Common usage refers to menstruation and menses as a period, a contraction of “menstrual period”. A woman might say that her “period is late,” or simply “I’m late,” when an expected menstrual period has not started. Delay or cessation of menstruation is commonly expected to be the first indication to a woman that she may be pregnant. However, this cannot be taken as certainty. Irregular cycles are common in the first few years of menstruation. Regularity of the menstrual cycle may be also be affected by physical or emotional stress. Moreover, continued menstruation in early pregnancy is not uncommon.
Bloating is any abnormal general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area. As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain sometimes accompanied by increased borborygmus or more seriously the total lack of borborygmus.