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Am I mistaking my short period for an early pregnancy sign?

I started my "period" this past Thursday, on the 20th, which is on time for what my period usually is (between Thursday-Saturday of the 3rd week of each month), and it started the same as usual, rather heavy for the first couple of days, normal shade of red blood. This morning though I'm experiencing really light bleeding, still red in color, when my periods usually last up to 7 days, the shortest being 5.
I've read about early pregnancy symptoms, and I've experienced none of them; no tender breasts, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, stomach pains or bloating, no major weight changes in the past month, no discharge. I feel that my period being shorter than usual is probably due to how much I've been stressing about the possibility of being pregnant; my fiancee and I had unprotected sex last week and ever since then I've been worried about what would happen if I were to get pregnant.
I'm leaning more towards stress, but I'd just like some more clarity if someone who has never had any symptoms and only a shorter period has found out that they're pregnant.
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replied January 1st, 2013
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The altered period pattern could suggest pregnancy possibility if you had been sexually active around ovulation time (especially if not on any regular birth control measures). Do not depend on the appearance of symptoms alone to suggest pregnancy possibility, as few women can experience all the symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, whereas few women do not experience any (the appearance of symptoms depends on how your body reacts to changing hormonal status during pregnancy). If periods have been abnormal, 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). If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for your altered periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you regulate your periods better. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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