Am I pregnant?

Are you feeling different lately? Have you been wondering, “Am I pregnant?” For many women, the realization of pregnancy can be met with uncertainty. Identifying early signs of pregnancy can provide clarity and help you take appropriate steps towards your health and well-being. Let’s recognize some initial signs:

Missed Period: The most common indicator of pregnancy is a missed period. If your menstrual cycle is regular and you’ve missed your period, it’s time to consider the possibility of pregnancy.

Take a Pregnancy Test: Once you’ve missed your period, waiting three to five days before taking a pregnancy test can yield more accurate results. Pregnancy tests are widely available, including affordable options at stores like the Dollar Store. However, if the test shows negative and your period still hasn’t arrived, wait another week before retesting.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms: While every woman’s experience varies, some early signs of pregnancy include:

  1. Nausea: Known as morning sickness, this can manifest as feelings of queasiness or actual vomiting. Some women may find certain smells intolerable during this time.
  2. Abdominal Cramping: Some women experience mild cramps in the abdomen or lower back, similar to premenstrual cramps.
  3. Tender Breasts: Hormonal changes during early pregnancy can lead to breast tenderness or sensitivity.
  4. Frequent Urination: The urge to urinate more frequently than usual can be a symptom of early pregnancy.
  5. Mood Swings: Hormonal fluctuations may cause mood swings, leaving you feeling more emotional or irritable than usual.

Not All Symptoms are Universal: It’s important to note that not all pregnant women experience these symptoms, and some may experience only a few or none. Additionally, bleeding during pregnancy can occur, so if you suspect you might be pregnant despite bleeding, it’s still advisable to take a pregnancy test.

Consult a Healthcare Provider: If you receive a positive pregnancy test result or experience persistent symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider. They can confirm your pregnancy and provide guidance on prenatal care, nutrition, and lifestyle adjustments to support a healthy pregnancy.

Contact A Child’s Hope: You can call, text, or message A Child’s Hope any time, for free and with no obligation talk  with a licensed adoption counselor. Our team is here to offer support, information, and guidance on all options available to you. For a confidential counselor, TEXT PREGNANT to 919-971-4396.

This guide, provided by A Child’s Hope adoption agency in North Carolina, emphasizes the importance of early detection and proper prenatal care for both maternal and infant health. If you suspect you might be pregnant, don’t hesitate to take a test and seek medical advice, or conract the agency  for personalized care and support.


About E. Parker Herring: An attorney and mother of three children, Parker has a deep respect and understanding of family law and the adoption process (for which she’s adopted two children of her own). She is the founder and director of A Child’s Hope, a North Carolina licensed adoption agency located in Raleigh that focuses on matching birth mothers and families looking to adopt. A Child’s Hope has placed nearly 450 children since 2000 and is the only North Carolina domestic adoption agency directed by an attorney. For a confidential adoption counselor, TEXT PREGNANT to 919-971-4396.



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