Signs & Symptoms

Do you think you’re pregnant?

The signs and symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy, but recognizing the signs is the most important way to ensure you receive early access to care. If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test or contact us to find out where to get tested. 

Commons Signs of Pregnancy

  • Missed period

  • Frequent urination

  • Spotting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sore or enlarged breasts

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain

  • Cravings

  • Sensitivity to smells

  • Headaches

  • Backaches


Tested Positive? 

Call us and we can connect you with a medical provider, determine your eligibility and apply for a medical payment source like Medicaid for Pregnancy, Maternity Care Program of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County or private insurance options, and provide education and support to ensure you deliver a healthy baby. 

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Healthy Start Prenatal Risk Screen

Every doctor in Florida is required to offer you a Healthy Start Screening when you are pregnant. The screening identifies potential risks for you and your baby, using a simple form that only takes a few minutes to complete. Your answers are confidential. After taking the screening, your doctor’s office could refer you to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to talk about services available for your family. Even if you don’t think you need these services, completing the screening is important because the data helps improve the system of care for ALL moms and babies in Palm Beach County.

The screen asks 22 simple questions. When women agree to participate and complete the screen, our team at HMHB may contact you to talk about these services: 

  • Information and referral to one of the 29 Healthy Beginnings programs in Palm Beach County that are available to pregnant women and families with young children.

  • Ongoing care coordination and support to ensure access to needed services.

  • Nutritional and smoking cessation counseling.

  • Childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education.

  • Home visits from a nurse.

  • CenteringPregnancy®, a proven prenatal care program that provides groups of moms with medical care, education and social support.


Preterm Labor

Preterm labor happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born this early can have lifelong or life-threatening health problems. Knowing the signs and being educated about what to do in the event of preterm labor will help you and your baby. 

Common Signs of Preterm Labor

  • Change in vaginal discharge

  • Pressure in your pelvis or lower belly

  • Constant low, dull backache

  • Belly cramps with or without diarrhea 

  • Regular or frequent contractions that make your belly tighten like a fist

  • Your water breaks

If you have even one sign or symptom of preterm labor, call your health care provider right away. 

 
 
Women holding a positive pregnancy test.