Take these steps if you think you are pregnant.
For some, a pregnancy is noticeable almost right away. You may see early signs of pregnancy as soon as a few weeks after having sex.
A pregnancy can make you have or feel the following:
- A late or missed period
- Cramping in your lower body
- Light spotting that is not your full period
- Sore breasts that seem bigger
- Stomach aches with or without throwing up
- Feelings of needing to pee a lot
- Tired and achy
- Trouble using the bathroom or changes in your bathroom use
- Food aversions
If you feel or have any of the things listed here, it may not mean you’re pregnant. It may mean you are getting sick or are about to get your period. Even stress can delay your period.
If you think you may be showing early signs of pregnancy, you could take a pregnancy test, either at home or at your local clinic. While being pregnant can make you feel a lot of weird things, some pregnancies may not give you any of these signs.
An easy way to find out before calling the doctor is to take a pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests are sold at most stores and can tell you right away if you are pregnant. If you are newly pregnant, not all pregnancy tests will detect pregnancy until you are further along.
It is important to follow up with your healthcare provider for a confirmation test. If you can’t get a home pregnancy test or want your doctor to be the one to tell you if you are or aren’t pregnant, call your healthcare provider for a visit.
Regardless of your test results, follow up with your healthcare provider to talk about your family planning goals.
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