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ask: i feel my pulse all over my body recently and ive been really worried over it. could this have anything to do with anxiety, or sit ups or... pregnancy?

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Hi, I just found out yesterday that I am 4wks pregnant :) yes we are so excited. This is our 6th try, 3 mc 2 bfn. We are hoping all will go well here so please say a prayer for us. In the last 4 days I have been feeling my pulse all over my body, back of my head, lower back, tummy, arms and thigh area. Is this normal? It is most intense when I am lying down but I also feel it when sitting.

December 16, 2011 - 4:46pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post and congratulations on your pregnancy!

I am not fully sure what you mean about feeling a "pulse" all over but I am wondering if it could be high blood pressure. It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.

Best,

Susan

March 25, 2013 - 1:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm 8 weeks pregnant,and when i am surprised,my pulse is all over my body,Legs.stomach,arms,neck,finger,all over,mostly at night,I really thought is was my andrenal gland off balance,I'm going in the end of this week to see if this is effect the prgnancy.so if anyone can help please do.

December 28, 2011 - 2:54am
Diane Porter

N177,

OK, if you've gotten two periods -- or even one period -- since you were sexually active, I can tell you for sure that you are NOT pregnant. The body cannot be pregnant and have periods at the same time.

Many many girls and women do exactly what you are doing: Noticing everything in your body that you never ever noticed before. It happens to lots of us once we start worrying about something.

So I'm guessing that you had unprotected sex? Do you know if your partner had ever had sex before?

I am not a nurse or a doctor, so I can't tell you anything for sure. But I can tell you that it's absolutely possible that yes, you're feeling symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety can make our heart race so fast that some people get out of breath and fear that they're having a heart attack.

Let's talk about the discharge. If your partner possibly had an STD (sexually transmitted disease) and you had unprotected sex, you might have gotten that STD. Or, you might simply have gotten a vaginal infection or a urinary tract infection, both of which are easily treatable.

Let's talk about making a doctor's appointment just to get this checked out. I am guessing that your only doctor is your family doctor, am I right? And you don't want to go there?

Would you be interested in going to Planned Parenthood? They have doctors at reduced rates who are very used to seeing and talking with young women. You can talk with them about birth control, if you are interested, and you can get an exam and, if needed, medicine. It's completely confidential and you can make your appointment on your own.

If you go to this page and put in your zip code, it will give you information about Planned Parenthood Health Centers near you:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

Do you think that would help?

March 4, 2010 - 8:55am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Umm...you CAN be prego AND still have your period. It's less common, but it happens.

Andi the RN

June 10, 2011 - 6:16am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Andi the RN

It's a biological impossibility to have a menstrual period and be pregnant. I'm surprised you did not learn of this in nursing school or that myth was explained to you and why people are confused about this.

Bleeding in pregnancy is possible - having a MENSTRUAL period is not. Ovulation and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining cannot happen with a baby in there!

~Susan

June 10, 2011 - 12:09pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

People will confuse this yes you can have your period a small number do and it's normally not
As heavy or as noticable but possible trust me I had my period my whole first pregnancy and my dr said it does happen

March 24, 2013 - 11:23pm
Diane Porter

Hi, n177,

Thanks so much for your question. And welcome to EmpowHer!

I need to ask you a couple of questions. When you say you feel your pulse all over your body, does that mean you feel like your heart is racing? That it is beating so hard you feel it in your arms and legs, for instance?

Or is it just that when you put your fingers on pulse points in your body (like the inside of your wrists, or the side of your neck) that you can feel it there, beating?

Or is it different than that? Can you try to describe it more?

Does it go on all the time, all day long? Or just sometimes?

When this happens, are you anxious? Are you in a worrisome situation? Is there something on your mind? Could this be panic attacks for any reason?

Situps -- as well as any kind of exertion -- will cause your heart to beat faster for a while. But it soon recovers and slows back down to its normal pace.

Are you pregnant? If so, how far along are you?

And may I ask how old you are?

March 2, 2010 - 9:56am
n177 (reply to Diane Porter)

I'm not pregnant. Or at least i'd like to think i'm not. Im 18. Ive only begun to be sexually active since Dec last year and early january but stopped by around 15th jan. Ive gotten my period twice ever since but i cant help and feel scared that i might be pg. It's the least that I would want right now, so ever since then i've been very worried about changes in my body.

I would notice every changes that would happen in my body. For example a buldge on my tummy which may have always been there but i never took it seriously. So recently, i've started to do hardcore sit ups hoping it would go away.

Nevertheless, any sensations in my body such as feeling my pulse everywhere would always scare me that I would end up crying. I'm really not liking the idea that I could be pg. I'm still too young. My thoughts are killing me but I cant seem to gather up some courage to make an appointment to see the doctor.

I havent had any serious symptoms of pg though. But what I know for sure is that I may be infected in a sense that I used to have cottage discharge and would often smell. However that has stopped, but instead i'm getting yellow and brownish discharge now which is scaring me out. Nowadays, I would also have trouble sleeping. It's the only thing I can think about!

My pulse is most noticeable when i sit or lie down. Especially around my abdomen area and chest. Sometimes, i can feel them on my buttocks and my legs. Is this all anxiety?!

I need help :(

March 3, 2010 - 1:43am
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