Are you wondering if you’re really pregnant? 

We know it can seem like a whirlwind right now, but you are not alone. It’s important to understand common pregnancy signs and symptoms that may indicate pregnancy. 

Keep reading to learn about seven early pregnancy symptoms and signs women may experience.

Seven Early Pregnancy Symptoms 

According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some of the pregnancy signs and symptoms to look out for if you think you could be pregnant:

1. A Missed Period 

Did you miss your period? A missed period could be a clear sign you’re pregnant. If you have irregular periods, count three weeks from your last period or four weeks from the time you had sex before taking a pregnancy test.

2. Increased Urination

The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid, leading to more urine in your bladder. This may be why you feel like you’re going to the bathroom a lot more right now.

3.  Nausea With or Without Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting could point to pregnancy. It’s very common in the early days of pregnancy due to hormonal changes.  

4. Tender, swollen breasts

Hormonal changes can also lead to your breasts swelling or even feeling extra tender (like before your period). You may also notice the area around your nipples (areolas) darkening and enlarging.

5. Fatigue

Are you really tired all the time? Fatigue is a common pregnancy symptom. Experts believe it’s likely due to progesterone hormone levels rising quickly during early pregnancy. 

6. Moodiness

Finding yourself a bit moody lately? Mood swings are also a pregnancy symptom, as you experience a flood of hormones.

7. Bloating

Bloating happens due to many hormonal changes in your body. It can feel similar to bloating at the start of your period.

When to Take A Pregnancy Test

For the most accurate results, take a pregnancy test at least one day after your missed period. Once you’ve received lab-quality pregnancy testing to determine if you’re pregnant, an ultrasound is needed to confirm important details about your pregnancy, including:

  • How far along you are
  • The viability (if your pregnancy has a heartbeat and is progressing)
  • The location of your pregnancy (if it’s within your uterus)

An ultrasound can alert you to potential complications and confirm your pregnancy options. 

No-Charge Pregnancy Services

Pathway to Hope can discuss your options for your unexpected pregnancy and give you information and guidance based on your unique situation.

We offer no-charge pregnancy testing, and if you receive a positive test, we offer unlimited ultrasounds.

If you think you might be pregnant, don’t wait to make an appointment. Contact us to speak to a staff member today.