Did You Have Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period?

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Question: Did You Have Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period?

Answer: There are a number of reasons one might experience pregnancy symptoms before a missed period. This is largely due to hormonal shifts in the body before your missed period is noted. As you have heard early pregnancy tests are testing even before a missed period, and this means that the pregnancy hormones are swirling, particularly hCG, even though in very low concentrations.

Women who are very in tune with their bodies or who are very sensitive may be able to notice these slight differences. You may feel pregnancy fatigue or even morning sickness.

You may also find that if someone has an irregular periods that it may be harder to figure out when they are pregnant without the regular cycle signs. Or you may see that someone has breakthrough bleeding in pregnancy and her pregnancy is not as quickly diagnosed either due to irregular bleeding. This may mean she has pregnancy symptoms but misses them for awhile, assuming they are from another cause like illness or stress. Once she figures out that these symptoms may be caused by pregnancy, she may be confused because she has not had a missed period.

See also: Am I Pregnant? Quiz

"I knew my period wasn't due for a few days, but I just felt off," explains Gretchen. "I was tired and moody. I could barely keep my eyes open.

And when I came home and the house stunk like garlic bread, my stomach started churning. I love garlic bread!"

Gretchen suspected that she might be pregnant. She and her partner had been trying for several months, but had not yet gotten pregnant. She normally had only some bloating and mild mood swings as she was expecting her period.

This was different.

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