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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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. 

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