Are you wondering if you could be unexpectedly pregnant? If so, you know all too well the incredibly stressful feelings that accompany the worry. Even so, you are also probably on high alert about every suspected pregnancy symptom. Take a deep breath and allow us to help you take it one step at a time.

Confirm Your Pregnancy

The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is by a pregnancy test. However, until you do that, you might find this list of common pregnancy symptoms valuable. Notice that many pregnancy symptoms are also found in other conditions, but the likelihood of your symptoms pointing towards pregnancy increase if you are experiencing several of them.

The Most Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Missed Period: A missed period is the most common symptom of pregnancy. 

Spotting: Sometimes, women experience light spotting at the time of their expected period and mistake it for a menstrual cycle. In reality, it is implantation bleeding from early pregnancy.

Other Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Although every woman experiences different combinations of symptoms, you may notice one or several of these other common pregnancy symptoms. 

  • Physical or Visible Symptoms

    Mild Cramping: It is normal to experience cramps in early pregnancy. You might feel like you are about to get your period at any moment because it seems like you have menstrual cramps. Normal pregnancy cramps can be caused by implantation, a growing uterus, dehydration, or constipation.

    Breast Tenderness and Swelling: It might be typical for your breasts to be sore right before your period. Pregnancy hormones cause breasts to retain fluid, so if you are pregnant, you might experience fullness and tingling along with more sensitivity than you would with PMS symptoms.

    Nausea (with or without Vomiting): Although nausea in pregnancy is often called “morning sickness,” you can experience it any time of the day or night. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are caused by rising pregnancy hormones and usually subsides after the first trimester.

    Dizziness: Some women feel faint or dizzy in early pregnancy due to lower blood pressure.

  • Emotional or Hormonal Symptoms

    Mood Changes: Mood swings often accompany pregnancy. If you are feeling weepy or more emotional than usual, it could be a sign of pregnancy.

    Aversion to Odors: Are you suddenly sensitive to smells that you usually do not notice? If so, it could be due to the pregnancy hormones that also cause nausea.

    Headaches: Many women experience headache pain in early pregnancy. Lower blood sugar, higher blood volume, and hormonal changes can all contribute to headaches in early pregnancy.

  • Gastrointestinal and Digestive Symptoms

    Frequent Urination: The pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), increases blood flow to your kidneys. This can cause your kidneys to produce about 25% more urine and keep you endlessly looking for a bathroom in early pregnancy.

    Constipation: Increased progesterone can cause your digestive system to slow down, resulting in constipation and bloating.

    Heartburn: Heartburn is another early symptom of pregnancy. Increased hormone levels cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus, creating a burning sensation.

If you looked over this list and still suspect you might be pregnant, visit us at Willow Womens Center for a no-cost, medical-grade pregnancy test. Our caring, licensed medical professionals can provide you with the information you need in an environment without judgment or bias. Contact us today for a confidential appointment so you can be empowered to make the right decision for you.