If you have recently had unprotected sex or have reason to believe you may be pregnant, you might be panicking. We are here to tell you to take a deep breath. While we always recommend taking a pregnancy test to be sure, here are some of the common early signs of pregnancy to look for to give you a better idea if you are pregnant.
1. Missed Period
This is the most widely known signs of pregnancy, but it can also be the most unreliable. A woman's cycle can be affected by many things. Things like stress, sickness, or even travel can cause a period to be late or even skipped. If your period is late, don't jump to conclusions.
2. Nausea or Vomiting
You have probably heard of morning sickness, and that is because many women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester. This has to do with the changes in hormones in your body and usually subsides once your body adjusts to your new levels.
3. Spotting and Cramping
Some women experience implantation bleeding six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. It is common for women to mistake this for their period, so if you have reason to believe that you may be pregnant and you are experiencing other pregnancy symptoms, but you haven't missed a period, consider taking a pregnancy test to be sure.
4. Mood Swings
Hormone shifts cause your mood to shift. Similar to how your mood changes throughout puberty and your menstrual cycle, mood swings are common in the early stages of pregnancy. If you are experiencing mood swings along with other signs of pregnancy, consider taking a pregnancy test.
If you are excessively tired compared to your rest or activity level, it may be a sign you are pregnant. During the first trimester, many women report feeling extreme tiredness. If you are feeling more exhausted than you feel like you should, you may be pregnant.
It is important to note that every woman experiences every pregnancy differently. In your pregnancy, you may have some, none, or all of these symptoms.
If you think you might be pregnant, we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing to women in our community every day. If you think you may be unexpectedly pregnant, make an appointment at Open Arms today!