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Is a missed period a sure sign of pregnancy?

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The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy -- and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test -- is a missed period. That said, not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.

Keep in mind that women can experience some bleeding during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should know about bleeding. For example, when is bleeding normal and when is it a sign of an emergency?

There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. it might be that you gained or lost too much weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills -- but if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.

From: Early Pregnancy Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 29, 2018

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