Like period symptoms, early pregnancy signs can range from nausea to fatigue to tender breasts. The most telling sign is a missed period, but it may just be delayed or irregular.
The best thing you can do is take inventory of these symptoms and then take a pregnancy test. Centers like ours offer no-cost pregnancy services, which include free and reliable testing.
We can also help you calculate the best time to take a pregnancy test since it is possible to take it too early and not show a reliable result.
Read this article for a list of early pregnancy signs and recommended next steps.
A Missed Period
According to the Mayo Clinic, a missed period is one of the surest signs of early pregnancy, but it is possible this can be misleading if your cycle is irregular or a few days late.
Tender or Swollen Breasts
During the first few weeks of pregnancy, swollen breasts are a temporary symptom caused by hormonal changes.
Another commonly known pregnancy symptom is “morning sickness,” which is nausea. This can occur at any time of day and does not always result in vomiting. It generally occurs about a month after the pregnancy begins.
The rise of progesterone likely contributes to decreased energy levels in early pregnancy, although no one knows exactly what causes it. If you are struggling to stay awake throughout the day, this could possibly be a pregnancy symptom.
If you go to the bathroom more often than usual, this could be a sign of pregnancy. It usually means that your body has increased levels of hormones and is producing more blood, which results in your kidneys working extra hard, so the extra fluid ends up in your bladder.
Other symptoms, such as spotting or mood swings, vary from woman to woman and are a little less reliable for predicting pregnancy.
Schedule a Pregnancy Test & Ultrasound
We offer no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. We can help you calculate when to take the pregnancy test, read the results, explore your pregnancy options, and direct you to local resources.
Ultrasounds help to confirm a pregnancy, determine how far along you are, and confirm that the pregnancy is located within the uterus, ruling out the complication of an ectopic pregnancy.
An ultrasound also confirms the viability of the pregnancy. Up to 30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. If the pregnancy is found to be non-viable, this will give you information to help you safely proceed.
If this is an unexpected pregnancy, we provide a compassionate, pressure-free, non-judgmental environment for you to consider and discuss your next steps. Call/text Waterleaf confidentially at 630-360-2256 or contact us securely online today!