When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Many women start having typical pregnancy symptoms shortly after ovulation which they attribute to being pregnant. These typical symptoms may include increased appetite, weight gain, nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and other symptoms commonly attributed to typical pregnancy symptoms. 

You could be pregnant if you had sex during your fertile days, you are having certain pregnancy symptoms, and especially if you missed your period.

The chances of being pregnant rise dramatically if you are not using birth control, but it is also possible to get pregnant even if you are using birth control, especially if you are not using it regularly or exactly as prescribed. 

Many women start having typical pregnancy symptoms before they miss their period and before they have a positive pregnancy test and they ask themselves "Am I pregnant?" But many women who are not pregnant may also experience these symptoms because they want to be pregnant and they are trying to be pregnant.

When should I take a pregnancy test?

The bottom line is that only a positive pregnancy test will tell you for sure. Most home pregnancy tests will not be positive until you miss your period, about 15+ days after ovulation and you need to be patient until you get there.

The most common first symptom of pregnancy is a missed period (anovulation). Other typical pregnancy symptoms include breast tenderness, bloating and nausea but they are not reliable enough for diagnosing pregnancy because many pregnancy symptoms are also premenstrual symptoms.

If you are wondering "Am I Pregnant?" and you want to find out, then you must first do a pregnancy test. Until the pregnancy test is clearly positive, there is no way knowing for sure.

How likely am I to get pregnant?

Women who ovulate and men who have a normal sperm count have a 1 in 5 chance (20%) of getting pregnant in any one cycle. If you have had unprotected intercourse during your 5-6 fertile days prior to and the day of ovulation, then there is a 20% chance that you are pregnant. It is also possible to be pregnant even if you are using birth control, though some birth control methods like the pill are more reliable than the diaphragm or a condom. It is rare if you are using a medically approved form of birth control, but it becomes more likely if you don't always use your method every single time, or take your birth control pills every single day. Withdrawal (the pull out method) is a very unreliable form of birth control. If that is your choice of birth control, your chance of pregnancy rises dramatically.

The only way to answer the question "Am I Pregnant?" is to do a pregnancy test but many pregnancy tests will not be accurate until after you miss your period. A positive pregnancy test means that you are pregnant but a negative test does not necessarily mean that you are not pregnant.