Think You're Pregnant? 6 Early Signs of Pregnancy

OB/GYNs and midwives of Gainesville's All About Women discuss telltale signs of pregnancy

Waiting to find out if you’re pregnant can be some of the most nerve-wracking days of your life. You usually have to wait until a day after the anticipated start day of your period before using an at-home pregnancy test, and even then it may be another week before the test actually detects conception.

If you’re trying to figure out if you’re pregnant, you can watch your body for signs and symptoms. Some of them occur so early that they might let you know you’re pregnant even before you take a test.

Here are some early signs of pregnancy and their causes, according to the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health:

Not All Women Are the Same

While many women experience some of the following early signs of pregnancy, it is very important to note that some pregnant women will not experience any of the above symptoms.

If this ends up being the case for you, don’t be alarmed. If you are pregnant, you are just as likely to continue with a healthy pregnancy as other women.

Instead, consider yourself very lucky!

Furthermore, some women may experience these symptoms and not be pregnant. They could be symptoms of PMS or another condition.

If you are indeed pregnant though, the increasing levels of HCG in your body will eventually turn an at-home pregnancy test positive. The medical community considers these tests to provide a reliable result one week after of your expected menstrual cycle start date.

These tests rarely give a false-positive reading, but false-negative results are common if you’re too early in your pregnancy for the test to detect HCG levels in your urine.

Call Your OB/GYN

Regardless of your home pregnancy test results, there are several different scenarios in which you’ll need to call your OB/GYN office:

Learn about these instances by checking out our article series on Infertility.

At All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology, our expert pregnancy doctors and midwives are here to celebrate your good news and to provide expert care through all stages of your pregnancy.

Click here to learn more about pregnancy care, or call our office in Gainesville or Lake City to schedule an appointment today.

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