Pregnancy Symptoms, Early Signs of Pregnancy

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Mario Fernando

By Mario Fernando

Knowing the early signs of pregnancy can be important for women and couples trying to conceive. But it can also be crucial for women who are not hoping to become pregnant.

Morning sickness, menstrual changes, breast tenderness and headaches are some of the most well-known symptoms of early pregnancy, but understanding how these and other symptoms occur is useful in gaining a comprehensive understanding of pregnancy.

As well as these noticeable symptoms, physiological and anatomical changes occur within a pregnant woman's body. These changes can be measured by a variety of pregnancy tests, investigations and scans.

Before delving into the range of features suggestive of pregnancy, let's define some of the important, behind the scenes changes involved.

Understanding the normal hormones of the menstrual cycle enables us to understand the importance of a certain hormone in pregnancy, called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).

hCG is structurally very similar to FSH and LH, which are crucial hormones involved in creating the fluxes of the menstrual cycle. They essentially increase levels of estrogen and progesterone. With a similar structure, comes a similar function. Whereas FSH and LH levels die down at the end of a normal menstrual cycle, when successful fertilization, implantation and 'pregnancy' occur, the primitive placenta releases hCG. This maintains high progesterone levels in the woman's body, which enables it to provide a suitable environment for the growing embryo.

As a result of this high progesterone, a woman in early pregnancy can experience the symptoms mentioned earlier, including: morning sickness, breast tenderness, menstrual changes and headaches.

So what are the early signs of pregnancy?

1. Menstrual changes:

Missed period(s): Once the primitive placenta is formed at around day 7 after fertilization, hCG is released and causes progesterone and estrogen levels to increase. Normal menstruation is precipitated by low levels of these hormones, hence, hCG elevates estrogen and progesterone, thereby preventing menstruation during pregnancy.

However, despite a lack of a regular menstrual period, implantation bleeding can often occur around 7 days after fertilization or conception. When the embryo attaches into the uterus wall, a small amount of bleeding can occur, known as spotting or implantation bleeding. This can often be confusing and interpreted as a regular period. Take our implantation bleeding or period quiz if you're unsure if you have implantation bleeding.

Other causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy include ectopic pregnancies. This is when the embryo implants into an area of the body other than the uterus wall. Most often, this is in the Fallopian tubes, will not result in successful pregnancy and poses a serious risk to the mother. Note that missed periods can also occur for a host of other reasons, such as with use of certain oral contraceptive pills, stress, poor nutrition or dietary change, excessive exercise and medications such as antibiotics.

2. Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting are often one of the first and most apparent signs of pregnancy. Some women start experiencing it even before they take their first pregnancy test. Statistics suggest that over 50% of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness during their first trimester. There are also studies that show that certain women are more likely to have morning sickness, specifically: women who have experienced nausea in a previous pregnancy; women who have previously experienced motion sickness or migraine headaches; or if your mother or sisters have experienced severe morning sickness in their pregnancies. Much research has been done, and is still being performed on this subject. But as terrible as morning sickness sounds, studies suggest it may be beneficial.

Pregnancy signs morning sickness

It is suggested that morning sickness and it's associated nausea and vomiting is the body's way of getting rid of substances that may be harmful for the baby. These substances could be found in normal foods, vegetables, alcohol, caffeine or medications. The smell or taste of these substances can be enough to trigger this response. Not only does this protect the baby from harmful toxins, but it can also protect the mother from microbes, as pregnancy results in a relative suppression of the normal immune system.

How to deal with morning sickness

Eat Small, Frequent Meals Or Snacks - As soon as you wake up in the morning, try having some crackers before you get out of bed. In fact, keep some easy-to-digest snacks by your bedside and munch on them if you wake up at night to use the bathroom. Plan to eat small meals throughout the day to ward off hunger. You can prepare small snacks and keep them handy so you can easily grab them when that feeling of hunger starts to creep in. Spicy, fatty and oily foods can make symptoms worse so always opt for food that will be gentle on your digestive system.

Keep A Good Scent Handy - When pregnant, scents can become amplified. Things that used to smell amazing to you may seem repulsive, and vice versa. Be prepared by keeping a stash of something fresh you can use to block out the smell. Try carrying a bottle of lemon or peppermint extract or a sprig of rosemary.

Stay Hydrated - Staying hydrated may not keep you from having morning sickness, but it will keep you out of the hospital. If you are vomiting regularly and not replenishing fluids, you can easily become dehydrated, which is not only dangerous for you and your baby, but can also further aggravate the nausea. While drinking large amounts of water at once may not be possible, try to keep a water bottle handy at all times, and take sips throughout the day. Chilled water is often easier to drink. Alternatively, try drinking hot water with a squeeze of lemon, or foods with high water content such as grapes, watermelon, apples and celery.

Extreme morning sickness must be professionally treated, so be sure to keep an open dialogue with your doctor about your symptoms. If your morning sickness is standing in the way of your ability to function, your doctor may prescribe medication to help reduce your symptoms. If you are not able to keep down water or food, you may have to be admitted to a hospital to receive these intravenously.

3. Breast tenderness

High progesterone, estrogen, growth hormone and prolactin levels in pregnant women promote the development of the breasts. This involves tissue and ductal swelling, causing sensitivity and discomfort.

Pregnancy signs breast tenderness

4. Dizziness and fainting

Progesterone is a vasodilator - it dilates your blood vessels, and can cause a lower blood pressure than usual. This can result in insufficient blood supply to the brain and dizziness or fainting can result, especially when standing from a sitting position. Staying well hydrated can help to manage this.

5. Constipation

Progesterone actually relaxes a certain type of muscle within the body, known as smooth muscle. Smooth muscle is found in the walls of blood vessels, in the uterus and in the gut. By relaxing the smooth muscle of your stomach and intestines, progesterone slows down your ability to move food along your bowel in a process known as peristalsis. This can result in constipation.

6. Frequent urination

More of a late sign of pregnancy; once the uterus becomes larger it compresses the bladder. This reduces the functional volume of the bladder and therefore means you may feel the desire to urinate more often.

7. Fatigue and malaise

Pregnancy signs fatigue

Malaise means having a general feeling of being unwell. During pregnancy, cells are rapidly growing and dividing to create a baby. This requires a tremendous amount of energy, along with the nutrients required for adequate growth. Hormones such as cortisol and thyroid hormone T3 cause breakdown of your fat, glycogen and protein stores to provide energy to fuel the developing baby's growth. This along with increased cardiovascular and respiratory demand can cause fatigue and an inability to deal with strenuous activities you would normally be able to handle.

Those are a few symptoms, but what if you're unsure?

A range of tests can be used to screen for pregnancy, even in the first trimester.

1. History and examination

All the symptoms above may be recounted in your history to a doctor, but they may also find certain signs of pregnancy on examination. These include an enlarged uterus, breast tenderness and swelling as well as cervical changes.

2. hCG levels

As the major hormone involved in pregnancy, this is a useful test. A blood test can detect hCG levels. If they are high, there are actually a couple of main possibilities; the main one is pregnancy, and the other is the presence of a hCG-secreting tumor. HCG levels can also be used to provide a guide to the risk of the child having conditions such as Down's Syndrome.

Pregnancy test strip

Pregnancy tests measure a certain part of the hCG molecule. HCG normally consists of an alpha and a beta sub-unit. The beta sub-unit can be found in the urine. However, the urine test is less accurate than a blood test and does have a chance of false positive readings, but combined with an appropriate history and examination, it can be a useful diagnostic tool. How soon can you take a pregnancy test?

3. Ultrasonography

There is an obvious anatomical change in the abdomen and uterus during pregnancy. A trans-vaginal ultrasound is able to detect pregnancy earlier than a standard trans-abdominal ultrasound. This can display the gestational sac, or yolk sac, of the developing embryo.

Have you, or are you experiencing the signs of early pregnancy? Share your symptoms by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Linda Jul 20, 2016
    Thanks i found it very helpful, will keep my eyes on all the symptoms mentions above.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thanks for commenting Linda. - (Jul 20, 2016)
    2. Habibat: I had the implantation bleeding which lasted for a day and a half... and I have been feeling funny since then. I get tired easily and sometimes moody. I visit the loo a lot and crave food at any time. Could I be pregnant? - (Aug 29, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Try taking a test at 14DPO. Good luck! - (Aug 29, 2016)
    4. Habibat: I did but came out negative - (Aug 31, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): You don't mention where you are in your cycle, but assuming you're at least 14DPO, I'd suggest testing again if your period doesn't come in a few days. - (Aug 31, 2016)
    6. Kekong: My period will be due in 4 days. I have a low and soft cervix and cramps just come on and off. I have been quite unwell and I am confused because it is the first time am experiencing such before my period. Please, any idea? - (Sep 06, 2016)
    7. Christina (OC Team): The only reliable way to confirm a possible pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test. I'd suggest testing in 5 days if AF doesn't show. Good luck! - (Sep 07, 2016)
    8. Tionna: I had a TL 7 years ago. I have had a urine and blood test done and both came back negative. I'm having cramps and breast tenderness and I'm also sleeping more then usual. So I'm not 100% sure if I'm pregnant. Any help? - (Sep 17, 2016)
    9. Christina (OC Team): Have you missed your period? Where are you in your cycle? - (Sep 17, 2016)
    10. Eva: Hi, I had an ectopic pregnancy 6yrs ago. I haven't really been trying to get pregnant since then. My periods have been here and there. I cannot determine when my fertile days are. However, I have had regular periods for at least 5months. I had sex supposedly when I was supposed to ovulate last month and I had some abdominal pain and tender breasts for a few days. What could this be? - (Oct 13, 2016)
    11. Christina (OC Team): It could be early signs of pregnancy or signs that your period is coming. Only a test will tell you if you're pregnant. Good luck! - (Oct 13, 2016)
    12. Ciera: Hi. I've been having lower back pain and hip cramps. - (Oct 19, 2016)
    13. Daviesha: I got the depo shot in June. On the 26th of September, I was due for another shot, but I did not go. It is now the 3rd week in October and I still have no period. Yesterday OCT 18th, I was bleeding pink for no longer than 10 minutes. Could I be pregnant or is my period just trying to come back? - (Oct 19, 2016)
    14. Christina (OC Team): The only way to tell would be to test. Good luck! - (Oct 20, 2016)
  2. KaylaFer Jul 20, 2016
    Very helpful.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thanks for your comment! - (Jul 20, 2016)
  3. Winnie Jul 22, 2016
    I feel discomfort in lower abdomen.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Winnie, thanks for your comment. - (Jul 22, 2016)
    2. Winnie: Could it be fertilization taking place? - (Jul 23, 2016)
    3. Sarah (OC Team): It's hard to know and also depends on how long it's been since ovulation. Some women experience ovulation cramping. Did you experience implantation bleeding? We have a quiz for implantation bleeding here: - (Jul 23, 2016)
    4. Winnie: Hi Sarah, have not experience implantation bleeding. have never experience it even with the first pregnancy. - (Jul 24, 2016)
  4. Mary Jul 22, 2016
    In the last message you sent to me, you said that I should go for pregnancy test on 23 of July, but now I have started seeing my menstruation I don't know. Please help.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Mary, Yes the system will send you a reminder based on your cycle data. If your period came on please ensure you log when it started into Ovulation Calculator to keep your predictions accurate. - (Jul 22, 2016)
    2. Mary: My menstruation has started yesterday the 22 of July 2016. - (Jul 22, 2016)
    3. Sarah (OC Team): OK, did you log it? - (Jul 23, 2016)
  5. Jenny Jul 23, 2016
    I have been having signs of pregnancy but my period is not due yet. Is covonia cough syrup safe for pregnancy?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Jenny, it's best to check with the manufacturer, Covina. - (Jul 24, 2016)
    2. Chandni: Hi, my period is due in 5 days and I have been ttc for abot 2 years. I have constipation and severe breast tenderness. I get this breast tenderness every month. Is it normal to have breast tenderness or could be sign of pregnancy? - (Sep 22, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Breast tenderness could be a sign of early pregnancy or menstruation. Only a test can tell. Good luck! - (Sep 22, 2016)
  6. Tia Jul 23, 2016
    Five days late with cravings gas and dull cramps. Took test three days late Neg.
    1. Amber: Well, I had two periods in August. One was at the beginning as normal, and one was towards the end. I'm almost 2 wks late for Sept. I haven't had a period this month. There's a possibility I am pregnant. - (Sep 15, 2016)
  7. Jenny Jul 25, 2016
    My period started on the 28 june. I started clomid on the day 3 of flow. Had intercourse with my hubby everyday on fertile day and a day before ovulation. Being feeling like im pregg. But yesterday the pain in my bbs has just dropped. The nipple pain gone. Tomorrow is due date for another period I am feeling cramps in my lower back. What has happened? Does it mean that there's no pregg? Please talk to me. Thanks
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Jenny, yes it's possible that you're not pregnant, but the only way to know is to take a pregnancy test after your period is due. It takes 6 cycles to get pregnant on average. - (Jul 25, 2016)
    2. Vicky: 6 Cycles on average. Does that apply even after birth control or just unprotected sex? - (Aug 31, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): It depends on the type of birth control. Have a look at this article for more info - (Aug 31, 2016)
    4. Rachel: My period was on the 26th of Sept. for five days. I've followed the ovulation process. I took a test today but was negative. But with my last child, I found out when I was 15 weeks pregnant, so I'm not sure. My breasts are tender and I'm getting cramps, but could that be a period coming? - (Oct 21, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): Yes, unfortunately, these could be signs of pregnancy or period. Only a test will tell. Good luck! - (Oct 22, 2016)
  8. Ashley Jul 25, 2016
    It was very helpful. I took the implantation quiz I have five symptoms. So I will wait a week or so to do my test.
    1. Phil (OC Team): Good luck Ashley! - (Jul 27, 2016)
  9. Amina Jul 25, 2016
    My period is due in 2 days and I'm having white creamy discharge morning sickness headaches always tired throw up through out the day. Is this normal?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): If you had sexual intercourse during your fertile days before ovulation then you may have conceived. Some women experience some cervical mucus before their period too. You should take a pregnancy test if your period does not show to be sure. - (Jul 25, 2016)
  10. Lola Jul 26, 2016
    I just wiped off brownish discharge when I used the bathroom today. Period is expected two days from today (28th July, 2016). Light crampsing and giddy feeling. Could I be experiencing Implantation Bleeding?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hello Lola, please take our Implantation Bleeding or Period? Quiz here: - (Jul 28, 2016)
  11. Kiran Jul 26, 2016
    Very helpful indeed...
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thanks Kiran! - (Jul 28, 2016)
  12. Erica Jul 26, 2016
    Thnx, very informative.
  13. Tsietsi Jul 26, 2016
    I had sex on my fertile days so I was wondering if is possible to conceive?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Yes, it's possible, you can check your fertile window in OC to see your conception odds. Please go to your ME page and tap on Fertile Window or go to your Calendar and tap on the Fertile Window days to see your odds. - (Jul 27, 2016)
  14. Gina Jul 27, 2016
    I'm 4 dpo and I have been having active cramping, twinges in my abdomen and slight stomach pains that don't quite make me nauseous. Today I had light bleeding as I wiped. I took the ib quiz and I have 5 symptoms of ib. My period isn't due for 11 days or so. Could I be pregnant? Is there reason for concern of eptopic? Or is this normal? It just seems to far away to be my period. Please help calm my anxiety.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Gina, symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include the usual signs of pregnancy so it can be hard to know. However, at only 4 DPO it is probably too soon for IB. It may be that you ovulated late and you experienced ovulation pain/bleeding, see this; If you at all concerned, you should speak to your Doctor for peace of mind. I wish you all the best. - (Jul 28, 2016)
    2. Gina: On my ovulation day I know I was ovulating. I had very distinct pains that had to be ovulation. I've had early pregnancy symptoms since then that are very noticeable. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  15. Tsietsi Jul 29, 2016
    Even if I had it only once during my fertile days?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Do you mean even if you have sex once during your fertile window? If so, yes. See your Fertile Window to see your odds for each of the days. - (Jul 29, 2016)
  16. Tsietsi Jul 30, 2016
    Ok thanks. I was intimate on July 24 and 30. I took a preg test and it says negative. Is it too early to test or?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): It's best to wait two weeks after ovulation. - (Jul 31, 2016)
  17. Hawee Jul 31, 2016
    I have 29-30 cycle days and 5days of a regular period. I had sex on on the day I finished my period and the day after, and then I covered (I had sex) all through my fertile window (24 of July to 29th). I am sure I ovulated already but I'm having pain in my abdomen and my waist......I don't want give myself or my partner any false hope this month, like in previous months, but I don't know what to do
    1. Christina (OC Team): Light abdominal cramping could be a sign of implantation. Take a look at this article to learn more about implantation signs. - (Jul 31, 2016)
  18. Peace Aug 02, 2016
    Please, I want to know how the cervix feels when one is in the early stages of pregnancy. Is it FLCD or SHOW? How does the CM look?
    1. Christina (OC Team): The cervix is high, soft and closed in early pregnancy. You'll find information about cervical mucus during this time here (2nd to last paragraph): - (Aug 02, 2016)
  19. Jawauna Aug 02, 2016
    I am experiencing a lot of symptoms of early pregnancy. My calendar says I'm 5 days late on my period. I took a test this morning and its says negative. Is there any chance I'm pregnant and should just wait to do another pregnancy test ?
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you're late and experiencing pregnancy symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting a blood test. They are more sensitive than the at-home urine tests and can detect HCG with lower levels. - (Aug 02, 2016)
  20. Curious Aug 03, 2016
    I took the quiz.
  21. Curious Aug 03, 2016
    I took the quiz
  22. Gillian Aug 04, 2016
    Hi, I took a pregnancy test on the 4th of August. My period was due on the 3rd of August, and it was still negative. I'm not experiencing any pregnancy symptoms. Should I wait and do another test or see a doctor? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest testing again in about two days. Good luck! - (Aug 04, 2016)
  23. Gillian Aug 04, 2016
    Thank you. I will do that.
  24. Gloria Aug 04, 2016
    My ovulation is supposed to finish today and I have not seen any signs, but am having serious pain in the lower part of my waist and back.
  25. Love Aug 05, 2016
    My last menstruation was on the 18th of July. Then I had sex on the 31st.
    1. Esse: My last period was the on the 13th of July. I had sex on the 26th and 27th of July, but I am still not pregnant. Did I have sex on the wrong date? - (Aug 07, 2016)
  26. Esse Aug 07, 2016
    I have been finding it difficult to get pregnant even when I am having sex during my ovulation. I still don't get pregnant.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It is normal to take a few cycles to conceive. You may find this article helpful. It explains what happens to fertility with age and how long it can take to conceive for a healthy, fertile couple in various age groups. - (Aug 08, 2016)
    2. Ladonna: The last time I had a normal cycle was in mid August. I spotted in September for almost a full two days before my expected period. I have taken an hcg test and it was negative, although, I have been experiencing headaches, fatigue, been light headed and having mood swings along with breast tenderness. What do you think I should do? - (Oct 05, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): You can see your doctor for a more sensitive test. Good luck! - (Oct 05, 2016)
  27. Precious Aug 09, 2016
    I had my period on the 14th of July. I can't remember when I had sex, but I started having stomach cramps for 4-5 days and I am stil having stomach cramps. My period is on 10-14. Am I pregnant or should I see the doctor?
    1. Christina (OC Team): If your period is due tomorrow, I'd suggest waiting to see if it comes (unless the cramps are unusually severe... then you should see your doctor). Cramping could be an early sign of pregnancy, but it could also mean your period is on its way. Good luck! - (Aug 09, 2016)
  28. MARY Aug 10, 2016
    I had my period on the 20th of July. Can I take a pregnancy test today?
    1. Christina (OC Team): We suggest testing two weeks after the day you ovulate. - (Aug 10, 2016)
  29. Brettanni Aug 11, 2016
    Hello, I haven't really experienced any of the pregnancy symptoms. My last ovulation was 2 weeks ago. I have tested and came back negative. I'm only two days past when I normally get my menstrual cycle. I've been having some cramping but no spotting or bleeding yet. My partner and I have been trying for about 7 months now and no luck. Could my menstrual cycle just be late? Or could there be something else occuring?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be a late period or pregnancy. I'd suggest waiting a few days and testing again if AF doesn't come. - (Aug 11, 2016)
    2. Brettanni: Thank you :) - (Aug 11, 2016)
  30. Jacqueline Aug 11, 2016
    Ovulation calculator alerted me to take a pregnancy test on the 10th. I did and it was negative. Is it too early for a positive? OD was July 27th. My projected period was August 11th, but no period. Also, I wanted to add that I don't feel the symptoms of my period coming or any earlys signs of pregnancy symptoms either. Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): OC suggests testing 2 weeks after your ovulation date. At this point, most will see a positive if they are pregnant, but there is still a chance that you will get a positive result later. Wait a few days and test again if your period doesn't arrive. - (Aug 11, 2016)
  31. Gillian Aug 12, 2016
    My period was due on the 3rd of August. Tested on the 10th of August, and got a big fat negetive. On the 11th of August, I went to the bathroom and wiped a little blood, but my panty liner is still dry. Don't know if period is just late. The only sign is back pain and bloated stomach. Every time I go to the bathroom, I wipe brownish stuff. Don't know what's going on anymore.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you're sure your period is a week late and think you might be pregnant, consult your doctor for a more sensitive test. - (Aug 12, 2016)
  32. Faith Aug 16, 2016
    2 DPO and my nipple hurts. I took clomid cd 5 to cd7. I have a 31-day cycle. TTC for 1 year.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Good luck! - (Aug 17, 2016)
  33. Joxy Aug 17, 2016
    Hello, I have been trying to conceive during ovulation, but it's not working. The funniest thing is that I don't really know the exact day I ovulate. No signs like my nornal menstruation gives me. I have been using an ovulation calendar to predict when am ovulating. The lenght of my menstruation has been 5 days, but it was 3 days for the last 2 months. I have taken a pregnancy test but it came out negative.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi Joxy, Knowing when you ovulate and having sex during that time can really boost your chances of conception. I'd suggest charting BBT and checking cervical mucus and position. More on that here and here - (Aug 17, 2016)
  34. Sharon Aug 17, 2016
    I have had off and on cramping since 5 dpo and lower back pain (like burning sensation). Bloated and my breasts are sore. I feel tender around my sides by my rib cage. I am so full I had to wear a bigger bra today. Got dizzy on 7dpo. Now I'm at 9 dpo and AF is due on the 23rd. My cervix is high and soft like lips. Is this good indicator of conception?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some of these sound like they could be early signs of pregnancy. Only a test can confirm. Good luck! - (Aug 17, 2016)
  35. Sharon Aug 17, 2016
    Thank you. I test in 4 days :)
  36. Lil Aug 18, 2016
    I normally have a cycle of 31 days, but by July my cycle turned to 37days. So this August, on my 35th day, I started experiencing bleeding. The first day, I couldn't even fill a pad. The next day and today I was spotting. Could I be pregnant? Because I ovulated for seven days and I made sure I had sex to boost my chances.
    1. Christina (OC Team): As long as you are fertile and had sex in your fertile window, there is a chance you could be pregnant this cycle. Have a look at this article about implantation bleeding to see if this may be what you're experiencing. - (Aug 18, 2016)
  37. Dorcas Aug 19, 2016
    My ovulation period was today. I and my partner had intercourse today and 2 days before my ovulation. When should I take a pregnancy test
    1. Christina (OC Team): You can test two weeks after your ovulation date. Good luck! - (Aug 19, 2016)
  38. Dorcas Aug 19, 2016
  39. Amanda Aug 20, 2016
    My husband and I had sex on the 17th of this month not realizing that my ovulation day was on the 18th. It's now the 20th and I'm having painful cramping and just noticed some spotting when I used the restroom. Could this be implantation? My period is not due for 12 days according to my period tracker.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Are you sure you ovulated on the 18th and not the 20th? Ovulation can cause cramping and spotting. Implantation can also cause these symptoms, but it typically occurs a week or less before your period. More on that here: - (Aug 20, 2016)
  40. Cecy Aug 20, 2016
    When should I test for pregnancy? I have my period on the 1st of August and I had sex every day until the 18th of August.
    1. Christina (OC Team): You can test two weeks after your ovulation day. Good luck! - (Aug 20, 2016)
  41. Cecy Aug 21, 2016
    Hi guys, Please can you help me predict my ovulation? I start my period on the 1st of August. When did I ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Log your data into your account here and you'll see a predicted fertile window. From here, you can track ovulation in other ways, log data and your prediction should update and become more accurate. Good luck! - (Aug 21, 2016)
  42. Angela Aug 21, 2016
    I haven't had my period in a long time. I had implantion bleeding, or whatever it's called, a month and a half ago and haven't had a true period in over four months. I'm gaining weight and my breasts are killing me. I took the test and it said I had 5 symptoms. I need to take a test. Still so not sure if I can possibly be pregnant. I've had very little nausea.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you experienced implantation bleeding 6+ weeks ago and you are pregnant, you should see a positive result on a pregnancy test. If you don't, you may want to consult with your doctor for a more sensitive test or to see if there's another reason for your missed periods. Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
  43. Naomi Aug 21, 2016
    My period last month was on the 21st, and I was surprised to see my period this month on the 13th for 3 days. It came with just little stomach pain and was very light in flow and dark in color. The blood was not much like my normal period.
    Please, what's the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have a look at this article to learn more about implantation bleeding And if you think you may be pregnant, take a test. Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
  44. Shwetha Aug 22, 2016
    Is a toothache a symptom of pregnancy? I have read this in some blogs. I am 2 days late for my period. No pregnancy symptoms except toothache. From the past three days.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If your period is late, try taking a pregnancy test. This is the only reliable way to determine whether you are pregnant. Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
  45. Ruth Aug 22, 2016
    My period is due tomorrow. I have been really moody this past week and had a bit of pain, but nothing like I normally have. I did a test today and I got a very very faint line. Is it a high chance of pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): There is definitely a chance of pregnancy if you had sex in your fertile window. Test again in a few das if AF doesn't arrive. Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
  46. Ruth Aug 22, 2016
    Thank you. Normally by this time of night, my cramps come thick and fast, but they aren't. I'm usually as regular as clock work, so fingers crossed.
  47. Ann Aug 22, 2016
    Thank you for this info. I think I learned something new today.
  48. Gee Aug 24, 2016
    I had light brown blood yesterday, a day after my supposed period, today the blood is red and much than yesterday. I didn't have any of my period signs, but I had an usual pain at the left side of my lower belly a few days back. Pregnancy test is negative. What should I do?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Could this be your period? If the bleeding stops, I'd suggest testing again in a few days. Good luck! - (Aug 24, 2016)
  49. Riirii Aug 25, 2016
    I am 11 DPO. I feel some pregnancy symptoms, like bloating, fullness of the breasts, headaches, cramps at the right end of my rib-cage, but I have done 3 pregnancy tests, even blood work, but they all came out negative.

    Am confused and worried. What do you advise?

    1. Christina (OC Team): Blood tests are more sensitive than urine, but it is still early in your cycle. I would suggest waiting until 14DPO and testing again. If you are still experiencing symptoms and do not yet have a period, talk to your doctor about the potential cause. - (Aug 25, 2016)
    2. Riirii: Thank you. - (Aug 25, 2016)
  50. Yemiprecious Aug 25, 2016
    I am 42, and have been TTC for a year. I just came across this calendar this cycle. My lmp was August 4, and I followed the calendar in timing sex to optimize my chance, but I noticed have having slight breast pain right after ovulation up till today. Even though the pain is reduced, I doubt if luck will be on my side this cycle. My expected period is on August 31st.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Good luck to you! - (Aug 25, 2016)
  51. Marisol Aug 26, 2016
    I had sexual intercourse in my fertile window. I had brown discharge seven days after. I missed my period and I'm late 22 days. I have taken several pregnancy tests that were all negative. Am I pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): You can see your doctor for a more sensitive pregnancy test. Good luck! - (Aug 26, 2016)
  52. Sophie Aug 26, 2016
    Hello, I have been married for four months now, and I have been having sex on my fertile days, but have not conceived yet. I still get my period. Is it normal not to be pregnant after having sex on your fertile days?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It is normal to take a few cycles to conceive. Keep tracking ovulation and having sex in your fertile window. Good luck! - (Aug 26, 2016)
  53. Dorcas Aug 27, 2016
    Hi Sarah, My ovulation was on the 19th of August, and I had sex 2 days before and on that day. I am presently having a white discharge since yesterday, and that is 7 days after my ovulation. What could be happening to me?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some women notice white or clear CM after implantation. Have a look at this article to learn about more symptoms You'll be able to test on the 2nd. Good luck! - (Aug 27, 2016)
  54. Ruth Aug 27, 2016
    I had sex during
  55. Ruth Aug 27, 2016
    I had sex during my fertile days between the 13 and 17th of this month. Today I saw a brownish spotting on my pants.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have a look at this article about implantation bleeding Good luck! - (Aug 27, 2016)
  56. Linda Aug 28, 2016
    Hi dear,

    I have an 11month old baby, and I have a 28 or 29 day cycle. My period lasts for 4 to 5 days. I had my period from August 3rd to the 4th. I followed your ovulation calculator that predicted my fertile window from the 11th of August to the 16th of August (the ovulation day). I had intercourse on the 12th in the morning, and on the 12th,15th and 16th of August. But days after my ovulation, on the 20th of August, I noticed a white discharge. During that time and somtimes now, I feel dull pains in my left and sometimes right side. What does this mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some women notice CM after implantation, but it could also have been ovulation. Our calculator will give you a prediction, but the only way to know for sure is to track signs. Have a look at this article for information on charting BBT Good luck! - (Aug 28, 2016)
  57. Ruth Aug 28, 2016
    Usually, my period starts the 2nd. I'm not expecting it this month because I think I should be pregnant, but since yesterday (27th), I have had stains on my pants. What could be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be the start of your period, implantation or something else entirely. Have a look at this article about implantation. Good luck! - (Aug 28, 2016)
  58. Jessica Aug 30, 2016
    Hey, I have a question. So i didnt get my period for 2 months (June, July). In August, I had some pinkish spotting. It was only when I wiped and it was on and off. I don't know if this implation bleeding. I've been having some cramps.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like this could be a possibility. Have a look at this article and take the quiz - (Aug 30, 2016)
  59. Lil Aug 30, 2016
    Please, how much are ovulation monitoring kits?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Ovulation kits vary in price based on brand, but you should be able to find one at your local pharmacy. - (Aug 30, 2016)
  60. Odunze Sep 01, 2016
    My last period was on the 28th of August. I have a 26-day monthly cycle. When is my ovulation day and my fertile window?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Log your cycle dates into your account here to get a prediction. Good luck! - (Sep 01, 2016)
  61. Danielle Sep 01, 2016
    I have a question. Two months ago, my period was a week late. I tested and got faint positives but after a long time it appeared much darker. I'm aware of evaporation lines, so I thought maybe it was just a off month, especially being I got it after all. Well, the following month, my period came on the 13th and my previous period was on the 23, so it was about 23 days apart. It wasn't too heavy and my periods are always 2 days, but this was very light and I spotted for about 3 days. A week later on the 23, when I was suppose to get my period, I noticed a light pink on the toilet paper (sorry if it's tmi). I put a panty liner on and there was not one drop of blood only light pink for a few hours after I would wipe. Now it's the 1st and I've been having terrible headaches. I've been extremely nauseous, and tired more than usual. I'm very moody and I've been having cramps in my lower abdomen, sharp pains in my stomach and breast... and most recently, in my thighs... what could this mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's difficult to say. Have you taken a test? - (Sep 01, 2016)
    2. Danielle: I took one 4 days ago, and it appeared that a second line was showing up. Then it disappeared and I thought maybe I'm crazy. So inspired 5 min and took it apart and it's a very faint blue line. A while after, it looked darker but haven't taken another test since. What makes me wonder more is how my period was a week earlier and I spotted a week later. And I've also noticed that I haven't had discharge for a few days, which is different. - (Sep 01, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest waiting a few days and testing again. If you still think you may be pregnant, you can see your doctor for a more sensitive test. Good luck! - (Sep 01, 2016)
  62. Ifeoluwa Sep 02, 2016
    A week after ovulation, I felt breast pain. To my surprise, on the 31st of last month, I had my menstruation and it stopped on 1st of this month. The breast pain stopped I was wondering if I should run a urine test strip now or not.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If it was a light period that only lasted 1-2 days, implantation is a possibility. Have a look at this article for more info - (Sep 02, 2016)
  63. Becca Sep 02, 2016
    Hi, I had unprotected intercourse at the beginning of my fertile window (according to your site calculator) and not even three days later, I'm experiencing very sore and full feeling breasts. It's been about 7 days now and the soreness hasn't let up. I have experienced some soreness before I start my period every month but it's way to early. Could this possibly be a symptom of pregnancy for me? Thanks!
    1. Christina (OC Team): Early pregnancy symptoms are often similar to menstruation symptoms, so it's possible. Good luck!! - (Sep 02, 2016)
  64. Karen Sep 04, 2016
    I would like to know if there is a possibility of pregnancy. My cycles are regular at 25 days. Right now, AF was meant to come on the 3rd of Sep and today is the 5th of Sep. A fews days after my calculated ovulation, I had dull cramps for over a week. Then 3 days before AF was to come, I felt fine. Then yesterday and today, I have a backache that comes and goes. I am afraid to test as I don't want to be disappointed.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It can be scary to test, but it's the only way to know for sure. Good luck! - (Sep 05, 2016)
  65. Karen Sep 06, 2016
    So ladies, I took a shot and had 2 lines, but the other one was faint. I hope it's still a positive sign.
  66. Jo Sep 07, 2016
    Hi ladies, little help please, this would be my 3rd pregnancy (if pregnant). I had my period on the 19th of Aug for 6 days. I had intercourse the 26th and 27th of Aug. I felt nausea 2 days after and I'm still feeling it. I'm more tired than normal, and I've also had 2 days of very light bleeding (brown/pink in color nothing enough to mess on a pad). I'm now 2 weeks away from my period, and I've done 2 tests that were both negative. Am I testing too early and can I be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): If your period is two weeks away, it is early for a test. Test again on the day of your missed period. Good luck! - (Sep 07, 2016)
  67. Dorine Sep 07, 2016
    I am two weeks past my period, but I started spotting two days ago. I get hungry with the smell of food and I'm easily tired. I have been using the loo a lot for the past week. What could be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have you taken a pregnancy test? - (Sep 07, 2016)
  68. Dorine Sep 07, 2016
    Not yet... scared of seeing negative
  69. Rubby Sep 09, 2016
    I had my last period on August 9th. Until now, I have not had it again, and I am not having any of the pregnancy signs apart from using the toilet all the time. Could I be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like pregnancy is a possibility. Have you taken a test? - (Sep 09, 2016)
    2. Rubby: I can't stand negative results. That is why haven't done a test. - (Sep 09, 2016)
  70. YOMA Sep 11, 2016
    I had what seemed like implantation bleeding (dark brown spotting, very light) a week before my period. It lasted for 5days. It was accompanied by light cramps, sore breasts and fatigue, but my period still came when expected. This time, it was light and didn't last long. The sick feeling continued with food aversions. I still feel very fatigued, although my breasts don't feel sore anymore. I am confused. Please, I would appreciate a response.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Implantation bleeding typically only lasts 1-2 days, so you may have just had a light period. Have a look at this article for more info on implantation signs. - (Sep 11, 2016)
  71. Miranda Sep 12, 2016
    I had unprotected sex on August 20th. On the 21st, I started my period and it was heavy. The following day, it turned brownish and started to slow down. On the 23rd, it was a very light pink and stopped bleeding. Then a week later, I experienced some cramping, had horrible headaches and I started to feel sick to my stomach. I've been tired more often. But I took a test two weeks ago and tested negative. Then the symptoms went away and I started to experience a yeast infection. Then that went away and I still don't feel right. I tested today again and it came back negative, but no period yet. What could this be...?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could simply have been a light period or off cycle, but you can talk to your doctor about a more sensitive pregnancy test if you think you may be pregnant. - (Sep 12, 2016)
    2. Miranda: Every other cycle has been normal. This was the only month that was off.... - (Sep 15, 2016)
  72. Wendy Sep 13, 2016
    Hi, I have been using the ovulation calculator for few months now. Last month, I had my normal cycle when due. Then bled for 3 days two weeks later without the other period symptoms. I was due my cycle yesterday. My ovulation calculator told me to do a test, which I did today, and got a negative result. I'm feeling quite naseus and hot? Should I take another test? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest testing again in a few days if AF doesn't show. Good luck! - (Sep 13, 2016)
  73. Wendy Sep 13, 2016
    Ok. Thank you.
  74. Elizabeth Sep 14, 2016
    Hi, I have been following the ovulation calculator throughout my last menstrual cycle (August) and I had sex during my fertile window. Yet I have not seen my period, and today is the 33rd day. I took a self test this morning and it's showing two lines (positive). Am I pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi, If you missed a period and got a positive pregnancy test, you are very likely pregnant. You can confirm with another HPT and a visit to your doctor. Good luck! - (Sep 14, 2016)
  75. Sharyl Sep 14, 2016
    Hello, I've been having cramps for a few days now and am also nauseous.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have you taken a pregnancy test? - (Sep 14, 2016)
    2. Sharyl: No, I haven't because I know my period should be coming on the 18th, so I was gonna wait until then. - (Sep 14, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Ok, well good luck! - (Sep 14, 2016)
  76. Katie Sep 14, 2016
    Okay, so I have been very emotional lately and after I eat certain foods, I get nauseous but nothing comes out. Also, I'm getting tired after I eat or walk up a flight of stairs. I've been feeling annoyed and irritated easily by things I don't normally do and sometimes my breasts hurt, but it doesn't happen often. Could it possibly mean I might be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Symptoms alone aren't enough to diagnose pregnancy, unfortunately. If you think something is different, and you had sex within your fertile window, you may be right. But only a test can confirm. Good luck! - (Sep 14, 2016)
    2. AAja: I took a test today and it was negative. My period is never late. IDK, I don't want to get my hopes up for pregnancy and it not be so. - (Sep 17, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): You can wait a few days and test again. I understand it can be emotionally difficult. Good luck to you! - (Sep 18, 2016)
  77. Aja Sep 17, 2016
    Hi , so I got a full period on the 8th of Sept and another one on the 22nd of Sept. My app says to expect my period on the 16. It's now the 17th and I don't have it yet. I took a test and it came out negative, but I am also experienceing lower abdominal cramps. Any thoughts?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Did you mean the 8th and 22nd of August? It's only the 17th of September now. How long are your cycles typically? - (Sep 17, 2016)
    2. Aja: Yes, I'm sorry I did mean august, and my cycles are 25 days - (Sep 17, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): It would make sense to expect your period on the 16th. It could be another irregular cycle, missed period or pregnancy. I'd suggest testing again in a few days if AF doesn't show. - (Sep 17, 2016)
  78. Haley Sep 18, 2016
    I had protected sex on the 1st. On the 16th, I saw a little blood with my vaginal discharge after using the bathroom and never saw any more since then. I also experienced cramps yesterday and am currently experiencing pains in my lower left back. I'm not due for my period till 21st/22nd. Should I be worried?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be early period cramps or you could have experienced implantation bleeding. Only a test will tell for sure. I'd suggest testing on the 22nd if your period doesn't show. - (Sep 18, 2016)
    2. Haley: I'm a little worried. I'm not having breast tenderness, but I've got acne and I'm feeling bloated, and craving cakes. - (Sep 18, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): It's almost time to test. Good luck! - (Sep 19, 2016)
  79. Sarah Sep 19, 2016
    Today I am 6dpo. I would have ovulated on 9/13. I have a 31 day cycle. My last period started 8/26. I had intercourse on 9/8.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Enter this information into the "me" section of the website, which you should find on your homepage, and you'll get a prediction of your fertile window. - (Sep 19, 2016)
  80. Shwetha Sep 21, 2016
    Hi, I am feeling sleepy all the time. 6Dpo today. I have fatigue sometimes. I had sex on my fertile days... I am pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Only a test can confirm pregnancy. The good news is that you'll be able to test in about a week. Good luck! - (Sep 21, 2016)
    2. Shwetha: I am feeling cramping at the left side of my lower abdomen. - (Sep 21, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): We're getting closer to your test day... good luck! - (Sep 21, 2016)
  81. Gloase Sep 22, 2016
    I had sex 2 days leading to my ovulation date, which was on the 11th. On the 11th, I experienced a mild pain on the left side of my lower abdomen. Then on the 16th, I experienced cramping and when I went to the use the toilet, I noticed some red spots on the tissue when I wipe and there's a bit of blood in the toilet as I was about to flush. Could this have been implantation bleeding?
    1. Christina (OC Team): The mild pain on the 11th was likely a symptom of ovulation and the cramping and bleeding could have been a sign of implantation. Have a look at this article - (Sep 22, 2016)
    2. Gloase: Thank you, Christina. This app has been most helpful. - (Sep 22, 2016)
  82. Eam Sep 22, 2016
    Is it possible not to have spotting?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes, not everyone notices spotting with implantation. - (Sep 23, 2016)
  83. Shwetha Sep 23, 2016
    Had intercourse on my fertile days. I'm 8 dpo today. I'm feeling more sleepy throughout the day. The past 3 days, I've had gas, but no indigestion. I'm feeling more hungry, tired and sometimes cramping in my lower abdomen. On 6Dpo, I had severe cramping at the left side of my lower abdomen. Are these pregnancy symptoms? Am I pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Sounds promising, but only a test can answer that question. Good luck! - (Sep 23, 2016)
  84. Llindaafies Sep 24, 2016
    I've been spotting for more than a week now. Pregnancy test came out positive and I was placed on bed rest since Monday. But I'm still spotting and I'm very scared as I dont wanna have another miscarriage. I went thru one 3 months ago. Please kindly advise as I don't know what to do
    1. Christina (OC Team): Spotting in early pregnancy doesn't always indicate a problem, but you should definitely talk to your doctor. - (Sep 24, 2016)
    2. Lindaafies: Thanks for your reply. I'm still on bed rest in the hospital for close monitoring. Scheduled for a scan by Monday. - (Sep 27, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Sounds like you're in good hands. Wishing you all the best. - (Sep 27, 2016)
  85. Hannah Sep 24, 2016
    I went to pick something out from the freezer today and my stomach was really pressed to the edge of the freezer because it was a tall one. Later, I saw a small lump of blood in my panties and there has been very light flow of blood since then. My menses is to start on the 25th. Is there more to this?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be an early period or something else. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Sep 24, 2016)
  86. Damiya Sep 26, 2016
    Hey, well my period is 8 days late, but I've had slight cramping, very light bleeding and tender breasts. My sleep pattern has changed. I can no longer sleep during the night and find myself up all night eating pasta and sleeping all day. I don't have morning sickness, but I did recently get my very first ear infection. I'm scared to take a pregnancy test, but could I possibly be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you had sex within your fertile window, it's possible. Good luck! - (Sep 26, 2016)
  87. Rossy Sep 27, 2016
    I ovulated on the 19th of September. Ever since, the only symptom I get is that my breasts feel full and painful, but can't feel any pain on my nipple. Am I likely to be pregnanat because my period is just 5 days away.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you had sex in your fertile window, there's a chance. Good luck!! - (Sep 27, 2016)
  88. Lisa Sep 27, 2016
    AF should be here Saturday the first, but I'm supposed to test that same day. We had sex on all fertile days. I have had a couple dizzy spells. I get up at night to pee, and waves of nausea/dry heaving, but having some cramping too. Not sure and the waiting to test is rough!
    1. Christina (OC Team): The waiting to test is so rough! Hang in there, and good luck to you! - (Sep 27, 2016)
  89. Shwetha Sep 28, 2016
    11dpo for day. Feeling sleepy. What ever I ate... I vomited. I have slight cramping in the lower abdomen sometimes with nausea and headaches. I have no interest in working. I'm confused.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling under the weather. These could be symptoms of early pregnancy or something else. You can test in two days. Good luck!! - (Sep 28, 2016)
  90. CW Sep 29, 2016
    Hi there! I had my tubes tied (using clips) after my third child exactly 4 years ago. This was due to a very risky pregnancy wherein my dr actually told me he would refuse to deliver me if I got pregnant again because of the risks. It was done during the c-section I was also on birth control for years after the tubal due to menstrual migraines. I went off of the birth control in early August. My only chartable cycle since then was a 35 day cycle (not abnormal for me--when I was not on birth control I had a 32 day cycle). My last cycle started on Sept 3rd. Hubby and I were "together" on sept 17th. Today (Sept 29) I had a very light pinkish brown discharge when going to the bathroom (only once so far). Wondering if there is a chance I could be pregnant regardless of the tubal? I know ectopic is also a possibility so that has me concerned to wait another week or longer until my cycle could start. Any advice would be appreciated. I took the quiz on this site and got a score of 5.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Pregnancy after tubal is uncommon, but it is possible. Talk to your doctor right away if you think you may be pregnant. - (Sep 29, 2016)
  91. Maryam Sep 29, 2016
    Hello. Yesterday, the 28th of September, I noticed brownish CM. I quickly put on a pad thinking it was my period. But my period is supposed to come on the 3rd of Oct. And I've also had cramps and my breasts hurt. Feeling a bit sick, mostly at night, and at times when I eat, I feel like vomiting. Took a home pregnancy test and it came out negative. But when I read about the signs, it seems like implantation signs. Please, what do I do now? I am worried.
    1. Christina (OC Team): The spotting could be a sign of implantation. You should be able to test soon. Good luck! - (Sep 29, 2016)
  92. Mas Sep 30, 2016
    HI, Sept 26th, was my LH surge. I didn't have sex on that day, I had sex before and after that day. Could I still get pregnant? Please help.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes, the day before your surge would have been within your fertile window. The day after the surge may have been as well. Good luck! - (Oct 01, 2016)
  93. Rossy Oct 01, 2016
    Hi, I felt so bad that my period started after BBT for some time now. For three months now, my period has been regular. My period started on October 1, 2016. When am I ovulating? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Log your cycle details into your account here and you'll get a prediction. Good luck! - (Oct 01, 2016)
  94. Mas Oct 01, 2016
    Thanks for replying.
  95. Stella Oct 04, 2016
    I missed my period in September, so I had a pregnancy test that resulted in a positive. But yesterday, 3rd of October, I started having menstrual signs. Today, 4th of October, I am seeing my period. Is every thing alright with me?
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you are pregnant and experiencing bleeding, see your doctor. - (Oct 04, 2016)
  96. Margaret Oct 05, 2016
    So you mentioned nausea, but I've been experiencing something quite odd.
    I work in bbq. I started last week. But on my 4th day, the smell began making me sick (and I love bbq). I swear I smell pork everywhere and its making me so sick. I was supposed to be due for my period on the 3rd of August. It's the 5th and I'm not even cramping. But last month I bled twice (I dunno if it was a period or implantation) but if it was a period, when would I even be due for the next one? Count from the first one or the second one? Its all so confusing! Very tender breasts. Going between sleeping all day or not at all. Very odd.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have you tried taking a test? - (Oct 05, 2016)
  97. Sarah Oct 06, 2016
    Today I thought I would be due for my period, but last night, I had bright red spotting. Not a lot. That's usually a sign to tell me my period is coming the next day, but i have had nothing since then. I do feel the odd cramp and am really tired, but i took a test this afternoon and it come up a negative. I did a clear blue. Can anyone help me?
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest waiting a few days and testing again. Good luck! - (Oct 06, 2016)
  98. Lacey Oct 06, 2016
    Hi. I had my period on the 1st of August. It lasted for 8 days. On the 10th to 12th of September, I had sex and my period came out on that same day. It lasted for 8 days and spotted for 4 days like the last days of period. I was still trying to know my ovulation day, and just 4days ago, I started spotting. I don't know if it is period, ovulation but I took the implantation quiz and it says it's implantation bleeding. Please, I am really confused now. I need help
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like the timing may be more on target for implantation, but it's difficult to say. If AF doesn't come on time, test. Good luck! - (Oct 06, 2016)
  99. Adrienne Oct 07, 2016
    Hi. I had my period from 9/22-9/29 and had unprotected sex on 9/30-10/2. I believe I was fertile on 9/28-10/5 and possibly ovulating 10/3 or 10/4. Today I woke up with a headache and feeling nauseous and my mouth is watery. Can I be pregnant and how early will I get signs of pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It is a bit early to be experiencing those kind of pregnancy symptoms, but that doesn't mean you aren't pregnant. Good luck! - (Oct 09, 2016)
  100. Jamie Oct 14, 2016
    Hey, I need some help. So I'm 21 years old. I am sexually active. My periods are very abnormal. I usually get them twice a month and they can last for 7-8 days each. I recently had sex a week before my period. One day before my period, I got brwn discharge with blood. The 2nd day lasted for two days then my period came, but the last day of my period, I got light brwn discharge that lasted a day. What could this be? Anyone, please help! I'm very worried.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could just be an irregular cycle, but if you think you may be pregnant, you can take a test. - (Oct 14, 2016)
  101. Mariyatu Oct 15, 2016
    Very helpful. I'm having cramps, backache and losing appetite. Can I be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): These sound like promising symptoms, but you'll need a test to confirm. Good luck! - (Oct 17, 2016)
  102. Jean Oct 16, 2016
    Hi, I'm just coming to the second day after my period due date. I took two tests and they where both negative. Feeling very emotional and frustrated. My breasts aren't sore, but they are tingling and the back of my calves are sore. Apart from that, I have no other possible symptoms. I'm scared that I've started menopause. Has anyone had negative tests and then got a positive? If so, how long did you wait to retest?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could just be a missed or late period, but it's still possible that you are pregnant. Wait a few days and test again. Good luck! - (Oct 17, 2016)
  103. Rayleen Oct 19, 2016
    Hi, so I had unprotected sex on September 17th and was supposed to get my period on September 22, but it never came. I took several tests after my missed period. Both blood and urine tests were negative and no symptoms. I'm supposed to get my next period on October 22nd and started spotting a few days before. Could this be a sign of pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Spotting before your period could be a sign of implantation or that your period is coming. If you had sex in your fertile window during this cycle, pregnancy is possible and you can test after your missed period. Good luck! - (Oct 19, 2016)
    2. Rayleen: I did not have sex in my fertile window, could I still be pregnant? I missed my period on September 22 and took several test weeks after and got negative results. Could the tests have been wrong? I'm currently spotting right now. I'm supposed to get my period in 3 days. Could it be my period? - (Oct 19, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): If you didn't have sex in your fertile window, the spotting is much more likely to be a sign of your period coming. - (Oct 19, 2016)
    4. Rayleen: So, is spotting a normal sign that a period is coming? - (Oct 19, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): Some women experience a light start to their period. If you're concerned that it may be something else, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 20, 2016)
  104. MMary Oct 19, 2016
    If you've done an at home insemination the day before and the day of ovulation, is there a big chance of becoming pregnant? Will you experience cramping after your ovulation day?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Your chances are good, but please understand that many things can impact fertility and there are no guarantees. It takes a heathy fertile couple a few cycles of trying in order to conceive. - (Oct 19, 2016)
  105. Sophia Oct 20, 2016
    I'm 18dpo and 4days late. I took a pregnancy test when I was 16dpo and 2days late with second pee of the day. It came up negative. I haven't tested again. I'm waiting for 20dpo and 8days to be late, then I'll test again. I don't have any symptoms other than my boobs are tingling and mild cramping on and off, my belly button tingles from time to time for the past two days. What are your thoughts? Late period or pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like it may be a late or missed period, but pregnancy is still a possibility. Try to test with first morning urine. Good luck! - (Oct 21, 2016)
    2. Sophia: I forgot to mention that my temp is still elevated at 98 and my c.f. is creamy like lotion with a yellowish tint - (Oct 21, 2016)
  106. Rossy Oct 21, 2016
    Hi, I ovulated on the 12, according to the OC. for the past 5 days now, I felt pain on both of my nipples. Is this a sign of pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Breast tenderness can be an early sign of pregnancy, but you'll need to test to determine whether or not you are pregnant. Good luck! - (Oct 21, 2016)
  107. Janet Oct 21, 2016
    Hi all, I came off the pill 3 months ago, and my last period was on the 18 th of sept. I had some spotting for 2 days straight after ovulating.
  108. Shannon Oct 23, 2016
    Hi, a few days ago, I had light brown spotting on and off for two days. I had very llight cramps to the point that I almost didn't recognize them. I've been really tired the last couple of days, and I feel slightly nauseous. When I eat, I feel as if I lose my appetite a little bit. My period was a about a week/2 weeks late. Also I didn't take a test, but I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday. Any idea what this may be?

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