Explaining Mock Pregnancy Symptoms

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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Pregnancy symptoms can also vary in their intensity, frequency and duration. The following early signs and symptoms of pregnancy checklist is only a guideline. Also keep in mind that many of the earliest pregnancy symptoms can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.If you are not trying to conceive, you might think it is just your period coming on again, when in reality you may be experiencing very early signs of pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive, you may be frustrated when you think you may be experiencing early symptoms of pregnancy but they are only pre-menstrual symptoms.
While Down syndrome is often diagnosed shortly after birth, it is also increasingly being diagnosed during pregnancy (prenatally) due to abnormal ultrasound (sonogram) findings, an abnormal result on a blood test done mom (maternal serum screening test), or by amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling (CVS) testing. Chorionic villi sampling or CVS is a test done on the placenta between 10 and 12 weeks of pregnancy.