Ovulation Symptoms Bloating

Jenny asks…

Is there anyway to tell the difference between menstrual cycle and pregnancy symptoms?

I know that pregnancy symptoms can be very similar to menstrual symptoms but is there anyway to tell the difference between them prior to taking a pregnancy test? For example say a woman has her period for four days then has sex the day after it ends, at first everything seems alright but about a week after sex she starts to bloat like she would if she was starting her period, a few days after that her boobs are very sensitive and she becomes sick but doesn’t actually throw up, she’s also going to the bathroom more frequently and feeling very tired. These could also be period symptoms but could period symptoms start as early as a week since the last period or could it be pregnancy? I know that taking a test is the best way to know but i just wanted to see what people would say.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

They’re not really going to be different until later on. This is why the vast majority of women don’t even consider pregnancy until their period is late, that’s usually the first sign. I didn’t feel actually pregnancy symptoms until I was 2 weeks late on my period. 1 week after sex is too early for pregnancy symptoms so that’s not what’s causing it. Also, having sex 1 day after her period ended would not result in pregnancy either because ovulation isn’t going to happen at that time.

Maria asks…

How likely am I to get a false negative on a HPT?

I am experiencing a lot of pregnancy symptoms such as cramping, bloating, moodiness, tiredness, headaches, discharge, nausea, vomiting, & occasional dizziness. I had an abnormal period in May. I took a pregnancy test yesterday, and it was negative, but I’m still feeling the same things. What could that mean?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The trouble with early pregnancy symptoms is that, they are often quite similar to premenstrual symptoms. However, ‘Kashae’ is right. You could have tested a bit too early. It usually takes 2 weeks after ovulation to get a more accurate result. Wait a week (I know, it could be hard to wait this long if you’re trying to get pregnant), and try again.

Good luck!

Nancy asks…

Is it normal to have pms symptoms from the time of ovulation until my period ends?

I’ve noticed a pattern in the last few months. I get cramps and brest tenderness from the time of ovulation until two days after my period ends. I’ve also been trying to get pregnant.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I’m not sure if its completely normal to have it for so long. I get super bloated 2 days before my period and once I get it, it stops. But for those two days I refuse to eat b/c anything and everything turns to gas somehow.
Some of my friends have terrible cramps, even since High School. They’ve told me stories of not being able to go to school for a week or so b/c of them.
Everyones body PMS’s in different ways and different lengths of time. Usually ( from my own personal experience) the longest I’ve heard of was about 10 days, but they said that it lasted through their period and even some after, just like you. So it’s very possible that it is normal… For you.

Best way is to consult a doctor though.

Susan asks…

What can be responsible for pregnancy symptons on and around ovulation? I have been ttc for over a year now.?

I usually have nausea, tender breast, bloating and food cravings around the time i should be ovulating.
I take my bbt daily and have these symptoms even when i peak. I just want to be sure it is not a sign of a bigger infertility problem like something to do with my body sending wrong signals or something like that.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Progestrone does! After you ovulate your progesterone level rises and that’s what causes the increase in the BBt chart immediately after ovulation and it stays up until it drops before the start of your period. Progesterone makes your breast feel tender, nausea, food cravings and various other ‘pregnancy like’ symptoms. When you fall pregnant its the combination of progesterone and HCG that make these symptoms even more severe than PMS.

Hope this helps and wishing you a BFP veryyyy sooon :)

Donna asks…

What were your first pregnancy symptoms?

Me and my husband had intercourse on the 11th day of my cycle (I usually ovulate on the 14th). For about a week I have been having menstrual type cramps on and off and my abdomen feels painful when I clench it. I only usually get menstrual cramps a day or two before my period, so this is not normal. For about 2 days now I have also been having heavier discharge (watery, I can actually feel it coming out, sorry for tmi lol). My period is due on Wednesday.

When did you first start getting pregnancy symptoms and what were they? Were any of yours the same as mine and when did you get your positive pregnancy test?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I’m currently 7 weeks and 4 days and had sex around the time of ovulation, day 13 into my cycle from the first day of my period.

I missed my following period which was due around 10th May and didn’t do a test until I was about 12 days late and it was positive, but for 3 weeks before testing I had a bloated stomach, low back pain, painful heavy breasts and increased discharge, so much so that I kept thinking my period was beginning. I was also very tired and lethargic and still am.

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