Possibly Pregnant

QUESTION

My period started last month on the 23rd and ended a week later. My husband and I had unprotected sex two times after that during my fertile period. My period is due soon. About a week ago my tummy was upset and ever since thern I have been gassy and bloated. Yesterday I noticed that my pubic region is pooching out and it is firmer. I have also been sore.

I was wondering if I could be pregnant or is it to early for those symptoms?

ANSWER

It is too early for the symptoms you describe, but of course you may indeed be pregnant! If you missed your next period, a home pregnancy test will be positive by two weeks after a missed period, if not sooner. Good luck!

~Cynthia

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.