Are you worried you might be pregnant? You are not alone! Recent studies have shown that about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.1 But an unplanned pregnancy does not have to be a tragedy. You have choices [link to our Options page], and we at WCC can help you think through your options in a private, safe and comfortable atmosphere.

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently. Some women exhibit all “the usual symptoms,” and others show none of them. The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant, is with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. The WCC offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasound, and consultation with a licensed medical professional to confirm whether you are actually pregnant. Please call us for an appointment if you think you might be pregnant.

Here are some of the more common pregnancy symptoms.2 If you are experiencing one or more of these, you should take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Breast Changes

Because of hormone changes during pregnancy, an expectant mother’s breasts may become swollen, sore or tender to the touch. They may feel heavier than usual, or fuller than normal. The area around the nipples may also darken.

Fatigue

Another result of hormone changes can be that a woman who is pregnant feels very tired, especially in the early days of the pregnancy.

Spotting and/or Cramping

Some women experience cramping similar to menstrual cramps during the first 6 to 12 days after becoming pregnant. They may also notice some spotting, called “implantation bleeding,” which is the result of the fertilized egg attaching to the uterine wall. Some women who are pregnant mistake this bleeding and cramping for the start of their usual monthly period, because it is very similar.

Nausea (Morning Sickness)

A very “famous,” symptom of pregnancy, morning sickness gets its name because it occurs most commonly in the morning hours, when hormone levels in the body are at their highest. It is most commonly associated with the beginning stages of pregnancy, but the nausea, craving and food aversions can last longer. (For most women, the symptoms lessen around the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy.)

Missed Period

Missing a regular monthly period is the most obvious early sign of pregnancy, and often the one that prompts women to take a pregnancy test. It is important to realize that there can be other reasons for missing a period, and that it is also possible to experience some menstrual-like bleeding during a healthy pregnancy. You should ask your doctor about any irregularities you notice in your monthly cycle.

Some Other Pregnancy Symptoms

Other common symptoms associated with pregnancy include Frequent Urination, Constipation, Mood Swings, Headaches and Back Pain, Dizziness and Fainting. Most of these are caused by the increased levels of hormones in your body and by the increase blood volume during a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor can help you understand these pregnancy symptoms better, and get relief when needed.

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1 Unplanned pregnancies. Viewed 11/3/2014

2 All symptom information. Viewed 11/3/2014

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