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If I have had my period every month without any changes, but my weight is moving to awkward places, could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous November 11, 2011 - 3:45pm
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It looks like my abdomen is getting bigger, and I'm nauseous most of the day with headaches, but I've had my period every month (most recently the first week of November) and I've never had intercourse. If any sperm got near my privates, it was dried and at least an hour after I touched it...and the latest that would have happened prior to taking my BC pills was around early to mid-September, I believe. I've been taking birth control for a month now (since October 9th), but I've been nauseous since late August. My headaches have been since last year. I took pregnancy tests in early and late September and they both came out negative.

I'll be honest. I don't exercise other than walking from class to class, and I don't eat properly because the food my parents buy isn't healthy and I don't eat lunch. (I'm 18, and I still live at home.) The weird part is that I've lost three pounds in the past month rather than gained. I'm 5'8" and 174 lbs...so my BMI is around 26-27. But every time I look down now, it looks like the lower part of my tummy below the belly button is jutting out more than the last time I looked down. My clothes still fit, but some things seem a bit tighter (could have just shrunk in the dryer, I know...). It's obvious I'm overweight, but what would explain the weird movement of my weight toward my abdomen? Could it be pregnancy, or am I just paranoid and in need of exercise? My doctor also prescribed Zantac yesterday to help with my nausea, and he said just not to think about being nauseous and to block it from my mind. I've been stressed since school started (got my first real boyfriend who doesn't go to my school, filling out college applications and scholarships, dual enrollment, tons of homework...), so I understand the headaches are likely a result of all those things...but I don't understand if the nausea and weight changes are related to these stresses and hormones as well. Is that possible?

Is there an explanation for the sickness and the weird weight distribution? If I change my diet and exercise, will my body go back to how it looked before (granted this isn't pregnancy)? Is it even possible to be pregnant when I've gotten my period every month? (My mother says it's very common for women to get their periods regularly when pregnant...but I thought it was next to impossible since missing a period or extremely light bleeding around that time is a sign of pregnancy. Is she wrong or right?)

Thank you for your time!

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It is a good idea to start out slowly when you are beginning an exercise program. Taking a 15 minute brisk walk at least 3 or 4 days a week is a good start. Do you have a dog? If so, walking your dog each day is a form of exercise.

Dancing for 15 minutes to your favorite music is another form of exercise. Find an  activity that you like and have fun while you are doing it. That way exercise is fun and not a chore.

If your parents are hooked on soda, try mixing 100% juice with selzer water. If they like chips, try sweet potatoe chips or vegetable chips and choose baked chips instead of fried. It will take time to convert your family to healthy eating habits, but the reward will be better health for all.


November 14, 2011 - 5:18pm
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Ahh thank you! I would really love to lose weight, but I've tried before and just couldn't find a group of exercises that worked with me (mostly because I think I started off too strong). Unfortunately, I've tried to shop with my parents and offer to buy healthier things and asking for fruits and vegetables over chips and soda just doesn't work with them. But maybe this time I can convince them. :)
But really. Thank you very much! :D

November 13, 2011 - 11:57am

You are not pregnant. You have not had sexual intercourse. You have a regular period each month. I will not ask you to explain your delayed contact with dried sperm.

Chronic stress can be contributing to the headaches and feeling of nauses.

You are young. Start eating a healthy diet and start exercising regularly. Walking each day is a good start. When you can, use the stairs instead of an elevator. Do you like doing yoga, swimming, kick-boxing or dancing? These are all good exercises that you can do to burn extra calories and tone muscles.

I found this slide show on the website for the Mayo Clinic for core exercise to build your abdominal muscles.


Try converting your parents to healthy eating. Offer to go shopping with your mother and suggest some healthy food choices, like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans and  whole grains. Look up healthy recipes and offer to cook a healthy meal one night a week.




November 11, 2011 - 5:41pm
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