Weird periods: Could I be Pregnant?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I have a son who is three years old now and we have been trying for a second for a year. I have always had the most predictable period; it was always for seven days and always on the 15 of the month. But for the last 4 cycles they have been random and shorter. One month it will be the 14 the next it will be the 21 and only last about 3 days.

Now I really haven't thought about it much until my husband and I recently went home to visit family and I got asked if I was pregnant twice! By my mom and by my aunt. Both of them said it was because my breasts seem swollen! I guess they would notice it more because they don't see me as often, and my nipples have been sore. Some other symptoms are that I have had some cervical mucous that I normally would never notice, but this is thick. Also my hair is falling out as it did after I had my son and! was no longer taking the vitamins. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER

Maybe. Why not take a pregnancy test and find out? :)

-- 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.