Determining whether you have a viable pregnancy can only happen with an ultrasound. But most women confirm a potential pregnancy with a pregnancy test, which can be taken at home. 

It can be difficult to know when to test for pregnancy, especially if you don’t have symptoms or usually have an irregular cycle. But if you have missed your period or have had sexual intercourse in the last few weeks, it’s possible that you’re pregnant.

Continue reading to learn what early pregnancy symptoms you should look out for. You can also contact Pregnancy Services of Ionia County for free, lab-quality pregnancy testing

Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Remember, not every pregnant woman will have symptoms. Some symptoms, including a missed period, can result from an irregular cycle, weight changes, other health conditions, and more. 

However, if you suspect you’re pregnant, here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Missed period
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Nasal congestion
  • Food aversions
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Moodiness

I Think I’m Pregnant. What’s Next?

If you suspect you’re pregnant, it’s best to wait a few days after a missed period (or several weeks after sexual intercourse) to test for pregnancy.

This gives hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a special pregnancy hormone, time to develop in your body. All pregnancy tests detect hCG, and if the levels are high enough, a positive result is produced. 

Pregnancy Services of Ionia County provides lab-quality pregnancy testing for accurate results. If your test results are positive, you may be eligible for a limited ultrasound.

An ultrasound is the only method by which a pregnancy is confirmed. You’ll learn if the pregnancy is viable (developing and has a heartbeat) and located in the uterus and how far along you are.

Our caring team members are here for you. Schedule a free, confidential appointment today.