Before you take a pregnancy test, you may have already experienced signs of pregnancy. Symptoms like a missed period, nausea, or fatigue can make you feel varying emotions, from fear to anticipation.

And if you weren’t planning to become pregnant, this can feel like one of the most important times of your life. Before rushing to make a decision or worrying about your future, it’s critical to take a step back and consider a few things. 

Continue reading to learn more about early pregnancy symptoms and your next steps. And for no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy testing, visit Embrace today.

What Signs Can I Look For?

You can’t rely on symptoms alone to confirm a potential pregnancy. Sometimes, these symptoms actually indicate other health conditions.

It’s crucial to remember that a missed period can also occur if your cycle is typically irregular. Also, you could be pregnant but not experience symptoms. 

If you do notice symptoms, here’s what to look for:

  • Missed period 
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Nasal congestion
  • Food aversions
  • Bloating 
  • Moodiness

If you experience any of these symptoms (or if it’s been several weeks since you had sexual intercourse and you think you may be pregnant), it’s best to take a pregnancy test.

Taking a pregnancy test several days after a missed period is also ideal, as it allows hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels time to build in your body. All pregnancy testing works by detecting this hormone. 

If enough hCG is present in your body and you’ve taken the test correctly, you will receive a positive result.

I Think I’m Pregnant. What Now?

If you think you may be pregnant, you deserve answers you can trust. Embrace provides lab-quality pregnancy testing, and if you receive a positive result, you will be offered a limited sonogram

Sonograms are crucial; they medically confirm your pregnancy and verify key details so you can protect your health. Using this information, you can weigh your options and move forward. 

Schedule a no-cost appointment at Embrace today.