What are Signs of Early Pregnancy?

It’s too early to take an at-home pregnancy test, but you’re afraid you’re pregnant. Is there any way to tell if you are pregnant or not? Below are several signs of early pregnancy. They can give you strong indications of pregnancy, but the only definitive proof is a positive pregnancy test.

Not all women will experience every one of these symptoms. The same woman may not experience the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next. So, having one symptom and not another doesn’t mean you are pregnant any more than it means you’re not.

Most Common Signs of Early Pregnancy

Here are the most common signs of early pregnancy you might experience:

Missed period: If your period is a week late past your expected menstrual cycle, you may be pregnant. If you have irregular cycles, this can be misleading.

Sore breasts: Breasts may become very tender and swollen with the veins becoming more visible. Your nipples may also start to darken and become sensitive.

Nausea: This may begin as early as one week into a pregnancy and may include vomiting. This is often referred to as morning sickness, but some experience it in the afternoon, the evening, or all day.

Tiredness: When your body is going through so many changes, it’s normal to be a bit tired.

Increased urination: During pregnancy, the uterus swells and enlarges. This puts pressure on the bladder, resulting in increased urination.

Less Common Signs of Early Pregnancy

Some of the less common, or not as often recognized, signs of early pregnancy include:

Spotting: Light bleeding/spotting may happen 8-10 days after ovulation, usually around the time you would have started your period. This can lead you to think your period began when you are, in fact, pregnant. The spotting is caused by implantation of the fertilized egg.

Mood changes: Say thank you to the flood of extra hormones for this symptom.

Cramping: It’s possible you may experience mild uterine cramping.

Food aversion: Another one thanks to the hormones. It can result in a sensitivity to certain odors and a change in the sense of taste, such as a metallic taste.

Constipation: This, too, is caused by hormones slowing the digestive system down.

Some other, less common, symptoms could include: headaches; low backache/pain; darkened areolas; sore gums; cervical mucus; temperature sensitivity; and excess saliva.

Everyone is Different

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently. Not everyone will have the same symptoms, and each woman will have them to different degrees. For instance, one woman may suddenly feel sick when smelling microwave popcorn, while another says the smell of cooked chicken makes her ill.

The two constants that every woman will experience is missing her period for the duration and weight gain.

Come See Us

If you think you may be pregnant, make an appointment to come in and see us at Willowbrook Women’s Center. We are here to offer you support, critical information you need, and testing to determine if you’re pregnant. If you are pregnant, we will help you walk through the next steps.


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Is it Important to Tell My Family I am Pregnant?

It’s hard enough to find out you’re unexpectedly pregnant, but it can seem even harder when faced with something else…How to tell my family I’m pregnant, and should I?

That question can bring back the shakiness and panic that hit when you first saw the results on your home pregnancy test. It might even be worse, depending on how you think they’ll respond to the news, and most women don’t expect it to go well.

Before you jump right in and blurt out, “I’m pregnant,” there are some things you should think about first.

Which Path to Take

There are options for you to consider as you look ahead to the future. Which option do you think is best for you—abortion, adoption or parenting? If you are unsure, that’s ok. At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know this isn’t an easy choice to make.

Come in to see us and talk over your situation. We are here to support you and will go over all the information with you, make sure we answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision. This way, when your family asks questions, you will have answers ready, and be able to give them the reasons behind them.

Before You Talk to Them

Once you have decided what path to take, there are some things you should think about before talking to your family.

Where do you want to tell them? At home, at some other place? If at home, is there a particular room where you would feel most comfortable? If somewhere else, will you be able to make sure there is privacy?

What time of day would be best? It’s usually not a good idea to have this type of conversation, and then a short time later, say you have to leave. This is also a conversation best avoided right before bed when everyone is tired and cranky.

Do you want your partner there when you tell them? If he wants you to make a different choice than you have, will that make it harder if he is there? Would it be better if you had him come over after you tell them? Or, do you want someone else there with you?

Another option could be writing them a letter sharing your news and telling them you would like to talk to them afterward, perhaps setting the time out far enough that they can think things over and calm down before you return.

Prepare for Their Reactions

Before you talk with your family, consider their feelings and how they will react. They might be angry, frightened for you, shaky, stunned, silent, sad, or generally freak out, spitting out questions faster than you can answer them. They might feel they have failed you in some way, and guilt can be displayed in a variety of ways, from tears to yelling.

On the other hand, they may be excited for you or they might disagree with the path you’ve chosen.

Get the Conversation Started

When you have this kind of news, it’s best to say it upfront, but there are different ways you can tell your family you are pregnant. No matter what, do your best to stay calm.

You might start with, “I need to tell you something, but I’m afraid you’ll be upset/angry/disappointed…with/in me.” Or, “I have something to tell you. I’m pregnant.” You might start asking for support, by saying, “I’m pregnant and I really need your support.”

No matter what path you choose or how you get the conversation started, Willowbrook Women’s Center is here for you. We are glad to be able to offer you a no-cost pregnancy test to confirm your at-home test results, an ultrasound to confirm the viability of the pregnancy, and answers to all your questions. Make an appointment today.

How to Make a Decision About an Unplanned Pregnancy

There is plenty of information aimed at scaring pregnant women into a decision they don’t feel comfortable making. We try to avoid being another source of fear and anxiety. Our goal is to deliver insightful, encouraging, and factual information to help you make your own decision. While information is helpful, without knowing what steps to take, making your decision can be very difficult and confusing. We want to make sure we address every question and concern you may have as you make your decision about an unplanned pregnancy.

Confirming Your Pregnancy

A pregnancy test can only detect a hormone typically present during pregnancy. The only way to accurately confirm a viable pregnancy is with an ultrasound. Nearly 20% of all pregnancies are not viable, meaning they cannot or will not continue on their own, and if viability is not confirmed with an ultrasound, an abortion may not be necessary to terminate the pregnancy. An ultrasound is a vital step to take when you suspect you’re pregnant because it can verify the age of the pregnancy. The age of your pregnancy helps us supply you with the information concerning the types of abortion you’re able to have. Abortion procedures vary during certain stages of pregnancy so it’s important to know your options.

STD Screening

You may wonder why you should be screened for an STD during a pre-abortion appointment. In order to help protect your reproductive health, we highly recommend testing for the two most common STDs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you choose to have an abortion with an unidentified and untreated STD, you are susceptible to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can develop when the uterus is opened during an abortion and infected cells travel into the uterus. To help avoid a life-long struggle with reproductive health and possible future infertility, an STD test is given during your free appointment at Willowbrook.

Why Willowbrook

Many abortion clinics do not perform ultrasounds or STD screenings before they perform an abortion. This can lead to an unnecessary procedure if there is not a viable pregnancy to abort in the first place. We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you. Our licensed medical professionals can provide you with the best care while making you feel at ease.

We want to welcome you to come to visit Willowbrook Women’s Center for medical, emotional, and physical support as you make one of life’s most difficult decisions. You should never have to make a decision about an unplanned pregnancy without receiving accurate and unbiased information and having someone help make sense of it all. During your free appointment at Willowbrook, you will receive compassionate care from one of our advocates and medical staff who will walk you through your entire appointment and make sure you feel comfortable.


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I’m Pregnant: What are My Next Steps?

When discovering you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are a lot of things to think about. After the fear takes its toll and throws your world into chaos, you’ll probably ask, “What are my next steps?”

As you consider what to do next, find a quiet place where you can sit down and do your best to focus. What would you tell your best friend if she found herself in the same situation? That might be a starting point. Pretty quickly, though, it will become important to talk it over with someone.

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know that you need more than an inner conversation in order to make the best decision. We are here to offer support, equip you with the critical information you need, and provide you with the necessary services to make an informed decision.


Most women need support from others. A shoulder to lean on. A compassionate person to cry with. Someone to talk to. It’s part of our internal make-up.

We are here for you, no matter what frame of mind you are in. You might be angry and need to vent. Perhaps you are sad or confused. Or maybe you don’t feel as though it’s really happening to you. Whatever you are feeling, it’s ok.

There’s no need to be embarrassed. Chances are pretty good we’ve heard it from someone else. And while we are offering support to you, we are always professional, and keep everything confidential.

Critical Information

By now you probably know you have three choices—abortion, adoption and parenting. We are here to give you critical information on all three of them so that you can be confident in the choice you ultimately make.

We can help you understand the differences between different abortion procedures, how they work, and explain why the free testing we offer is so important. Other information we will give you covers adoption and parenting, and what those choices could mean for you.

Our Services

Now that you’re thinking about coming in for support and to learn more about your options, let’s talk about the free services we offer, and why it’s important you take advantage of them.

The first step is taking a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm you are pregnant. Sure, you took one at home, and it was probably correct, but there is no harm in making sure. If it was wrong, and you are considering abortion, we don’t want you to have a procedure you may not need.

If the results come back positive, we will offer you an ultrasound to make sure your pregnancy is viable, to rule out an ectopic pregnancy (which can be life-threatening), and to tell you how far along your pregnancy is.

We also offer testing for STDs. An untreated STD can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) should you have an abortion. PID causes chronic pain and fertility problems, something easily avoided with treatment, which we can refer you to a doctor for if necessary.

Make an appointment and come in to see us right away so we can help you through this difficult time in your life.


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