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Am I Expecting? Early Pregnancy Indicators

Guessing whether or not you are pregnant can evoke feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion. It’s important to remember that every woman is different, and while some might notice pregnancy symptoms as early as a week after conception, others won’t see any symptoms until their period is late. That’s why taking a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant in order to determine the next steps is so crucial. 

 

Possible Pregnancy Symptoms 

  • Missed Period: A missed period is often the initial indicator of a potential pregnancy. Although there are other possible reasons why you might have missed a period, pregnancy is often the most common explanation. 
  • Tender and/or Swollen Breasts: As hormone levels increase, so does the blood flow to your breasts, causing them to feel tender, sore, and swollen. For many women, these changes are among the earliest indicators of pregnancy. 
  • Nausea: This is one of the most common early indicators of pregnancy. Nausea typically lasts throughout the first trimester but oftentimes subsides in the second trimester. Nausea during pregnancy is sometimes referred to as “morning sickness” despite the fact that it can happen at any time of the day. 
  • Spotting: Many women may notice light spotting in the early stages of pregnancy, known as implantation bleeding. This happens when the baby implants itself in the uterus. Along with spotting, some women experience cramping, which is a common symptom of this phase. 

 

We offer free Pregnancy Testing at our four locations in the Tampa Bay area.  

If you are unsure if you are pregnant or are experiencing any of the symptoms above, the best first step is to take a pregnancy test. At A Woman’s Place, we offer free, confidential services to women who are looking for confirmation. Our trained medical staff will perform a urine medical-grade pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy and evaluate if you are eligible for an ultrasound to verify the viability of the pregnancy. Call one of our locations today to schedule an appointment and talk with a medical professional.

The early stages of a pregnancy can be stressful, but you don’t have to experience it alone. Take the first step and make an appointment today. 

 

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Author: Caitlin Drakos, BSN, RN, Director of Medical Services