Am I Pregnant?

Think you might be pregnant, but aren’t certain?

If you are pregnant, your body will show signs and symptoms of pregnancy, like:

  • Missed period
  • Frequent urination
  • Spotting
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sore or enlarged breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Cravings
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Headaches
  • Backaches

Want more details? Check out Signs and Symptoms.

If you have three or more symptoms then you may be pregnant and should take a pregnancy test. You can take an at-home pregnancy test or go to a medical facility to take a pregnancy test. At-home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate when used correctly and can be purchased at most drug stores or grocery stores. You will urinate on a small plastic stick. If pregnancy hormones are detected, you’ll see a positive which means that you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests at a medical facility will be either a urine test, like an at-home test, or a blood test.

To get a pregnancy test at a health center near you, visit http://stayteen.org/health-centers

When you confirm that you are pregnant, you will probably experience a variety of feelings like uncertainty, excitement, confusion, and fear. Now that you are facing the reality of becoming a teen parent, you need to prepare yourself emotionally, physically, and financially. Knowing all of the facts will make you feel better and help you to have a healthier pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy will change your life as you know it. Now that you are pregnant, you will need to:

  • Start seeing a doctor for prenatal care—don’t put this off, the sooner the better
  • Eat certain foods and avoid others (visit our page on healthy eating)
  • Do not drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs
  • Take prenatal vitamins and get plenty of rest
  • Take good care of yourself physically and emotionally
  • Start planning a stable future for you and your baby
  • Prepare a safe home for you and your baby
  • Look at options for child care so you can continue school

At this point, you know how pregnancy is caused-- by having unprotected sex. After you have your baby, it is important not to get pregnant again for another 2 years. This allows your body to recover and regain strength. To learn how to avoid getting pregnant again, see our Pregnancy Prevention page.

This can be a scary time for you. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies can help you by answering your questions, connecting you with support and services, and help you to have a healthy pregnancy. Call us at 1-888-414-4642 or email us.

 
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