It’s often thought that it’s impossible for a woman to be pregnant and not realize it, but this is actually not all that uncommon. Occasionally, a woman won’t know she’s pregnant until she goes to emergency care for stomach pain, which turns out to be labor pains. Other women don’t realize they’re expecting until about five months into the pregnancy. Every woman should learn how to identify the potential signs of pregnancy, particularly since birth control isn’t always effective.
Although not every woman has regular periods, a missed period is still among the most commonly noticed early signs of pregnancy. Women who are sexually active can use over-the-counter pregnancy tests if they miss a period. If the OTC test has a positive result, a professional-grade pregnancy test at a walk-in clinic is warranted.
It’s possible to still bleed and cramp at around the time of your period but to be pregnant regardless. This is known as implantation bleeding. When sperm fertilizes an egg, the embryo still needs to implant on the uterine wall. This happens between six and 12 days after conception. In many cases, the embryo simply doesn’t implant and is naturally expelled.
Fatigue is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. It often starts as early as the first week. However, since fatigue is so common among non-pregnant individuals, it’s often misinterpreted.
The American Pregnancy Association reports that changes in the breasts are the third most commonly reported sign of pregnancy. This can happen as early as one to two weeks. Newly expecting moms may notice swelling and tenderness.
Most expecting mothers will have nausea and vomiting at some point, usually starting at two to eight weeks. Morning sickness often does occur upon waking up, which is why doctors recommend keeping bland soda crackers near the bed. However, nausea can strike at any time of the day.
Paramount Urgent Care is well-known for providing emergency care in the Orlando area, but we’re also a family medicine center. You can turn to our caring providers for women’s healthcare, including physical exams and pregnancy tests. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.