Recognizing the Early Signs of Pregnancy


Are you wondering if you might be pregnant? It’s important to know and understand the signs of pregnancy so you can receive proper prenatal care. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to begin the decision making process early – there’s a lot of information to understand, so the earlier you can learn the facts, the more informed decision you can make.

Every woman’s body is different. Every pregnancy is different. But there are some general signs that can indicate you might need to take a pregnancy test.

They can include:

  • Missed Period – This is the most common sign of pregnancy, but not all missed periods mean a woman is pregnant, and some women may experience bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Spotting and Cramping – Bleeding can occur after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, this is known as implantation bleeding. Cramps, similar to menstrual cramps, can also accompany it.
  • Breast Changes – Breasts can become swollen, tender or tingly due to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Additionally, they can feel heavy or full and the nipple may darken in color.
  • Fatigue– Fatigue is a common symptom, and women can start feeling tired as early as one week after conception.
  • Nausea – Also referred to as morning sickness, nausea can occur at any time of day. It is thought to be associated with the increase of hormones.
  • Frequent Urination – Hormone levels increase, and can lead to a frequent need to urinate beginning at around 6 weeks after conception.

Additional signs can include constipation, mood swings, head or back aches, dizziness and fainting. If you have experienced any of these symptoms and think you may be pregnant, Options for Women can help. Call our office today or schedule an appointment online.

We offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, and can provide all of the information you need to make the decision that is best for you. We will discuss your options of parenting and adoption. We can provide you with information about the abortion procedure, its risks and side effects.