Am I Pregnant?
You Might Not Be Pregnant
Experiencing pregnancy symptoms doesn’t always mean you’re pregnant. You may be experiencing pregnancy symptoms for other reasons like stress, a hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, illness or dieting. Even a change in routine can sometimes trigger a late period.
The earliest way to confirm a pregnancy is with a medical grade pregnancy test, which we provide, free of charge.
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Seven Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy
- A Missed Period. That is usually the first sign that comes along. On rare occasions, girls may spot or even have a very light period. But the majority usually miss their periods when they are due. This is why it is so important to keep track of your menstrual cycles. Always mark down on a calendar the first day your period starts. We don’t care about the last day it finished. The start date helps us to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.
- Nausea/and or vomiting. Your stomach may feel queasy and you may vomit. This can happen to you at any time during the day or night. You might be more sensitive to certain odors, or certain foods, that make you sick to your stomach. Some women get heartburn, too. Or, you may even get cravings for certain foods and just can’t seem to get enough of it. Often times, your stomach may feel bloated, or swollen.
- Breast tenderness. You may notice that your breasts feel sore, and a bit swollen. It might hurt to lay on them, or even wear your bra. This happens because the pregnancy hormone levels are rising in your body, and the breasts are getting prepared to fill with milk after the baby is delivered. Some women may feel tenderness under arm pits.
- Fatigue. Do you suddenly feel like sleeping more often than you normally do? You may get the urge to nap during the day, or feel incredibly drained for no special reason. This could be one of the first signs of pregnancy.
- Dizzy/light-headed/headaches. Pregnancy hormones can cause all types of changes to go on in your body at the same time. With all these changes, you might feel a bit dizzy, light-headed, or have slight headaches. You may suspect you are pregnant if you are experiencing any of these things.
- Emotional changes. Do you feel cranky and not like your normal self? You could even have unexplained outbursts of anger, or cry at the drop of a hat. Maybe you might not feel like dealing with other people, and just feel like being left alone. Pregnancy hormones can have all sorts of weird effects on our emotions, and thought processes.
- A positive pregnancy test. If your test comes out positive, whether you do it yourself, or at the Doctors office, you can pretty much be rest assured that you are pregnant. The chance for a false positive result does exist, but it’s pretty rare. The tests that are on the market today are known to be very sensitive, and accurate. It’s best if you can wait at least two weeks after a missed period to take a pregnancy test. The first time you urinate in the morning contains the strongest concentration of the pregnancy hormone called HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin). The test will detect this hormone in your urine . A blood test can also be done at your Doctor’s office.
Please remember that every woman’s body experiences pregnancy symptoms in different ways. In fact, if this is not a first-time pregnancy for you, the symptoms might be different with this one. The best advice I can give you is to see your doctor as soon as you think you might be pregnant.
Center for Disease Control, Atlanta GA. cdc.gov/nchs/faststats/teen-births.htm
Department of Health and Human Services. hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/trends.html
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/home-pregnancy-tests/art-20047940