Pregnancy Symptoms


Are you pregnant? Below you will find some answers to basic questions about pregnancy and information about pregnancy symptoms. If you think you might be pregnant and don’t know what to do, make an appointment at Avail today for a free pregnancy test. Same-day appointments are available.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • How does pregnancy happen?

    Pregnancy happens as a result of sexual intercourse. When a man ejaculates, semen (the fluid containing sperm) is released. Semen swim up through a woman’s cervix and into her fallopian tubes. If she is ovulating or about to ovulate (the part of the menstrual cycle in which a woman’s body releases an egg into her fallopian tubes), the sperm may fertilize the egg. This is called conception. Once the egg is fertilized, it travels down the fallopian tubes and implants itself into the uterine wall. This is when pregnancy begins.
  • What are signs that I might be pregnant?

    The most common indicator of pregnancy is a missed period, but other pregnancy symptoms include the following:

    Common Pregnancy Symptoms

    • Frequent urination (particularly at night)
    • Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (also known as “morning sickness”)
    • Fatigue
    • Headaches
    • Food cravings or aversions
    • Darkening of nipples

    If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms and think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, make an appointment at Avail today for a free pregnancy test. Same-day appointments are available.

    Less Common Pregnancy Symptoms

    • Spotting or vaginal bleeding
    • Mood swings
    • Backaches
    • Cramping
    • Lightheadedness or fainting
    • Constipation or bloating

    If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms and think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, make an appointment at Avail today for a free pregnancy test. Same-day appointments are available.

  • If I missed my period, am I definitely pregnant?

    No. Women miss periods for many different reasons, including stress, weight loss or gain, intense exercise, illness, travel, and drug use. If you have missed a period and think it is possible you could be unexpectedly pregnant, make an appointment at Avail for a free pregnancy test. If you have missed a period and are not pregnant, talk with your doctor about your menstrual cycle.
  • How can I prevent pregnancy?

    Avail provides clients with abstinence information. For information about other pregnancy prevention methods, talk to your doctor.
  • What basic information should I know about pregnancy?

    Pregnancy is the process of a fetus developing in a woman’s uterus. Pregnancy lasts from 35 to 40 weeks, from conception to birth (or 38 to 43 weeks from the last day of your last menstrual cycle to birth).

    Pregnancy is measured in trimesters. The first trimester starts with the first day of your last period and lasts thirteen weeks. The second trimester starts with the 14th week of pregnancy and lasts through the 27th week, and the third trimester starts at the beginning of the 28th week and ends with labor.

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Note: Avail NYC is a decision-making center, not a medical facility.