Can I Be Pregnant and Not Know It?

Whether you never miss your birth control pill or always use protection, no method is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.

While many women experience clear pregnancy symptoms, other symptoms may not be as obvious. 

Continue reading to learn more about symptoms to be aware of and what to do if you suspect you could be pregnant. 

Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Early pregnancy can cause the following signs and symptoms: 

  • Missed period
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting (this can occur at any time of day and is not always in the morning)
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Nasal congestion
  • Food aversions
  • Constipation

Keep in mind that while the above symptoms can indicate pregnancy, they can also be signs of other health conditions. This is why, if you think you might be pregnant, it’s essential to take a pregnancy test.

What to Do Next?

If you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms, taking an at-home pregnancy test is a critical next step.  

Over-the-counter pregnancy tests examine your urine for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). After implantation occurs and the placenta begins to form, hCG is released into the blood and urine. HCG can usually be detected a few days after your missed period or a few weeks after sexual intercourse.

However, if you receive a positive test, confirming the results with a medical-grade pregnancy test in a local clinic is important. While at-home tests are 99% accurate when performed correctly, there’s a chance you could receive a false positive.  

If you receive a negative test, you can repeat the test in a week to obtain a more accurate result or contact your healthcare provider if you still suspect you are pregnant. 

Get the Help You Need

Chester County Connect Care offers free medical-grade pregnancy tests, and if your results are positive, we provide ultrasound scans that will provide you with vital information about your pregnancy. 

Our staff can answer your questions, hear your concerns, and provide more information about your options.

Contact us today for your confidential appointment.

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