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Symptoms

A missed period can be scary if you are not planning a pregnancy. But, if you are sexually active, it is possible to become pregnant and it is important to confirm pregnancy early with an accurate pregnancy test. These are some common pregnancy symptoms, but there are other medical reasons for these symptoms as well.

Common Symptoms

  • A missed a period. This is the most common indicator that you might be pregnant.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, sometimes begins as early as three weeks after conception. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar—which can make you feel sleepy.
  • Tender, swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts tender, sensitive or sore. Or your breasts might feel fuller and heavier.
  • Food aversions or cravings. When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

It’s important to confirm pregnancy early with an accurate pregnancy test that is read by a medical professional.

Things to Think About

Is the pregnancy viable (healthy?)
How far along are you?
Is the pregnancy in your uterus? Occasionally, the pregnancy is located somewhere else. This is known as an “ectopic” pregnancy.

There is a lot to consider before you make a decision about an unplanned pregnancy. At Crossroads we are committed to listening, offering support and answering any questions you may have about your pregnancy and all your options.

Pregnancy Test

Maybe you already took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. It could be that you are not really pregnant. We recommend that you come in and have a medical quality pregnancy test at one of our centers. Trained staff can provide additional information relevant to your situation and we can schedule you for an ultrasound at one of our medical clinic locations. Everything we offer is free and confidential.

How Many Weeks?

If your pregnancy test at our clinic is positive, we will help you to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. You will need to know the first day of your last period. You will be given an estimated due date based on your last menstrual cycle. From there you may qualify for a free limited ultrasound, which will give you a more accurate measurement of the gestational age of the pregnancy and whether your pregnancy is viable. That information can be very helpful as you make a decision because it can tell you what options are available to you.