Early Signs of Pregnancy Quiz 151


Early signs of pregnancy are a tricky beast. The problem is many of the same hormones that are present in early pregnancy are also present just before your period, so if you’re having a particularly hormonal cycle, you could seem pretty pregnant and not actually be pregnant. Likewise, if you are trying to conceive you may notice symptoms you actually get every month more assuming they are early signs of pregnancy.
early signs of pregnancy quiz
So, that said, why take an early pregnancy symptom quiz at all? I suppose for curiosities sake, but you’ll also find an explanation after each question as to why a symptom may be an early sign of pregnancy. Understanding what causes early signs of pregnancy can help you puzzle out whether or not your period is just late or you may actually be pregnant. Alternately, if quizzes aren’t your bag, beyond the start button to this quiz you can simply read about common early signs of pregnancy covered in the quiz.

A note about early signs of pregnancy:

While many women claim they got early pregnancy symptoms say, 2 or 3 days after they ovulated or had sex, these symptoms are not relevant to pregnancy as implantation does not occur until 6 to 12 days after fertilization with the average being 8 to 10 days. You will not have pregnancy symptoms before a missed period unless your periods are irregular. As mentioned above, those women who think they experienced early signs of pregnancy really, really early were likely just dealing with typical PMS symptoms, and if they were pregnant it was coincidental or they got pregnant earlier than they thought they did. When taking this quiz or reading the early pregnancy symptoms below, please keep this in mind. It’s a waste of time to try to find out if you are or are not pregnant until after implantation, and so pregnancy, is actually even possible to avoid the confusion and heartache of constant wondering. I know the two week wait can seem an eternity if you’ve been trying to conceive, but hang in there.

You might also find this guide to determining your chances of pregnancy helpful.

The non-quiz version of early pregnancy signs:

Early signs of pregnancy: Spotting

Implantation usually occurs 6 to 12 days after ovulation (which is typically about 14 days after the first day of your period). Occasionally, implantation will cause minor spotting which may be as light as single drop. Keep in mind not all women experience implantation bleeding and spotting before your period is not always an early sign of pregnancy. If you experience bleeding around the time of your period, this is also not necessarily proof you aren’t pregnant. You can read more about period-like bleeding while pregnant here.

Early pregnancy symptoms: Sustained Elevated Basal Body Temperatures Over 16 Days

Sustained elevated basal body temperature is one the earliest symptoms of pregnancy. After ovulation the hormone progesterone elevates body temperature slightly. When this hormone dissipates, the uterine lining is shed and your temperature will drop again slightly as your cycle begins again. If you are pregnant, progesterone levels continue to rise rather than falling which keeps temperatures high or even causes a second rise (if you’re charting this is referred to as a tri-phasic chart). Generally, a sustained temperature rise for 16 days is considered an early pregnancy sign. You must be checking your basal body temperature to catch this early pregnancy sign, simply taking your temp and finding it to be higher than usual is insufficient.

Early Signs of Pregnancy: Yellow Discharge

Once you become pregnant, your body creates a mucus plug within your cervix (the opening from your uterus to the vaginal canal) to protect your new baby from infection. Early in pregnancy as this plug is formed, many women notice an increase in vaginal discharge which is often yellow in color and thick, sort of like snot. Though some women notice this same change just before their period begins. You can read more about regular vaginal discharge here and pregnancy discharge here.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms: Breast Changes

Breast changes are often cited as one of the most common early signs of pregnancy noticeable as early as the first week after a missed period. This is yet another bi-product of rapidly rising hormone levels. You may notice pain, tingling, sensitivity, darkening of the area around your nipples, or just seem a bit bustier than usual.

Early signs of pregnancy: Fatigue

Are you feeling really tired for no good reason? Making a baby is hard work, especially during the first trimester being that a baby goes from about the size of a pin  head to the size of your hand in 13 short weeks. While fatigue can be a symptom of all sorts of things, it’s also very common in early pregnancy. Again, this symptom would not appear until at least 6 to 12 days after unprotected sex, likely longer.

Early pregnancy symptoms:  Vomiting, Nausea, and Food Aversion

It’s suspected hCG, or the hormone that causes a positive pregnancy test, may be one of the primary culprits of morning sickness– which does not, by the way, only happen in the morning. While vomiting, nausea, and food aversion can all be signs of say, the flu, they can also be one of the early signs of pregnancy, particularly if no other signs of sickness like a runny nose are present. Some women also experience odd food cravings or notice their tastes change.

Early signs of pregnancy: Gas, Constipation, Bloating and Other Gastro-issues

Progesterone, the hormone that sustains pregnancy, peaks in the first trimester. Coincidentally, it also works to relax smooth muscles– which is what your intestines are made of. This can lead to an increase in pregnancy gas, constipation, and bloating. Progesterone is present prior to pregnancy though, just in a lower concentration.

Early pregnancy symptoms:  Abdominal Movement? Nope.

This was a trick question included in the quiz– unless you are much further along than you think. Yahoo questions abound with folks who claim they knew they were pregnant because they felt their baby move, but shy of about 10 weeks, this is pretty much impossible and even that early is unlikely unless you are carrying twins. Feeling movement just weeks after unprotected sex is likely gas or just muscle twitches, so while I wouldn’t call no movement a sign, you won’t feel any this early.

Early signs of pregnancy: Frequent Urination

As early as 3 weeks after unprotected sex, if you are pregnant, your blood flow has already begun to increase. This increase cases your kidneys to go into overdrive which can cause more frequent urination. Of course, frequent urination can also be a sign of bladder or kidney infection or even just drinking lots of fluids.

Early pregnancy symptoms: A Late or Missed Period

Yes, I know, this seems a no brainer, but many women begin trying to find out if they are pregnant before a missed period, and honestly, that’s very difficult to do. You’ll notice nearly all of the points on this early signs of pregnancy page pertain to at least 6 to 12 days after unprotected sex with more women landing on the close to 12 side. That’s pretty close to when your period would be due. On average pregnancy symptoms do not appear before 1 week after a missed period. You can read more about when pregnancy symptoms start here or read our guide on when to take a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions here.

 

 


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  • Confused

    HI, I had intercourse mid cycle several times. My period was due last week and was on time, not spotting but it was considerably lighter than usual. However my period ended a day earlier and I have been having all the pregnancy symptoms. The cramping, fatigue, frequent urine, bloating, back pain. I think it impossible to be pregnant since my period was on time. But can I be?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      You can have what appears to be a normal period and still be pregnant, yes, but it’s a lot less likely than something like illness or hormonal imbalances being to blame for symptoms. A test would be a quick way to settle things (if the symptoms are pregnancy related, a test should be accurate). 🙂

  • Shaina

    Hello. Last May I had intercourse but it was only a sec long and with no ejaculation. This happened a week before I ovulated. I took a plan b two days later. A week later I bled for about three days. Since then I have not had intercourse, and have had normal periods. Could I be pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      The chances of pregnancy with precum alone are already quite low, more than 5 days before ovulation with plan B use and regular bleeding, I’d feel comfortable saying you aren’t pregnant, but you can always take a test to be sure.

  • Carol

    I had sex with my boyfriend the day after my period had ended(december 16th is when We had intercourse) We used a condom after about 3 minutes when we decided to. I had 3 days of what I think was spotting about 2 weeks after we had sex. It was Brown but kind of like more than a few drops and at one point dark red and clumpy but only for one wipe. My breasts are sore and my stomach feels kind of weird. We only had sex once the whole month and I wasn’t ovulating at the time(i dont think). My period is not late yet, could I be pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sex just after a period is unlikely to result in pregnancy. It is possible that the bleeding was from ovulation itself (being midcycle) or it was just some mid-cycle spotting or even an early period. If you’re a teen, some hormonal flux like this is considered normal. You can always take a pregnancy test to verify though.

  • Blair

    Hiii
    Ok so for the past 3-4 months, my period has come distinctively on the 6th of each month and lasted for at least 5-6 days.
    Last month it came on the 6th, this month the from fifth and lasted 5 days.

    December 5th-10th (period)
    The 11th i had unprotected sex.
    (Allergic to latex condoms :c)
    Pretty sure he came too.
    Its the 23rd of December and yesterday ive been verrry moody, tender breastsand a mild headache the day before, been perspiring a lot too.
    This morning i woke up went to pee (i have normal pee trips. Nothing like too much trips.)
    I lay down and i start feeling a bit sick to my stomach.
    Ive read from this site that symptoms often happen when you miss your period byt i have anxiety and its killing me on the inside.
    Question 1:
    By the information i gave about period dates and length and intercourse session, how likely am i to be pregnant with these symptoms?
    Question 2: im not sure how to count my cycle days… Help?
    Every month is on the 6th, this month was the 5th. Do i count my cycle on the first day of my period to the next time my period starts?
    I did and i get 34 to 36 days.. But im still confused how this works.
    I use an app to track my fertility window and it said my fertility window started at least 7 days after my period, but then i punched in my information to the previous month about my period and it changed to 5 daysssss?????
    So
    Question 3: can it be that im pregnant???
    4: if i had sex on the 19th, he didnt cum in me but then i go put my underwear on then i get a wet spot. Is it from me or him??? And because sex happened at the 19th and its the 23rd, is it possible to be feeling this way as symptoms of pregnancy? Or do these synptoms relate to a possible pregnancy from question 1?

    Also im very sorry for so much precise information. Its very hard to understand things so i have to give it to precise information so my answers can be answered in a way id understand.
    Thanks

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sorry for the slow reply over the holiday here.

      1. Sex just after a period is unlikely to result in pregnancy, this is because ovulation usually occurs roughly mid-cycle and semen can only survive about 5 days.

      2. You count day 1 of your cycle as the first day you see bleeding. So if you started bleeding om the 5th, that’s cycle day 1. If you’re consistently starting around the 5th, you likely run around a 30 day cycle, and probably ovulation around day 15.

      3. Anytime there’s unprotected sex it’s not impossible to become pregnant, but given the info you’ve posted here, it’s very unlikely.

      4. That is impossible to say. Unless he’s 100% sure he didn’t cum, it could be either. Women do produce more cervical mucus during intercourse.

      As far as the symptoms, no. If the intercourse was the 19th, it takes a minimum of 6 days for implantation (when your body would know to begin producing hormones that may cause symptoms) that would be the 25th. Average implantation is actually 8-10 days, with roughly 2 more days hormone build for even very low levels.

      Hope all that helps. 🙂

  • candy

    I had sex with my boyfriend about over a month ago I had my period the next day & I was postivie it was because it lasted the normal amount of days it usually does. Now this month I got my period a day late and I was worried it was implantation bleeding but I read that blood clots are common only in menstruation and not implantation but I’m worried because my period was normal (heavy) with blood clots for two days but then it just got lighter and less blood was actually coming out & it was lighter it’s gotten to the point where it doesn’t show up on the bowl when I wipe. Please help.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sex right before a period has the lowest chance of pregnancy all cycle (very close to no chance), with heavy bleeding within normal range even if it was shorter than normal for you (normal period variance is +/-3 days) it’s highly unlikely you’re pregnant. You could always take a test to be absolutely sure, but I’d bet it’ll be negative, and I’m not a gambler. 🙂

  • queen

    my period ended 5 days ago and i had sex for the first time yesterday. it was unprotected but he pulled out before he ejaculated. is it possible i could get pregnant? the last time he ejaculated was through masturbation a day before we had sex, and he obviously urinated at least 3 times from then til the next day. My mind just keeps playing games and i’m worried. and the reason we used the pull out method is because i can’t use pills or get condoms.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      That really depends on your cycle length and how long your periods are. Count the first day of your period as day 1, then count forward to the day you had sex. If that number is within 5 days of your average cycle length cut in half (or close to it) there’s a chance of pregnancy. The closer to midcycle the intercourse, the higher the chance. Either way though, with just the very small chance of precum, even if it was at midcycle, your chances are still very low at best. Perhaps he could obtain condoms? Places like planned parenthood often offer them for free in buckets near the door or self-checkout at the grocery store can be a good no-stress method for teens.

      • queen

        how low are my chances if the sex happened day 10 of my cycle? my cycle is a normal 29 days. (pull out method, he urinated beforehand) i’m not planning to use condoms because i don’t want my mom to find them around and she cleans my room pretty deep. Also, i’m planning on going for my second sex this wednesday, the 29th of november, it’d be the 18th of my cycle(same circumstances, withdrawal and everything) should i be worried?

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          The withdraw method is not a reliable form of birth control, especially in teens because ovulation is often irregular. Assuming you actually ovulate on time, midcycle, you’d be looking at day 14-15. Sperm can survive up to 5 days in the reproductive tract, so anywhere from day 9 on would pose some risk of prenancy (higher the closer to day 14-15). An egg also survives about 48 hours, so really you can become pregnant from intercourse about one week each month. The problem with the pull out method is 1. “oops didn’t make” happens a lot, 2. precum can contain sperm and the jury is still out research wise if that content is picked up (and can be voided by urination) or is actually produced in the precum itself (though most sources currently feel that first scenario is the case).

          In your case, you could do a few things.
          -Keep risking it (not recommended)
          -Have him put the condom back in the wrapper and carry it out with him, toss it someplace not where your mom would find it.
          -Just be honest with your mom, intercourse is a perfectly normal milestone for teens.
          -Seek out your local planned parenthood for assistance in getting the pill or deposhot. Laws there can vary by state, but in many you can get on birth control without parental consent. You can look up your state here.

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          Ah see, this is why I need to read my whole comment queue before responding. I apologize for the pointless Planned Parenthood info. Most countries have some form of public care for sexual health, what it is where you are I can’t really say, because I don’t know where you are.

          • queen

            is it normal to have very light blood from the edge of the vaginal opening? i’m pretty sure it isn’t implantation bleeding because i put a finger in and there wasn’t any blood. It’s just that when i went to the bathroom once after a day of us having sex, i wiped and there was a hint of faded blood and when i tried testing where it came from it seemed to be coming from right at the inside of the bottom of the opening, and not from the inside of my vagina itself.

          • Life with Gremlins admin

            It sounds like you may have a bit if vaginal wall bleeding from the intercourse. Sometimes this is just from overly rough sex (which is fine if everyone involved is having a good time 🙂 ), a lack of lubrication (in which case you could consider purchasing some), or it was a size mismatch issue as far as him fitting, if that makes sense. If you were previously a virgin, bleeding is also entirely normal your first time.

          • queen

            i have cycles of around 30 days and my periods are usually late a day or two past the due date, i’ve been cramping here and there for three days (normal of me to get some cramps before my period at that time) and my period is due today,and i’m cramping only around the time of when i’d be getting it -wouldn’t that mean i shouldn’t be worrying about a pregnancy?

          • Life with Gremlins admin

            If you’re getting normal pre-period symptoms, that’s a good sign you’re not pregnant, yes. Not 100% of course, but a good sign.

          • Queen

            hello sorry I’m back with questions again. My period is always a day or two later than predicted by my tracker app and today is my second day after it’s been due and there’s blood and I thought it’s my period but I’m a bit unsure bc it seems to be light. It’s been about 13-14 days since I’ve ovulated so it couldn’t possibly be implantation bleeding could it? First of all I’ve seen so much stress this month with some many due dates and so much stress about whether or not I’d get my period so could that be a factor making it really light? Also the colors seems to look like I I was about to end my period rather than about to start, it was a light red at the beginning mixed with a light brown then it turned into a mix of pure brown and pure red ten when I wipe it was a very light red I thought it wa pink but when I saw what kind of pink implantation bleeding would look like on google it doesn’t look the same. Also, i noticed it was the kind of peachy color light red not pure pink. Either way I’m going to get a HOMe pregnancy test tmrw but any thoughts? Also the sex I had was unprotected but he pulled out and also had urinated many times throughout the day before it, that’s why I’m doubting a pregnancy but the light flow is worrying me. I am having cramps the same I always have before and at the start of my period and they’re normally not too strong

          • Life with Gremlins admin

            I’m sorry, I assume you’ve already taken your test, but if not, yes, stress can change your cycle. Generally bleeding over several days like this isn’t implantation, though on occasion a hormone dip at implantation can cause light bleeding (rather than just spotting). Implantation bleeding doesn’t really “look” a certain way, it varies from case to case, but for most it’s either bright red or brown. Hopefully your test offered some relief for you.

            Thanks for continuing to be one our readers– I’ll always respond, though sometimes comment load can make your wait time longer than others (I try for 24-48 hours).

  • Boo Richardson

    I’m a worrier. I’ve been sexually active with a guy 3 times, and we used a condom and checked it afterwards. No tears or anything. I’ve also had a very stressful week and have been experiencing a lot of symptoms from it. My period was supposed to come two days ago, but it hasn’t. I strongly believe it’s due to stress, but I can’t help to think of the worst: pregnancy. I’m certain that nothing got inside of me, but I’m still worried as to why my cycle hasn’t come yet. Should I be worried?!

  • Clare

    I need some advice! I suffer with PCOS and have been off the pill for over a year now! Me & my partner frequently have unprotected sex but I’ve never fallen pregnant this past month and a half we’ve had sex once at the end of my last period and then a few days later! I’ve been considerably tired of late constantly passing wind and feeling bloated, getting headaches and also noticed a thick egg white discharge in my underwear! I was hoping there would be a possibility that I could be pregnant – but I hadn’t what I think was my period it started and Friday and too me was quite heavy and dark and lasted for 3 days! I’ve noticed that I’ve got a small amount of blood on my underwear today buts it’s almost brown in colour! (My periods have only been regulated since I’ve come off my pill and normally last for 5-7 days) I’m unsure what to do and have no one to turn to to talk to

    Thanks

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If you’ve had regular periods since coming off the pill and have PCOS that’s a great sign. Many ladies with PCOS have a heck of a time becoming regular, unfortunately, the flip side of that is even when they do manage a regular cycle even the slightest diet, activity, or other change can cause some hormonal flux and change things up. You could go ahead and take a test as ladies with PCOS are also more likely to have bleeding in pregnancy, but the bloating, gas, headaches, thicker cervical mucus all could also just be from high progesterone. That would also cause a shorter bleed. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I’ve been trying TTC for 4 months. This month I got light spotting that’s pinkish/red only when wiping then light when wiping brown clear drainage for a few days. Neg pregnancy test. It’s been happening for 3 days. It’s weird because I have the heaviest reddest periods normally. It would be a very short cycle for me if this is my period as well. The brown is strange. Any ideas?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      It’s possible you’re just seeing some pre-period spotting. If you’ve started any supplements or made lifestyle changes TTC, that can be a common culprit for slight cycles irregularities. Light bleeding like this can be from an implantation hormone dip, but in those cases usually you’d see a positive test about 48 hours after.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I am hoping you can help me. I had unprotected sex one time 2 weeks ago (on the day I ovulated). However my boyfriend did not ejaculate, but I am scared of pre-ejaculate. I was supposed to get my period today, but didn’t. I took a pregnancy test but it came back negative. I am experiencing no symptoms of pregnancy other than fatigue (although I am very tired and stressed from just returning to work). I am terrified that I may be pregnant. Is it likely that this is the case? Thank you:

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Regular period variance is +/-3 days, and a test taken the day of your missed period is pretty accurate (upwards of 90%), so my guess here is you’re just seeing a bit of variance this month and you’ll get a period soon. You are right though, for future consideration, precum can result in pregnancy.

  • Janisha Byrd

    Hey my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on 17 of this month and my period started 5-13 also this month. I have this app which told me my ovulation was around 14-19. I really hope I’m not pregnant because I’m too young for a child. Because of this I can’t sleep because of the worrying and I’ve been trying intense workout to insure nothing starts to grow. Right now my belly hurts because of the abs workout or eating pineapples. I haven’t token a pill because I’m not so good with the constant taking at by a specific time. When I was done with my workout I felt to throw up but I believe this was because I went to exercise on an empty stomach. However my eyes have been kind of watery which I normally get before my period starts which my period is suppose to start in two weeks. I haven’t gotten any other symptoms of pregnancy.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      You won’t get pregnancy symptoms before a missed period, so you can stop worrying there. Things like strenuous exercise and pineapple also have not been proven to affect pregnancy at all (well, except pineapple in late pregnancy). At this point, you are too far beyond the act for plan B to help either. All you can do now is wait and hope. Unprotected sex during a fertile time always comes with a fair chance of pregnancy, but then, in teens hormones are irregular and so is ovulation as a result. This lowers your fertility. Keep in mind that if your period doesn’t show, you should test, and if that test is positive see a care provider right away. The earlier a pregnancy is terminated, the easier that process goes (if you wish to end your pregnancy). Home abortion efforts are both dangerous and usually ineffective.