Think You Might Be Pregnant? These are 5 Common Signs of Pregnancy

Whether you’re trying to have a baby or simply forgot to use birth-control the last time you had sexual intercourse, you may wonder if you’re pregnant. You’d like an answer sooner rather than later so you can make important decisions.

While the only way to know for sure is to get an accurate blood test or urine test, your body may be signaling you that it’s in a time of change.

At AccuHealth Urgent Care, an urgent care provider in St. Louis, Missouri, our team of board-certified physicians administers blood tests that can identify pregnancy just six to eight days after ovulation, as well as urine tests that are more sensitive than home pregnancy testing kits.

If you think you may be pregnant and need a pregnancy test, here are five of the most common symptoms of pregnancy:

1. You’re late

If your menstrual period is more than a few days late, or if you’ve gone through a whole cycle without bleeding, you may be pregnant. A missed period is the most common and obvious sign of pregnancy.  The American Pregnancy Association reports that 29% of women have a missed period as their first symptom of pregnancy.

But other conditions can also cause you to miss a period, especially if you’re older and have entered perimenopause. If your AccuHealth pregnancy test is negative, your doctor may conduct further tests or refer you to a specialist to determine the cause for your missed period.

Also, some women experience what’s called “implantation bleeding,” which occurs when the fertilized egg settles into your uterine lining. If you’ve experienced lighter-than-normal bleeding or just have a little spotting of blood, it could be implantation bleeding.

2. You’re cramping, but it’s not your period

Just as implantation can cause some bleeding, you may also experience cramping. If you get cramping outside of your normal menstrual cycle, it could be a sign that you’re pregnant, especially if the cramps are milder than usual.

3. Your breasts feel sore

The hormonal changes that your body undergoes during pregnancy increases blood flow to your breasts, which may make them feel swollen and sore. You may also notice other changes, such as breast heaviness or a tingling sensation in your breasts. A classic breast-related sign of pregnancy is when the skin around your nipples (the areola) darkens.

Luckily, once your body adjusts to the surge of hormones, breast pain and tenderness tends to resolve. If your breast pain continues for more than a few weeks after your pregnancy has been confirmed, see your OB/GYN for an evaluation.

4. You’re peeing a lot

About six to eight weeks into your pregnancy, you may notice that you’re running to the bathroom more often to urinate. As your uterus grows, it may press against your bladder, causing you to feel urgency sooner and more frequently than normal.

5. You feel sick in the morning … or afternoon

Although the nausea and vomiting that’s associated with early stages of pregnancy in many women is known as “morning sickness,” you could actually feel ill at any time of day. Nobody knows exactly why some women develop morning sickness, but most researchers and doctors believe the condition is related to the sudden flood of hormones that occurs during implantation and pregnancy.

Find out for sure

Not every woman who’s pregnant experiences symptoms. Even if you do have the classic symptoms, they could be related to another condition entirely. That’s why it’s important to have your pregnancy confirmed by an AccuHealth doctor.

To find out if you’re pregnant, schedule a pregnancy test today by calling, dropping in during business hours, or using our online form.

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