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 by a medical professional at Open Arms in Northridge, Los Angeles CA.
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 early pregnancy confirmation through our free limited OB ultrasound to determine whether or not your pregnancy is growing as well as to measure how far along you are into the pregnancy.
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, one of our expert and caring nurses will discuss your options with you. We promise to provide you with accurate and truthful information about each option and to treat you with compassion and respect regardless of what choice you make. If you’re considering terminating your pregnancy, we offer important and very helpful first steps which include verifying a positive pregnancy test in a clinical setting, confirming pregnancy through ultrasound, and discussing abortion methods and all your pregnancy options with a nurse. Open Arms is not an abortion provider, but this appointment will provide essential information in making an informed decision.