The most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, there may be many reasons why a woman’s cycle is off schedule: stress, exercising harder than usual, etc.1 Before jumping to conclusions after a missed period, read below for more pregnancy information and symptoms to help discern if your missed period is actually due to a pregnancy, or call White Oak Women’s Center to schedule a free pregnancy test and get accurate pregnancy information from our medical professionals.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Feeling unusually tired
- Feeling light-headed or dizzy.
- Unusual food cravings2
- Unusual aversion to certain foods
- Nausea in the morning or all day long3
Three Questions to Ask
If you have a late period or are experiencing any of the above pregnancy symptoms, the first step is to take a free pregnancy test, which our office is happy to provide. If it is determined that you are pregnant, it is important to next get the information to answer to these three vital questions:
- Is my pregnancy viable?
One in five pregnancies end of natural processes, such as miscarriage, before 7 weeks.4 It is also important to rule out the possibility of a dangerous ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the Fallopian tubes).[1. WebMD. (2014, January). Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-ectopic-pregnancy]
- How far along am I?
Your gestational age determines your due date and impacts your pregnancy options, specifically the cost and type of abortion you would be eligible for.5 The best way to determine gestational age is with an ultrasound, which we can provide free of charge along with our free pregnancy test.
- Do I have an STD?
An untreated STD (sexually transmitted disease) can have a negative impact on your reproductive health and the health of your baby.6 It’s important to be tested and treated for any STDs.
At a Pregnancy Confirmation appointment, we will confirm your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test, determine your gestational age, and provide you with the accurate pregnancy information and options you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
What to expect from a Pregnancy Test Appointment, step by step:
- A patient advocate will take the time to understand your unique situation and provide a complete pregnancy information and abortion options consultation.
- A nurse will perform a urine pregnancy test, provide you with the free pregnancy test results, evaluate the need for STD testing, review health history and answer any medical questions.
- Following a positive pregnancy test, a sonographer will provide an ultrasound exam in order to confirm the viability of the pregnancy and to determine the gestational age.
- A patient advocate will review your customized Personal Resource List and provide any necessary medical and community support referrals.
- If needed, another appointment will be scheduled for the following week to provide test results and to provide any additional pregnancy information you might need.
All services at White Oak Women’s Center are provided completely free of charge. We are a non-profit organization and, unlike other clinics, have intentionally structured our organization so there is no financial benefit to us from any decision our patients make. This leaves us free to provide unbiased information without any financial conflict of interest. From our free pregnancy test to our accurate and non-judgmental pregnancy information consultation, it is our goal to make every woman who enters our doors feel comfortable, supported, and accepted.
- The Bump | The Knot. (2016). Most Common Early Signs of Pregnancy. Retrieved from http://www.thebump.com/a/early-signs-of-pregnancy ↩
- Baby Center | Health on the Net Foundation. (2013, May). Top pregnancy cravings – BabyCentre. Retrieved from http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a4444/top-pregnancy-cravings
Read for a list of some of the most common food cravings when pregnant ↩
- Mayo Clinic. (2013, July 12). Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens right away – Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853 ↩
- National Institutes of Health (2014). Miscarriage. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001488.htm; Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, Baird DD, Schlatterer JP, Canfield RD (1988). Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med; 319:89-94. ↩
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2013, December 4). Gestational age: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002367.htm ↩
- Breeding, RN, D. (2006, November 25). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Don’t Let It Sneak Up on You | OBGYN.Net. Retrieved from http://www.obgyn.net/pelvic-pain/pelvic-inflammatory-disease-dont-let-it-sneak-you ↩