If you think you might be pregnant, you’re likely wondering what symptoms to look for. While taking a pregnancy test and receiving an ultrasound are the only ways to know for sure if you’re pregnant, there are symptoms you can watch for that could indicate pregnancy.
Read on to learn the top seven signs of pregnancy.
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Top 7 Pregnancy Symptoms
While every woman is unique and will experience pregnancy differently, there are common pregnancy symptoms that many woman experience.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be pregnant. However, other conditions can cause many of these symptoms as well, which is why it’s vital to take a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant.
- Missed menstrual period. This is often the first sign of early pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, your body produces a special hormone called hCG and increases progesterone production. These hormones tell your body to stop menstruating and instead thicken the uterine lining in preparation for sustaining and nourishing your pregnancy.
- Swollen, tender breasts. The same hormones that cause you to stop menstruating can also affect your breasts. If you notice that your breasts are more sensitive or your bra feels tighter, this could indicate pregnancy.
- Feeling nauseous or vomiting. Rising pregnancy hormones cause many women to feel sick to their stomach or vomit. If you’re feeling nauseous and/or vomiting without a specific cause, you might be pregnant.
- Feeling exhausted. More tired than usual? Finding it hard to stay awake during normal activities? Pregnancy could be to blame. Experts aren’t sure why early pregnancy causes fatigue, but it’s probable that higher levels of progesterone are a contributing factor.
- Urinating more than normal. If you find yourself running to the bathroom more frequently, this could be a sign of early pregnancy. This is because, in early pregnancy, your blood volume increases, which causes your kidneys to work harder than usual—leading to the urge to urinate more frequently.
- Moodiness. Feeling happy one minute and sad the next? Seeming like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster can be another symptom of early pregnancy.
- Food aversions and cravings. Are you repulsed by foods you normally love? Do you find yourself wanting to eat or drink things that you normally wouldn’t like? You could be pregnant.
What To Do Next
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. We’re here for you. If you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms, we offer free pregnancy testing and other resources to help you feel supported and empowered. Contact us today to schedule a free, private appointment.