Did you miss a period this month? Did your birth control fail or are you having strange symptoms? All these reasons and more can make you worried that you might be pregnant. While taking a pregnancy test is the first step in finding out, there are early symptoms to watch for that could indicate you’re pregnant. 

Read on to learn the most common early pregnancy symptoms. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person and receive free, medical-grade pregnancy testing, contact The Hope Clinic today.

Top Early Pregnancy Symptoms

During early pregnancy, a special mixture of hormones tells your body to prepare to nourish and sustain a pregnancy. However, these hormones can cause common symptoms in many women, including:

  1. Missed menstrual period. Did you miss your period this month? Pregnancy might be to blame. Those early pregnancy hormones tell your body to stop menstruating so that your uterine lining can remain thick to nourish and sustain the pregnancy. 
  2. Tender, swollen breasts. Your breasts may respond to early pregnancy hormones by becoming more sensitive, tender, and swollen as they prepare for breastfeeding. You might be pregnant if you notice that your bra feels tighter and your breasts feel different than normal. 
  3. Feeling exhausted. Are you more tired than normal? Finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning and needing frequent naps? Fatigue is a common sign of early pregnancy, especially if it’s accompanied by other early pregnancy symptoms.
  4. Frequent trips to the bathroom. Need to urinate more often than usual? During pregnancy, your body produces more blood, which causes your kidneys to work harder and produce more urine. If you’re going to the bathroom often and with greater urgency, this could mean you’re pregnant.
  5. Feeling nauseous or vomiting. Early pregnancy hormones can cause you to feel sick to your stomach—morning, noon, or night. And sometimes, this feeling can cause you to vomit. While many factors can cause nausea and vomiting, you could be pregnant if your nausea and vomiting are accompanied by other pregnancy symptoms.

Next Steps

Are you experiencing any of these pregnancy symptoms? Whether you’re having every symptom or just one, getting pregnancy testing is the next step. This is because other health conditions can mimic the symptoms of early pregnancy, so testing is the start of getting the answers you need right now. If you receive a positive pregnancy test result, an ultrasound is the last step for confirming your pregnancy.

At The Hope Clinic, we offer free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds because we believe you deserve to have the clarity you need. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.