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a few symptoms of pregnancy but they're not overwhelming

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My husband and I are trying to concieve, and my period is now 6 days late, yet I've taken 3 negative HPTs (they were supposed to the 'early detection' kind so I assumed they'd be more sensitive to pick up the hcg). I have a few symptoms of early pregnancy but they are not overwhelming - mainly headaches, slightly swollen breasts (but not sore anymore), and cramping (seems only in the evening). I have also been seeing some intermittent spotting, mostly brownish in color, but one morning there was some red mixed in (I thought it was my period so I used a tampon but there wasn't enough to soak the tampon, just a small spot). My doctor wants me to wait a few more days to see if my period arrives, but the waiting is stressing me out! Could I be pregnant with only "slight" symptoms?

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replied March 12th, 2012
Am I Pregnant Answer A32693
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Periods can be delayed for upto 10 days due to stress level changes, changes in hormonal pattern, and changes in lifestyle etc. The symptoms that you describe (headaches, delayed periods, swollen breasts, abdominal cramps, spotting, brown discharge) could be few of the early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). You can consider taking a repeat urine pregnancy test (on an early morning first urine sample) after 7-10 days of missed/altered periods to see if you get positive results, or get it confirmed by a blood HCG test. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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