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Pregnancy signs & Symptoms


Think you might be pregnant?

Find out for sure with a free laboratory-quality pregnancy test that is 99% accurate.

Taking a pregnancy test is the first step to determining if you are pregnant.

We provide free, laboratory-quality pregnancy tests that can usually detect the pregnancy hormone hCG in your urine about 10 days after your first missed period. Results are available within 3 to 5 minutes after testing a urine sample.

Same-Day Appointments or Walk-In Appointments

If you think you are pregnant and are unsure of what to do, make a same-day appointment or walk in to either Center during the hours they are open for a free pregnancy test. In addition to taking a pregnancy test, you will have the opportunity to meet with a Care Net client advocate to talk about your pregnancy options. If you are pregnant, you will also be able to schedule a free ultrasound exam in our Santa Fe Center that will determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.

How long will the appointment take?

The appointment is generally 30 to 45 minutes but can be shorter or longer depending on your needs. The test itself takes only 10 minutes to complete. You may come alone, or you may bring a partner, family member or friend with you. The tests are administered in a private room with the assistance of a trained client advocate.

Pregnancy Symptoms

There are a number of symptoms related to pregnancy. Not every woman experiences the same symptoms and on the same timeline. Some common symptoms of pregnancy are:

Late or Missed Period

There can be any number of reasons why you might miss your period. The first one is because you are pregnant.

Some causes other than pregnancy for late or missed periods:

  • stress
  • depression
  • extreme exercise
  • drastic weight changes
  • illness
  • some medications
  • if you’ve just recently started your menstrual cycle, or
  • if you are older and experiencing perimenopause or menopause can interrupt a woman’s normal menstrual cycle.

Missing a period is one way your body has of telling you that something different is going on to which you should pay attention.

Swollen/Tender Breasts

If you’ve noticed a change in your breasts such as a feeling of heaviness and/or tenderness, you might be pregnant.

Some causes other than pregnancy for swollen/tender breasts:

  • estrogen production increases right before you start your period each month, which can cause your breast ducts and milk glands to become enlarged. This is sometimes experienced as part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • eating or drinking things with a high salt content or caffeine
  • fibrocystic breast disease
  • breast cancer
  • certain medications that contain estrogen, such as birth control pills


We’ve all heard that some women experience a feeling of nausea when they get pregnant, which in some cases can be quite debilitating. As most women experience this in the morning, it is referred to as “Morning Sickness.”

Some causes other than pregnancy for nausea:

  • some medications (including oral contraceptives),
  • emotional stress,
  • gallbladder disease,
  • infections,
  • food poisoning,
  • overeating,
  • bulimia or other psychological illnesses,
  • motion sickness,
  • some forms of cancer,
  • ulcers, and
  • allergic reactions to food

Fatigue or Feeling Tired or Drained

Fatigue is an extreme feeling of tiredness. Fatigue that is constant and continuous is a common sign of pregnancy that normally occurs in the first trimester.

Some causes other than pregnancy for fatigue or feeling tired/drained:

  • allergies,
  • anemia,
  • depression,
  • fibromyalgia or
  • other health conditions

Back Pain

Some women experience back pain at the beginning of their pregnancy. Women who are overweight or who had back pain prior to becoming pregnant have a higher risk factor for this type of pain.

Some causes other than pregnancy for back pain:

  • a strain,
  • arthritis,
  • osteoporosis or
  • skeletal irregularities


During the first trimester of pregnancy, some women experience headaches due to the surge of hormones and an increase in blood volume in their bodies.

Some causes other than pregnancy for headaches:

  • stress
  • oral contraceptives,
  • drinking alcohol,
  • skipping meals or
  • a change in sleep pattern

Frequent Urination

We’ve all heard pregnant women complain that they have to urinate frequently. This is because soon after conception, a woman’s kidneys produce up to 25% more urine. If you are pregnant, the growing child in your uterus can put pressure on your bladder.

Some causes other than pregnancy for frequent urination:

  • a sign of kidney or bladder problems
  • diabetes
  • Anxiety

Darkening Nipples

During pregnancy, your nipples can become darker as a result of the increased hormones that are surging through your body preparing your breasts to feed a baby.

Some causes other than pregnancy for darkening nipples:

  • birth control pills,
  • infections
  • diabetes

Food Cravings

Pickles? Ice cream? Lemons? Chips? Food cravings are an intense desire for a specific food. Pregnant women sometimes experience food cravings at different times throughout their pregnancy.

Some causes other than pregnancy for food cravings:

  • not eating enough protein
  • not drinking enough water
  • not getting enough sleep
  • drugs, such as marijuana

Heightened Sensitivity to Smells

Heightened sensitivity to smells, hyperosmia, is a possible symptom of early pregnancy.

Some causes other than pregnancy for heightened sensitivity to smells:

  • migraine headaches
  • autoimmune diseases
  • neurological conditions
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • allergies
  • diabetes
  • certain prescription medications

Light Bleeding/Spotting

Vaginal bleeding or spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy is relatively common. Some amount of light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy occurs in about 20% of pregnancies, and most of these women go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

Aside from being a symptom of pregnancy, it could also mean that you have a physical condition or infection, such as a urinary tract infection, that should be diagnosed by your doctor.

Not all these symptoms or a positive home pregnancy test are 100% in determining a pregnancy early on. If you have been sexually active and are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, you might be pregnant. The best course of action is to see your doctor or, if you think you’re pregnant, get tested. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential pregnancy testing.

Our Centers do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients. We are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.

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