Could you be pregnant? Do you know the early signs of pregnancy? Have you been feeling “off” lately?
The only way to be certain of pregnancy is by taking a pregnancy test and confirming a positive result with an ultrasound.
However, if you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, your body may be trying to tell you that you could be pregnant. Continue reading to learn some of the most common first signs of pregnancy and why they occur.
Common pregnancy signs and symptoms
- Missed period- If a week or more has passed without an expected period, you may be pregnant. However, this may not be the case if you have irregular periods.
- Nausea and/or Vomiting- This commonly presents itself as morning sickness; however, it can occur at any time, day or night. This commonly begins one month after becoming pregnant, though some women never experience it. Changes in hormones likely play a role in the cause of this symptom.
- Increased Urination- You may notice an increase in how often you urinate during early pregnancy. This is due to the increasing supply of blood your body creates during pregnancy. This causes your kidneys to process the excess fluid and it ends up in your bladder, leading to increased urination.
- Tender or swollen breasts- Hormonal changes in early pregnancy can make your breasts sensitive, sore and swollen. This discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adapts to the hormonal changes.
- Fatigue- During early pregnancy, there is a surge in your progesterone hormonal levels in order to help sustain the pregnancy– this rise in progesterone can make you feel tired.
Other pregnancy signs and symptoms
- Food aversions
- Nasal congestion
Many of these signs and symptoms are not exclusive to pregnancy. They may indicate that you are getting sick, stressed or that your period is about to begin.
Check out our blog for Reasons You Might Miss Your Period. On the other hand, you may be pregnant without experiencing these symptoms at all.
The only way to be certain is to take a positive pregnancy test and confirm the positive result with an ultrasound.
Contact Your Options Medical
If you believe you may be pregnant, please contact Your Options Medical for your free and confidential pregnancy test.