I am a 26 year old female, and last week I began spotting about a week to a week and a half before my period is due. I usually have a 30-32 day cycle, so typically my period would begin on 8/12 or 8/14. I began spotting on 8/2. The first 3 days were light spotting/discharge. The next three days (which includes today, 8/7) are a little heavier and I'm coming close to bleeding as much as I would for a normal period. Not quite though.
Anyhow, since I am married and sexually active, I realize that this could be a sign of early pregnancy. My question is this: since home pregnancy tests say to use them anytime after the first day of your missed period, what day would that actually be for me? Do I count these last few days as an actual period? Or would a pregnancy test be accurate for me to take anytime after 8/14, which is when my real period is due? I'm just having a hard time calculating what date my period will be counted late on.
Can anyone help me? I've never been through this before... I'm fairly in-tune with my body, and my cycle is usually regular, so I don't like not knowing what's going on! And if this post is confusing, forgive me... For the last week I have felt like I'm losing my mind. I say things and do things that aren't me. Maybe it's hormones or maybe I'm really losing it!