How Can I Tell If I’m Pregnant?
Pregnancy can come with a variety of physical and emotional changes that can be confusing and it is normal to not know if you’re pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant, it is best to take a pregnancy test to be sure. At-home pregnancy tests can be found non-prescription at drug stores and are over 99% accurate.
Before you take a pregnancy test, there are some physical and emotional changes you may experience that may indicate a pregnancy. The most common early signs of pregnancy can include:
- Missed period
- Changes in breast size/tenderness
- Increased urination
- Mood swings/changes
- Anxiety or anticipation
- Emotional sensitivity
- Heightened sense of smell
It is best to take a pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant or not. Here are some tips for taking your pregnancy test:
- Wait: Wait to take the test until after you have missed your period.
- Read the Instructions: Read the instructions for your test very carefully so you do not make a mistake.
- Be Patient: Wait for the results to show up on the test. Make sure you check the expiration date before purchasing a test.
- Repeat: If you receive a negative result and still think you may be pregnant, you can repeat the test a few days later.
What To Do Next
If you are pregnant, it is important to see a healthcare provider to start receiving prenatal care. Your healthcare provider can help you get the care and resources you need throughout your pregnancy. If you have recently missed a period, have certain symptoms of pregnancy, and the test confirms you are pregnant, you should call your healthcare provider to make an appointment.
If you take a pregnancy test and it is negative, but you still think you may be pregnant, then you should repeat the test a few days later. If you are still not having a period, it is important to check in with your healthcare provider. They may continue to monitor your symptoms and help you get the care you need.
If you think you may be pregnant, the best way to confirm it is to take a pregnancy test. At-home tests are 99% accurate and can be purchased at any drug store. But, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider if you are still unsure after you take the test. Your provider can answer any questions and provide you with resources to get the care you need.
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