Is A Missed Period A Sure Sign Of Pregnancy?
The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy -- and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test -- is a missed period. That said, not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.
Keep in mind that women can experience some bleeding during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should know about bleeding. For example, when is bleeding normal and when is it a sign of an emergency?
There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. it might be that you gained or lost too much weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills -- but if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.
What to Do If You Miss Your Period
If you miss your period, you should wait at first. Give it a few days to make sure you didn't miscalculate or do something to mix up the dates or that you aren't simply late. Many practitioners at this point, recommend a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test at home or you can go into your doctor or midwife's office. (Though most urine tests are the same.) If it's positive, you have your answer: You missed your period because you were pregnant. If it is negative you may want to wait a bit and try again.