If you think you may be pregnant, you’re likely asking yourself many questions right now. Many women feel conflicting emotions during this time, including excitement, worry, and frustration.
First things first: you need to confirm your pregnancy to move forward. Take a deep breath and know you have what it takes to learn more.
Certain pregnancy symptoms, like a missed period, may be obvious indicators. But others can be signs of stress, weight changes, or other health conditions. Taking a pregnancy test is your first step toward finding clarity.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Some women have several pregnancy symptoms, while others may be asymptomatic. The most common symptoms you may experience include:
- Missed period
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Frequent urination
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Mood changes
- Food aversions
- Nasal congestion
You may decide to take an at-home pregnancy test. This test is readily available at your local pharmacy or grocery store. As a urine-based test, it detects hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone that is only present in your body during pregnancy, and it increases rapidly during those initial weeks.
Be sure to read the pregnancy test’s instructions carefully. False negatives are possible, especially if you test too early or incorrectly.
What Are My Next Steps?
If your pregnancy test is positive, you may think that’s enough to know for sure if you’re pregnant. But your best option is to confirm your pregnancy with medical-grade pregnancy tests. Choices Family Resource Center offers this service at no cost to you.
We may also confirm your pregnancy details with an on-site ultrasound so you can move forward with the information needed to make an informed decision. Learning about your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location provides what you need to protect your health.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re here for you!