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
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.
Tender, swollen breasts
Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy
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
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.