Am I Pregnant?
Think you might be pregnant? Your first step is to take a pregnancy test. The Women's Center of Eastern Connecticut can provide you with a lab quality urine pregnancy test, and can discuss the results with you in minutes. All our services are free and confidential. Make your appointment today.
The most common symptom of pregnancy is a missed period, however, there are other symptoms you may experience as well that can include:
Tenderness, swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.
Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn't clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role
Increased urination. You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.
Fatigue. Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.
Other less obvious signs and symptoms of pregnancy that you might experience during the first trimester include:
Moodiness. The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common.
Bloating. Hormonal changes during early pregnancy can cause you to feel bloated, similar to how you might feel at the start of a menstrual period.
Light spotting. Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.
Cramping. Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy.
Constipation. Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation.
Food aversions. When you're pregnant, you might become more sensitive to certain odors and your sense of taste might change. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.
Nasal congestion. Increasing hormone levels and blood production can cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell, dry out and bleed easily. This might cause you to have a stuffy or runny nose.
Reference from Mayoclinic.org May 2019 article. Read more about pregnancy and symptoms at mayoclinic.org
How far along am I?
Check and see.
After taking a pregnancy test and receiving positive results, you may be eligible for a Limited Obstetric ultrasound.
An ultrasound will tell you the information about your pregnancy that you’ll need to make an informed decision regarding your next steps.
If you are not able to come to Willimantic, please check out our mobile unit locations.
There are so many choices and much to consider when the unexpected happens, but you’re not alone. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide you with the information you need on different options, procedures and the associated risks with no judgment or pressure, so you can make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy. Although we will discuss all your options with you, we do not perform or refer for abortion