by Pregnancy.org Staff
This is it! It's bound to be positive this time! Pregnancy symptoms are showing up, your period hasn't arrived yet, and you're convinced you're with bump! You take another test and...it gives you a negative result. You're left feeling frustrated and wondering why.
If all these symptoms point towards pregnancy, how are you not pregnant? Feel like you're going crazy? Good news is you haven't lost your mind. A pregnancy shares symptoms with other conditions including hormonal changes.
You'll want to consider these potential symptoms in disguise:
You could be having a late period. A "late period" is a reliable sign of pregnancy or your body could be playing tricks with you. Hormonal changes, weight loss or gain, low thyroid, diabetes, stress and depression can also delay getting your period.
Your perfect BBT (basal body temperature) chart with its "above cover line" temperatures can indicate many things but pregnancy might not be one of them. You could have a mild virus or need to change the batteries in your thermometer. Sleep interruptions can affect your readings, too.
Spotting could be implantation bleeding. What is that? Your fertilized egg travels to your uterus and "implants" itself in your uterus' lining. Since the uterus lining is rich in blood and nutrients, it discharges blood when the egg implants itself in it. Other causes of "spotting" could include infection, a change in birth control and for some women, ovulation.
Peeing a lot can really raise suspicion (and hope)! However, frequent urination can be caused by the most common daily events like an extra cup of coffee or three slices of watermelon. If those extra bathroom trips are accompanied by burning, you might suspect a urinary tract infection.
Swollen, tender breasts: If pregnancy is not the culprit, premenstrual syndrome might be. While swollen or tender breasts aren't usually a cause for concern, you may want to mention the on-going symptom to your doctor. You want to rule out other possibilities.
Heartburn, also known as "acid reflux" can be a real pain in the neck! Well, your throat. Heartburn's aggravated by overeating, stress, smoking, spicy or fatty foods and even chocolate.
Exhaustion: Let's face it, people are busy these days. Multi-tasking to the max and not getting enough sleep, anemia, under-active thyroid, caffeine overload, food intolerance, depression, anxiety and stress can wear you out! While being able to "sleep on a rock" is a potential pregnancy trait, it can't be considered a "for sure" symptom.
Cravings and hunger might be your body's way of letting you know it needs more of a specific nutrient or has been nudged by the power of suggestion. For instance, your co-worker mentions the most amazing, rocky road ice cream in a waffle bowl. When you get off work, you've developed a sudden craving for chocolate ice cream. You don't have to be pregnant to have these alarms go off!
Nausea: This classic symptom isn't limited to mornings or pregnancy. Besides morning sickness, food poisoning, the flu, medication and even nerves can trigger queasiness and vomiting.
Sleep Depravation: While tossing and turning is an unwelcome downside to pregnancy, it's a weak argument as a symptom. Your lack of sleep can be caused by hormonal changes, temperature, worry, caffeine and alcohol.
Bleeding gums: During your pregnancy, you produce extra blood. This can lead to bleeding gums. If you're not pregnant, you could be suffering from gingivitis or you could be applying a little too much pressure to that toothbrush. Either way you'll want to make an appointment with your dentist.
Metallic taste: Do you feel like you've been sucking pennies in your sleep? Hormone fluctuations during your pregnancy affect smells and tastes. That bitter, metallic taste rivals morning sickness as a symptom. Other reasons your mouth tastes like a doorknob range from dehydration, dental problems to a medication you might be taking.
Bloating: Not being able to button those jeans is an eyebrow-raiser, but spicy foods, over-eating, and certain medications might be to blame instead.
Headaches: We'd experience a population boom if everyone with a headache was pregnant! From hydration to hormones, the cause can be a bigger mystery then the headache itself. Before counting on that throbbing as a "sure sign," consider what else might cause this common symptom.
Pregnancy is as unique as the individual. Many women admitted that they had few or no symptoms the cycle they became pregnant. Others showed every classic sign. What should you do if you're testing negative but feeling positive? We've asked a Pregnancy.org expert.
I usually suggest to my clients (this is hard) that they wait until they have missed a second period. If they still test negative, then we need to run a bunch of tests to figure out what the problem." ~Cynthia Flynn, Pregnancy.org's "Ask the Midwife" Expert
We're here to guide you through the frustrating, trying-to-conceive maze, but that hand-holding stops at your bathroom door. You're on your own peeing on a stick! Good luck on your journey!
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