If you’ve recently had unprotected sex or are concerned your contraception failed, you may be pregnant. Are you wondering what to do next? We can help. Learn about early pregnancy symptoms and what you must do to determine if you’re pregnant.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

A missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, but you can have a change in your menstrual cycle for many reasons. For example, if you have dramatically increased or decreased your weight, are under a lot of stress, or are overdoing exercise, your period could be late.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are other early pregnancy symptoms to watch for:

  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Light Spotting

What’s My First Step?

If your period is late and you are feeling other pregnancy symptoms, it’s time to take a pregnancy test. A pregnancy test is an easy and inexpensive first step to determine if you are pregnant. We provide free lab-quality pregnancy testing at the Pregnancy Help Center (PHC).

Do I Need to Take More Than One Test?

It is essential to take more than one pregnancy test because it is possible to take the first test incorrectly. You must follow the instructions carefully, make sure the test hasn’t expired, and take it at the correct time of day and the right day of the month to get accurate results.

The Tests Are Positive. Now What?

Your next step is to get an ultrasound scan. A positive pregnancy test is only an indication of a possible pregnancy. To be entirely sure, you need a limited obstetrical ultrasound. At the PHC, we offer both abdominal and transvaginal ultrasounds. Don’t skip this critical next step.

Once you’ve received a positive pregnancy test result from a PHC test, we’ll schedule you for a free and confidential ultrasound.

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