If you have ovulated, and the ovulation has resulted in a fertilized egg and pregnancy, you not only get a late period or missed period but you can get PMS symptoms just as if you weren’t pregnant. The last two weeks of a menstrual cycle is one in which the progesterone and estrogen levels are high, resulting in premenstrual symptoms of bloating, breast tenderness, cramping and sometimes irritability and emotional symptoms typical of menstrual symptoms. The only difference is that you get these symptoms, but no blood comes out heralding the next cycle.
For women who get no period symptoms before a regular period, you may not have any sign at all that you are pregnant until you miss your period and begin to wonder what has happened. After a couple of more weeks of cramping but no bleeding, you may start to get pregnancy symptoms of nausea and vomiting, which should lead you to get a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant.
Period like Symptoms but no Period
It is very difficult to tell if the period like symptoms you are having after ovulation represents a pregnancy or if you will get your period. This is because there are very little differences in premenstrual hormones and early pregnancy hormones. The main difference is the HCG level, which begins to rise upon implantation of the embryo and begins to show up on a urine pregnancy test about 5-6 days before a missed period. Eventually, the HCG levels rise high enough to cause nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, but this doesn’t happen until about 6 weeks gestation.
If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to take care of yourself throughout the entire cycle, from the time of the period, through ovulation and up until the missed period, if you have one. If you don’t get pregnant during the cycle, you will get a period, and you can try again on the next cycle. It pays to take folic acid and to stop drinking and smoking while you are trying to get pregnant, so you don’t have to scramble to do these things once you get a positive pregnancy test. There is evidence to suggest that your chances of becoming pregnant are higher if you don’t smoke and if you take a lot of folic acid before getting pregnant.