If you’re worried you’re pregnant, your first step is to take a pregnancy test. At-home kits can be found at grocery stores or pharmacies, or you can be tested at your doctor’s office or medical clinic.
Some women have obvious pregnancy symptoms like nausea and fatigue. Others may experience no more than a missed period. We’ll review the signs of pregnancy first and explain how a pregnancy test works.
Signs of Pregnancy
Common signs of pregnancy include:
- Missed period
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
- Food aversions
- Nasal congestion
Remember, you can develop these symptoms due to another health condition, so your best bet is to get tested and visit your medical provider.
The Ins and Outs of Pregnancy Tests
Blood and urine-based pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy, rising quickly in the first trimester.
It’s best to wait a few days after your missed period to take a pregnancy test or about three weeks after you’ve had sexual intercourse. Taking a pregnancy test first thing in the morning is best, as that is when your urine is most concentrated. False negatives can occur due to taking the test too early or incorrectly, so it’s best to test multiple times and confirm your pregnancy with your medical provider.
Pregnancy Testing at Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center
Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing for women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. We also provide no-cost ultrasounds administered by a registered nurse. This scan provides key pregnancy details to protect your health and help inform your decision.
Make an appointment at our medical clinic today. We’re here to help you and will be there every step of the way!