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took a morning after pill are these Early Pregnancy Signs?

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about 3 weeks ago I took the morning after pill and had a what I though was a 7 day period. Now over the past 4 days Ive had an extremley bad bloated tummy, keep going to the toilet to have number 2, and one minute Im constipated and the next Ive got the runns. Ive also experienced headaches and been quite emotional crying on the odd occasion. Some times I feel as though Ive got a knot in my stomach and will also have the occasional shooting pain but nothing compared to bad period cramps. except these pains seem to be right behind my belly button??? I have felt sick a little and also reluctant to eat as I feel terrible and painfully bloated afterwards. Are these early pregnancy signs? Also as I took the morning after pill Im unsure as to when my next period is due so I dont know when I should take a test?

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replied July 16th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A37127
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If you have been sexually active after 12 hours of taking ECP, it might not protect you. If you have taken the emergency contraceptive within 48-72 hours of the unprotected sexual intercourse, it should work in preventing pregnancy (provided you were not sexually active without protection after taking it). Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking ECP indicating that it has worked (which could be the bleeding you experienced). Since the pills contain high doses of hormones, these can disrupt the normal hormonal and period pattern causing period/bleeding abnormalities and appearance of new symptoms (as suggested by your recent symptoms). However, the symptoms also suggest possibility of pregnancy (due to repeat intercourse after taking ECP or due to contraceptive failure). Wait and watch for your next periods which can be delayed. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If pregnancy is suspected, or if you miss your periods, or if you have abnormal periods, 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.
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