Pregnancy help center

Although as many as half of all women will have an unintended pregnancy by the time they are 45, the early warning signs of pregnancy can sneak up on any woman. Part of the reason why this occurs is that many women don’t realize that they are pregnant right away. In fact, they can easily mistaken early pregnancy signs and symptoms for PMS and will think that their period is on its way or just late.

If you aren’t sure whether you are pregnant, check this list of early pregnancy signs and symptoms to see if they match your situation:

  • Cramps: Cramping is one of the most dreaded symptoms of both PMS and pregnancy. Pregnancy cramps may be much stronger than usual, or they could feel about the same.
  • Changes in Appetite: If you notice that you have sudden cravings for different foods, or foods you used to like are no longer appetizing, then this could be a sign that you are pregnant. Pay attention to your eating habits to monitor any changes.
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting: Some women find that they are unable to keep food down or will feel sick in the morning. Even though true morning sickness won’t set in until about 8 to 12 weeks or later, it could still be a sign of pregnancy.
  • Irritability or Mood Swings: You may find that you are irritated constantly and snap at others, or you might suddenly become emotional over something very small. Just like PMS, pregnancy also sends hormones surging through your body, and this can mess with your emotions big time.
  • A Missed Period: The tell-tale sign of a pregnancy is, of course, a missed or skipped period. If your period is late this month, make sure you take a pregnancy test to find out for sure. Remember that taking a test too early may give you a negative result, so it could be better to wait a bit before taking it.

If you have any of these early pregnancy signs and symptoms and you’ve missed a period, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many cities have adult and teen pregnancy centers that offer free pregnancy help, free pregnancy tests, and crucial information on pregnancy for women of all ages. This discreet service can usually help you find ways to tell the baby’s father or your parents that you are pregnant. Even if a pregnancy has completely taken you by surprise, you’re not alone.

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