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By August 20, 2011 - 4:41pm

My husband and I, are trying to have a baby, my last period was July 30th, ovulation August 12, now i am starting to feel back pain, nausea specially in the morning, my mood! cranky! :(, Gas, pain, like stabs in my stomach! am i pregnant? my next period is the 27 this month. and this is my first time, that's why i am clueless.

By August 20, 2011 - 8:11pm

Women usually do not experience pregnancy symptoms until they have missed their period, as it takes 10-14 days after ovulation to even become pregnant (fertilized egg to implant in the uterus). It is not until the moment of implantation that the "pregnancy hormones" kick in, and you begin experiencing hormone changes (the symptoms you describe: change in mood, gas, nausea).

Some women do have a slight twinge that they believe is implantation, but most women do not notice the moment of implantation.

Trying to conceive is an exciting time...but be aware of the emotional rollercoaster (that myself and many other women have been on). It can become disappointing, even devastating, to over-analyze every symptom as a sign of pregnancy...just to have your period begin in the next week. Keep your hopes up, but be optimistically cautious if your brain starts telling you that you have LOTS of symptoms of pregnancy BEFORE your period even begins...it is usually (but not always!) wishful thinking instead of pregnancy at this early of a stage.

With that said...keep track of your symptoms, as mood changes could definitely be changes in your cycle. I become more questioning when I hear "stabs in stomach", as this would not be a typical early-pregnancy sign (it is a late-pregnancy symptom for most women).

Please know that all women experience pregnancy symptoms differently, and even subsequent pregnancies are different with different symptoms. I didn't want to be the barer of bad news, but wanted to keep the information realistic. YOU know your body best, and being excited about TTC is GREAT! I have talked with so many women who are really, really devastated when their period comes, and they've only been trying for 2-3 months. I don't want you to feel devastated...it's just a difficult time to know if you are starting a period or pregnancy...what a change in your life and you would think that women would know/feel a new life starting in their uterus, but strangely enough, most women do not. Please know it takes 6-12 months for most healthy women to conceive...so keep trying! :)

August 20, 2011 - 8:11pm

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