What are the Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy?

Young-woman-sitting-on-a-couch-holding-her-stomachAny time you have sex, there is a chance you could get pregnant. Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. One of the most common symptoms is a delayed or missed period. You may see signs of pregnancy within a week of conception. It is also possible for symptoms to start a few weeks later.

If you think you could be pregnant, watch for these early signs and symptoms1: missed period, headaches, tender breasts, nausea, and lower backaches. Keep in mind that because these symptoms are not unique to pregnancy, you could be pregnant even if you don't notice any of them.

If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take a pregnancy test. If that test is positive, confirm the pregnancy is viable with an ultrasound as soon as you can. You can get a free pregnancy test, and possibly a free ultrasound, at one of the centers listed on this site. Click here to connect to a local centerNot sure if you should take a pregnancy test yet? Take our free online pregnancy quiz to get answers now.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

In addition to a missed period, the earliest symptoms of pregnancy might include:

  • Nausea with or without vomiting.
  • Tender, swollen breasts.
  • Increased urination.
  • Fatigue.
  • Food aversions or cravings.
  • Bloating.

Sometimes symptoms of pregnancy are less familiar or obvious. If you’re pregnant, you might also experience:

  • Slight bleeding or cramping.
  • Backaches.
  • Headaches.
  • Mood swings.
  • Dizziness.
  • Constipation.
  • Darkening of the Areolas.

If you are pregnant, you have three options to consider. You could choose parenting, adoption, or abortion. You may find it helpful to talk with someone about all these options. Many women do. Pregnancy centers offer confidential support and accurate information about all pregnancy options. These centers, however, do not offer or refer for abortion services.

Note: Option Line and our network of participating pregnancy centers offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, these centers do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website and given through contacting Option Line is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.