An unplanned pregnancy can be quite a shock! Maybe you were planning on being pregnant later or never wanted to be pregnant, but here you are. It’s okay. We are here to help you. Take a closer look at early pregnancy symptoms and see if any of these are familiar.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Women have very different pregnancy experiences. Some women feel every symptom immediately, while others don’t realize they are pregnant for weeks or months. You could even experience symptoms before missing your period. Here are the most common early pregnancy symptoms:

  • A missed period
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Feeling tired
  • Morning sickness (nausea that can happen any time of the day or night)
  • Tender, swollen breasts

Other Potential Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • Spotting (also called implantation bleeding)
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • A metallic taste in your mouth
  • Headaches, lightheadedness, and dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Mood swings (if you feel anxious or depressed, reach out to your healthcare provider)
  • Congestion
  • Bloating
  • Acne or skin changes

Is It Possible I’m Not Pregnant?

Many health issues have similar symptoms. For instance, your period could stop due to stress, increased exercise, gaining or losing a lot of weight, or a hormonal imbalance. You could have a bladder infection that may affect your need to urinate more frequently, and feeling sick to your stomach could be the flu.

Premenstrual symptoms can sometimes be similar to pregnancy symptoms. You could experience cramping, skin changes, and mood swings before your period begins.

What Should I Do First?

You need to start with a pregnancy test. Aspire Women’s Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing. If you choose to use a home pregnancy test, be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

If you receive a positive result on a home pregnancy test, visit us for pregnancy confirmation. We serve both pregnant women and those who think they might be pregnant. We can help you find out. Contact us today!