Do you think you may be pregnant?
There are early signs of pregnancy, but not everyone has symptoms. In many cases, the first symptoms are also the same symptoms you experience when you are about to start your period. So, don’t jump to conclusions and don’t worry.
The best way to know is by taking a pregnancy test. The higher hCG levels in your urine are used to detect pregnancy through a pregnancy test. Pregnancy Center East provides free pregnancy testing. You can make an appointment by clicking the button above or call us at 513-321-3100 to schedule.
Here is what to watch for:
- A Late Period
We suggest coming in for a free pregnancy test if you are more than 7 days late. If you are in your childbearing years, a missed period by more than a week can indicate you are pregnant. If you have an irregular menstrual cycle, pregnancy is going to be more difficult to determine by a missed period.
- Breast Changes
As your hormones rise, your breasts and nipples can become sore. It usually only lasts a week or two, but for some, it can continue throughout the entire pregnancy. You may notice that your breasts are: swollen, painful, sensitive, heavy, and the areola may darken.
Morning sickness can occur a month into your pregnancy or sooner. Not everyone experiences nausea. However, it can happen at any time of day, not just in the morning.
Fatigue can be a very early sign of pregnancy and can happen in the first week of pregnancy. Rising levels of the hormone progesterone can cause fatigue. Changes in blood pressure and blood sugar can also add to your lack of energy. Your body is nurturing the baby’s development, causing you to slow down and get some needed rest.
- Spotting or Discharge
A small amount of blood called spotting can happen. It is also known as implantation bleeding, which occurs around the time of a period, about 10-12 days after conception. You may even notice a white, milky discharge from your vagina because of the increased development in the lining of the vagina. If the bleeding is heavy or if the cramping is severe, or if your discharge smells bad or causes itching, then contact your health professional.
If you think you may be pregnant, we offer free pregnancy counseling and a free pregnancy test. Do you have any questions? We are here to help. We are compassionate and non-judgmental. Call us anytime on our 24-hour hotline 513-321-3100.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Posted on July 25, 2019 View the blog