If you think you’re pregnant and this situation was unplanned, you’re likely facing many emotions right now. Fear, doubt, and uncertainty are all common reactions to pregnancy symptoms.
First, remember you are in control of this situation. You’ll need to confirm your pregnancy to be sure, and if it’s positive, verify key details to protect your health and make an informed decision.
Understanding Pregnancy Symptoms
It’s not a good idea to assume you’re pregnant based on common symptoms like a missed period or nausea. These can be attributed to other health conditions, stress, weight changes, and more.
If you’re pregnant, you may or may not be symptomatic. Typical pregnancy symptoms include:
- Missed period
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Frequent urination
- Mood changes
- Food aversions
- Nasal congestion
If you believe you’re pregnant, taking a pregnancy test is your first step. In the meantime, try to settle your nerves by speaking with a loved one and doing things you enjoy.
Taking a Pregnancy Test
At-home pregnancy tests are available at your local grocery store or pharmacy. They work by detecting hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, in your urine. HCG is a special hormone only produced during pregnancy, and it rises rapidly during those first weeks.
It’s best to test for pregnancy several days after your missed period or several weeks after sexual intercourse. This timing increases your chances of receiving an accurate result.
Sometimes, you can receive a false negative result. This occurs most often when you test too early or don’t follow the instructions carefully.
I’m Pregnant. What Next?
Learning you’re pregnant can be frightening, especially if it’s unplanned. Remember, you have options, and you must get the facts before making a decision.
Choices Family Resource Center offers medical-grade pregnancy tests to confirm your pregnancy. A nurse will administer these tests in each office one day a week.
Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy, we may set you up with an on-site ultrasound to verify you have a viable, uterine pregnancy. All of our services are no-cost and confidential. Your information is safe with us.
Contact us today to confirm your pregnancy.