Signs You’re Pregnant

For some women, it may seem obvious they’re pregnant. But for others, they may experience few symptoms or none at all. If you’ve had sexual intercourse and are wondering whether you’re pregnant, know you can receive an answer. Taking a pregnancy test is your best bet. But you’ll also want to review any symptoms you have.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Experiencing any of the symptoms below, including a missed period, don’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant. Sometimes, they can be attributed to stress, weight changes, or other health conditions. It’s important, however, to recognize common pregnancy symptoms:
  • Missed period
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Food aversions
  • Nasal congestion
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating

Testing for Pregnancy

Using an at-home pregnancy testing kit is a good option to learn whether you may be pregnant. Pregnancy tests detect the presence of hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, in your blood or urine. This hormone is only present in your body during pregnancy. At-home pregnancy tests are urine-based. It’s best to take this several days after a missed period or a few weeks after sexual intercourse. This allows time for hCG in your body to build to detectable levels. Taking a test first thing in the morning is ideal, as this is when your urine is most concentrated. Sometimes, you may receive a false result. This usually happens if you take the test too early or incorrectly, so it’s best to follow the instructions carefully and take the test again if you’re concerned a result is inaccurate.

I’m Pregnant. What Now?

If an at-home pregnancy test says you’re pregnant, take a deep breath. You’ll want to confirm the result with a lab-quality or medical-grade test. Pregnancy Help Center offers free and confidential urine-based pregnancy testing. In just a few minutes, you’ll receive your results. We offer ultrasound referrals to those with a positive result and hope to provide limited transvaginal and abdominal ultrasounds by the year’s end. Contact us today to make an appointment. You’re not alone.

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