So you think you’re pregnant?

If you think you are pregnant, you can confirm this with a home pregnancy test which can be purchased at any pharmacy or dollar store. Your family doctor or a doctor at a walk-in clinic can also confirm this and help you to review your options.

Signs of early pregnancy include:

  • A missed period

  • Fatigue, faintness, or feeling lightheaded

  • Constipation, gas, or bloating

  • Frequent urination

  • The areola becomes darker

  • A lighter, shorter period or irregular bleeding

  • Breasts feeling more tender, sensitive, swollen, and/or heavier

  • Backaches, headaches, and cramps

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Mood swings

While some pregnant women will have many of these symptoms, others will have only one or two, and others may have none at all. Having any, or even all of the symptoms above, does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. These symptoms can be caused by many different things. The best way to confirm whether you are pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test or visit your health care provider.

When a pregnancy test comes back positive, it can be welcome news – for a couple who was planning and trying to become pregnant – or it can be unexpected. In both cases, there is a lot to learn and many things you now need to think about.