Am I Pregnant? : About Pregnancy
Symptoms of Early Pregnancy
Are you concerned that you might be pregnant? Pregnancy symptoms can difficult to interpret because they can begin at different times in pregnancy, the intensity may vary, symptoms vary between women, and some women experience little to no early pregnancy symptoms at all. If you believe you may be pregnant based on any of these symptoms, call and make an appointment to confirm with a free pregnancy test.
A pregnancy test is the most accurate indicator of pregnancy, as long as it at least 10 days past possible conception—the last time you had sex. If you have noticed any of the following symptoms and think you may be pregnant, call to schedule a free pregnancy test at any of our five office locations.
If your periods are typically “regular” or follow a predictable pattern, a missed period can trigger a wave of panic. This is often the first indicator that a woman might be pregnant. By coming in for a free pregnancy test, we can determine whether or not you are pregnant and provide the support you will need regardless of the results.
Spotting and Cramping
Small amounts of blood and menstrual cramping are also an early symptom of pregnancy. They can be mistaken for the beginning of menstrual period bleeding. If you don’t get your period shortly afterwards, you can schedule an appointment for a free pregnancy test at any of our locations. If your test results are negative, we can help you find a doctor to monitor these symptoms and determine their cause.
Pregnancy hormones can lead to breast tenderness, swelling, and heaviness. You may also experience a tingling sensation similar to when your foot falls asleep. These changes may be uncomfortable and embarrassing to talk about, but our professional staff is here to help. They can provide a free pregnancy test and support for you.
An early sign of pregnancy is a significant loss of energy, also known as fatigue. Your body may feel “run down” and tired, making it hard to perform normal tasks such as work or school. Scheduling a free pregnancy test will let you know if your fatigue is a sign of pregnancy or another problem. Our CareNet DuPage staff members are here to help and connect you to resources.
Most people know this as “morning sickness” but it can occur at any time of day. Similarly, you may experience sudden aversions to foods and smells that used to be enjoyable to you, causing you to feel nauseous or vomit. Coming in for a free pregnancy test will determine if your nausea is a sign of early pregnancy.
You may be using the restroom more than you are accustomed to — even if you’re consuming the same amount of liquids that you normally do. This can be a sign of early pregnancy, and a pregnancy test will confirm whether this is true for you.
Alternatively, it may be difficult to use the restroom to pass solid waste. This can also cause stomach and abdominal discomfort. Unlike morning sickness, for example, this is not often recognized as a sign of pregnancy. If you experience constipation, schedule a free pregnancy test to find out if you are indeed pregnant.
Many women experience fluctuations in mood, especially within the normal course of their menstrual cycle. This can also be a sign of early pregnancy as hormonal changes take place. If mood swings continue but your period is delayed, taking a pregnancy test will indicate whether or not you are pregnant. CareNet DuPage staff is also available to talk about things in your life that may be causing heightened levels of stress.
Headaches and Back Pain
You may notice other physical changes, such as aches and pains, especially in your head and back. Scheduling a free pregnancy test will let you know if these changes are due to early pregnancy. CareNet DuPage staff can then help you get care from a general physician if this is appropriate.
Dizziness and Fainting
Disorientation and difficulty maintaining your balance may indicate that you’re pregnant. This can be very dangerous, especially if operating a motor vehicle. Call us to set up a free pregnancy test. If the results are negative, we can help connect you to doctors to treat your vertigo.
Shortness of Breath
Trouble breathing or very shallow breathing may also be a sign of pregnancy. Our pregnancy tests can help you determine whether or not an early pregnancy may be the root of your problem.
Changes in Appetite
Along with nausea, aversions to foods, and sensitivity to scents, you may find that you’re eating different quantities of food than you are used to. Pregnancy hormones often cause changes in appetite. A pregnancy test will confirm whether or not you are pregnant with 99.9% accuracy. CareNet DuPage staff can also make referrals for medical care if necessary.
Bleeding and Sensitive Gums
Hormones during pregnancy can lead to gum sensitivity while brushing teeth, usually causing minor bleeding. Your dentist may not be able to explain why your gums are more sensitive. Come into one of our offices for a free pregnancy test today to get immediate results and answers to your questions.