How to Know If Nausea Is a Sign of Pregnancy or Just a Stomach Bug

How to Know If Nausea Is a Sign of Pregnancy or Just a Stomach Bug

It can be tricky to tell if you are pregnant or if you just have a run-of-the-mill stomach bug. While there are symptoms common to both, there are a few signs that can indicate you might be pregnant. Avail NYC offers free, self-administered pregnancy tests for women who may be facing an unexpected pregnancy. If you think you might be pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Common Symptoms that Point to a Stomach Bug

If you are experiencing general feelings of nausea, fatigue, and vomiting, you may you have a stomach bug. Some specific symptoms that point towards an illness and not pregnancy can be diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Body aches and dehydration are also clear signs of an illness. If your symptoms do not clear up in a few days, taking a pregnancy test can rule out whether you are pregnant or just have a stomach virus, like the flu.

Common Symptoms that Point to Pregnancy

While early pregnancy is linked to the term morning sickness, you may feel sick periodically throughout the day. There are some overlapping symptoms between a stomach virus and pregnancy, such as vomiting, fatigue, and nausea. But there are other indicators that might point more towards pregnancy—such as excessive salivation, a heightened sensitivity to odors, and a late menstrual cycle, along with other common early pregnancy symptoms.

If you keep track of your monthly cycle, a late period could be an indication of pregnancy. If you have an irregular period, it will be more difficult to pinpoint if your period is arriving late or not at all. While you might be able to hone in on your symptoms, you will not know for sure if you are pregnant until you are able to verify it. Avail is a safe and confidential place to take a pregnancy test. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Eating for Two: What to Eat When You Are Pregnant

Eating for Two: What to Eat When You Are Pregnant

Eating for two. More than likely you’ve heard this expression used when talking about pregnancy. While most people use it to refer to how much you should eat, it is better to think about it in terms of what you should eat. This is because what you eat directly affects both you and your unborn baby.

During pregnancy, your health is an important part of your baby’s development. Your body is providing a safe place for the baby to grow and what you eat affects your well-being. An unhealthy diet could lead to pre-term labor, which can cause serious problems for you and your baby. On the other hand, a healthy diet fuels your body with the nutrients it needs to sustain a pregnancy.

What you eat when you are pregnant also affects your baby. The food and drinks you consume are the main source of nourishment for your unborn baby. Everything that you take in creates the foundation for their development and growth. This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy diet while you are pregnant.

A healthy diet during pregnancy should be well-balanced among the food groups and rich in essential nutrients and vitamins, including the following:


The American Pregnancy Association states that pregnant women need at least 1000 mg of calcium each day. Dairy products, like milk and yogurt, are good sources. Dark green, leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach, also contain calcium.


Iron helps deliver oxygen throughout your body and to your baby. Eating 3 servings of lean meats, poultry, or beans each day will ensure you are getting the recommended amount for pregnant women.


Protein is essential for your baby’s growth. In addition to eggs and nuts, you can also add fish to your diet. Just make sure it is a type with the lowest mercury levels, like salmon, tilapia, or trout.

Folate or Folic Acid

Folate, or folic acid in man-made supplements, reduces the risk of neural-tube defects for your baby. Choose legumes, like lima beans, or chickpeas, asparagus, and broccoli to eat during your pregnancy.


While not necessarily rich in vitamins, it is important to remain hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps prevent health issues for you, like bladder infections, and also delivers nutrients to the baby.

Foods to Avoid When You are Pregnant

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, can weaken your immune system, and makes you vulnerable to illness. Because of this, some foods have a high risk of causing harm to you and your baby. Some examples include:

  • Raw or undercooked meat
  • Sushi and raw shellfish
  • Unpasteurized foods
  • Deli meat
  • Fish high in mercury

The choices you make during pregnancy affect both you and your baby. Eating a healthy diet while avoiding high-risk foods is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s growth and development.

If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and trying to make a decision about what to do, Avail NYC can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to talk to one of our client advocates.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.