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Have you been experiencing weird symptoms lately? Maybe you’re feeling sick to your stomach, or your breasts are tender.

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex, you might be in the early stages of pregnancy. Here are the seven most common pregnancy symptoms and what they mean for your body. 

1. Missed Period

Missing your menstrual cycle is often the first indicator of pregnancy; however, this symptom may be misleading if your cycle is irregular. 

2. Tender or Swollen Breasts

Pregnancy hormones double about every 48 hours in the early stages of pregnancy. These hormones can make your breasts swollen and more sensitive than before. While this can be annoying, tender breasts typically only last for the first few weeks. 

3. Nausea With or Without Vomiting

Morning sickness is probably the most talked about sign of early pregnancy. As hormones rise, it can cause women to feel nauseous or even vomit at any time of the day. Some women may experience no nausea at all, while others encounter severe episodes of it. 

4. Increased Urination

Running to the bathroom more than usual? Frequent and increased urination are common in pregnancy. Because the location of the bladder is next to the uterus, as the uterus expands, more and more pressure is put on the bladder. This increased pressure can cause women to urinate much more frequently. 

5. Fatigue

Feeling extra tired or sleepy is very common in early pregnancy. You might notice being tired before bedtime or wanting to nap during the day. The reason for fatigue in early pregnancy is not well known, but it may have something to do with all the new changes a woman’s body is undergoing. 

6. Cramping

Some women may experience mild cramping without their period during pregnancy.  As the uterus grows, the ligaments and tendons around the pelvis begin to stretch. This may account for uncomfortable cramps. 

7. Constipation

Constipation may have been the last thing you thought was associated with pregnancy. Rising levels of progesterone, the primary pregnancy hormone, have been known to cause digestion to slow down, which in turn can leave women feeling constipated.  

What To Do Next

Wondering and waiting to find out if you’re pregnant can be stressful. Birthright of Atlanta offers free and confidential pregnancy testing so you can get the answers you need. 

Call, message, or just come right in! You can make an appointment by calling 770-451-2273, but an appointment isn’t necessary. 

Stop wondering, and let’s start making a successful plan for your future today!