Wondering if You’re Pregnant
November 18th 2016
Are you wondering if you’re pregnant? The most obvious sign and the one most wait for, is a missed period. However there are many changes in your body that occur before that point. Of course, the sure way to tell if you’re pregnant is through a pregnancy test. Nonetheless, you can review the following symptoms and get an idea whether or not you are actually pregnant before your missed period or take the test.
1. Tender Breasts
Hormonal changes make your breasts more tender and achy. Your breasts may ache or feel heavier than normal.
This is often the first symptom. "Women who have never been able to nap before often suddenly start needing naps during the first trimester," says Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD a practicing ob-gyn with The Permanente Medical Group in Roseville, CA.
Many associate pregnancy with “morning sickness”. Many experience minor nausea several weeks before experiencing full-blown vomiting.
4. Spotting and Cramping
Although many look for a skipped period, there may be spotting or cramping in the early weeks that you could mistake as an irregular period. Cramping or a bit of blood starting a little earlier than you expect your period may be a sign that the fertilized egg is getting attached in the uterus. Even bleeding that continues to your sixth or seventh week can be normal. If bleeding exceeds this or becomes heavy, please contact your doctor.
5. Increased Urination
It is normal for women to urinate more than usual during pregnancy. This is due to normal pregnancy hormonal changes and because your kidneys have to process more urine during pregnancy.
6. Food Aversions or Cravings
You may find yourself craving foods you normally don’t and disgusted by foods you typically eat. This is due to hormonal changes that affect our cravings.
If you think you are pregnant and are experiencing any of the above signs consult your doctor. If you do not have a regular doctor or would like to keep your inquiry confidential, Bridges is here to help. We provide free and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at our medical clinic. The earlier you know, the more time you have to plan.
Most importantly, remember you are not alone as you consider your options. Bridges Pregnancy Clinic exists to empower and equip you to make a choice you can live with. More than a licensed medical clinic, we offer compassionate care and we don’t charge for the choice you make.
Mayo Clinic. ”Getting Pregnant." Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away. N.p., n.d. Web. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853
"8 Early Signs of Pregnancy." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/8-early-signs-of-pregnancy
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