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Is This a Side Effect of the COVID-19 Vaccine or Pregnancy Symptoms?

Experiencing new physical symptoms can be a worrisome experience. Sometimes not feeling well can lead to anxious thoughts. Maybe you just got a Covid-19 vaccine and you think you are experiencing side effects, but you aren’t sure. Maybe, in the back of your mind, you are wondering if perhaps the symptoms you are experiencing could actually mean you are pregnant.

If you are concerned about the physical symptoms you are experiencing and you aren’t sure if it is because of a Covid-19 vaccine you recently received or perhaps a sign of pregnancy, then you may need information on how to access the care you need. Avenue Women’s Center is here. We provide confidential care and limited medical resources at each of our six DuPage County centers. Our caring staff is trained to meet with you to discuss your concerns. We’ll answer any of your questions during a private consultation appointment.

Contact us today to schedule your free session with one of our compassionate pregnancy experts!

Know the Differences Between Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects and Pregnancy Symptoms

A quick search will bring up lists of common Covid-19 vaccine side effects as well as possible pregnancy symptoms! If you are unsure which you are experiencing, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with these lists.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Covid-19 Vaccine side effects can include:

  • Vaccine location pain, redness, swelling
  • Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea

According to WebMD, possible pregnancy symptoms can include:

  • Bleeding, cramps, and pain
  • Breast changes such as tingling or swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea (also commonly known as morning sickness)
  • A missed period
  • Headaches and/or back pain
  • Dizziness and/or fainting

Confirming Covid-19 Side Effects or Pregnancy Symptoms

As you can see by these lists, some Covid-19 vaccine side effects overlap with some possible pregnancy symptoms. Maybe this is why you aren’t sure what is causing your new physical sensations.

At this point, maybe you still don’t know which you are experiencing. Perhaps this is causing you to worry. As always, it is important to talk with a medical professional about your health.

Another helpful step for your peace of mind may be confirming whether or not you are pregnant by taking a medical-grade pregnancy test. Many first-step pregnancy clinics offer these medical-grade pregnancy tests for free!

If you ever experience an emergency or life-threatening side effects or symptoms, you should call 911 right away.

Is the possibility of an unexpected pregnancy causing you to feel uncertain or anxious? Are you wondering whether your symptoms are Covid-19 vaccine side effects or pregnancy symptoms? Put your mind at ease today by taking a free, medical-grade pregnancy test at Avenue Women’s Center. Our lab-quality tests are accurate just ten days after possible conception. If your test is positive, our caring pregnancy consultants will guide you through your choices, supplying you with the accurate information you need. We’re here to equip you to take your next steps.

Schedule your free appointment with us today at one of our six Chicagoland centers!



  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, March). Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Retrieved from:
  • Early Pregnancy Symptoms. 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.