If you missed your period, are feeling extra emotional, or feeling aversions to certain foods, you may wonder if you’re pregnant. While there are common tell-tale signs of pregnancy, it’s important to take a pregnancy test and get an ultrasound to know for sure.
It’s best to take your first pregnancy test at least one week after you’ve missed your period, so while you wait, here are seven pregnancy symptoms to watch out for:
1. Missed period
The first and most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, missing your period doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant. High stress or other hormonal changes can disrupt your cycle, causing you to miss your period.
If you’ve recently been sexually active and miss your period, it’s smart to take a pregnancy test. You can also follow up to confirm the accuracy of the test at our clinic, where we can also provide a free ultrasound to reveal even more information about your pregnancy if your test is positive.
2. Sore, tender breasts
The second most common symptom of pregnancy is tender or sore breasts. As your body changes to prepare for the pregnancy, the hormone surge can make your breasts feel sensitive. This usually passes after a few weeks as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes.
3. Nausea, with or without vomiting
Unfortunately, “morning sickness” isn’t confined just to the morning. It can strike at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness is experienced differently by every woman during pregnancy. Some don’t experience it at all.
While the cause of morning sickness isn’t 100% known, changing hormones are believed to play a role.
4. Food cravings or food aversions
Many women experience cravings for foods they disliked before being pregnant throughout their pregnancies. It’s also common to have strong aversions to foods you previously enjoyed.
Again, pregnancy hormones are likely the cause of these changes when it comes to food preferences.
5. Mood swings
It’s common to feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster during pregnancy. This can be disorienting if you normally don’t experience high highs or low lows, but know that it’s a normal pregnancy symptom.
Giving yourself grace for these unexpected emotions and space to feel them is healthy and encouraged while you’re pregnant. Know that they aren’t permanent and are a common aspect of pregnancy for many women.
If you feel extra tired in the early stages of pregnancy, there’s a good reason! Your body is hard at work producing extra hormones and progesterone can make you feel sleepy.
7. Increased urination
Your body produces more blood during pregnancy, giving your kidneys extra fluid to process. This fluid ends up in your bladder, causing you to take more frequent trips to the bathroom.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant. It’s important to confirm with a pregnancy test and ultrasound, though, because these can be symptoms of other medical conditions as well.
We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds so you can get the answers you need. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.