If you have recently had unprotected sex or think you may be pregnant, the uncertainty can be nerve-wracking. But don’t panic! At Women’s Pregnancy Solutions, we are here to offer you support and resources. When you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it is difficult to know what to do next. To help give you some direction, here are some of the most common early pregnancy symptoms.
One of the most universally recognized early signs of pregnancy is a missed period. The problem is this is also a fairly unreliable method of judging if you are pregnant. Factors like stress and illness can lead to a delayed or skipped period. If your period is late, wait to see if it is accompanied by other pregnancy symptoms before assuming you are pregnant.
Spotting and Cramping
Soon after conception, some women experience implantation bleeding or spotting. This typically occurs between six and 12 days after the egg is fertilized. Many women mistake this bleeding for their period. While spotting and cramping are both natural, you should know that it can be associated with early pregnancy.
Nausea and Vomiting
More commonly referred to as “morning sickness,” nausea and vomiting are both common early sign of pregnancy. While it is widely referenced in media and among many women who are pregnant, not all women experience nausea or vomiting during their pregnancy. Every woman experiences each pregnancy differently, so you may not have morning sickness if you are pregnant.
During early pregnancy, many women experience fatigue or extreme tiredness. This is a symptom commonly associated with the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are feeling excessively tired compared to your rest and activity levels, it may be a sign you are pregnant.
Just like hormone changes cause mood swings during puberty and throughout the menstrual cycle, the same can happen in pregnancy. Mood swings are a natural reaction to sudden shifts in your hormone levels. If you are experiencing mood swings, it may be a symptom of pregnancy.
Breasts change can occur as soon as a week or two into pregnancy. Tenderness, soreness, or fullness can all occur shortly after inception. If you are noticing a sudden change in your breasts along with other symptoms, it may be an early sign of pregnancy.
What Are My Next Steps?
If you think you may be pregnant and you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time for you to take a pregnancy test. At Solutions Mobile, we offer free lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Make an appointment today to meet with our staff at Women’s Pregnancy Solutions for your free pregnancy test and ultrasound.