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Think You Might Be Pregnant?

If your birth control recently failed, you had unprotected sex, and/or you’re experiencing strange physical symptoms, you might be worried that you’re pregnant. Your concerns are understandable, and you likely have a million questions running through your mind right now. While taking a pregnancy test is the only way to get answers, there are also physical symptoms to look out for that may indicate pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Once you become pregnant, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) becomes present in your body. This hormone tells your body to stop menstruating and instead thicken the uterine lining in preparation for nourishing and sustaining the embryo/fetus. HCG is also responsible for many of the early pregnancy symptoms that some women experience, including:

  • Sore, swollen breasts: You know that tender feeling you can get in your breasts right before your period? The same thing can happen during early pregnancy. If you’ve noticed that your bra is fitting tighter or your breasts feel more tender than usual, this could be a sign of pregnancy.
  • Increased urination: Have you been running to the bathroom more than usual? This could be a sign of pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body’s blood volume increases, which causes your kidneys to filter more blood, causing more urine output.
  • Fatigue: Has it been harder to get out of bed lately? Have you been taking unexpected naps? If you’re feeling more fatigued than usual, this could be a sign of pregnancy, especially if this fatigue is accompanied by other pregnancy symptoms.
  • Nausea with/without vomiting: Have you been feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting without a known reason (like food poisoning or sickness)? If so, this could be indicative of pregnancy.
  • Moodiness: If you’ve been facing an emotional rollercoaster lately, this could mean you’re pregnant. Moving back and forth between laughing, crying, irritably, and anger during pregnancy is caused by those early pregnancy hormones.

Next Steps

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? If so, it’s critical to take a pregnancy test. This is because other health conditions can mimic the symptoms of early pregnancy, and taking a pregnancy test will help you get to the bottom of your symptoms.

While pregnancy tests are widely available at most drug stores, at Choices of the Heart, we offer no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy testing. The results are explained by a nurse, and if your results are positive, you will be offered a no-cost, limited ultrasound. This is the second step for confirming your pregnancy, and it also gives you the essential information about your pregnancy you need to know to stay safe.

You’re not in this alone. We’re here for you. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment.

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