, for many women, sore breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Some feel this symptom (which may also be a sign of impending menstruation) as a heaviness or tenderness in the entire breast, while others feel a tingling in the area around the nipple. Whereas lower back pain, felt more as an ache, is another complaint of women in early pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Welcome Naziya !!

  • Niharika

    Hi Sandiya, yes….symptoms like frequent urination and change in appetite can signal pregnancy. However to be sure…wait till your next periods and if that doesn’t occur or if there is a delay by a week or so, then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mira, if you had a protected sex then it is unlikely that you will get pregnant.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sanju, Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy’ is also called ‘morning sickness’, even though it can happen at any time of the day. No one knows exactly why women have nausea and vomiting when they are pregnant. It’s probably due to all of the changes taking place in your body, such as high levels of hormones in your blood. Nausea and vomiting usually starts around the sixth week of pregnancy and stops around the 12th week. However, you may still have queasiness after that, often up until your 20th week. Some women will have nausea and vomiting for longer, maybe even until the end of pregnancy. Secondly, as this is your first pregnancy, you could begin developing a baby bump any time between 12 and 16 weeks.

  • Niharika

    Hi Naz, as your menstrual cycle is around 28 days, then your periods for the month of October must be around the corner and these symptoms can signal your periods. Wait for your periods to arrive and if it is delayed by one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hii Jennifer, if you had an unprotected sex on the day of your ovulation then there can be a fair chance in you getting pregnant. Look out for symptoms like light bleeding (implantation bleeding) or signs like spotting. Take a home pregnancy test after a couple of days after your due date of your periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sanju, yes it is normal to vomit 3-4 times a days during the first trimester. It is recommended to eat smaller meals, and snack throughout the day. You can get sick to your stomach if there is nothing in it. Consult your doctor about your diet and things that will help your stomach to settle.

  • Niharika

    Dear NaluFan, if your periods do not come by your due date, then you can try a home made pregnancy test. You check the articles below for more info on that:
    http://www.momjunction.com/articles/homemade-pregnancy-test_00373199/
    http://www.momjunction.com/articles/simple-ways-to-confirm-pregnancy-without-doing-a-test_0042/

  • Niharika

    Dear Naziya, Human Chorionic Ganadotropin (hCG) is only produced during pregnancy. It is the hormone that home pregnancy tests look for as well as blood tests at the doctor. An hCG blood test at the doctor can detect a pregnancy between 8 and 10 days after fertilization. Any level over 5 is considered pregnant. The rate of hCG should usually double every 2-3 days. So do go for another round of test as suggested by your doctor to get a clear picture of the progress made by you. A single hCG reading is not enough information for most diagnoses.

  • Niharika

    Pregnancy cannot occur from the act of anal sex, but because the vaginal opening and the anus are very close together, there is the chance that sperm could leak into the vagina and travel to fertilize an egg. However, this is exceptionally unlikely. With anal sex, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a much bigger worry than pregnancy. That’s because the lining of the rectum is thin and can tear easily, allowing infection to get into the body. It is advisable for your girlfriend to consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ify, the only way to confirm if you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. Wait till the due date of your periods…if you have missed your periods by one or two weeks then take a test. An early pregnancy test may not provide you accurate results.

  • Niharika

    Dear Tiffany, an unprotected sex…even for a couple of minutes may lead to the contact between the sperms and the vagina and this may lead to pregnancy if you ovulate around the same time. Thus, if you show all the symptoms of pregnancy then take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist. Also if you did not use any birth control method at the time of intercourse and if you would like to avoid unwanted pregnancy then you can take an emergency pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

  • Niharika

    Hi Naziya….good to hear about your progress :-) Welcome to the world of motherhood. All the very best. It is advisable to not to miss out on any dates suggested by your doctor for the follow up’s and tests. Take care! Keep us posted and do check out our various articles for any of your queries.

  • Niharika

    Hi Heather, sometimes taking a pregnancy test at an early stage may not provide accurate results. Thus, take a test after one or two weeks after the due date of missed periods. Or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kaysha, if your periods do not arrive in a couple of days, then take a pregnancy test and you could also consult your gynecologist and discuss your desire to terminate your pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to guide you with the procedure and provide a medical support.

  • Niharika

    Hi Maya, if your periods do not arrive in a couple of days, then take a pregnancy test and you could also consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Sharmin, it is normal to miss a period occasionally. Doctors usually ask you not to worry about a missed period or two or three unless it becomes a pattern. It is highly recommended that you see a healthcare provider if you miss more than three periods – either consecutively (one right after the other) or three missed periods during the course of one calendar year. This might be a cause of concern.

  • Niharika

    Hi Selena, if you wait one week after a missed period to test, you are more apt to have an accurate result.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ritika, there can be several reasons behind a short period. These include rigorous exercise training among athletes, mental, physical or emotional stress, eating disorders and weight loss, which may affect estrogen levels, causing changes in your periods. Another possible cause of short periods in women of child-bearing age is the use of oral or injected contraceptives which may affect estrogen levels. If you are experiencing signs of pregnancy and you have one day or two of bleeding around the time you are expecting your period, you are probably pregnant. If you are not pregnant then your short periods may be due to other causes like too much stress, weight loss or physical exercise. Although short periods are not serious or a cause for worry, you may need to consult your doctor if irregularities in your menstruations persist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Geraldin, yes…the positive results of the pregnancy kit mean that you are pregnant. However if you are still unsure, then it will be a good idea to consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Samantha, yes…it would be a good idea to consult a doctor or a gynecologist. Home pregnancy test, in some cases may not provide an accurate result.

  • Niharika

    Hi Skyler, all the symptoms mentioned by you indicate that you may be pregnant. However to be sure, it will be necessary to take a test or consult a doctor. Also, if you are unable to get a pregnancy kit from the store then you can check few alternatives like the homemade pregnancy tests. For further info on the homemade test, check the article given below:
    http://www.momjunction.com/articles/homemade-pregnancy-test_00373199/

  • Niharika

    Hi Jhane, if you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms but do not receive a pregnancy test result that’s positive, it could be due to a variety of reasons. The first reason is that you are not pregnant. If you’re not pregnant, you will continue to see negative results on pregnancy tests. It is important to understand that many pregnancy symptoms are also the same signs that occur when your period is about to arrive. You might experience back aches, fatigue, and tender breasts simply because your period is coming. The other reason you might have pregnancy symptoms with a negative pregnancy test is because you are testing too early. You should, ideally, wait until the first day of your missed period to test for pregnancy with the most accurate results. If all fail to help you, then consult your gynecologist and take a blood test.

  • Niharika

    Dear Sanju, if you have a normal pregnancy, you can indulge in sex right up until your waters break. However, your doctor may advise you not to have sex if you have experienced: bleeding, abdominal cramps, broken waters, a history of cervical weakness and a a low-lying placenta (placenta praevia), particularly if you have had some bleeding. So, it is good to check with your doctor first. And, coming to your second question, you should aim for a balanced diet, with an appropriate blend of all the five food groups: vegetables and legumes, breads and cereals, milk, yoghurt and cheese, meat, poultry, fish, and alternatives and fruits. Foods containing protein help the baby grow. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, cheeses, nuts, beans and peas are all good sources of protein. Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day – water contains fluoride, which helps your growing baby’s teeth develop strong enamel. You will need to be careful with your diet if you develop gestational diabetes – your doctor will advise you. Hope this info helps you. You also ask a free question to a doctor here for any more queries: http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=362435934&iu=/25351654/RON_TEXT

  • Niharika

    Hi Renee, if your periods are regular then you may not be pregnant. If you have shown symptoms along with missed periods, then wait for a week and take another pregnancy test. Your sickness can be due to stomach upset or any other reason. If you are trying to get pregnant then try to track your ovulation dates. Have frequent intercourse during your ovulation period. Also, consult your gynecologist for further concerns.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ruth, if you experience any severe pain that can’t be controlled by over-the-counter painkillers, heavy bleeding, vaginal discharge that is smelly or unpleasant or a fever (temperature over 38°C/100.4°F) after the procedure then it is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tara, all the symptoms that you have been experiencing suggest that you might be pregnant but it is always good to confirm this with a doctor before coming to any conclusion. Have patience and check your results tomorrow. Take care and all the best !

  • Niharika

    Hi Sana, sometimes PMS can be confused with pregnancy. So to be sure, wait till your due date of periods. If there is a delay in your periods by a week or so, then take a home pregnancy test. The test will help you to determine whether you are pregnant or not for sure.

  • Niharika

    Hello Star, each shot works for up to 12 to 14 weeks, and you must get the injection once every 12 weeks to get its full protection. This method 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. So your missed periods may have occurred due to pregnancy, stress, nutritional deficiency etc. It would be good to consult a doctor to know the exact cause. Also, if you are doubtful about getting pregnant, then look out for other symptoms and take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi TJS, as you are showing symptoms like sore breast, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation etc that are associated with pregnancy, it would be wise to take a pregnancy test to confirm. Or you can get a blood test done at a clinic.

  • Niharika

    Its alright Tara, do not lose hope …. you can give it a shot next time.

  • Niharika

    Glad to help you Sana !

  • Niharika

    Hi Nharper, birth control pills work best if taken according to schedule and at the same time each day. If you miss one or more pills, you increase your chances of releasing an egg (ovulation) that could be fertilized and lead to a pregnancy. The least dangerous time for a woman to miss pills is in the middle of the packet and the most dangerous time is at the beginning or end of a packet. If you are confused at any time about what to do if you have missed any birth control pills, either abstain from sex or use a back-up method of birth control each time you have sex, and take your birth control pill each day until you can talk to your health care provider.

  • Niharika

    Hi tara, if you are trying to conceive then it is important for you to understand your cycle and track the days when might be ovulating. A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release, However, a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s body for about six days. There are several methods that you can adopt to help you to determine your most fertile days each month, like the Home ovulation-prediction kits. The fertile window spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. Do try this method and also discuss this once with your gynecologist.

  • Maggie

    Small piece of tissue? How did it look like?

  • Niharika

    Hi Bettany, sometimes a delay in periods by a couple of days is normal and nothing to be worried about. However if your periods are delayed by a week or more after the due date of your periods then just take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Thabz, sometime the bleeding can occur after a week of periods. This might be the old blood that the body is shedding. Emergency pills can also lead to light bleeding. If you bleeding is heavy followed by severe pain, then consult your gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Asteele28

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 3 months…tomorrow should be the start of my period…normally my only symptom of my period is cramps and I pee more often the day before…this month my breasts are so sore and swollen and they feel like they weigh a ton…I’ve never experienced these symptoms before…also I’m nauseas but it subsides when I eat small meals and I’m exhausted all I want to do is nap! And I got up like 3 times to pee at night…I took a test today but it came back negative (I didn’t have one to take this morning) am I pregnant? When should I retest?

    • Niharika

      Hi Asteele, if your periods have started then there is no need to take a test. As normal periods signal that you are not pregnant. Swollen and sore breasts can be the signs of PMS too, this happens due to hormonal changes. Take a test a week later when you miss your periods and also notice other symptoms like fatigue, craving or aversion to certain food, bloating and pain in the abdomen. Consult your gynecologist to know more about your cycle and how you two can conceive.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bettany, wish you luck and also remember to consult your doctor instead of relying on self-diagnoses, Take care!

  • Niharika

    Hi Amy, light pinkish spotting can be light bleeding before the start of your periods. Also, another explanation can be implantation bleeding. Implantation is light bleeding or spotting that occurs ten to fourteen days after conception. If the pink discharge is accompanied by severe pain and strong discomfort, then these symptoms must be consulted with a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi, yes…you will need to wait until your period arrives. If you miss your periods post due date then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sandy, it is possible to conceal a baby bump for the initial three or four months.

  • Niharika

    Hi Brittany, many mothers find that their breasts continue to leak long after they wean. They may be able to express drops of fluid for months or even years after their baby weans, especially during a shower. The fluid that leaks out after weaning tends to look more like thin, sticky, and yellowish than white or creamy like mature milk. Leaking after weaning doesn’t become a concern unless the breasts produce a lot of milk for long periods of time. If the breasts remain swollen, hard or tender, or a large amount of milk continues to leak for months after weaning, then there may be a medical problem that should be evaluated by a doctor knowledgeable about lactation or a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tyleisha, hiccups can be caused due to many reasons like, eating too fast and swallowing air, chewing gum, smoking, eating or drinking too much, some medications, anxiety and stress. Hiccups are associated with crying, coughing, or gastroesophageal reflux. Check with your doctor if the hiccups do not stop in a couple of days.

  • Niharika

    Hi Marna, it would be better to take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist instead of making a guess. Visiting your doctor may give you better idea as to your condition.Do not take any more medications without consulting a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi, feeling nauseous or dizzy during of after periods can mean weakness too or just the symptoms of your periods. Using withdrawal method may not always be effective. Hence if you doubt that you might be pregnant then take a home pregnancy test or consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Essie, if you have missed your periods by a week or so then take a home pregnancy test. Also, check for other pregnancy symptoms like change in appetite, mood swings, fatigue or nausea etc.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cassaundra, sometimes implantation bleeding can be confused with spotting or periods. However, implantation bleeding occurs as early as 6 days after conception and this usually lasts for a couple of hours. Keep a check on your symptoms and the bleeding. Or take a pregnancy test if you have missed your periods.

  • Kate Cryer

    Have had all of these symptoms. I’ve been unusually hungry also. Period should be here in a few days. Wish me luck!

  • littleblackgirl

    hi i’ve missed my period just this month for the pass two months i’ve gotten my periods in March and April but this month no periods. my belly have grown and everyone has been asking me if am pregnant and i’ve been sleeping all the time and going to the bathroom to pee a lot my BP drop for three weeks and now its back on track it went down to 80/40 that’s the lowest now its 119/70 am so glad. i don’t have no vomiting but i feel like i want to vomit and my breast them hurting a lot am always hungry and drinking a lot i sleep most of the time even when am at work. i had a tubal ligation six years ago ( cut, tie and burn ) so i went to the doctor and she gave me a pregnancy test to do but am scared to do it because it might turn out that am not pregnant. but i feel like i am pregnant. what should i do? i wanted a next baby for so long now am afraid. i have dizziness and almost fainted.

    • Niharika

      Hi, if you have missed your periods by one or two weeks and experiencing symptoms like frequent urination, fluctuation in BP etc, it would be wise to consult your gynecologist or take a test. Only a clear report may calm you down and provide a concrete answer. All the best!!