Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy

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No two women have exactly the same signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Symptoms can even differ from pregnancy to pregnancy. However, if you think there’s a chance you could be pregnant, there are some common signs and symptoms you can look for:

Late or Missed Period – A missed period is often the first sign a woman has that she may be pregnant. Many women begin seeking answers because they know they’re late for their next period. If you’ve had a missed period of about one week, you might consider this a possible indicator of pregnancy. However, this symptom in itself may not be accurate if you’ve had irregular menstrual cycles, have recently been on antibiotics, or have been under a great deal of stress. If you are more than a few days late, come in for testing and know for sure.

Nausea and/or Vomiting – Nausea is one of the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy and may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. This is known as morning sickness, though it can be experienced later in the day as well. The severity can differ from person to person. It isn’t totally clear what the cause is for morning sickness, but it may be due to hormonal changes.

Frequent Urination – Having multiple trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night? Unless you’re hydrating like crazy, that could also be one of the pregnancy signs and symptoms to watch for. Also, due to hormonal changes, it’s possible to experience this even before missing your period.

Feeling Tired – Mood swings and fatigue are also attributable to hormonal changes. This is because your body is producing a hormone called progesterone. This hormone supports the pregnancy and is responsible for milk production in the breasts as well. As soon as one week after conception, you could experience fatigue due to your body working harder to pump additional blood to support this new life. 

Sore Breasts – About 17% of women surveyed reported sore breasts as one of the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy. However, this can occur between four and six weeks into pregnancy. You may experience tingling, aching, and swelling/enlargement of the breast tissue. You may also notice darkening of the areola. Once your body adjusts to your new hormonal changes, these feelings should subside.

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms of pregnancy, make a pregnancy test appointment today. Our caring and compassionate staff are here to listen, help, and offer you support. All services are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment, call 301-662-5300.