If you’re wondering if you’re pregnant, you probably have a lot of things swirling around in your head right now. You might be happy, excited, scared, angry, or some mix of those.
That’s totally normal, and how you feel today isn’t necessarily how you’ll feel in a day or two. The realization that your whole life could be about to change is overwhelming!
So what now? The first step is to find out if you’re pregnant. A woman might miss her period for many reasons. A change in diet, exercise, or stress level could cause a late period. Sometimes, women have late periods for reasons they’re never able to trace.
A good first step is to take a pregnancy test. You can buy a pregnancy test at a grocery story or pharmacy. You can also get one for free at a pregnancy center in your area.
If you’re wondering if it’s too early to test, a good rule of thumb is that a pregnancy test should be accurate right around the first day after a missed period. If your period is irregular, or you don’t know when to expect it, waiting 17 days after you had sex to take the test can usually give you an accurate reading.
You can read more about pregnancy tests here.
One thing to keep in mind is that a pregnancy test is only an indication of pregnancy. Generally you’ll need an ultrasound as a confirmation. The ultrasound can also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (viability means a pregnancy that is capable of developing under normal conditions) and give you an estimate of how far along you are.
An ultrasound is also the only way to find out if you have an ectopic1 pregnancy, which could be life-threatening for both a mother and her child.
There are many pregnancy centers around the country that give free confirming ultrasounds. To find one in your area please call us at 1-800-712-4357, send us a message, or chat with us now! We’re here to talk, 24/7!