Early signs of pregnancy

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If you are a new patient seeking prenatal care, please call 310-794-7274. If you are an established patient and need to reach labor and delivery, call 310-825-9111 for Westwood or 424-259-9250 for Santa Monica.

There are many early signs of pregnancy. The most common signs are:

  • Frequent urination
  • Missed period
  • Nausea or vomiting (“morning sickness”)
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Tiredness, fatigue

Other signs and symptoms that you might have during the first three months of pregnancy include:

  • Bloating of the belly
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Food cravings or avoidance
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Light spotting
  • Mood swings
  • Nasal congestion

These early signs and symptoms do not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. They could mean that something else is happening within your body, such as an illness. You can also be pregnant without having these symptoms.

If you missed a period or are having any of the common signs of pregnancy, take an at-home pregnancy test. Always talk with your health care provider to confirm a positive at-home pregnancy test. Your provider will do a physical exam and may do a pregnancy test. If your at-home pregnancy test is negative but you think you are pregnant, talk with your health care provider.

If you are pregnant and have not already started taking a daily prenatal vitamin, start now. These vitamins give you the nutrients you need to help your baby grow and develop. Learn more about your pregnancy.