While taking a pregnancy test and receiving an ultrasound are the only surefire ways to know if you’re pregnant, there are early signs to look out for that may indicate pregnancy.
If you think you may be pregnant, read on to learn more about early pregnancy symptoms. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person, contact Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center. We offer free pregnancy resources in a caring, non-judgmental environment to help you feel supported and informed.
At the moment of conception (when the sperm and the egg meet), your body produces a special mixture of pregnancy hormones that can cause physical changes.
One of the main physical changes that indicate pregnancy is a missed menstrual period. If your period didn’t arrive this month, this could mean that you’re pregnant. However, it’s important to follow up with a healthcare professional, as other conditions can cause a missed period as well.
Some other physical changes that may happen as a result of pregnancy include:
- Swollen breasts that may be tender
- Experiencing nausea (sometimes accompanied by vomiting)
- Urinating more than usual
- Feeling more exhausted than usual
- Not wanting to eat certain foods that were once appealing
The same hormones that are to blame for physical changes can cause emotional changes during pregnancy.
Feeling happy one minute and irritated the next? Do you find yourself spontaneously crying? If so, pregnancy might be the cause. Moodiness and feeling more emotional than normal are signs of early pregnancy.
If you’re experiencing any of these early pregnancy symptoms, it’s important to take a pregnancy test right away. If you’re pregnant, a pregnancy test will detect the special pregnancy hormone in your body and give you a positive result.
If you’ve already tested positive on a pregnancy test, getting an ultrasound is an essential next step. This harmless scan can look into your uterus to see if you’re in fact pregnant, and it also reveals key information you need to stay safe.
At Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, we offer free pregnancy testing and other resources that can help you feel empowered and informed. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free, private appointment.