Do you remember the character Rizzo from Grease? The one that was worried that she was pregnant because her period was late?
Missing a period is a common signal that you may be pregnant, but it’s not conclusive. What’s more, a home test may not read positive until a few weeks into the pregnancy.
If you’re wondering if you may be pregnant, look for signs listed below. No one or two of these make you pregnant, but combinations of them definitely make it more likely. So, if several stand out, it may be time to go see your doctor and find out for sure.
Missing a period may be a sign that a woman is pregnant, but blood is not necessarily a sign that you aren’t. Often, pregnant women experience “Implantation Bleeding” in the first two weeks. That happens when a fertilized egg connects to the lining of your uterus.
It will be spots of blood, not a flow. Of course, flows differ—and, implantation bleeding usually happens before a test will detect pregnancy. It’s a good idea to look for coexisting symptoms.
For many women, the first indications of pregnancy are sore and swollen breasts. They may even tingle. Often, just about any touch will be too much during this phase. This usually starts soon after conception. It can stop shortly after, or it can last for months.
Accompanying this, you may notice that your nipples and the area around them change color or get bigger around. Sometimes this comes with taking birth control. If you aren’t using contraception, and if this accompanies other symptoms listed here, your chances of pregnancy are high.
Of course, if you’re experiencing this kind of change and you turn out not to be pregnant, talk about that with your OB. While women's’ breasts are rarely identical, you want to get a professional involved if they’re changing.
It’s not for no reason that you hear about pregnant women getting morning sickness early on. Something like three-quarters of women experiences nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. For many of those women, that characteristic nausea is their first clue that they are pregnant. Sometimes morning sickness is accompanied by a heightened sense of smell (another common sign of pregnancy).
Along with an upset stomach, many women experience constipation and bloating as the body slows digestion. It is also common for women to begin urinating much more often right after becoming pregnant. This symptom is later compounded when the uterus grows and presses against the bladder.
You don’t have to do this alone.
If you read through and bells went off a couple of times, your head’s likely spinning. Maybe you’re thinking about taking a pregnancy test. Or, maybe you just want to talk to someone.
Let us help. Call or stop in today for a free pregnancy test, or to see what services are available to you as you think through your next steps.