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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, of which the results can be discussed in minutes.  All our services are free and confidential. Check out our Pregnancy Calculator to determine how far along you might be. 

 

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.




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.




Tender, 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.




Cramping


Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy




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.




Moodiness


The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common.





The most common symptom of pregnancy is a missed period; however, there are other symptoms you may experience. Click on the symptoms below to learn more. 

Reference from Mayoclinic.org May 2019 article. Read more about pregnancy and symptoms at mayoclinic.org

 
What's Next?

After taking a pregnancy test and receiving positive results, your next step is to receive  a limited obstetric ultrasound.  An ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure. An Ultrasound machine uses soundwaves to create  a picture of the inside of your body, that includes your uterus and fetus, and gives you important information about your pregnancy.  An ultrasound can confirm your pregnancy, show the gestational age of your pregnancy and as well as determine where the pregnancy is located.  

Confirming a pregnancy is important  because up to 20% of all pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The purpose of an ultrasound is to ensure your pregnancy is viable (a heartbeat is detected). Once you have this information, you can begin considering your options.

 

Knowing the gestational age, or how far along you are in the pregnancy is needed if you are considering abortion, adoption or parenting. Different abortion procedures are determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy, and prenatal care is an important part of staying healthy during a pregnancy.  No matter what options you may be considering, it is crucial to know.

Determining where the pregnancy is located is important as well. Sometimes, a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus as it should. If it attaches somewhere else like within a fallopian tube, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and need to be treated immediately by a medical professional. The Women's Center is committed to the care and health of all our clients.

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above pregnancy symptoms, please reach out to the Women's Center  to schedule an appointment for your free pregnancy test and free ultrasound.