Am I Really Pregnant?

Maybe you’ve taken a pregnancy test, and maybe you haven’t out of fear. Regardless, the voice in your head might be saying, “Am I really pregnant?” over and over, with a few “I can’t be pregnant” thrown in for good measure.

You aren’t alone in asking that question. It can be overwhelming when you think you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. One thing that can help you feel more in control is information--learning more about what you are going through.

Here you can learn about symptoms of pregnancy, [1] and why coming into Pregnancy Care Clinic for testing is the best next step.

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting: This can come on within a week of conception taking place. Don’t be fooled into thinking this only occurs in the morning, though. This can happen at any time of day, or all day. Eating small meals frequently or snacking regularly on crackers can help with this.

Breast tenderness: Breasts may become enlarged, swollen and tender, and sometimes a vein near the surface will become visible. Also, your nipples may darken and become very sensitive.

Urinating often: Pressure on the bladder from a growing uterus can cause you to make frequent trips to the bathroom. This often begins a week or two after implantation has taken place.

Feeling tired: Your body is working hard due to all the changes that take place when you’re pregnant, and it’s no surprise that it wears you out quickly.

Missed period or spotting: Spotting sometimes happens about a week to 10 days after ovulation, close to the time you would get your period, and can sometimes confuse a woman about whether or not she had her period, or not.

Dizziness or fainting: This can happen when standing in one place for a while, due to the uterus compressing major arteries in your legs and causing blood pressure to drop. Skipping meals or going too long without food can cause blood sugar to drop and result in feeling dizzy.

Constipation: Hormones present during pregnancy can slow down bowel functions for maximum absorption of vitamins and nutrients.

Irritability: This is truly caused by raging hormones, and having to deal with everything else. A healthy diet, moderate exercise and lots of sleep can help with the crabbiness.

Heartburn: As the uterus grows and pushes upward, the hormone HCG slows down digestion, so your stomach doesn’t empty as fast, increasing stomach acid.

Other symptoms you might be experiencing are a change in appetite, weight loss, or headaches.

Come in for Testing

If you have many of the early signs of pregnancy, you are probably thinking it’s time to take a pregnancy test. At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we can help you with that.

Come in to see us for a free pregnancy test. If it is positive, we will recommend an ultrasound to check the viability of your pregnancy, to make sure it isn’t ectopic (a dangerous condition that can be life-threatening), and to determine how far along your pregnancy is.

Once you have all the testing completed, we will answer your questions honestly and openly, and give you all the information you need on the choices you have as you look ahead. Having a clear picture of your options will give you the confidence to make the decision that is right for you and will let you move ahead with your life.

At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we are here to offer the support you need, the kindness and compassion that you deserve, and a confidential place where you can feel safe. Make an appointment today so we can help you through this time in your life.

[1] Pregnancy Symptoms - Early Signs of Pregnancy. (2018, October 13). Retrieved from http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/early-pregnancy-symptoms/