Question:

How can I tell if I'm pregnant if my periods are always irregular and I never know when I will or won't have one?

PEER ANSWER

First, make sure you’re practicing safe sex. If you are sexually active and your periods are that irregular, keep a pregnancy test or two on hand. I’d also see a healthcare professional if your periods are always so irregular. But your best bet is to be safe and take precautions if you are going to have sex.

MOM ANSWER

Pregnancy tests are helpful, but not the perfect answer to whether or not you are pregnant. The best way to find out is to go to your healthcare provider. Do not be fooled if you do have a small period, because that does not mean necessarily you are not pregnant. Check out Sandy’s response on the medical take on it.

EXPERT ANSWER

That is a tough one. Aside from doing a pregnancy test once per month, the best thing to do is to look for symptoms of early pregnancy. Breast tenderness and enlargement, pressure or slight cramping in the lower abdomen, nausea, increased hunger, frequent urination, headaches and increased tiredness are some early signs of pregnancy to watch for. If you have not already done so, talk to your healthcare provider about your irregular periods. Also, if you are trying to get pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about starting on some pre-natal vitamins with folic acid. The most important time to get that extra folic acid is in the first weeks of your pregnancy, so you want to be prepared if possible.

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