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Pregnant or PMS? 8 Annoyingly Similar Symptoms

By Devan McGuinness |

PMS in itself is a mean thing many women have to go through month after month (& some would say it’s mean for our partners too). Annoying and/or painful symptoms and I don’t think there is a woman out there who would say she enjoys the whole menstruation things. It’s part of life and we deal with it.

It never comes out more frustrating or annoying when either you are hoping that you are NOT pregnant or hoping that you ARE pregnant. As some sort of funny (or cruel) joke, life has decided that symptoms of PMS has to be wildly similar to very early pregnancy symptoms. We have the lovely hormones progesterone and estrogen to thank for that. Condom break, birth control mix up, or trying to conceive — the confusion over whether you will be greeting your monthly visitor in a few days or will be greeting your newborn in 9 months is annoying!

Click through for 8 symptoms that are annoying similar whether it’s pregnancy or PMS:

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Similar Symptoms of PMS and Pregnancy

Sore & Tender Breasts

Some women experience sore and fuller breasts as they go into menstruation. It also happens to be one of the most noticeable and first symptoms of early pregnancy.
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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Pregnant or PMS? 8 Annoyingly Similar Symptoms

  1. Nikki says:

    This is so true! There are so many times during this pregnancy that I’m convinced I’m also having PMS. Is that even possible?!

  2. Devan McGuinness says:

    AH Nikki, how did I not know you were pregnant again?! congrats (ps, i miss you) … yes, im going to go with yes. Pregnant PMS is a whole new thing though ;)

  3. Leanne says:

    Other than the rising temp (which could have happened, I just didn’t know) I had no idea I was pregnant because I had every single one of those signs of PMS. It wasn’t until I sat down with my period tracker app on my phone to see just how many days I was late that I thought, “Dear god, I could be pregnant!” The longest stretch between my cycles since going off the pill 4 months before was 30 days. Since I was at 33, I took a test on a whim because I was sure it was just PMS since I had all the symptoms. I’m sure on September 3rd. ;-)

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