If you think you may be pregnant and are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you should take a pregnancy test to know for sure.
The most common first signs of pregnancy include:
- Missed period: Missing your period is the most common sign of pregnancy; however, stress, exercise, eating habits or other factors may cause irregular periods.
- Breast tenderness: Within a few days, some women notice increased sensitivity, fullness, or heaviness. By two weeks after conception, your areolas (the pinkish or brown area around your nipples) may enlarge or darken.
- Spotting: Lighter than a period and sometimes mixed with a yellowish discharge, a small amount of bleeding may occur when the developing egg implants itself in your uterine wall.
- Fatigue: If you feel tired even after a good night’s sleep, your body may be going through the changes of early pregnancy.
- Nausea: Don’t think of nausea as “morning sickness,” as it can strike at any time of the day or night. It may feel like a slight case of sea sickness, a full-fledged stomach virus, or you may not experience it at all.
UAMS Student Health Clinic offers pregnancy testing.