The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, there may be many reasons why your cycle is late: stress, exercising harder than usual, unusual weight loss or weight gain, etc. If you have missed a period, ask yourself if you’re experiencing any of these other common pregnancy symptoms.
Early Signs of Pregnancy
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Feeling unusually tired
- Feeling light headed or dizzy
- Unusual food cravings or aversions to certain foods
- Nausea in the morning or all day long
- Frequent urination
- Spotting or cramping
- White or milky vaginal discharge
- Mood swings
- Headaches and back pain
Because every woman is different, every woman has unique pregnancy symptoms. Some women notice all these pregnancy symptoms and some experience very few. It’s also common for women to have a different experience from one pregnancy to the next.
You should also know that all these symptoms can be caused by something other than pregnancy. Many of these symptoms are also experienced before and during a menstrual cycle and can also be signs of the flu or other sickness. So, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant.
The best way to confirm a pregnancy at home is with an over-the-counter pregnancy test. It’s important to keep in mind that these tests aren’t always accurate and often won’t detect a pregnancy before 4 weeks. It’s also possible to have a positive pregnancy test and not have a viable pregnancy, meaning the pregnancy is not likely to carry to term. The only way to confirm a viable pregnancy is with an ultrasound exam.
If you have missed a period or have any other pregnancy symptoms, please call our helpline at 815-408-0793 to set up an appointment for a free pregnancy test and more information. If the test results are positive and you are at least 5 weeks and 1 day along (according the first day of your last period) we will most likely offer you a free ultrasound to confirm viability.