How Soon Are You Nauseous?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I stopped taking birth control approximately 2 weeks ago. This past weekend my boyfriend and I had sex (maybe 4-6 times over the weekend) each time he ejaculated inside me, with little to no leakage afterward. The last time was Sunday morning. Tuesday evening I started feeling nauseous. I thought nothing of it. but on Wednesday and on Thursday around the same time I once again started to feel nauseous. Today, midday, once again I felt nauseous. Every time the nausea brought on a feeling like a I wanted to vomit. Several times I dry heaved. I am not the type that gets nauseous and feels like they have to vomit. I can't remember the last time (before now) that I had this kind of feeling.

Several people jokingly suggested that I could be pregnant. Might I be? Isn't it too soon for "morning sickness" symptoms or not? How soon can I check? I would really appreciate an email as soon as possible.

Thank you so much.

ANSWER

Yes, it is possible that you are pregnant and that you became so the day you *didn't* take the first pill of your new pill pack, which is why you may already be feeling morning sickness. Or you could have the flu . . . How about a pregnancy test in about two weeks just to check?

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.