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Are You Pregnant? Common Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For

Pregnancy is an exciting journey for many, but it can be hard to know if you're pregnant in the early stages. Fortunately, your body gives off certain signals that can help you determine if you are pregnant or not.

Here are some common early signs of pregnancy:

1. Missed period

This is typically the first sign women notice. If you have a regular menstrual cycle and suddenly miss it, you might be pregnant. However, it's important to note that a missed period can also be caused by stress or hormonal changes.

2. Nausea

Nausea and vomiting, commonly known as morning sickness, is a classic sign of early pregnancy. It can occur at any time of the day or night, and often happens in the first few weeks after conception. However, not every pregnant person experiences morning sickness.

3. Breast changes

In early pregnancy, your body undergoes changes to prepare for breastfeeding, which can lead to changes in your breasts. They may become sore, tender, or swollen, and the nipples might darken in color.

4. Fatigue

Starting around week 4, your body starts producing more progesterone, which can cause fatigue. You might feel tired all day, even if you have had a good night's sleep.

5. Cramping and spotting

Some experience mild cramping and spotting in the first few weeks after conception. This is caused by the embryo implanting in the uterus.

6. Mood changes

Your hormones are fluctuating during early pregnancy, which can affect your mood. You may feel irritable, emotional, or have sudden mood swings. It's important to note that these symptoms can also indicate other conditions, so talk to your doctor if you think you might be pregnant. They can run tests and provide an accurate diagnosis.

So, if you experience any of these early pregnancy signs, it's important to take a pregnancy test and consult with your healthcare provider.

There are multiple ways to confirm or deny a pregnancy. One of the best reviewed pregnancy tests is the First Response Triple Check. It has one regular test that detects pregnancy 6 days before your missed period, a digital test and another regular one for “rapid testing”.

For anyone local to Wilmington or close to the area, there are well reviewed pregnancy centers that you can also receive testing and pregnancy confirmation!

Bumps and Kicks Ultrasound Specialists: They offer 2D, 3D, 4D and HD ultrasound pictures and offer many different packages! Their “first peek” starts at 8 weeks to listen to the heartbeat. You leave with one picture. $50

After 14 weeks, “gender reveal” $75

Nice combo packages

Lifeline Pregnancy Center: They offer free pregnancy testing and has an emergency needs program for those who need free diapers or formula.

Once you find out and would like to set yourself up for informed, supportive care, give us a call to speak with a Certified Labor Doula! 910.707.4507


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