Early Symptoms of Pregnancy

Wondering if you’re pregnant? Here are the common early symptoms of pregnancy.

If you think you may be pregnant and you’re in or near Birmingham, Alabama, you can make an appointment with us for a free pregnancy test or ultrasound. We are here for you.

Early symptoms of pregnancy can be confusing

More than six million women in the U.S. experience a pregnancy each year. That means millions of women each year in the early stages of pregnancy begin to notice changes to their body, and these changes prompt them to ask the question, “Am I pregnant?”

This is one of the most personal questions a woman can ask – because if the answer is yes, that means a new person is growing inside her own body. Yet it’s also a question that has a lot of common answers for many women, so if you’re asking if you’re pregnant, you’ve got a lot of company.

A pregnancy test can tell you for sure if you’re an expectant mother, but there are other signs that will point you to search for “pregnancy testing near me.”

What are the most common pregnancy symptoms? 

When you’re talking about the symptoms of pregnancy, the early signs are not one size fits all. Each woman is unique, and she may be experiencing one or several physical effects. As a matter of fact, women could experience different early pregnancy symptoms with different pregnancies.

You should also be aware that the earliest signs of pregnancy can be similar to the routine feelings women experience prior to a menstrual period (or PMS).

Here’s where to start looking for your answers. Common pregnancy symptoms include:

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Missed or late periods 

This may be the most common symptom of pregnancy because it occurs during any pregnancy. Menstruation does not occur during a pregnancy. However, women with irregular cycles may not realize that they’ve stopped having their periods. 

Spotting and cramping

Some women will notice spots of blood that they mistake for the start of their period, and they’ll feel cramping that they also assume is related to their cycle. In the case of a pregnancy, however, spotting and cramping can be occurring because a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterus – which creates the pregnancy.

Vaginal discharge

You may notice a thick, milky discharge early in the pregnancy, which is occurring as vaginal walls thicken. 

Breast changes

You could feel soreness or tenderness in your breasts. The first few weeks of pregnancy could also produce other feelings of breast discomfort, such as fullness or tingling. You may also notice a darkening around your nipple.


With these changes happening in your body, don’t be surprised if you feel tired. Fatigue is also one of the common pregnancy symptoms.


Although this symptom is typically known as “morning sickness,” it does not go by a clock and can happen any time. Nausea usually occurs in the second through the eighth week of pregnancy, subsiding around the thirteenth or fourteenth week. But some women could experience nausea throughout.

You may also find that you have to urinate frequently or, on the other hand, you could be experiencing constipation. Some women experience mood swings, especially in the first trimester. This is caused by hormonal changes. Mild headaches or back pain are also possible, even dizziness and fainting.

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

Many of the common symptoms experienced by a pregnant woman could also have another cause. If you think you may be pregnant, it’s important to get a pregnancy test to know for sure. 

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Where can I get pregnancy symptoms testing?

1. Self-Administered Pregnancy Test

You can get a preliminary answer with the help of a pregnancy test kit that you can purchase at a drug store.

2. Pregnancy Testing in Our Office

If you’re in or near Birmingham, Alabama, and think you may be pregnant, please contact us for an appointment to receive a free and confidential pregnancy test. We can also verify your pregnancy with an ultrasound at no cost to you. Request a free and confidential appointment now.

What if I am concerned about some of my pregnancy symptoms?

First, know that it’s natural to feel concerned, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Your body is changing. But also trust your feelings. If you’re concerned, be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. If you do not have a doctor, please contact our office, and we will help you get the help you need.

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What do I do if this is an unplanned pregnancy?

Remember, you’re not alone.

Our trained and caring staff is here to help you. Just like with the millions of other women who experience a pregnancy each year, this can be a time of joy. If you have questions, are considering an abortion, or are afraid or aren’t sure you can take care of a baby, please call us at (205) 252-0706. We offer counseling, classes, and other pregnancy resources like diapers and clothing. We’re here to help you.

Have more questions? Get answers to common questions including what to do if you’re thinking about abortion.

Think you’re pregnant? We can help.

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Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy symptoms, such as a missed period or tender breasts, differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle.

We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests at Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center.

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A positive pregnancy test is a good indication that you are pregnant, yet a free ultrasound can verify pregnancy. The verification ultrasound exam performed at Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center will verify your pregnancy and determine gestational age. Our ultrasounds are confidential and are provided free to qualifying patients.

Young pregnant women reconsiders having an abortion after understanding the surgery and risks.


We understand an unexpected pregnancy, or even the concern of one, can be confusing and scary. Our counselors at Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center are available to listen and help you with any emotions you are feeling. Counseling sessions are free and confidential.

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Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center serves the surrounding communities of Birmingham, Alabama helping women facing an unplanned pregnancy, to work through their options. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, post-abortion recovery, counseling, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham community.

Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center

A caring women's center, offering free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, post-abortion recovery, counseling, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham community.

2120 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

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