Knowing when to test for pregnancy can be difficult, especially if you have few to no symptoms. But it’s easier than you may think. 

Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center is here for you. We provide no-cost, confidential pregnancy testing so you can get the answers you need.

Possible Symptoms

First, know that not all pregnancy symptoms indicate you’re pregnant. Some, including a missed period, can result from stress, weight changes, or other health conditions. And some women’s pregnancies are asymptomatic.

If you do have symptoms, you may experience the following:

  • Missed period
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood changes
  • Tender, sore breasts
  • Constipation
  • Food aversions
  • Cramping
  • Nasal congestion
  • Bloating

Remember, taking a test is a crucial first step when in doubt.

Timing is Key

When taking a home pregnancy test, it’s best to test several days following a missed period or a few weeks after sexual intercourse. This allows hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, to develop in your body. This is a hormone only present during pregnancy.

While most pregnancy testing kits are accurate, you could receive a false result if you test incorrectly or too early. That’s why confirming your result with a lab-quality pregnancy test is best.

You’ll also want an ultrasound if you have a positive test result. Regardless of your intended pregnancy decision, an ultrasound reveals key details like viability, gestational age, and location. 

You need this information to clarify your options and determine whether you are suffering from a condition like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Ectopic pregnancy always requires medical treatment, and for both conditions, abortion isn’t an option or a treatment method. 

Contact Us Today

Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center offers no-cost confidential services for those with unexpected pregnancies, including pregnancy testing and ultrasounds administered by a registered nurse.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

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