Here are some common pregnancy symptoms, but be aware that there are other medical conditions that can cause these symptoms. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any of these possible pregnancy symptoms, it’s important to get a pregnancy test and talk to someone about your situation. The Pregnancy Care Center can provide a free pregnancy test, a free pregnancy ultrasound (in most cases) and a verification of pregnancy that can be used to apply for OHP and WIC.
Are You Experiencing Any of These Common Pregnancy Symptoms?
- Implantation Bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping. Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill (switching brands), infection or abrasion from intercourse.
- Delay/Difference in Menstruation - "My period is late!" Delayed or a missed period, (menstruation), is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. A missed period may be part of answering the question, "How far along am I?" When you become pregnant your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period. Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill or breast-feeding.
- Swollen or Tender Breasts - Swollen or tender breasts are a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen. Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.
- Fatigue or Tiredness - Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception. Other Explanations: Stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses can also leave you feeling tired or fatigued.
- Nausea/Morning Sickness - This well-known pregnancy symptom will often show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy. Other Explanations: Food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders can also cause you to feel queasy.
- Backache - Lower backache may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout an entire pregnancy. Other Explanations: Impending menstruation, stress, other back problems, and physical or mental strains.
- Headaches - The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy. Other Explanations: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation, eye strain or other ailments can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.
- Frequent Urination - Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom. Other Explanations: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increased liquid intake or taking excessive diuretics.
- Darkening of Areolas - If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker. Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy or may be a leftover effect from a previous pregnancy.
- Food Cravings - While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Other Explanations: Poor diet, lack of a certain nutrient, stress, depression or impending menstruation.
Women experiencing these symptoms should make an appointment to verify pregnancy. The Pregnancy Care Center offers a pregnancy test for free, performed in a confidential setting. Our pregnancy tests are laboratory quality and up to 99% accurate. A positive pregnancy test suggests a possible pregnancy; however, results should be confirmed by a physician or by obtaining an obstetrical ultrasound scan. If a test is positive, our medical staff will answer questions regarding the result, and discuss all pregnancy options.