Think You're Pregnant?
Note: This information is based on an estimated average. There can be variations based on circumstances and a woman's menstrual and gestational cycles.
Menstruation: Most women have a period for an average of seven days a month.
Ovulation: Twelve to fourteen days after the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP), an egg is released from the ovaries and starts making its way through the fallopian tubes to the uterus.
Conception: During ovulation, if sperm travels up into the vagina, through the cervix, into the uterus and meets the egg,- then conception can occur.
Menstruation: Another twelve to fourteen days after ovulation, the next menstrual cycle usually begins, unless conception has occurred.
Egg Implantation: If an egg was fertilized by the sperm and conception occurred, twelve to fourteen days later the egg implants itself in the uterine wall.
This is the first time you might display any noticeable signs of pregnancy.
This is also the earliest time you can check for pregnancy with a home pregnancy test (HPT) or a visit to your OB/GYN.
You may be pregnant if you have had sexual intercourse
and you have symptoms of pregnancy.
Early Signs of Pregnancy May Include:
- A missed period (if your periods are usually regular.)
- A short, light period.
- Breasts that are sore, tender or swollen.
- You feel sick to your stomach, or you are vomiting.
- Fatigue: feeling more tired than usual.
- You need to urinate more often than usual.
- Mood swings.
Signs of pregnancy usually occur about two weeks after conception, although this can vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy.
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NOTE: Opinions and advice provided on this website are based on the personal experience of the author, Stacy Quarty. Ms. Quarty in no way claims to be a professional source of medical, psychological or statistical information.