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“How Can I Tell If I’m Pregnant?”

Certain symptoms may have alerted your suspicions – are you pregnant? If you have yet to take a pregnancy test, you may be wondering where you can gather more information. Trying to determine what these signs mean on your own can be stressful. If your period is late, does that mean you’re pregnant? Or is your stress level, diet, or health disrupting your menstrual cycle? Are you experiencing morning sickness, or is it just regular nausea? That’s why it’s important to know where you can go for reliable answers to your questions. How can you tell if you’re pregnant? And where do you go for help?

Are you uncertain if the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of an unexpected pregnancy? Avenue Women’s Center is here to help by offering free, confidential services at no cost. We provide free, medical-grade pregnancy tests, accurate just 10 days after conception. Afterward, our expert staff will discuss your results with you and help you understand your options. During a private consultation, you’ll receive information on all your choices – abortion, adoption, and parenting. Within a nonjudgmental environment, we’ll keep you informed about your pregnancy so you can make the best decision for yourself.

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Do These Symptoms Mean I’m Pregnant?

Your body may alert you that you’re pregnant through a series of signs. You may want to think about taking a pregnancy test if you’ve experienced one or more of these symptoms. A pregnancy test can be taken at home. It can also be taken through a healthcare provider or a first-step options clinic.

Missing Period:

Some women suspect they’re pregnant if their period is late. However, an interrupted menstrual cycle is not always indicative of this. Multiple factors can cause a woman’s period to be delayed. It’s possible to confuse what may be a symptom of something else with a sign of pregnancy. Another thing to be mindful of is that some women bleed when they’re pregnant. The bleeding may be shorter or lighter than a normal period. But it can be easy to assume this means their cycle has resumed and they’re not pregnant after all. That’s why it may be necessary to speak with a professional resource just to be sure.


Morning sickness may begin two to eight weeks after conception. Some women do not experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Or, the morning sickness does not manifest until later. You may still feel nauseous even if there’s no vomiting.

Tender Breasts:

Swollen or tender breasts can begin as early as one to two weeks after conception. You may have noticed your breasts appear to be changing. They might be sore to the touch. Or perhaps they’ve started expanding a little. Is it puberty or a sign of an unexpected pregnancy? It’s recommended you communicate with your doctor to find out more.

Mood Swings:

It’s normal for hormonal changes to occur at this time. There may be periods of elation followed by extreme sadness. How often these emotional fluctuations occur can vary from woman to woman. You may want to contact a healthcare provider or some other professional resource if there are prolonged periods of depression.

Understandably, you may feel rather emotional right now. The thought of making a pregnancy decision can seem stressful. Once you’ve confirmed if you’re pregnant, locating support can be a helpful next step.

Do you need reliable information about possible pregnancy symptoms? Avenue Women’s Center will help you find answers to your questions. Each of our centers throughout DuPage County offers limited medical services and additional resources. Our caring pregnancy consultants will guide you through the process of verifying your condition. Then, we can collaborate with you as you decide what to do next. We are here to listen to your concerns about abortion, adoption, and parenting. We’ll serve as your trusted confidant as you contemplate which choice aligns best with your needs.

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  • American Pregnancy Association. How Your Body Changes During Pregnancy (Infographic). Retrieved from:


Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.