Is your period late? A late period is usually one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, but it could be late for other reasons too. We understand your concern. Being pregnant may not be what you had in mind right now. Are you experiencing any of the other early symptoms of pregnancy?
Early symptoms of pregnancy
There are several reasons your period could be late. Certain medications affect your menstrual cycle as well as rapid weight gain or loss, hormonal changes, and stress. Look at the list of other early pregnancy symptoms and see if you’re experiencing any of these.
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Implantation bleeding or spotting
- Frequent urination
- Nausea or vomiting (morning sickness)
- Fatigue or increased tiredness
- Mild abdominal cramping
- Food cravings or aversions
- Mood swings
- Late or missed period
Because every woman is unique, pregnancy symptoms can be different too. Some women don’t have any symptoms, while others experience them all. Your next best step is free clinical pregnancy testing at Open Arms.
You may not be pregnant
According to the Mayo Clinic, at least 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. It’s possible to have been pregnant, miscarried, and still have pregnancy hormones in your body for days or even weeks afterward. It could result in a false positive if you take an at-home pregnancy test.
Want to know for sure?
Confirm the results of your home pregnancy test with free clinical pregnancy testing at Open Arms. If your test result is positive, the next step will be a free ultrasound to determine if you’ve had a miscarriage or if the pregnancy is viable.
All of our services are strictly confidential and offered at no cost. You won’t be required to have insurance or Medi-Cal to be seen. Same-day appointments are often available too.
Do you know your options if you’re pregnant?
Once a viable pregnancy is confirmed, your nurse will discuss your options with you. We promise to provide you with accurate and truthful information about each option without judgment. If you’re considering terminating your pregnancy, you will definitely want to schedule a pre-abortion consultation which includes three important steps of verifying a positive pregnancy test in a clinical setting, confirming a viable pregnancy through ultrasound, and discussing abortion methods and other pregnancy options with your nurse. Open Arms is not an abortion provider, but this appointment will provide essential information in making an informed decision.