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:

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 get included in the list of early symptoms of pregnancy before missed period? 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.

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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 :)