Am I Pregnant?

Wondering whether you’re pregnant, especially if it is unexpected, can create a lot of anxiety and fear. Pregnancy can present a number of symptoms that may resemble a medical condition or illness, so the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. Remind yourself that no matter the outcome, there is support available.

Common pregnancy symptoms include:

  • Missed period
  • Fatigue
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Increased urination
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Light spotting
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Food aversions

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic. Your next step is to take a pregnancy test and determine your options if necessary.

How does a pregnancy test work?

Pregnancy tests detect human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG. HCG is only produced in your body when you’re pregnant, and pregnancy tests detect this hormone in your blood or urine. You can choose to take a test at a doctor’s office or your local pregnancy center, or you can take an over-the-counter test at the drugstore.

If used correctly, pregnancy tests are 99% accurate.

When is the best time to test for pregnancy?

The best time to take a pregnancy test is after your missed period. Or you can choose to wait around 3 weeks after sexual intercourse to test for pregnancy if your cycle is irregular.

It is best to test early in the morning when your urine is most concentrated. This will ensure that you get an accurate test. Be sure to follow the instructions provided with the kit to avoid receiving a false positive.

Confidential pregnancy tests

Sav-A-Life provides confidential, medical-grade pregnancy tests at our center. These tests are self-administered, and you’ll learn whether you are pregnant during that same appointment. If you’ve missed your period and are worried that you may be pregnant, reach out to Sav-A-Life today to make an appointment.