Signs of pregnancy

Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Sometimes it's hard to interpret the signals your body is sending you. So if you suspect you may be pregnant, you're probably eager to confirm it.

One easy way to find out is to take an over-the-counter home pregnancy test. The latest pregnancy tests can be used the first day of your missed period, are more than 95% accurate and can even give you an estimate of how many weeks pregnant you are.

If you do discover you're pregnant, it's important that you make an appointment for your first prenatal visit with your healthcare provider.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms signs:

    • missing a menstrual period
    • frequent urination
    • tender, tingling, swollen breasts
    • "morning sickness," a queasiness that can occur any time of day
    • changes in skin color: darkening of the areola (the area around your nipple), deepening color of veins in your breasts, appearance of a dark line from your navel to your pubic bone
    • food cravings
    • feeling tired and sleepy all the time

    If you're having any of these symptoms, see your health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife) as soon as possible. As she examines you, she'll be able to observe other signs that can confirm a pregnancy, such as changes in the color or firmness of your cervix, changes in your uterus, hearing a prenatal heartbeat, or detection of the fetus on an ultrasound monitor. If you are pregnant, she will also set up a series of prenatal appointments to get you and your baby off to the best start possible!

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