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Headaches every day. No other pregnancy symptoms though. Really stressed and I have an irregular cycle. All previous test I've taken are negative?

Headaches every day. No other pregnancy symptoms though. Really stressed and I have an irregular cycle.  All previous test I've taken are negative?

Neurologist: A neurologist is best qualified to investigate daily headaches. Muscle contraction, tension type headaches are a common cause of daily headaches. If these are your problems, perhaps your physician will refer you for stress management therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I haven't had a period since Dec 2014, I've taken pregnancy tests & all said negative. Had pregnancy symptoms, also been stressed. What should I do?

I haven't had a period since Dec 2014, I've taken pregnancy tests & all said negative. Had pregnancy symptoms, also been stressed. What should I do?

See a doctor: Since you have missed more than two periods, it is time to consult your doctor for an evaluation. More history, physical examination and some tests may be needed and this is not an appropriate forum for the evaluation. ...Read more

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My cycle was to start feb15 im 3 days late. No im not stressed and have no pregnancy symptoms besides occasional cramping pregnant test neg.?

My cycle was to start feb15 im 3 days late. No im not stressed and have no pregnancy symptoms besides occasional cramping pregnant test neg.?

Pregnant: Most pregnancy tests become positive between 2 and 4 weeks after conception, about the time you miss a period, to a few weeks after. You may want to wait and see if your period starts late, and save your money. But if you are two weeks late or longer, it may be better to test for pregnancy. If not pregnant you may want to check with your physician why your periods have changed. ...Read more

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2 weeks late for period and no pregnancy symptoms, not really stressed and I'm 11 days away from getting my period next month?

2 weeks late for period and no pregnancy symptoms, not really stressed and I'm 11 days away from getting my period next month?

Late period: if you have not already then take a pregnancy test. If it is negative recheck in a week. If you have your period next month as scheduled then you missed your period for another reason such as stress, illness, etc. if you still do not have a period a visit to your doctor is in order. ...Read more

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Three months late period, no pregnancy symptoms, horrible diet, stressed out a lot, is it possible to go 3 months with no period and not be pregnant?

Three months late period, no pregnancy symptoms, horrible diet, stressed out a lot, is it possible to go 3 months with no period and not be pregnant?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

Get Help locally: You need a pregnancy test. If you cannot afford one please call planned parenthood and get yourself seen. There is nothing we can do for you on the web. But, I can encourage you to stop being scared and get to a compassionate place that will answer all of your questions and concerns. ...Read more

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Could i be pregnant? I'm not stressed out, my period is just about always regular. I am 6 days late and took a pregnancy test that came up negative. Is it just too soon for a home pregnancy test to detect it? I'm have some pregnancy symptoms. I plan on ta

Could i be pregnant? I'm not stressed out, my period is just about always regular. I am 6 days late and took a pregnancy test that came up negative. Is it just too soon for a home pregnancy test to detect it? I'm have some pregnancy symptoms. I plan on ta

Neg hpt: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

Take a test : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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My period is late 10 days today I have a very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very stressed out becaus

My period is late 10 days today I have a very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very stressed out becaus

Listen to your body.: But don't stress so much worrying about whether you're pregnant that you make your period be late and have back aches and headaches. Remember, our bodies don't get graded on how well they answer test questions, and some bodies have to be asked a test question 2 or 3 times before they answer it "right". If answer still isn't "right" f/u with your pmd. ...Read more

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My Wife has Uterus didelphys and has been Having signs and symptoms of Pregnecy and her last two periods have been very light and short stress or?

My Wife has Uterus didelphys and has been Having signs and symptoms of Pregnecy and her last two periods have been very light and short stress or?

Perhaps : Uterus didelphys is a double uterus. The uteri may have a single cervix or 2 separate cervix. A pregnancy may proceed normally or there may increase risk of miscarriage or preterm labor. If she develops any cramping or pain she should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How big of an impact can stress and anxiety have on fertility? I have a 3y/o, but have recently had 3chemical pregnancies in a row w/ massive anxiety

How big of an impact can stress and anxiety have on fertility? I have a 3y/o, but have recently had 3chemical pregnancies in a row w/ massive anxiety

Stress & fertility: Stress can dysregulate your menstrual cycle due to hypothalamic-pituitary influence on ovarian function. Ovulation can become inconsistent, which disturbs your fertility. If having "massive anxiety, " it's time to get help with this. A psychologist might be able to help you without adding medications that could be problematic during pregnancy. There are some relatively safe ones if need be. ...Read more

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I was very stressed my first 10wks of pregnancy, will my baby be ok? Also, can holding my 7 month old, over 21lbs 29 inches, hurt my pregnancy/baby?

I was very stressed my first 10wks of pregnancy, will my baby be ok? Also, can holding my 7 month old, over 21lbs 29 inches, hurt my pregnancy/baby?

Your baby shoul be: Fine and lifting will hit you not your baby unless you have started to dilate or have been told your cervix is weak and are at risk of early labor then lifting could be a risk for early delivery. Ask your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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I have anxiety disorder and pregnant and entire pregnancy i have been stressed anxious and nervous.can this affect my baby in any way?

Perinatal anxiety: I don't know of any research that supports that anxiety impacts the baby in the womb. There is no doubt it impacts mom and your focus needs to be redirected towards yourself. Perinatal anxiety and depression is common. Consider seeking professional help and support from loved ones. Postpartum international is good online resource. Prenatal yoga is another helpful tool. ...Read more

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Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more