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So You Think You Might Be Pregnant? Here’s What To Do Next.

So you’re late for your period. Or you’ve gained a little weight without changing anything. Or your breasts are enlarged or tender. Or, for whatever reason, you think you might be pregnant. Lots of patients ask us what to do if that happens. Here’s what we suggest.

1. Don’t Panic!

Whether you’ve been trying to get pregnant or might be pregnant unintentionally, having symptoms that could indicate pregnancy can be anxiety-producing. However, it’s important to remember that whether you’re pregnant or not, panicking won’t change anything, and in fact, heightened anxiety can have adverse health effects. So if you think you might be pregnant, take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. (Really, it is.)

2. Begin Taking A Prenatal Vitamin Right Away.

Even before you know for sure if you’re pregnant or not pregnant, start taking a prenatal vitamin. The fetus’ spinal cord develops within the first 12 weeks of gestation, and the 400 mcg of folic acid in prenatal vitamins prevents most brain and spinal cord defects. So if you think you might be pregnant, stop by the pharmacy and pick up prenatal vitamins (which you can get without a prescription), and start taking one a day. If you’re not pregnant, it can’t hurt, and if you are pregnant, the benefits to the baby are enormous. Also, if you’re experiencing morning sickness, there are chewable gummy prenatal vitamins, which some women find easier to take than swallowing a tablet.

3. Take A Urine Pregnancy Test.

If you are pregnant, it’s important to know as soon as possible so you can help the pregnancy get off to a good start. Take a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with us. We have on-site rapid urine pregnancy tests that can give you a result in three minutes or less! Most urine pregnancy tests will turn positive two weeks after conception (around the first day of your missed period). If you think you’re pregnant but the test is negative, we can do a blood test that’s more accurate, or repeat the urine pregnancy in a few days.

4. Adopt A Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyle.

In pregnancy, it’s important to maintain healthy habits to help your baby be as safe and healthy as possible. As we mentioned before, it’s crucial to take a prenatal vitamin every day.  It’s important to avoid alcohol, tobacco and any recreational drugs. It’s also recommended to limit your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, since pregnancy can induce gestational diabetes, which can cause complications for the mother and the baby.

In addition to avoiding unhealthy things, it’s just as important to incorporate healthy habits, taking proactive steps to support your growing fetus. Taking a prenatal vitamin, getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, maintaining a healthy weight and eating plenty of lean protein, fruits and vegetables are all great ways to help you and your baby stay well.

5. Schedule A First Prenatal Appointment With An Ob/GYN.

The next step to take if you’re pregnant is to schedule a first prenatal appointment with an Ob/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist). This appointment is usually scheduled around the 12-week mark, at the end of the first trimester. It helps you establish a relationship with your OB, make sure your pregnancy is progressing as expected, answer any questions you might have, and make sure you’re scheduled for future check-ups at recommended intervals.

6. Know The Red Flags Of Early Pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant (or think you might be pregnant), it’s important to know the red flags that should prompt you to seek emergency medical care. If you have severe pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, fever, low back pain or severe vomiting, you should schedule an emergency appointment with an Ob/GYN or, if that’s not available, go immediately to the Emergency Room for further evaluation.

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At GoHealth Urgent Care, we offer urine pregnancy tests at all of our locations. If you think you might be pregnant, Check-in below to be seen same-day, and we can get you a result in three minutes or less:

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