Several days late in your period, and inevitably the question arises: am I pregnant? The four key things to know.
Not having a period does not necessarily mean pregnancy
Your belly won’t get bigger right away, so not having a period is the first sign that will put you on your toes.
Is your menstrual cycle usually fairly regular? Are you several days late in your period? Have you had unprotected sex? If so, you may be pregnant
However, many women have absences or irregularities in their periods. Delay is therefore not always synonymous with pregnancy. It may in particular be due to a change in life (stress, moving, etc.).
Also read: I’m late in my period, am I pregnant?
Other signs in addition
However, other symptoms can help you diagnose early pregnancy:
- breasts become heavier and tense fast enough. Your nipple bulges over the days;
- you can also feel a big blow of fatigue, you have an unusual and intense need for sleep.
Finally it is not rare to see appear in some women cravings or even nausea.
A high temperature curve in pregnancy
You usually take your temperature every morning to detect when you are ovulating. This clue can help you know if there is a possible pregnancy.
A story of variation
The temperature decreases at the lowest point of the cycle around the fourteenth day, it is the beginning of ovulation, then it increases by a few tenths of a degree (3 to 5 maximum).
After the twenty-eighth day, she comes back down, and it’s the first day of her period. If this temperature remains high after the 28th day, there is a 99% chance that pregnancy is on the way.
A difficult interpretation
Your temperature curve will give a very precise indication of the first day you were pregnant. It is the first day of ovulation, the day when the temperature has risen and the fertilization has taken place.
But beware, this is a difficult tool to interpret, which can be quickly disturbed by a small cold for example. Avoid polarizing yourself on the curve to give rhythm to your sex.
Diagnosis with a pregnancy test
Since March 2014, pregnancy tests have been available in supermarkets. Whatever their place of sale (pharmacies or supermarkets), they are simple to use: all you need is to put the strips in contact with a few drops of urine.
Do the test preferably with the morning urine more concentrated in hormones. It detects thea presence of HCG (gonadotropic chorionic hormone) which is secreted by the embryo installed on the wall of the uterus.
Rapid detection not always effective
Pregnancy can be seen with a test from the first day of late period, about ten days after fertilization. But there can be, even if it is rare, a false positive response by too early a test or the production of a miscarriage. In all cases, the pregnancy must be confirmed by a blood test.
Confirmation of a future baby with a blood test
You should first talk to your doctor about your suspected pregnancy. To confirm or refute the suspicions, he will prescribe a blood test, which is more reliable than a pregnancy test.
She allows to quantify very precisely the level of HCG (chorionic gonadotrophic hormone) present in your body.
This rate is also used as a check because too high a number can be an alert (ectopic pregnancy…).
It is important to be quickly fixed on a possible pregnancy because there is monitoring to be put in place and precautions to be taken with regard to tobacco, alcohol or food.