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can i be pregnant???

By January 9, 2010 - 10:53pm
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well me and my boyfriend have been trying to have a baby and well on december 13 2009 i had unprotected sex with my boyfrind then on december 15 2009 i got my period, could i still get pregnant ??

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No, when you have your menstrual period, that is the ONE sign when you know you are not pregnant (unfortunately).

It is the absence of a menstrual period when that is the first sign of a possible pregnancy.

How long have you been trying to conceive? Would you like more information on this topic? And, I'm curious since this is not a traditional relationship...why are you and your boyfriend trying to conceive (when not married?)...I'd love to hear your story!

January 10, 2010 - 6:59am
(reply to Alison Beaver)

well weve been trying to concieve since november,and then i also had sex 4 days after my period, lately ive been eating good then after i finish eating ill still be hungry. then i get dizzy a lot and my nipples itch a lot.... me and my boyfriend are gonna get married were just waiting to get more moneyand yes i would love to get more information on this topic...thx :)

January 10, 2010 - 12:53pm
(reply to alejandra)

My one tip for you: try not to over-analyze your symptoms until you have missed a period, as many of us can attest to (myself included), you are wanting to be pregnant, and early pregnancy symptoms are so slight that any itch, twitch, pain, cramp, discharge, discomfort will be analyzed as "am I pregnant?". It can really weigh you down with emotional exhaustion!

With that said, here is some information I hope you find helpful; you may already know this, so please feel free to ask any questions you have!
- It takes 10-14 days after ovulation to become pregnant. Many women think, "OK..I've had unprotected sex, I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating...I must be pregnant!". Actually, it takes a long process to become pregnanty, surprisingly enough. Once you ovulate (release an egg), it takes time for the sperm to travel through your cervical mucus, through your uterus, into your fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg. (You may not be ovulating at that exact moment, and sperm can be "waiting" for an egg up to 3-5 days in your body!). After fertilization, it takes time for the egg to travel through your fallopian tubes, into your uterus, to then implant into the thick uterine lining. This entire process takes 10-14 days, until you have a viable pregnancy (implantation), and thus, you will not have any pregnancy symptoms until this time.
- Guess what also happens 10-14 days after ovulation? That's right...your period! It is so difficult to distinguish early pregnancy symptoms from pre-menstrual symptoms, as they are identical (due to hormonal changes, so it makes sense), and what makes it more confusing is that both of these occur around the same time, and the only true "early pregnancy" symptom is absence of a period. Some women will notice changes (breast tenderness, sore back, acne, cramping), but will not know if it is just something different in their PMS or if it is pregnancy until the confirm pregnancy.
- Some women experience "implantation bleeding" although this is actually more like "implantation spotting"...it can be a mere spot of blood that is easily unnoticed.
- Each cycle, a woman "only" has a 20% chance of conceiving. Even knowing this statistic, it is funny how long woman have been trying to prevent pregnancy, that there is this thought that the second we are having unprotected sex that we will become pregnant. It does actually take a few months...6 months...12 months to conceive! This is also the reason not to over-analyze your symptoms each cycle, as it really could take months, and you will be exhausted each time thinking you are pregnant.
- Experts say for women with no history of reproductive issues, to have sex frequently (every-other day at most) throughout your cycle, regardless of "when" in your cycle you think you are most fertile. Your cycle can change, and it is difficult to know exactly when you are going to ovulate (even with an ovulation predictor kit...they still only "predict" ovulation). It is just not an exact science, and experts think it is better to enjoy the process and not count days, use tracking devices, etc., for most women who are just recently trying to conceive.

Those are my "tips" based on the questions we receive the most often; please let me now what other questions you have about conception (or, anything else!)

January 10, 2010 - 8:59pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

hey Alison well my last period was on dec 15 and i missed it this month... i havent felt good lately i get dizzy from time to time then my attitude has changed a lot, and i keep getting a whit disscharge coming from my vaginal area... what could this be????

January 27, 2010 - 12:36pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

well i am 3 days late already and everyday i get this really thick discharge so i really hope im pregnant

January 17, 2010 - 10:13pm
(reply to alejandra)


Is the discharge thick and clear? Like mucus? Or is there blood in it, like a period? Is this happening constantly, or just once in a while?

Best of luck to you; I know you are hoping you are pregnant. Please do come back and let us know.

January 19, 2010 - 8:52am
(reply to Alison Beaver)

thnx well today is my day im supposed to have my period but m just gonna wait and ill go to a clinic to see if i am pregnant..

January 15, 2010 - 11:16am
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