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What Are the Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of early pregnancy, here are some symptoms to look out for. Pregnancy signs and symptoms are different for every woman, and sometimes these symptoms may be a sign of something else. 

Does a Missed Period Mean I’m Pregnant?

The most common sign of early pregnancy is a missed period. If you’ve missed your period, there are other common symptoms experienced in the first trimester that you can check for, such as: 

  • Implantation bleeding (spotting that occurs within 10-14 days of conception)
  • Mood swings
  • Higher basal temperature 
  • Darkening around the nipple
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Food cravings 
  • Bloating
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea/morning sickness

How Early Can I Tell if I’m Pregnant?

Women experience pregnancy symptoms at different times, with some experiencing them within a week of conception and others not until several weeks after.

The most reliable way to confirm pregnancy is by taking a pregnancy test. However, the test can only detect pregnancy if there is enough human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the body, which usually occurs one to two weeks after conception.

How Accurate are At-Home Tests?

To confirm early pregnancy, the most reliable way is to take a pregnancy test. Despite the claim that at-home tests are up to 99% accurate, this may not always be the case. 

Ava Health offers confidential, no-cost pregnancy services such as lab-quality pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, and STD testing and treatment. We can also help you calculate the optimal time to take the pregnancy test by counting down from your last period. 

If you’ve already taken a positive pregnancy test, we offer free pregnancy confirmation and limited first and second-trimester ultrasounds, which can give you vital information such as the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy.  

Whatever you’re facing, we’ll face it together. At Ava, we provide care that considers the whole of you, just as you are. From exceptional service to thorough health consultations, our staff of nurses and professionals are here to offer sincere care that puts you at the center.Contact us today to make your appointment so you can get the medical, considerate, and compassionate support you need to determine your next steps.

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