Wondering if you are pregnant but haven't taken a pregnancy test to confirm yet? Here are some early signs of pregnancy:
- Late period - If you have a regular menstrual cycle and are late for your next period, that can be due to pregnancy. Many times, this is what first clues women into their pregnancy and leads them to take an at-home pregnancy test.
- Nausea - Many women experience nausea during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. A common name for this is "morning sickness," though the nausea doesn't happen exclusively in the morning - you can experience it throughout the day. Nausea during pregnancy is mainly due to the presence of pregnancy hormones, so if you suddenly feel nauseous consistently, that could be because you're pregnant.
- Fatigue - Major fatigue can also be an indication of a pregnancy. Many women begin feeling extra tired when pregnant, because your body is working hard to help the baby grow. High levels of progesterone are also at work.
- Shortness of breath - Running out of breath can also start happening if you are pregnant, because your body is trying to take in more oxygen for the baby. If you exercise regularly, you may start needing more breaks than normal.
- Sensitive breasts - Your breasts may begin to feel extra tender, almost like they do during your period. This can happen in the earlier weeks of pregnancy as your body is getting used to being pregnant and dealing with the new hormones.
- Food aversions or cravings - This is the pickles-and-ice-cream sign. Out of nowhere, you may start craving certain foods and feeling disgusted with others. Some women also experience sensitivity to smells. These cravings and aversions are brought on by the hormonal changes and can come and go throughout your pregnancy.
There are many early signs of pregnancy that may have you wondering if you might be pregnant. It's important to remember, though, that every woman's pregnancy is different. You may experience all of these symptoms, none of these symptoms, or some combination of them. And just because you experience some, it doesn't automatically mean you are pregnant.
Ultimately, if you think you might be pregnant, you will want to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test. Schedule an appointment with Birth Choice to confirm with a nurse and a medical-grade pregnancy test at no cost to you. You can also meet with our client advocates to discuss your options and learn how Birth Choice can help you. Schedule online or by phone: 214-631-2402.
Learn more about pregnancy signs here.