Pregnant and Worried

Dear Abortion Advice:

I am worried I might be pregnant.  What are the symptoms? –Pregnant and Worried

Dear Pregnant and Worried:

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, in addition to a missed period, the earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include:

  • Tender, swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts tender, sensitive or sore. Or your breasts might feel fuller and heavier.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, sometimes begins as early as three weeks after conception. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role. Pregnant women might also find that smells that never bothered them before now cause nausea.
  • Increased urination. You might find yourself urinating more often than usual.
  • Fatigue. Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which can make you feel sleepy.
  • Food aversions or cravings. When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods. Food cravings are common, too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.