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Wondering if You’re Pregnant?

Know for sure. Get a lab-quality test at Starting Point Pregnancy and Family Resource Center today.

Wondering if You’re Pregnant?

Know for sure. Get a lab-quality test at Starting Point Pregnancy and Family Resource Center today.

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Are you wondering if you’re pregnant? The most obvious sign, and the one most women wait for is a missed period. However, there are many changes in your body that occur before that point.

You should know that the early signs of pregnancy tend to differ from one woman to the next. Of course, your best bet is to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. But paying attention to early symptoms of pregnancy is also important. With that in mind, consider these early signs of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 1

The American Pregnancy Association (APA) conducted a survey on the first signs of pregnancy. Of the women polled, 29% reported a missed period and 25% reported nausea as the first symptoms of pregnancy. We’ll consider these two first and then focus on 10 additional indicators. 

  1. I’VE MISSED MY PERIOD. A delayed or missed menstruation (period) is often the very first sign a woman has that she may be pregnant. Many women begin seeking answers because they know they’re late for their next period. If you’ve had a missed period of about one week, you might consider this a possible indicator of pregnancy. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typcially the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period. Therefore, this symptom alone may not be an accurate sign of pregnancy if you’ve had irregular menstrual cycles. 
  2. I FEEL LIKE THROWING UP SOMETIMES. Nausea is quite common in the first trimester and will often show up 2-8 weeks after conception.  This may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. The nausea and/or vomiting is known as morning sickness, though it can be experienced later in the day as well. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout the day.  The severity can differ from person to person. It isn’t totally clear what causes morning sickness, but it may be due to hormonal changes.

PREGNANCY CALCULATOR

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Enter the date of the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP):

DUE DATE RESULT

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Probable date of conception:

 

Foetal Age Today:

 

Best date range for NT scan:

 

(12 weeks 3 days to 13 weeks 3 days)

Morphology Scan Date:

 

(19 weeks)

First Heart Tones by Doppler:

 

(11 to 12 weeks)

Best time to evaluate cervical length in patient with risk factors:

 

Best time for routine anatomy ultrasound:

 

(18 to 20 weeks)

Estimated Due Date:

 

 

Other Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

  1. MY BREASTS FEEL TENDER. Swollen or tender breasts are a symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception.  In the APA survey cited above, about 17% of women surveyed reported this as the first sign of pregnancy. You may experience tingling, aching, and swelling/enlargement of the breast tissue. You may also notice darkening of the areas surrounding the nipples. Once your body adjusts to your new hormonal changes, these feelings should subside.
  2. I HAVE BEEN SPOTTING AND HAVE A LIGHT PINK VAGINAL DISCHARGE.  Light Spotting/Bleeding/Vaginal Discharge can be another early sign of pregnancy. This is known as implantation bleeding and occurs after the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall. Implantation bleeding could be mistaken for a menstrual period, but there are some distinct differences. Some of the key differences include a smaller amount, shorter time, lighter color, and absence of clotting.
  3. I’M FEELING SOME CRAMPING AND PAIN IN MY STOMACH. The cramps women experience when pregnant may seem similar to those during PMS. But just as we mentioned above with implantation bleeding, implantation cramps are different. These cramps would be present even after you’ve missed your period. Other pregnancy signs and symptoms include leg cramping and soreness in the lower back.
  4. MY HEADACHE WON’T GO AWAY.  Headaches are so common that this one can’t be relied upon alone.  In this case, you may also be experiencing lightheaded these symptoms would be due to hormonal changes in your body.  You should consider them in conjunction with other pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing.
  5. I CAN’T STAND THE SMELL OF BREAD. Though there may be little scientific consensus on this one, it remains a commonly reported symptom. Sensitivity to smell is something that many women report particularly in the early stages of pregnancy. It may also be one of the causes of nausea during this time.
  6. I EITHER WANT TO EAT CONSTANTLY OR NOT AT ALL, THERE’S NO IN BETWEEN. Does the Caesar salad you normally love seem a little off-putting? Or does your craving for potato chips and spicy salsa seem out of character? Change of appetite is common as an early sign of pregnancy. Often, the foods you normally desire won’t sound good to you at all. This may also be due to hormonal changes, along with changes in your senses.
  7. I HAVE TO PEE MORE OFTEN. Frequent urination is very common all through pregnancy.  If you are having to hop up and run to the bathroom in the middle of the night, know that you are not alone! Unless you’re hydrating like crazy, that could also be one of the pregnancy signs and symptoms to watch for. Also, due to hormonal changes, it’s possible to experience this even before missing your period.
  8. I FEEL SO BLOATED. Bloating and constipation may occur as an early symptom of pregnancy.  Speaking of hydration, that’s not a bad idea considering this symptom can be very uncomfortable! If you’ve had fewer than three bowel movements in a given week, you may be dealing with pregnancy constipation. Hormonal changes can be the culprit behind bloating and constipation.
  9. I’M HAVING MOOD SWINGS SO BAD. Mood swings and fatigue are also attributable to hormonal changes. This is because your body is producing a hormone called progesterone. This hormone supports the pregnancy and is responsible for milk production in the breasts as well. As soon as one week after conception, you could experience fatigue due to your body working harder to pump additional blood to support this new life.
  10. I HAVE HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION ALL DAY AND NIGHT.  Heartburn and indigestion may affect more women in the second and third trimesters. However, it’s generally considered to stem from your increase in progesterone levels, so don’t rule it out. Especially if it’s not something you normally experience.
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If you think you are pregnant and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, take these three next steps:

Step 1: Call or text us

Step 2: Schedule an appointment

Step 3: Get a lab-quality pregnancy test followed by an ultrasound if your test is positive.

We provide FREE and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at our medical clinic in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The earlier you know, the more time you have to plan.

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Step 1: Call or text us

Step 2: schedule an appointment

Step 3: Get a lab quality pregnancy test followed by an ultrasound if your test is positive.

We provide FREE and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at our medical clinics in the Wooster. The earlier you know, the more time you have to plan.