Early Periods and Pregnancy Symptoms

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have always had normal periods. I am 21 years old, I have a 4-year-old, and 2-year-old twins.

The month before this one, my period came almost 2 weeks early, and this month it was a week earlier than last month.

Even though an early period may be the last thing most would expect with pregnancy, I feel like I am. Last month my period seemed the same as usual, I bleed for 2-3 days, stop for one and continue again for another 2-3 days. This month I bleed for 2 1/2 days, then skipped a day, and spotted for one more. I have been sick, through the night, into the afternoon, frequent urination, and lower back pain, and headaches off and on.

I know the best thing would be to go to the doctor, but at the moment I have no medical insurance and can't afford a doctors visit. I wanted to buy a hpt, but with the cost of them, my husband says wait until next month, but thats so far away.

What would your opinion be? Do you think I could be pregnant or my hormones are just off?

Thank you for your time.

ANSWER

It could actually be either one or neither. Dehydration could explain many of your symptoms, for instance, as could many medical conditions. Many towns have clinics that give free pregnancy tests; you might check the phone book to see if there are any in your area.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.