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I got off my period, but the following week I was cramping and had lower back pain and eating a lot of foods that I wouldn't normally eat. Could this be a sign of pregnancy?

By Anonymous May 19, 2015 - 2:36pm
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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Back pain is not a sign of pregnancy, but a potential side effect of pregnancy.  Increased appetite with food cravings can happen, but it is not a sign that you are pregnant.  Other factors such as stress, hormones, other medical conditions, etc. can change your appetite and make your back hurt.

Signs of pregnancy include:

  • Absent menstrual bleeding or light/spotting
  • Tender or swollen breast
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Food aversions or cravings

But even these symptoms aren't unique to pregnancy.  The best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test to find out for sure.

I hope this helps.

Be well,


May 19, 2015 - 2:57pm
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