Are you wondering if you might be pregnant? Even before you miss a period, you might suspect a pregnancy. Every woman is unique, and so are her experiences of pregnancy. Not every woman has the same symptoms or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.
Below are the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy. However, these symptoms can have other causes and do not necessarily mean you are pregnant.
The only way to know for sure is by taking a pregnancy test. We offer a free laboratory-grade pregnancy test administered by a trained registered nurse.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
- Missed Period
The most obvious early sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy. Hormonal changes, weight gain or loss, and stress may also affect your period. Starting or stopping birth control (which affects hormonal balances) also causes some women to miss their period. While a missed period is no guarantee of pregnancy, if you have missed a period and pregnancy is a possibility, it is wise to take a pregnancy test.
- Changes in Breasts
Hormonal changes in early pregnancy may make your breasts tender, sensitive, tingly, sore, or your breasts may feel fuller and heavier. Sometimes, the area around the nipples (called the areola) may darken.”
- Nausea (Morning Sickness)
“Morning Sickness” is a famous symptom of pregnancy, but the name can be deceptive. Nausea with or without vomiting may occur at any time of the day or night and may begin as early as three weeks after conception. While the exact cause of morning sickness is still unclear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role. Pregnant women might also find that smells that never bothered them before now cause nausea.
- Food Aversions or Cravings
Closely related to morning sickness, pregnancy hormones may also result in strong food cravings or aversions. While it is possible that nausea, cravings, and food aversions last the entire pregnancy, these symptoms typically lessen during the fourth month.
- Increased urination
You might find yourself urinating more often than usual.
A woman may feel unusually tired as soon as one week after conceiving. High levels of the hormone progesterone are likely the culprit. As with all these symptoms, however, it is important to remember that other causes may be at work. Fatigue is common to many physical and emotional causes.
Are You Really Pregnant?
Unfortunately, these signs and symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. On the other hand, you could be pregnant without experiencing any of these signs and symptoms.
Nevertheless, if you miss a period or notice any of these symptoms and pregnancy is a possibility, you might want to take a pregnancy test. Mosaic offers free pregnancy testing and our advocates are available to provide help if you test positive.
Schedule a free and confidential pregnancy testing appointment to get clarity. We are here for you!