Re: Spotting or Period?
It's true that spotting is sometimes a symptom of pregnancy (it's called implantation bleeding). but it's also something that happens around the beginning or the end of a period.
The unfortunate thing with this is that a lot of the symptoms for PMS and pregnancy are exactly the same: bloating, fatigue, nausea, spotting, etc.
Home pregnancy tests are really not designed to be taken until you have actually missed your period. Some say that they can tell if you're pregnant up to 5 days before your missed period (First Response brand), but those tests are less accurate when taken before your period. There IS the possibility of getting a false negative (meaning the test says negative but you ARE pregnant) if you take it too soon. But there is no such thing as a false positive. If that stick says "Pregnant", then you're pregnant.
My suggestion is this: wait until your period is due. If you are a few days late, then take a test. Don't take it before your period because #1, it might be pointless if you just get your period 2 days later and #2, the results aren't as accurate.
And from here on out...remember this feeling! Use protection!