5 Ways to Distinguish PMS and Signs of Pregnancy
“Are these symptoms of PMS or signs of pregnancy?” This question might cross your mind. Indeed there are some signs of PMS that are similar to the early symptoms of pregnancy. Come on, recognize what are the differences in PMS and signs of pregnancy.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a collection of symptoms or complaints that occur within 1-2 weeks before menstruation. These complaints are subjective and can vary from one woman to another.
Recognize Differences in PMS and Signs of Pregnancy
Although similar, the following signs can be a reference to distinguish PMS and early pregnancy symptoms:
1. Abdominal cramps
PMS: 1-2 days before menstruation You may experience stomach cramps. Abdominal cramps that you experience when PMS can be reduced when you menstruate and disappear on the last day of menstruation.
Pregnancy: Abdominal cramps that occur early and during pregnancy may be similar to abdominal cramps during menstruation, but the location is different. Cramps due to pregnancy usually feel under the stomach or lower back and this condition can last longer than PMS, which is a matter of weeks to months.
2. Spots or blood spots
PMS: Spotting of blood can be a sign that you are getting a period or are on PMS. In PMS, blood or brown spots will be followed by menstrual bleeding for 2-7 days.
Pregnancy: Knowing bleeding in underwear or during urination can also be one of the early signs of pregnancy. These spots are also called implantation spots. Blood spots that occur due to implantation usually only occur within a few days and only a little bleeding.
3. Breast pain
PMS: Pain accompanied by swelling in the breast can occur before you menstruate. This pain varies from mild to very painful.
Pregnancy: If the pain is related to pregnancy, the pain is generally severe. Breasts may also be very sensitive, and look fuller.
4. Increased appetite
PMS: When you PMS, your appetite may increase and often feel hungry.
Pregnancy: Just like PMS, during early pregnancy, your appetite can also increase. This is because the body needs to adapt to a growing fetus, besides that pregnant women can also have the desire to eat certain foods or often called cravings.
5. Easily tired
PMS: Fatigue before menstruation can occur due to increased estrogen and progesterone.
Pregnancy: Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also make you experience fatigue. It’s just that the fatigue that is felt during pregnancy can exceed the fatigue during PMS.
You can distinguish between STDs and signs of pregnancy by noting the differences described above. If you are planning a pregnancy, do a pregnancy test with a test package after your period is late or ask your obstetrician. This is to determine whether you only have an STD or are pregnant.