Common Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
- Missed or Abnormal Period
A missed or abnormal period is the most common sign of pregnancy, but some women continue to have light bleeding when they are pregnant. A missed period does also not always mean that a person is pregnant because periods can be irregular or absent due to factors such as stress, illness, etc.
- Breast Tenderness
Some pregnant people experience breast tenderness or swelling and nipple sensitivity during pregnancy. Breasts usually increase in size and the dark area around the nipple (the areola) usually gets darker and bigger.
- Nausea or morning sickness
Some people feel nausea or sick to their stomach during early pregnancy while others do not experience this at all. If a pregnant person experiences nausea, it can happen at any time during the day.
- Dizziness, Fatigue
- Increased frequency of urination
If you think you may be pregnant, it is a good idea to take a pregnancy test either at home (purchased at a pharmacy) or make an appointment to have one done at no cost at one of our clinics. You can also have a test done at a walk in clinic or your family physician’s office.
It can be stressful to wonder if you are pregnant, the Sexuality and U website features a helpful tool that can offer some guidance if you are wondering about the possibility of pregnancy. This tool does not replace a pregnancy test.
When you suspect you might be pregnant, the first step is to get a pregnancy test.
- Getting a pregnancy test
- If your test is negative
- Pregnancy options
Getting a pregnancy test
A pregnancy test is generally a urine test and takes only a few minutes to give you a result. It’s best to wait until you have missed a period for the most accurate results, but some tests will show results earlier.
You can get a pregnancy test:
- at Island Sexual Health Society (make an appointment)
- using a home test kit (available at drug stores)/li>
- at your doctor’s office/li>
If you do not want to be pregnant, you may not want to do a home test on your own.
If your pregnancy test is negative
If you do not wish to become pregnant, this is a good time to make sure you have good birth control in place. Make an appointment to get help choosing and using birth control.
A second pregnancy test may be necessary to be sure you are not pregnant, and we can let you know if this is the case.