Q & A with Dr. Cullins: Pregnancy
What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
The most common symptoms of pregnancy are
- • frequent urination
• inexplicable fatigue
• a missed period
• sore or enlarged breasts
The most common symptom of all is a missed period. But many women, especially young women, normally have irregular periods. These irregularities may include missed periods and other changes in the menstrual cycle. These irregularities can change from month to month. Although pregnancy is the most common reason for missing a period, irregularity is also caused by illness, travel, worry, or stress.
For a woman to be sure she is pregnant, she must take a pregnancy test — at home or at her health center or health care provider’s office. If she uses a home pregnancy test, she must be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions very carefully.
Home pregnancy test kits are available in most drugstores and many supermarkets.
This column is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have a medical problem, please call toll-free 1-800-230-PLAN for an appointment with the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you.