Like every woman, every pregnancy is unique. Some women may experience every symptom, others may only feel a few, and some have no symptoms at all. Although a missed period is usually the first sign, a woman’s menstrual cycle can change for many reasons. Get no-cost professional quality pregnancy testing at New Life first.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M PREGNANT?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the following are the most common early pregnancy symptoms:
- A missed period
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
OTHER POTENTIAL EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
- Mood swings
- Food cravings or food aversions
- Darkening of the areolas
- Light spotting
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If you have taken an at-home pregnancy test, we recommend getting a second opinion with no-cost pregnancy testing at New Life. Although over-the-counter tests are very accurate, different brands have different sensitivities. The more sensitive tests can detect the pregnancy hormone at an earlier time.
Taking another pregnancy test confirms the results of the first. If you receive a positive pregnancy test from New Life, we can schedule you for a no-cost ultrasound.
WHY DO I NEED AN ULTRASOUND?
There is a possibility you are not pregnant. One study estimated that up to 26% of all pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. Getting a positive pregnancy test days or even weeks after you have miscarried is possible.
An ultrasound gives you vital information about your pregnancy. You learn the following:
- If your pregnancy is viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat) or if you have miscarried
- How far along you are in your pregnancy
- Where your pregnancy is located
As you can see, if you are considering abortion for your unexpected pregnancy, an ultrasound is essential. You need to visit a healthcare provider, not an abortion provider, if you have had a miscarriage or the location of your pregnancy isn’t correct.
Knowing how many weeks you have been pregnant also determines the type of abortion procedure you qualify for. The FDA has approved the abortion pill method only through 10 weeks of gestation.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
The team at New Life is here for you. We know this is a stressful time, especially if you weren’t planning on being pregnant. New Life is a safe, confidential place to get answers, share your concerns, and discover your next steps.
Call to schedule a no-cost appointment or fill out our online contact form. You, your health, and your future are our first priority.