Pregnant or Something Else?


Q: For the past couple weeks, I have felt really weird. I wake up in the middle of the night with nausea, almost every night. On occasion, I have nausea during the day as well. I've had back pains, tender breasts, and just recently- diarrhea. I've also had stomach cramps (sometimes very intense), but no sign of a period. My period is not due until at least the 29th of August. I have very irregular cycles. I took a pregnancy test yesterday, but it came back negative. Could I be pregnant or are these symptoms of something else?

Symptoms:  Cramps before period, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain, tender breasts

A:   Pregnancy symptoms are quite non-specific and a lot of other illnesses such as viral illness, gastroenteritis etc mimic these symptoms.
A urine pregnancy test is based on the principle of detecting the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone secreted by the cytotrophoblastic cells of the growing baby. This hormone is detected in the blood as early as 8 - 9 days post ovulation and in the urine around the time of your expected periods. This is because the urine based tests will detect a pregnancy only after the hCG levels are atleast 100 mIU/ml.
It would be a good idea to take the urine test again if you have missed your periods to be sure of the results.

Related Q&A

Q: Is it safe to take robitussin DM coughgels while 8 months pregnant ?

Q: What are the chances of getting pregnant from Precum if you last ejaculation was around 12 hours before sex. I'm not ...

Q: What are the chances of getting pregnant from Precum. Her period started October 1 and we had sex on the 9th at aroun...

Q: Is it safe to go to orlando florida if im 6 weeks pregnant?

Q: In July I had a miscarriage at 5 weeks. I got my period 4 weeks later. But since then the cycle length has been diffe...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon