Common signs of pregnancy
The most commonly recognized sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If you have recently engaged in unprotected sex or had a birth control mishap and then missed a period, it is a good idea to take a pregnancy test. However, there are many factors that can cause a period to be late or even skipped. Something as simple as being stressed can have an effect on your menstrual cycle.
More commonly known as morning sickness, many women experience nausea in the early stages of pregnancy. This nausea does not have to happen in the morning or on a consistent basis. Many women experience morning sickness differently and some do not experience it at all.
If you are feeling more tired than usual, it may be a sign of pregnancy. Many women early on in their pregnancy describe extreme fatigue, feeling under the weather, or just not feeling right. You know your body, and if you are feeling like you are more tired than usual, it could be an early sign of pregnancy.
Feeling Irritable or Emotional
Pregnancy causes a lot of changes in your body and these changes often alter your mood. The change in hormones can cause you to be more emotional or irritable than usual. This is also a symptom of PMS, so it does not necessarily mean you are pregnant, but when seen with other symptoms may help you determine whether you should take a pregnancy test.
This is a commonly known characteristic of pregnant women. This is caused by the uterus growing and placing pressure on your bladder. While this is a sign of pregnancy, it can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) and if you are experiencing frequent or painful urination, you should be tested.
What should I do if I think I am pregnant?
The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test and to confirm with an ultrasound. We offer lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasounds at no cost to women facing unplanned pregnancies every day.