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Pregnancy Symptoms and How to Confirm Them

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Do you have symptoms and are concerned that you might be pregnant?

The good news is that it is easy to determine pregnancy.

You can take a home pregnancy test, which is usually accurate, but can be confusing. For 100% accuracy meet with a medical professional for an in-office pregnancy test with an ultrasound.  The cost for those services can range from free to hundreds of dollars.

At Care Net Pregnancy Medical Center in Dickson, TN our center provides this service completely free. Schedule an appointment with us today to medically verify your pregnancy.

 

Let’s talk symptoms.

Did you know symptoms can start within a few weeks after conception?

Pregnancy symptoms will be different from person to person and even with each pregnancy. They can range from light bleeding, to a missed period, and everything in between.

Here are some other potential symptoms of pregnancy:

  • Missed Period
  • Light Period Bleeding – also known as implantation bleeding
  • Feeling bloated
  • Change in eating habits; you want to eat more or less;
  • Food aversions or cravings; you crave foods you typically don’t like and the food you normally like don’t taste good anymore.
  • Nauseated or feeling queasy in the morning
  • Mood swings
  • Irritable when you are usually easy going
  • Tired and that afternoon coffee or energy drink just isn’t helping
  • Feeling the urge to pee more than normal

 

Pregnancy may be the reason for these symptoms.

Some of the symptoms may be a hormonal or a general health care issue. When it comes to your health, remember, it is important to know for sure if your symptoms are related to pregnancy.

After you confirm these are indeed pregnancy symptoms, then you can discuss what happens next.

If you are experiencing any combination of symptoms above, talk to your doctor. If calling your doctor is not an option, schedule a free and confidential appointment with us today.

 

Are home pregnancy test 100% accurate?

Although 99% accuracy may feel like 100%, it’s still not 100%! We have all heard the stories where someone took three home pregnancy tests that all were positive but they still were not pregnant. If there is not enough human chorionic gonadotropin (also known as hCG), in the urine, then a home pregnancy test may result in a false positive.

 

Is there a way to know with 100% accuracy I am pregnant?

The answer is yes. The most reliable way to know if you are pregnant is a medical verification of pregnancy.

The at-home pregnancy tests, period (menstrual cycle), and fertility apps may provide good indicators. A medical-grade pregnancy test measuring the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) pregnancy hormone is very accurate. If this test comes back positive, you can further confirm your symptoms with an ultrasound.

 

What if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, how to handle your pregnancy will be determined by how far along you are into the pregnancy.

If you get a positive medical verification of pregnancy, you have a lot to consider. There are resources and people to help you maneuver through your list of questions. You’ve got to take care of yourself. This means understanding your body to help make the best decision for you in this situation.

Pregnancy may not be in your immediate plans. It’s going to be okay. You’re not alone, as this happens to women every day. At Care Net Pregnancy Medical Center in Dickston, TN, we can answer your questions and support you in making a decision that works for you.

You can spend hours researching on the internet. The best answers come by talking in person with someone who understands. We can provide you with a free pregnancy test and, when necessary, a free ultrasound.

 

If you have concerns about:

  • Being pregnant
  • How to handle an unexpected pregnancy
  • Ectopic pregnancy

It’s important to seek medical advice, confirm the pregnancy and review your next steps.

All our services are completely free and confidential. Schedule your free appointment today.

 

Sources:

Pregnancy Health

Mayo Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

Young couple discussing pregnancy. Telling him you're pregnant. Wondering what he'll say?

Telling him you’re pregnant: Wondering what he will say?

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You took the test and got the positive result. Now you’re faced with telling him you’re pregnant.

So, now what?

Do you tell him?
Them?
Friends?

Family?
Anyone? 

Do you start an online search with your friends, “Hey, Siri” or “Alexa?” 

So many things to think about with telling him you’re pregnant—so let’s chat about a few basics. 

Telling him you’re pregnant:

First, take a few minutes to process what is going on. Reach out when you are ready to begin telling him you’re pregnant. 

Whatever you decide about telling him you’re pregnant, or not—and when—is up to you. If you are in a healthy relationship, he will likely be more supportive than you think. His support may be of value to you. 

Next, is to confirm the pregnancy with a medical professional in person. 

Online searching for pregnancy symptoms and pregnancy test information will only get you so far. Likely, you will end up more stressed and confused. 

A medical verification of pregnancy will include an ultrasound by a trained Sonographer and medical professional. The ultrasound will be the best way to determine where the pregnancy has implanted, to confirm viability and to estimate how far along you are. All things you will need to know about your pregnancy. Care Net of Dickson provides this service, consider scheduling an appointment today!

What if he wants to come to the appointment? 

Once you’ve decided moving forward on telling him you’re pregnant—if you think you may want to bring him to the appointment with you, that is also your decision. 

If you choose to bring him, we will be there for him as well. We have support services for guys to make them feel comfortable, learn how to support you, as well as support them on their journey. So, whether you’re ready to tell him or not, we’re here for you. 

Wondering what he’ll say when you do decide to go forward with telling him you’re pregnant? 

You are not alone. Telling someone about a pregnancy can feel daunting, but this is just one step  in the journey of your life. 

According to the CDC and AmericanAdoptions.com, about half of all pregnancies in the U.S. each year are not expected. That means nearly two million women are trying to figure out what to say about an unexpected pregnancy each year.

Regardless of how he reacts when you move forward with telling him you’re pregnant, remember you are stronger than you think. You have so much in which to look forward. The opportunities in front of you are endless and your options are many. 

So, while sharing the news of an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming, we’re here to let  you know that you can do this. You are strong. You are able to do hard things. And we are here to support you as you take your next steps.

Ever asked, "Why is my period late?" If so, there may be underlying medical conditions causing a change in menstrual cycles. It's best to consult with a medical professional.

Why Is My Period Late?

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We’ve all been there… That dreaded time of the month where all you want is your sweatpants, a bag of chocolate, and your couch. Then one day, you find yourself wondering when that awful week will come around again… As much as you hate it, you do need it to come… right? You don’t want to admit it but you’re late and you know what that could mean… but hold on, let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. There are a lot of variables that go into being late. So let’s take a step back and define what a period actually is, what the symptoms are, and what causes periods to be late, so we can navigate this together. Afterall, knowledge is power, and we want you to be equipped with the knowledge to take care of yourself and your needs.

Why is my period late, and what is a period, exactly?

A menstrual period is the shedding of the uterine lining that happens every month in a woman’s reproductive years. This process is controlled by hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle, which typically lasts between 21 to 35 days. During this time, the body goes through various changes that can cause physical and emotional symptoms. [1]

We know you know them… Some common period symptoms include cramps, bloating, fatigue, acne, headaches, mood swings, and breast tenderness. Of course, these symptoms vary from woman to woman and can be experienced in varying degrees. The more you know about period symptoms, the better equipped you’ll be to manage them and give your body what you need. [2]

How long do periods last?

The length of a period can vary from woman to woman, but they typically range from three to seven days. Some women experience periods that last longer or shorter than the average length. The factors that can affect the length of a period include age, stress levels, hormonal imbalances, and underlying medical conditions. [2]

For some women, a menstrual period can be a painful and uncomfortable experience, while others may hardly notice it. Regardless of the experience, it’s important to keep track of the duration of your period and any changes in your menstrual cycle.

Period tracking apps can be a helpful resource to predict when your period is supposed to come and they can be helpful to recognize any menstrual irregularities.

If you notice any irregularities, such as a period that lasts longer than usual, it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider. They can help determine if there are any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the change in your menstrual cycle.

Understanding how long a period lasts and what is normal for your body can help you take good care of yourself and maintain good reproductive health.

So what are the causes of a late period?

A late period is defined as a period that is delayed by more than 5 days. Late periods can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, changes in weight or exercise, hormonal imbalances, and certain medical conditions such as PCOS.

Additionally, some medications such as birth control pills can also cause a delay in periods. If you are taking any medication, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about any potential side effects. [3]

If your period is consistently late or irregular, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.

Stress and its impact on periods

Stress can have a significant impact on menstrual cycles and may cause missed or late periods. This is because stress can affect the hormonal balance in the body, which can disrupt the menstrual cycle.

If you are experiencing stress, it is important to find healthy ways to manage it, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to a therapist. Reducing stress can help regulate your menstrual cycle and improve your overall health.[3]

If you are consistently experiencing stress and it is impacting your daily life, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to receive appropriate treatment.

Changes in weight and exercise

Changes in weight and exercise can also impact menstrual cycles. Rapid weight loss or gain, as well as excessive exercise, can disrupt the hormonal balance in the body, leading to missed or late periods.

If you have experienced significant weight loss or gain, or have changed your exercise routine, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to determine the impact on your menstrual cycle and receive appropriate treatment.

It is important to maintain a healthy weight and exercise routine to ensure proper menstrual health. [3]

Hormonal imbalances and their impact on periods

Hormonal imbalances can impact menstrual cycles and may cause missed or late periods. This is because hormones play a key role in regulating the menstrual cycle.

If you have a hormonal imbalance such as PCOS, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to receive appropriate treatment. Treatment may include medication or lifestyle changes to regulate the menstrual cycle. [1]

Medical conditions and their impact on periods

Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders or uterine fibroids can also impact menstrual cycles and may cause missed or late periods.

If you have a medical condition that is impacting your menstrual cycle, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to receive appropriate treatment.

Treatment may include medication, surgery, or other interventions to manage the underlying condition and regulate the menstrual cycle. [1]

So could it be pregnancy?

For many women, the most common reason for a late or missed period is pregnancy. If you’ve had sex recently and missed your period, taking a pregnancy test is an important next step.

Searching online and talking to your friends can only get you so far. A medical verification of pregnancy is important to determine whether or not you’re pregnant. That’s why Care Net offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, so you can get the answers you need.

For more information on what services Care Net offers, give us a call today. We’re here for you!

Sources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186
  2. https://www.webmd.com/women/pms/signs-your-period-is-coming
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/why-is-my-period-late