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What are some physical signs of pregnancy? I am getting paranoiac by the fact I MIGHT be pregnant... If anyone has any information, it will help a lot... Please and Thank you very much...
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The VERY first sign of pregnancy is a positive pregnancy test. This can be taken at 10-14 days after a risk.
Missed periods are a sign that can mean pregnancy as well as other things.
If you're worried, take a test to know for sure (if it's been 10 days). If it's been less than 5 days, you still have time to get Emergency Contraception.


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Thank you, but what if i cannot go out and buy a pregnancy test? I just needed some physical signs as in what am I suppose to feel and is there any pains or changes in my body and such things like that
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Like Courtenay said, there aren't any signs of pregnancy that you can trust except for a positive pregnancy test. A missed period can sometimes be an early indication of pregnancy, but it could also be caused by other things like stress, environmental changes, body changes, etc. What exactly was your pregnancy risk?

Why can't you get a pregnancy test? Could someone you know get one for you? If you are unable to get the things you need to have safer sex, including pregnancy tests, some sort of birth control method, condoms, yearly STI testing, etc., then it might be a good idea to step back from sex until you can get those things for yourself. Sex can be really wonderful, but it also carries risks with it and anyone who is having sex needs to be aware of those risks and be able to take the necessary steps to lower those risks.

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A missed period.

That's pretty much it. Other "symptoms" are unreliable for several reasons. First, they won't happen right away. Symptoms are caused by the hormone changes in a pregnant woman's body. It takes time for the hormones to reach a level where they will cause any of those symptoms...generally much longer than it would take for you to get a positive test or miss a period (since those things happen when the hormone levels are still relatively low). Secondly, symptoms are different for every pregnant woman. Not everybody has the same ones. Some women may have everything you can think of, others notice basically none of the typical symptoms or may have things that are different than what is typically associated. Also, they can happen at different times for different women. Third, most of your typical pregnancy "symptoms" can be also caused by a ton of other things from a stomach flu to PMS. Finally, when you're worried about pregnancy and are trying to diagnose it by symptoms, it's pretty easy to see things happening in your body that may not be happening. In other words, if I'm super worried about having morning sickness (for instance), I can easily psych myself right into being sick. Or maybe I've picked up a stomach bug, but I'm so worried about being pregnant that I attribute it to that instead of what it really is.

Symptoms are just really really unreliable.

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