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Week 4

Feb22

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Your baby is:

  • Implanted snugly in the rich lining of your delicious uterus.
  • Still less than a millimeter long.
  • Seriously, a MILLIMETER. Go pull out a ruler and wrap your mind around that.
  • I will wait.
  • Okay, that little millimeter is growing three different cell layers already — the ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm.
  • In case you FOR SOME REASON don’t remember high school biology class (shame!), those are the earliest beginning of your baby’s nervous system, hair, skin, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver, thyroid, skeleton, blood system, connective tissue, urogenital system and muscles. Oh, IS THAT ALL?

You are:

  • Probably wondering where your period is.
  • Beating the hell out of your boobs to see if they’re sore.
  • Peeing on sticks, possibly cursing out sticks.

Sometime around the end of week four, you will officially miss your period, if you’re the sort of gal who pays attention to that sort of thing. (I know before I ever entering the trying-to-conceive game I was definitely the type who could not remember my LMP for the life of me.) And if you’re the sort of gal who enjoys peeing on your dollars, you will probably run right out and buy some of those “test FIVE DAYS before you miss your period!” pregnancy tests.

Ignore what the tests say on the box: very very very very few women will get a positive result a day before they miss a period, let alone FIVE DAYS before they miss it. I’m sure it happens, although I must admit that it has never happened to a single pregnant woman I’ve known. And I’ve known a lot of pregnant women. We all reported clear-cut positive results about a day to five days after we missed our periods, but a lot of negatives before.

For my current pregnancy I tested on day 28 in the midst of terrible, terrible nausea but got a negative. (My cycle is about 30 days, usually.) This negative convinced me that I had the stomach flu instead of the knocked-up flu, and only after six more days of heartburn and nausea did I finally break down and buy more sticks. And boom! A resounding positive result in about five seconds.

The point is: if you MUST test early, re-test once you really and truly have missed your period.

Now. Onto the most popular topic ever…

The earliest signs of pregnancy.

For a lot of women, sore boobs are the first sign that Something Is Up. But sore boobs are also a pretty common symptom of regular ol’ PMS. So…argh! Useless! A lot of women (myself included) report that pregnant sore boobs ARE different than PMS sore boobs, but in a way that’s hard to describe. Mine are more…burny and stabby and heavy, whereas PMS boobs just kind of…ache. Wearing a bra hurts, going without a bra hurts. Wrapping a towel around your chest after a shower hurts. That moment when you take your bra off at the end of the day hurrrrrrrts, like YOW YOW YOW THAT HURTS. Except when it doesn’t hurt, because the soreness can and does vary from day to day. (So if you’re pregnant and your boobs hurt yesterday but don’t hurt today, don’t panic, and don’t mash them into lumpy potatoes while trying to get reassurance that you’re still pregnant.)

Personally, I like to shake things up a little bit and get the morning sickness going as soon as humanly possible. The books say most women get nauseous around week six or seven. (Those women who aren’t among the lucky 25% who never suffer from it at all.) (I HATE YOU.) My gastrointestinal tract is the first thing to go all kablooey in pregnancy, with dry heaving, sensitivity to odors, acid reflux, constipation and bloating to the point of needing maternity clothes showing up right away. (I am wicked sexy.) I’ve managed to steer clear of actual puking so far, but we’ll see what happens around week seven, when my general digestive discomfort turned into full-on vomitous misery in Pregnancy #1. (I really do think I had a 24-hour stomach bug the week before I tested, but the pregnancy hormones kept everything churning for a few extra days.)

All my research sources mention "implantation bleeding" as an early sign of pregnancy. This would happen sometime between the end of week three and the beginning of week four and result in a light and one-time spotting on your underwear. Nobody I know has ever reported this actually happening to them, but dozens of women I know have tried to convince themselves that no, that’s NOT their period starting, that’s implantation bleeding, I better pee on a stick! (Full disclosure: I may be including my own dumb hopeful self here.)

And then there’s the fatigue, the headaches and backaches and uterine cramping and changes in appetite and the frequent dashes to the bathroom to pee.  All this and those pesky peesticks may STILL be giving you the Big Fat Negative.

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94 Responses to “Week 4”

  1. Painterly Feb 27 at 2:06 pm Reply Reply

    Goofy question – but how common is it to experience things like experience tiredness, sore boobs etc and not be pregnant? My DH & I have been trying for about 6 months now and I’ve had three cycles with the same symtoms… and then an extra heavy AF. It’s definitely frustrating, but how common is that for other women?

    • heidi Aug 19 at 10:52 pm Reply Reply

      Happened to me last month! I was so sure I was pregnant, because my period hadn’t come and I had all the symptoms of pregnancy, but it turns out my period was just a little late and extra heavy/crampy

      • Brin Nov 19 at 11:36 pm Reply Reply

        You might have been pregnant. Google “chemical pregnancy” – it’s a pregnancy that self terminates early, due to chromosomal abnormalities. Many women think they’re period is just late, especially if they don’t typically track their cycle.

  2. Max'smomSarah Feb 27 at 2:56 pm Reply Reply

    Painterly, I am no medical professional, but it sounds like to me that you may have been pregnant each of those times, and it may be that you lost them before you would technically be late? That type of situation is extremely common. If you’ve not been charting your cycles, I’d highly recommend getting the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and start charting to understand what is really going on with your body. It’s an excellent book and details how to optimize your chances at getting pregnant. Good luck!

    • Cathy Nov 12 at 4:16 am Reply Reply

      No not necessarily, these early symptoms are the result of increased progesterone in your system, which can happen even with out an actual pregnancy. Actual pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness are usually later when hcg starts to be released following implantation :)

  3. Summer Feb 27 at 3:07 pm Reply Reply

    I had implantation bleeding with my first. I was scared to death I was miscarrying. I hadn’t even had my first appointment with the ob. I ended up in the emergency room and thankfully everything was just fine.

  4. Tricia Theis Rogalski Feb 27 at 3:44 pm Reply Reply

    Hey. Congrats on the preggo-ness! I love reading your blog (lurker) and look forward to the next 40 weeks (+/-). I am 3w5d pregnant. Yep, I am one of those crazy people who got a BFP 5 days before AF is due. Happened with my 1st too! Although to be fair, the first stick was SOOOOOOOOO faint I thought I might be inventing the positive. So then of course I blew some more money on the digital test (highly recommend) to see that yes, indeed I am pregnant. Then–just to prove I am crazy–the battery ran out on the digital test and so it didn’t have the neat-o lil’ PREGNANT glimmering on it anymore so I had to pee on ANOTHER stick just to see the line…which, thankfully, was much brighter this time.
    Oh. And queasiness and boob pain. Already have it too! Man. This is going to be a wild ride.

  5. saj Feb 27 at 4:49 pm Reply Reply

    As the illustrator of the crazy boob lady, I just want to give everyone permission to make fun of her and her funny dingle dangle star earrings. It’s okay. I think she is funny looking too!

    • OZZy Feb 28 at 12:28 am Reply Reply

      great picture! I catch myself constantly checking just to make sure that they still hurt!

  6. bethany actually Feb 27 at 9:06 pm Reply Reply

    But SAJ, I like her dingle dangle star earrings!

  7. Colleen Feb 27 at 9:23 pm Reply Reply

    it helps to do the first pee of the day, even though those sticks say it doesn’t matter. With my first baby, I kept peeing on sticks at all hours of the day EXCEPT first thing and kept getting negatives. Finally at what ended up being 6-1/2 weeks along, I just happened to pee on a stick first thing. I set it down, turned to flush, turned back to put the stick on the sink to wait and it was already positive. :)
    With the second kid, I peed on one of tose early-response sticks first thing because something wasn’t quite right…turns out I was about 3-1/2 week along. ;)

  8. SprengBlingBling Feb 27 at 10:06 pm Reply Reply

    I did actually get a positive three days before an expected period with my son and four days with my daughter. Used a First Response test with first morning urine!

  9. Bethiclaus Feb 28 at 9:28 am Reply Reply

    I had implantation bleeding with both my pregnancies, and since I am the fortunate recipient of two miraculous surprises, I tried to convince myself I was just having a remarkably light period.

  10. Andrea Y Mar 26 at 2:40 pm Reply Reply

    I am a late arriver but have been reading amalah since the days of Clomid, way before the lovely Noah and have a question that I’m hoping someone here could help with.
    I took a pregnancy test on Monday and it came out positive. Hurray! I was then sent to get some blood work which also confirmed the pregnancy…but they said it was still really early and they are sending me back for round two of blood work in a week to make sure everything is progressing and increasing normally…is this normal? Based on my calculations I should be between four and five weeks knocked up. But they said my progesterone levels were good…whatever that means.

  11. ElisabethW Mar 31 at 1:26 am Reply Reply

    Congrats, Andrea Y!
    The second round of bloodwork is totally normal. In a healthy pregnancy, HCG levels can vary a lot (so for example 17 days after ovulation, anywhere from 17-430 would be normal even for a singleton!), but should double every 2-3 days. They almost always want a second measurement if they are doing bloodwork at all, to check for that doubling (which is approximate, so don’t worry if the HCG isn’t exactly doubling or is more than doubling in that time frame).
    Good luck!

  12. Danielle Apr 15 at 9:56 am Reply Reply

    Ditto what Trica said about the digital tests. I got much more peace of mind from a “YES+” than a really pale line next to a really bright line.

  13. Sarah May 11 at 2:58 pm Reply Reply

    I don’t know if what happened to me this month is normal, or call-the-shrink crazy. I’m hoping some of you can give me your opinion.
    We’re not even trying to get pregnant, and I’m taking the Pill, but last month I took it late a few times, and my husband half-joking said that he was sure we’d be having a baby. He said this at a dinner where a couple of friends, the same age as us, who got married last year just three months before we did, announced they were 3 months along.
    Somehow, I “forgot” when my period was due. I thought it was due four days before it really is due (and I’ve always been very regular). So when Saturday came without my period, I was convinced I was pregnant. I was talking to my stomach, praying to my God, listening to music and swearing to remember the moment I JUST KNEW. We had dinner last night with friends, and I suddenly decided, on no other evidence than the lack of a period, that I should stop drinking (I’d had a glass of wine) and somehow accidently on purpose managed to let everybody know.
    It’s now Sunday, I’ve realised that my period is not due ’til Tuesday, and that I cannot possibly be pregnant, because duh, the Pill works. I’m really disappointed, and now I’m really wishing to get pregnant, even though my hiusband and I decided together to wait a couple of years.
    Is this pure hormonal madness? Has anybody else convinced themselves they were pregnant when they weren’t even trying? Is this the sudden arrival of my biological clock? (I just turned 26). Will every month be like this from now on, until I finally do have a baby?
    Any, I finally think I understand what it was like for you going through fertility problems, and I’m sorry. It really sucks, mostly I think for the constant knocked hopes.

    • Cypress Mar 07 at 5:48 am Reply Reply

      After the shock has worn off, if you still feel like you are secretly hoping that your next period never comes, I think it is time to re-open the baby conversation with your partner. 
      Sometimes things happen and can change how we feel about something we thought we were pretty sure about. I think it is natural for any woman to mourn the loss of a baby even if it was never there, just the thought alone is enough to fall in love with. That feeling may fade after a little bit, especially if you feel you were being irrational, but it may not, and you should be ready for that scenario.

      • Andrea T. May 26 at 9:07 am Reply Reply

        Sarah, 
        I am right with you.  My husband’s 31 and I am 29.  I had been suspecting my husband wanted a baby for about a year, but he’s easy going, and we had decided to probably wait one more year.  3 or 4 months ago I felt like I suddenly wanted a new challenge, I was praying about where my life should go, and looking all directions, everything except baby… cluelessly.  And then it hit me… “what are we really waiting for?”  It was like a biological clock smacked me.  All it took was me starting the conversation with my husband.  He just said “of course I’m okay with trying whenever, I want to be a dad!” and it was another lightbulb for me… I got so excited!  I don’t know if that helps, but I think it can be a sudden, but true realization… especially for an over-planner like me.  I have to remember to not control everything, that’s the fun part.

  14. c metzger May 18 at 8:11 am Reply Reply

    I have a curious problem. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I thought I was pregnant last weekend. Then I started my period on Monday but it was sorta light. Then it stopped after only a day and a half. I have sore boobs and nipples, fatigue, nausea a few times and I feel like AF could come anytime now. It feels strange. I am exactly three weeks past ovulation today. I took a preg test and it came out negative two days ago. Could I still be pregnant? SHould I just wait a few more days and test again?

  15. c metzger May 18 at 2:35 pm Reply Reply

    To further confuse my warped, pregnancy-obsessed brain I have been having wierd pains on my right side (like where I would imagine my ovary is…). I already have been pregnant three times (one son who is almost 8 and two m/c) but it has been so long ago that I cannot remember many of my symptoms besides missed period. Has anyone experienced these twinges while pregnant? I know cramps are normal early in pregnancy and I have been having some dull ones off and on. I cannot think of anything else and am trying to resist the urge to test again. When I was preg before I took two hpt and both were negative, then went to doctor 10 days past due period and blood test barely showed a positive. So I am trying to keep my mind off the possibility of being pregnant and trying not to listen to the hpt calling my name from the bathroom cabinet…
    Anyone else in as much agony is me ?????

  16. AndreaP May 21 at 1:41 pm Reply Reply

    I am on my 3rd late day after my period and FREAKING ouT! but also trying to tell myself this may not be it. I had an early miscarriage 2 cycles back and it was pretty devastating. This is our 7th month TTC and it can be a bit discouraging, especially since we’re in our early 20’s and everyone else around us is getting pregnant no problem. I got some pinkish color yesterday, but that was it! My last cycle was really irregular – I was 5 days late, but the cycle before that was when I miscarried so the doctor said it might throw things off. My boobs aren’t sore really at all, and all the rest of the early signs…well, I try to convince myself I have them all, but I’m not so sure right now. Has any one else had an early miscarriage (I was 5 weeks) and had their next couple of periods thrown off?

  17. c metzger May 22 at 6:57 am Reply Reply

    Andrea P- yes that happened to me quite a few years ago about the miscarriage. It threw my cycles off for about three months. I am freaking out as well because I didn’t have hardly any period this month and have many signs of being pg. I am waiting to test beacause I feel like I will just waste it. Apparantly the preg hormone does not show up in me early. I always get false negatives so I am resisting the urge to test. I am almost 4 wks past ovulation.

  18. KT May 22 at 4:59 pm Reply Reply

    I am 34 days late for my period! And all I have had are big fat negatives! I went to my ob-gyn two weeks ago and he also did a urine test that was negative, and he said to test again in 4 wks. I haven’t tested again since then because I am tired of the negatives :( I was headachy a lot a few weeks ago but that has gone away, and occasionally get nauseous. Does anyone have any advice? Has anyone tested negative and then turned out to be pregnant? Help!

  19. juzcat May 28 at 12:47 am Reply Reply

    Kt I wouldn’t be waiting 4 weeks to test again…maybe you could organise an ultra sound?
    I’m in the same boat as everyone else here…in some sort of hormonal madness imagining maybe this time I could be pregnant! at 8 DPO I have had on/off nausea all day and bloated twingy belly…I think my boobs are sore but they could just be the lumpy potatoes I’ve made of them… I am definatley fatigued. Yesterday I had a distinctive headache and I never get headaches… I thought I might be getting the flue but that doesn’t seem to have progressed.
    Best of luck to everyone here! If I am pregnant I’ll pop back and let you know :)

  20. justice Jun 07 at 11:23 am Reply Reply

    I am only a few weeks pregnant. We used an ovulation kit. My problem is…..the other day I was itching all over and scratching like a mad woman. My scalp, the palms of my hand, my legs, my face…….everywhere. I’ve also had a lot of headaches. But I’m more concerned about the itching. I even have a couple of unsightly bumps on my face. Anyone have this experience very early in their first pregnancy? Thanks in advance!

  21. Court Jun 18 at 12:44 pm Reply Reply

    i got a positive 5 days before my missed period! all THREE times i tried…used a EPT stick…

  22. Penelope Jun 24 at 9:32 am Reply Reply

    Hey i have a lil question, what about if i made like 3 pregnancy tests and the first one was negative, second one was 3 days after and it was not really positive cause it had a faint line and i went to make blood test and said the same, and today i made my 3rd test and is the same or a bit more faint than yesterday, did any of u had that???

  23. mandy Jun 29 at 11:05 pm Reply Reply

    i am 18 day late period i have no period for 18 day and i took 3 pregency test show i am not pregency and i cant rememeber when is last time i did have period i lost track of remember when is was last time i was period then what would i do?

  24. nicoleZ Jul 18 at 12:28 pm Reply Reply

    I’m stressin because last month I received my period early, now for about the past week and a half this month I’ve felt nausious but no boob pain but horrible headaches, I wasn’t sure if my period is suppose to come at the early time it came last month or at regular time. I waited for the early time and it didn’t come so two days later I took the test and within a couple of seconds it came up positive! But I have a hard time believeing I’m preggers… Any advise?!

  25. Olivia Jul 21 at 4:34 pm Reply Reply

    I’m re-reading these posts because I just found out I’m pregnant. Since I was charting my cycle I did take an early test and they were positive. Now my period is late so, yay!

  26. Cate Aug 12 at 12:09 pm Reply Reply

    I confirmed both my pregnancies the same way – a Target brand early pregnancy test taken 5 days before my period was supposed to start. So, no, the box doesn’t lie! It’s just more likely you’ll get a false negative that early.

  27. Cate Aug 12 at 12:13 pm Reply Reply

    Oh! and I meant to say I have at least 2 friends for whom the early test worked as well!

  28. ashleyw Oct 23 at 10:18 am Reply Reply

    I had implantation bleeding for my surprise pregnancy and tried to convince myself as well that it was a remarkably light and short period. Until I started throwing up all the time…thanks Nuvaring for my son! :)

    • yvi Oct 29 at 2:13 am Reply Reply

      i got preg with novaring to lol

  29. Parker Oct 24 at 9:48 pm Reply Reply

    I bought a preg test yesterday and waiting a week-2weeks before testing if i’m preggers. We weren’t trying but i’ve been slightly nauseous almost everyday, mild headaches, some backache, dizziness, and tender breasts. i started having these symtoms almost as soon as my last period ended. i am just so curious, i can’t wait until i can test and see!

  30. jayme Nov 04 at 1:01 pm Reply Reply

    Hey everyone. Im 4 weeks pregnant and im kinda freaking out because I dont really have any symptoms right now. I did have symptoms like nausia and fatigue but it vary from day to day. My mom was the same way when she was pregnant. What do you guys think is really going on? I think that it is because im first starting out and it takes time,but i wish i knew now.

  31. holly Nov 12 at 3:42 pm Reply Reply

    This site is fabulous! I love the humor! I feel like I’m reading about myself completely!
    I’m on month four of trying to get prego, and I’m “scheduled” to start my period tomorrow. Last month I was convinced I was pregnant til my period came three days late – “oh, guess not.” I’m doing my best to keep distracted so I don’t think about the prego test in my cabinet. I don’t want to be disappointed just yet if it comes back negative.
    Good luck to everyone who is at this point as well!! That is unless you don’t want to be prego then come on aunt flo!! : )

  32. debra Dec 02 at 12:44 am Reply Reply

    hi, i feel a little weird… this is my first pregnancy and i have endometriosis. it is something that has been causing problems in my family for along time. so i had fears and thought i would never have kids. but lately, i have noticed i was sleeping a lot, but i figured it was because of a cold that had hit back to back with all the stress i had been under. but i didnt feel well and i was cramping a lot more than normal and even though normaly i cramp when i’m not on my period, it seemed to never go away. i would lay my head on the table, close my eyes and the room would start spinning. i was constantly had headaches or heartburn. i would start gagging after i ate something or smelt something. my boobs started hurting and seemed to always be hot to the touch and yet my nipples stayed hard for a week and 1/2 straight, it seemed. my step-mom and sister noticed the signs and here, i thought, i had mono or a bad flu. they convinced me to take a test but i hadn’t missed my period yet. my periods aren’t regular either, sometimes i have 2 in a month. my longest cycle is 23 days, but others are 18 to 24 day cycles. so i took a pregnancy test a day before missed period w/first response and it said pregnant. this was complete shock that scares me silly still to this moment. the next day i started to bleed(by the way happy thanksgiving), so i went to hospital. they tested my levels and said they were really low and it could be tubal, miscarriage, or really early in pregnancy. after 3 trips to the hospital, doesn’t look like miscarriage. they say i am maybe 3 weeks, why am i experiencing these symptoms already? and how will i be able to tell what my due date is?

  33. Hurricane Katrina Dec 15 at 4:54 pm Reply Reply

    DEBRA: The best medicine is to Relax, drink plenty of fluids…but don’t float yourself…SERIOUSLY. I am going through the same thing and am probably pretty close to you date wise. Whenever I bend over, or lay my head back i get an instant headache. Its like all the blood rushes to my head and pounds. Your doctor will address the endometriosis issue with you at your first official visit, so I wouldn’t worry about that. The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep small snacks with you (i carry Ritz crackers) and I find that peppermint tea calms my stomach and helps to alleviate the headaches(caffeine free, of course!), drink fluids, and try to RELAX! The extra stress of the holidays and money make everything seem and feel worse. So hopefully you have someone supportive for you to lean on.

  34. Mel Dec 15 at 8:09 pm Reply Reply

    I am now four days late. I stopped birth control four months ago after four years. For the past four months I have been on a continous 31 day cycle. I have been nauseated and have had frequent needs to pee latley. However I have taken four pregnancy tests, which all came back negative. I’m so frustrated. I’m trying to wait until day 7 late to take another, hoping not to be disappointed yet again.

  35. Thila Dec 22 at 1:57 am Reply Reply

    Hi. I am now in the beginning of week 4 and honestly do have some sore boobs and a little uneasyness in terms of cramps and stomach. I just get an irritating feeling and even my mouth is feeling bitter. Is this normal or some kind of symptom that any of you have had?

  36. Melissa Jan 05 at 10:26 am Reply Reply

    Implantation bleeding DOES exist! I had it with my first pregnancy (turned out to be chemical on 4w3d, sad) and now with my second (4w1d), too!

    • Renee Jun 18 at 1:36 pm Reply Reply

      What was your implantation bleeding like? I think I should be just under 4 weeks and have had very slight light bleeding…but am worried it may just be my period. 

      • mymy Apr 01 at 8:38 am Reply Reply

        Implantation bleeding is nothing like a period. At least that’s my experience. I tracked my period religiously, and gave up the stick because I finally acknowledged that when I’m pregnant it will be freakin’ obvious! On the day my period was due, I wiped and it was brown. Next day, a little spot on my pad. Repeated for the next 2 days. No full blown period, no tampons. Just a bit of brownish spots….I didn’t buy any sticks. I made an appointment with my Obgyn. He checked and sent me home with a black and white of the little spec in my uterus. The (beginning of the) End, or The End (of the beginning). I guess now that I’ve seen it for myself, I can know partially maybe kinda sorta what to expect next time … (aka why is this so dreadfully uncomfortable???) Keeping my eye on the silver lining (and cursing my dog for letting my husband off easy before he leaves each morning and dragging me out of bed to take him for a walk…)

  37. Linda Jan 07 at 12:55 pm Reply Reply

    I am also one of those people that tested 4 days before my expected period and got a positive! I did the same thing with my son, and it was positive. I used the First Response Test. I am now pregnant with my 2nd child, and I am not sure how far along I am yet. I go for my first u/s at the end of this month.

  38. wil Mar 04 at 2:45 am Reply Reply

    Hi all, a man here. My wife pulled me into the washroom, smiling all agog. I stood there for a minute trying to figure out what the game was, until she pointed down. There they were, the two little pink stripes.
    Wow, I’m gonna be a dad! You can imagine the thoughts flowing through my mind.
    Ok so, the point of this. My wife said she has known she was pregnant, by the fact that her sense of smell has been mega-amped. Has anyone else noticed this super bloodhound smelling? Amazing, the human body is simply amazing.

  39. Pamela Mar 10 at 10:50 am Reply Reply

    Hi, My husband and I have been TTC for quite awhile now. Just recently we have been using the ovulation kit. I had my period on time but it was light and lasted a day and a half. I also had a brownish spotting which was light but only when I went to the bathroom. My periods are very regular. I have been feeling sick to my stomache to the point where I vomited in the car the other day. Smells are so strong and irritating. I have had a headache almost constantly. I do get migranes but it might last two days and much stronger than this. It has been over a week and no headache relief. I feel like someone slipped me a sedative or something because I can’t get enough sleep. My daughter bugs me to play with her and I keep saying just a minute sweetie I will be there and can’t seem to make myself get up. I took two pt test and both were neg. I did not take in the morning. I think I would be almost 3 weeks if I am. I just don’t want to be disappointed like we all have experienced. Yesterday, I did not feel quite as sick and the headaches were not as bad so I thought for sure that maybe it was in my head until I had dinner last night I had to go to bed early and still feel horrible. Should I wait awhile longer to take another test and should I make sure to take it in the morning??????

  40. Niki Mar 22 at 9:37 am Reply Reply

    I just took a 5 day before pregnancy test yesterday and it was positive. Took one again this morning and it was positive. The only thing I am confused on is that I had my period on the 25-30 of Feb. So when I did the math it says I should be 2 weeks, but your not able to know if your pregnant till 3 weeks….Could I be further along then I thought?
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    Editor: First of all, Congratulations! Your due date is determined by your last menstruation not by when you found out you were pregnant. You should consult your doctor to get a better approximation of your due date.

  41. Jen Mar 27 at 2:45 pm Reply Reply

    Hi ladies!My husband and I havent exactly been ttc, but we also havent NOT been trying. So, no birth control. I used an ovulation kit last month because I was convinced I wasn’t ovulating. Turns out I ovulated late in my 28 day cycle (day 18). Today is day 32 and still no period. I’ve been sick to my stomach, headachy, tired (slept 10 hours last night) and irritable. I’ve also had backaches and a different kind of cramping then I’ve ever had. Like a menstrual cramp but sporadic and localized. 3 negative early response tests. My OBGYN says wait another week. Any suggestions? I’m going insane not knowing…
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    Editor: sweetie, i know of nothing else to do but wait or spend a fortune on early pregnancy tests. Please check back with us and let us know.

  42. Mrs. G Apr 08 at 10:52 am Reply Reply

    I actually had both implantation spotting and a positive home pregnancy test 5 days before my period was due! The implantation spotting occured 8-9 dyas past ovulation and was more of pinkish-brownish tinted cervical mucous than actual bleeding. My positive tests were at 9 days past ovulation. I made sure my urine was very concentrated (2nd morning urine after not drinking anything since 8pm the night before). It came up + on both a First Response Early Result and a Clearblue Easy digital. I guess I am an anomoly :-).

  43. Sarah May 13 at 4:13 pm Reply Reply

    Hehe, some of these comments read just like those TTC message boards! Can I just say, even if you’re not going to chart your cycle, PLEASE read Taking Charge of your Fertility – there is so much unnecessary confusion expressed here!
    I am 4wks pregnant today and have fatigue, constant peeing, and GAS!! Oh god, the gas. And I’m starving all the time. I’ve been mashing my poor boobs a lot but they’re only maybe a little bit tender. I miscarried at 5 weeks the first time I got pregnant so I’m looking forward to getting through the next couple weeks. Thanks for the funny, insightful column, Amy, I’m excited to follow it as I progress in my pregnancy.

  44. Teri May 28 at 1:47 pm Reply Reply

    I am 5 weeks pregnant. I tested way early – 5 days – I used Anwser – and I actually did get a positive that early. Granted, the second line was super faint – like barely there – but amazingly it was there! Now – 4 tests later – I’m pretty sure I’m pregnant! LOL

  45. Casey Jun 07 at 12:36 pm Reply Reply

    wow I am 3w5d pregnant and tested postive on 9 out of 13 pregnancy tests before heading to the doctor (yeah I thought they were all defective even though they were different brands). I tested positive Friday which would have had me at 3w3d, so I have to say those tests are pretty accurate :)

  46. Nola Aug 04 at 11:05 am Reply Reply

    I wish I would have read this earlier! It’s good to know the weird belly feelings, gas babies, and crazy boobs are all normal.
    I tested 2 days after missed AF with a positive immediately with first morning urine. For the charters out there, the space btw ovulation and period for me is 10-12 days so I tested 12 days after peak day.
    I did “know” i was preg on Friday but did’nt want to test and go to work…so waited one more day.
    Love the blog. -N.

  47. Kate Aug 20 at 8:01 pm Reply Reply

    Hi there!
    Loving this site and commentary – funny ladies! Hey, I am probably being super neurotic in my worrying and wondering, but… guess what!? I’m that kind of gal!
    SO – my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past six weeks. Not long, I know. My periods were May 7, June 10, July 12… all 33 day cycles (this is typical for me and other women in my family – longer cycle, but regular). It is now August 20 and I have not had my period, which indicates I am 6 days late.
    And you guessed it – urine tests have been negative. I had an OBGYN appointment today, scheduled before we started trying, as I had some questions about meds, etc that I wanted to answer before conceiving.
    The doc said that they usually expect a positive test within 7 to 10 days of conception, which I would theoretically be past based on my cycle and estimated ovulation dates.
    Other symptoms – on August 1 and 2 I noticed a TINY amount of blood, and then that was it. On August 7 I went in for a pelvic ultrasound and blood/urine pregnancy test as I was having some abdominal pain (I have had ovarian cysts in the past, it was similar to that pain). Everything was normal. On August 19 (5 days late) my boobs hurt in my morning shower, just washing them.
    So, I am a little clueless, having never been pregnant before.
    Have I totally scared off my period? Or am I pregnant? Or am I neurotic? (Wait, we answered that one already… :)

  48. CherylH Sep 17 at 9:11 am Reply Reply

    I don’t know if I had what you’d call implantation bleeding, but I spotted off and on for 5 – 6 days prior to getting my BFP. I got my BFP the day after I was due to start my period. The spotting went away for about 24 hours. The real period didn’t start (although I did have some massive, period-like cramping that morning). I tested the next morning and pushed out a mini-refrigerator a few months later. It DEFINITELY looked like a light period. Very weird. I actually went online the night before getting the BFP and ordered a bunch of pregnancy tests, because I was just sure we hadn’t been successful. Joke was on me!

  49. Erin Dec 11 at 7:22 am Reply Reply

    This will be my second round reading this series- it got me through many a week when I was pregnant in 2008. Can’t wait to read along again. The first time around I tested once- before my period was late. Pretty sure it was a generic Target brand test, got a positive. This time around I knew, just knew in my gut (I’ve been nauseous for weeks) but I’m cheap so I waited until I missed my period, but really can’t pinpoint a date anymore since it’s all whacked out since my boys were born. Took one test- generic Target, again. Positive. Let the games begin!

  50. eva Jan 18 at 1:04 pm Reply Reply

    I peed on a stick 5 days before my period was due. I always have a swiss-clock-like 28 day cycle – every 4th Tuesday.
    GOT TWO PINK LINES RIGHT FUCKING AWAY!!!
    So there. 5 days in advance, I knew I was pregnant with #2. Now pray with me that it’s not twins…

  51. Treeling Mar 19 at 12:12 am Reply Reply

    I also can raise my hand for… well, just some spotty bleedy stuff when my period was due– and it was very tempting to think it was just my period and that I was lying to myself AGAIN. I won’t say it was implantation, as it occurred as late as a day before my first positive test on CD 34 (and you can’t implant one day and have a positive test the next, obv). It was just a little spotting that never added up to a period, hence the test.
    I was then lucky enough to have light spotty bleedy stuff for a day or two or three every four weeks (whenever my period would have been due) for the next 3 months! Yay for gut wrenching anxiety! Yay for “decidual bleeding” that the internet is almost ready to declare to be mythological. “Bleeding! Miscarriage! Go to the ER!” the boards all shout, like they’re going to do a magical anti-miscarriage dance for you there at 8 weeks and stop bad things from happening instead of sending you home to wait and see. I did not go. I did not miscarry. The spotting stopped when the placenta started pumping out mega hormones in the early 2nd trimester.
    So… sometimes it’s NOT your period.

  52. Stacey Feb 08 at 11:37 am Reply Reply

    I only get a week between ovulation and my period so I didn’t need to waste money on early pregnancy tests! Was convinced that I had some sort of defect and needed treatment but it turns out that I got my BFP while others still had a week to wait. Nothing wrong with a short luteal phase afterall!

  53. Kate Apr 12 at 3:23 am Reply Reply

    I had implantation bleeding! I thought it was my period until no more came out for two days.

  54. Natasha Apr 12 at 12:46 pm Reply Reply

    Lucky to be in the lucky 25% over here! No morning, noon, or night sickness the entire pregnancy! Woop woop! Did have braxton hicks when I was visited my husband’s family in Mexico though. Scared me & the mother in law so bad we were crying!

  55. Jenny Apr 13 at 4:50 pm Reply Reply

    I did have implantation bleeding.  I thought it was an abbreviated period since I just had my gallbladder removed three days before.  I thought – well, my body has been through a bit of trauma, so a weird period is to be expected.   The stick turned positive 2 weeks later when I noticed my boobs were bigger than usual and my sister would not drop the subject until I could prove I wasn’t prego.  She won!

  56. Alexandra Apr 18 at 1:51 pm Reply Reply

    I’m just gonna throw it out there that my cycle was 31 days, with ovulation on day 12 (yes I chart!). 10 dpo I got a positive on a cheap, $1 dollar general brand test. That was 8-9 days before my period was due. I also peed on a first response that day and got a negative. Went back to the cheapies, they got significantly darker every few days. Guess what? I’m now 21 weeks

  57. Emily Apr 22 at 2:33 pm Reply Reply

    I must be one of the VERY few and rare women who’s pregnancy showed up early on a test. Granted, it’s four days early, not five but mine showed up last night. I peed on several sticks just to make sure and they are all positive. I’m like a unicorn. 

  58. Sara Apr 26 at 2:52 am Reply Reply

    This is seriously the best week by week pregnancy guide I have EVER read….and trust me, I’ve read TONS!!! I’m one of those obsessive prego s you mention that like to check and recheck EVERY symptom I have until I find one that says I’m normal! But I really am enjoying yours and plan to stick with it for the next 35 weeks! I especially love this weeks about the “cramping” My husband assured me this happened the first go round but I guess I just didn’t want to remember! You have inspired me to write about my pregnancy experiences this time so MAYBE next time I won’t freak out…..but I highly doubt it, LOL!! So thank you!!!

  59. Kendra Jun 07 at 9:43 am Reply Reply

    I too am one of those crazy women who found out before their period. Am now 3 weeks and 5 days pregnant, yaaaaaaaaaay! Actually went in for some routine blood work and found out I was pregnant so I was thoroughly shocked and promptly went home to confirm for myself by peeing on a stick. Enjoyed reading this pregnancy calendar when I was pregnant with my first so am looking forward to round two!

  60. Catherine Herring Jun 21 at 1:35 am Reply Reply

    I had implantation bleeding…. My boyfriend and I thought I had started my period so I wasn’t pregnant, but it only lasted a few hours and was very light. It scared us a little , but I’m glad to know it does happen. Thank you ^_^

  61. Stacy Jun 23 at 5:12 am Reply Reply

    Hi there last month k had a 15 day long period well that’s what I thought but it was so verry light there one minute then gone again then there again. Now I am 9 days late and starting to think I might be pregnant I regulary need to go to the loo all of a sudden I’m busting the part around my nipples are sore to touch and I have been having unprotected sex with my partner since I stopped the depo in July lasg year just wondering what your opinion was? I live in the country and can’t just shoot to a store to get a test? I am 22 :)

  62. Amanda Jun 30 at 3:06 pm Reply Reply

    Got bleeding right at what should be my three weeks and starting into my fourth this week. I’m confused to whether or not I’m pregnant as I bled lightly for a four days and woke up at six this morning with terrible heart burn. I’m just wondering at what point do I decide it’s not just coincidences.

  63. Elizabeth Jul 02 at 9:57 am Reply Reply

    I took a test after my missed period. It was faint positive. Both were. My boobs hurt I thought I was pregnant. A few days later I had brown blood for a day. I thought it was implantation bleeding. My boobs weren’t sore anymore. Then I started actually bleeding red blood. Now only my right boob is really hard and sore and my left one isn’t at all. I don’t know what to think…

  64. Nikkie Jul 19 at 6:28 pm Reply Reply

    I got pregnant the first month that my husband and I stopped “not trying” for a baby. I know, most women who read this will hate me but I just wanted women who are in the same boat as me (or not, whatever) to know the symptoms that I had. I did not have sore boobs, fatigue, or implantation bleeding. Instead I had mild cramping for two days 5 days before my missed period (which i believe was implantation cramping), VERY itchy boobs, and after I noticed that my the veins in your elbow-pit were suddenly VERY noticeable (nurses have been known to “dig” around looking for them), I looked at and discovered huge blue veins across my chest even going through my nipples. I tested a very faint positive 5 days after my period should have started. I had to dig around online to find these symptoms as being actual symptoms, but there you have it.

  65. wiedad Jul 24 at 6:05 am Reply Reply

    I had my period on the 23 of last month and usually hav a 28 cycle so after like 3 weeks pass my period started having mentrual like cramp,headache,sopre breast,pelvis pain,bloat,craving 4 salty food,so my hubby and decide go 2 d hospital 2be tested did a blood pregnancy test and it came out weak positive..I did nt get what that means and he told me not 2 worry that should come back in a week time..and when my period was due c my period which was due on 20 of diz month stil having all that symptoms mentiond earlier..am confuse!what does he mean by weak positive?

  66. wiedad Jul 24 at 6:18 am Reply Reply

    I had my period on the 23 of june then after like 16 days latr I startd having cramp as if am gonna have my period,pelvis hurt,and the cramping start 4rm my right abdomen which goes down 2 d left and my right leg,bloatin,I craved 4 salty food,then I stated having headache which push mi 2 go 2 d hospital,I did a blood pregnancy test and they told mi that it a weak positive!did nt get what the doctor said he told mi 2 come back in a week time 2 have the test done again..When my period was due I didn’t c my period but continue 2 have ol the symptoms I mentioned plus I forget 2 mention sore swollen breast..plz I nedd ur advice and confuse and newly married it my first

  67. LeAnn Aug 08 at 3:30 pm Reply Reply

    PEE YOUR PANTS FUNNY!!!

  68. Kathe Aug 15 at 10:58 am Reply Reply

    I hate not knowing. I hate trying and being disappointed each month. It is driving me crazy.

    This month my nipples are very sore and my tummy is upset on and off. I could be pregnant. I could be delusional. I can’t tell the difference anymore.

  69. HH Sep 05 at 2:04 am Reply Reply

    I feel like I’m the only person who tested positive almost 8 days before my period. My dr. wanted me to take some antibiotics and I took an extra test a friend of mine had given me and it was an instant positive! I didn’t believe it so I’m pretty sure I tested every day for a week!

  70. Adl Sep 08 at 5:19 pm Reply Reply

    For the record, I tested 5 days before my missed period and got a positive result on my second child and the day of for my first. I have always been incredibly regular though and only had to try once for each.

  71. Fidgie Sep 16 at 2:52 pm Reply Reply

    First off, thank you so much for this–it’s getting me through the waiting period between ovulation and test time.

    For me–I’m now 7 DPO and expect my period next week (if we weren’t successful). We’ve been not-not-trying for a couple of years and it just hasn’t happened, but recently I’ve decided we need to put more effort into it. So this month I used the ovulation sticks and there seems to be a chance we were successful.

    Things that I will call symptoms after a positive test: burning nipple (just the one), stomach pressure that isn’t QUITE nausea, a desire to eat everything in sight and burping….a lot of burping. I’ve usually somewhat attuned to my body and know before I get sick that it’s coming.

    If I’m not…I think I will be fine and we’ll just be ready to try again next time around. But all fingers and toes are crossed that my symptoms really exist and I’m not just noticing a series of unrelated events.

  72. Baby Seeker Oct 10 at 7:46 pm Reply Reply

    We’ve been trying for 2 months to get pregnant, I know it’s not a lot…it’s not even fair to complain if we aren’t!

    The thing is, this has been my dream for many years now, so when my husband told me he wanted to start “trying”, i couldn’t be more thrilled!

    This month has been strange, I think all the symptoms are there, sore nipples, tender boobs, dizziness, cravings in the mornings (scrambled eggs, and I used to hate those) I even think I had implantation bleeding, but then again, how can I be sure? Maybe it was just the ovulation spotting.

    I’m 5 days late (When taking pills, my cycle was exactly 25 days) Before pills and these 2 months, they were about 30-31 days. So, today it’s day 36 and nothing’s happening! No period, but also no positives on the stick :/ No crampings (w/o pills I used to hit the ER because of the pain..and then again, last two times they really hurted!!)

    So, tomorrow I have an appointment with my Gynecologist, I’m just hoping for a positive answer :)

  73. sandsbic Oct 28 at 2:33 am Reply Reply

    Love your blog! I’m so glad I found it on Pinterest. I’m pregnant for the first time and have already found this website to be really helpful and funny.

  74. jingelbells Jan 06 at 9:22 am Reply Reply

    Hiya all!

    My husb & I been trying to tcc for 8 mos now…i supposed to have my period on the 4th Jan, 28 reg days cycle. But it’s the 6th and i guess im 2 days late? Tested once, got a faint positive line. Havent tested again but feeling bloated and quesy since last week and now feeling some light cramps as if my period is coming. Co worker had miscarriage aftr having a faint line too on her wk5…so other people advised me not to test yet… for it maybe negative and my period might come. I’m just losing my head here! Dont want to hope yet…

  75. blar Jan 20 at 1:03 am Reply Reply

    I tested positive early with my first, and just tested yesterday, 4 days before missed period and took two tests in the evening and  got big fat positives.  You make it sound like even if you get positives before your missed period you should test again after you miss cus you may not actually be pregnant. Why is that? 

  76. caydee Jan 29 at 1:27 pm Reply Reply

    When I was younger I had non regular period then I had my oldest son and he is almost 10 then my period started to become more regular then I had my other son he is 4 and I’ve been keeping track of my periods for 6 months now going on 7 months now and there regular I have a 28 day cycle and my last menstrual period was Dec 31,2013 and that means my ovulation days is from the 11. -15 and on the 11,12,13 I had sex and on the 14 th I ovulated and now I’ve been nauseous and cramping for 2 weeks I was supposed to start January 28,2014 and still haven’t aaahhhhhh could I be pregnant. I’m tired moody. Pee alot. All pregnant symptoms.

  77. Sierraaaa Feb 13 at 1:22 am Reply Reply

    I had unprotective sex January 13th, my period came 4 days early! And I spotted for 4 days after my period was gone.. I’m suppose to start the 13th, I’ve had heart burn, head aches on and off for 3 days, tender nipples, very little nausea, a little dizziness.
    What do you girls think?
    Could I be pregnant?!
    I guess I shall see in a week or 2 if my period is officially missed!!

  78. Natalia Feb 23 at 8:59 pm Reply Reply

    What a great site! I laughed hard at the picture at the top – looks familiar!
    I feel that I conceived this past full moon, and am waiting…Just off the mini-pill, I was amazed how perfectly my cycle lined up to my work schedule. My symptoms this week: breasts swollen and painfull,cramps, bitchiness, hunger and that feeling of… being pregnant! Wish me luck! :)

  79. Beth Mar 10 at 8:25 pm Reply Reply

    I  recently got off of birth control cause it made me feel crazy! I’ve been feeling very tired and cranky lately.  I took a pregnancy test last Tuesday, which turned out to be negative.:(  Went to for a yearly visit with my OBGYN last Thursday, Dr. says everything looks great! (I did not mention the negative pregnancy test because no missed period yet.)  This weekend I have started experiencing heartburn, nausea, tender boobs and nipples. I also had to walk around all weekend with my pants unbuttoned… I took a pregnancy test this (Monday) morning and it was positive and so was the second test…. So I went out bought the fancy digital pt with the weeks indicator and it says I’m 2/3 weeks pregnant.  
    Should I go ahead and call my obgyn and let them know or wait a couple more weeks?  
    Also it seems so early, should I tell the husband now or wait until I’m a little further along?  

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Kallman Mar 10 at 9:28 pm Reply Reply

      Congratulations!

      – You should call your OBGYN so that you can schedule your first prenatal appt. Usually you go during the 8-weeks pregnant time-frame, but I would schedule it now in case your healthcare provider would like to see you earlier and/or it’s hard to get an appt. Just do it. Here’s more about the first prenatal visit: http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-calendar/week-eight/

      – In terms of telling your husband, that’s your personal call. I told mine the minute I tested positive.

  80. Kaines_mommy Mar 10 at 10:01 pm Reply Reply

    I am currently on day 3 of missed period sore nipples feeling bloated tired many trips to the bathroom and have had terrible headaches. I’m very nervous to take a test have been hoping for a positive for 4 years.. So I’m hoping this is it :)

  81. Rebecca Mar 20 at 12:47 am Reply Reply

    I for sure found out I was pregnant 5 days before my missed period using one of those early tests

  82. Annemarie Apr 20 at 10:18 am Reply Reply

    Help please I haven’t done test yet but im 4 days LATE nauteous very itchy skin ?? Sore ish boobs\nips anyone know if itchy skin is symptom ?? Xx

  83. Teaka Oct 30 at 2:32 pm Reply Reply

    I LOVE this blog! Just stumbled upon it and I’ll be checking back each week to see how my own progress fairs.
    I had heard of implantation bleeding too but never knew if that was something common. Around the time of my expected period I began to bleed but it wasn’t the type of bleeding I was use to. I had light pinkish brownish mucus. This happened on and off for about 4 days. Since having a miscarriage 4 months ago I figured this was still my body still trying to get back into cycle.
    It ended in 4 days so on day 6 after still not getting a real period I decided to take a test. Big fat positive yes!!!
    Took another test the morning later and once again another yes.
    I never thought I’d get implantation bleeding but there you go.

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