Worried You Might be Pregnant?
Are you worried that you might be pregnant? Do you feel strange? Is your period late this month? Pregnancy symptoms can look very different in different people, which means it’s hard to know for sure without taking a pregnancy test and/or going to a healthcare facility or doctor. But if you’re not sure if you should get one, we can help you figure it out based on how you’re feeling. Read on!
Common Symptoms of Pregnancy
If your period is late (didn’t come when you expected it), you might be pregnant. Remember, though, that there are other reasons a period might come late—such as stress or weight loss. Definitely take a pregnancy test if you missed your period.
Another common symptom of pregnancy—especially early pregnancy—is nausea in the morning. This is usually referred to as “morning sickness.” Again, there are other reasons someone might feel sick in the morning; including nutrient deficiencies, illness, food and food poisoning. But if you feel nauseous in the mornings for several consecutive days, make sure to take a pregnancy test.
Fatigue, or tiredness, is a super common symptom of pregnancy; especially early on. Because a woman’s body has to work hard to support a growing baby, it’s very normal to feel more tired than usual, or to be exhausted after tasks/activities. Unfortunately, consistent fatigue is also a common symptom of many other illnesses—so if you’re experiencing this, regardless of the cause, make sure to consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Breast Swelling or Tenderness
Women that are pregnant often experience breast swelling or tenderness. Your breasts might feel different to the touch—larger, firmer, or more sensitive. While many people experience something similar as a regular part of their menstrual cycle, it can be a very recognizable sign of pregnancy, for others. So, can you guess what we’d recommend? That’s right! A pregnancy test.
Misconceptions About Pregnancy
It’s important to point out a few common misconceptions about pregnancy. Some common ones are:
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex standing up.
You can’t get pregnant if the man pulls out before ejaculating.
You can’t get pregnant if it’s your first time having sex.
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex during your period.
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex soon after birth.
None of these are true! Which is why it’s so hard to avoid unplanned pregnancy without contraception. The good news is that modern contraceptive methods are extremely effective at preventing and delaying pregnancy. You can learn more about all of these methods—and find out where to get them, as well as pregnancy tests, in your area—by messaging askNivi on WhatsApp.
Remember: when in doubt, get tested!
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