The fact is, many pregnancies are unplanned. If a woman isn’t trying to become pregnant, the earliest signs of pregnancy can go unnoticed and may lead to complications later in the pregnancy. Knowing the early signs of pregnancy can help a woman determine whether or not she is pregnant earlier and allows for prenatal care to be started sooner.

Symptoms of pregnancy can vary greatly from woman to woman, even pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women report experiencing signs of pregnancy within a week of conception; however, it’s more common that the earliest signs become apparent after a woman has missed her first period.

  • Late or missed period or difference in menstruation
  • Spotting or light bleeding
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Morning sickness or nausea at other times of the day/night
  • Headache or backache
  • Unusual fatigue or tiredness
  • Heartburn or constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Frequent urination
  • New or different food cravings

If you are experiencing signs that you may be pregnant, schedule a visit with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

If you are not already taking a daily vitamin with folic acid, your pharmacist can recommend an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin to take until you see your health care provider.

Confidential pregnancy testing and counseling are available through South Dakota Department of Health Family Planning offices across the state.