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Early Pregnancy Symptoms before Missed Period

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Before missed period, many women have symptoms that make them wonder if they are pregnant. These early signs of pregnancy can be confusing because they are similar to premenstrual symptoms. For example, breast tenderness can be a sign of pregnancy or it can be a normal aspect of the premenstrual state. Increased vaginal discharge can show up before a missed period, but it can also be because of the normal hormonal milieu of the premenstrual period.

In fact, it is difficult to know if you are having symptoms of pregnancy before positive test results show up on a pregnancy test. The HCG levels are so low before a missed period that you often can’t really tell if you are pregnant or not. This is why it is better just to do the pregnancy test rather than rely on early pregnancy symptoms to determine if you are pregnant. It is not unusual to have spotting on or about the time of a missed period, which can only confuse things for you and make you believe you aren’t really pregnant.

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Early Pregnancy Symptoms Quiz

Let’s see how much you know about pregnancy symptoms. Remember that every pregnancy is different and symptoms you have in one pregnancy may be absent in a second pregnancy:

  1. Spotting in pregnancy is an ominous sign. True or false?
  2.  You can often experience nausea and vomiting before your missed period. True or false?
  3.  Cramping is unusual if you are pregnant. True or false?
  4. Groin pain is a serious symptom of pregnancy. True or false?
  5. It is normal to have pregnancy cravings in early pregnancy. True or false?
  6. Breast tenderness usually goes away at the time of the missed period. True or false?
  7. If you have no symptoms, you are likely to have a miscarriage. True or false?
  8. Nausea and vomiting mean you are having a healthy baby. True or false?
  9. Nausea and vomiting are never really serious. True or false?
  10. You may have more symptoms if you are having twins. True or false?

Here Are The Answers To This Quiz:

  1. Spotting in pregnancy is an ominous sign. True or false? This is false. Spotting in pregnancy can be a sign of implantation and may not mean anything ominous at all.
  2. You can often experience nausea and vomiting before your missed period. True or false? This is false. Nausea and vomiting tend not to begin until you have reached the six-week gestation mark.
  3. Cramping is unusual if you are pregnant. True or false? This is false. Cramping before you miss your period is common but can be confusing because it feels the same as if you were going to get your period.
  4. Groin pain is a serious symptom of pregnancy. True or false? This is generally false. Round ligament pain occurs in the groin when you stand up too fast or stretch your round ligament. It can be painful but is not serious.
  5. It is normal to have pregnancy cravings in early pregnancy. True or false? This is true. Cravings can happen at any time during the pregnancy but is especially common in the second and third trimester.
  6. Breast tenderness usually goes away at the time of the missed period. True or false? This is false. In fact, if the breast tenderness persists, and you miss your period, this is a good sign that you might be pregnant.
  7. If you have no symptoms, you are likely to have a miscarriage. True or false? This is false. Some women have no signs or symptoms of pregnancy and yet go on to have healthy babies.
  8. Nausea and vomiting mean you are having a healthy baby. True or false? This may or may not be true. Women who have nausea and vomiting generally have higher hormone levels, which is a good sign that you will not miscarry, but it won’t guarantee a healthy baby.
  9. Nausea and vomiting are never really serious. True or false? This is false. Women can develop dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities with severe symptoms that require IV fluids.
  10. You may have more symptoms if you are having twins. True or false? This may be true. More than one fetus means double the hormones of pregnancy and the likelihood of having a lot of symptoms is higher.

How did you do? While you may have mild or severe symptoms, it is a good idea to stay as healthy as possible throughout the pregnancy.

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