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Comparing PMS to Pregnancy

May 2, 2017


Even though you may be feeling off, it’s not as easy as you think to determine if your symptoms are related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or pregnancy.

Occurring usually a week or so before menstruating, PMS symptoms can be eerily similar to common symptoms associated with an early pregnancy.

It is important to educate yourself so you understand the differences between PMS and pregnancy symptoms.

PMS Symptoms

  • Tender or swollen breasts are common and usually peak right before your period. At the onset of your period or immediately after, these symptoms tend to let up.

  • PMS is often associated with anxiousness and irritability, which often go away at the start of your period.

  • Many women experience fatigue and trouble sleeping during PMS with relief from these symptoms once the period starts.

  • It’s not uncommon for those experiencing PMS to have food cravings or increased appetite. 

  • Usually 24 to 48 hours before your period, cramping begins. Once your period is over, it typically goes away.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • One to two week after conception,

  • Occurring about 10-14 days post-conception, vaginal bleeding or spotting is usually an early sign of pregnancy.

  • Commonly experienced a month after conception, nausea is one common and distinct symptom to help your determine if your symptoms are related to PMS or pregnancy.

  • Mood changes

  • Being more noticeable during the first trimester, fatigue is a symptom that can also last until you give birth.

  • Lack of an appetite, food cravings for specific foods and a palette change

  • With the ability to last months, pregnancy cramps usually occurs in your lower back or stomach.

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