Are You Facing A Pregnancy?
Fertilization, the joining of an egg and a sperm into a single cell, is the first step in an amazing series of events that leads to pregnancy. At that moment a new person with distinct DNA is created. Over the next few days, the single cell divides into multiple cells. As this happens, the small cluster of dividing cells moves through the fallopian tube to the lining of the uterus where it implants and continues to grow. Early on, this new life is called an embryo. However, from about the ninth week of pregnancy until birth, it is called a fetus.
When the embryo implants in the uterus, the placenta is formed and begins to produce hCG, the hormone measured by pregnancy tests. Some women can tell that they are pregnant before taking a pregnancy test because they notice changes in the body. This is especially true of a missed menstrual period.
Missing your period can be frightening if you are not planning a pregnancy. But, if you are sexually active, even if you use birth control, it is possible to become pregnant. Confirming pregnancy early with an accurate pregnancy test is very important. If you do a pregnancy test at home, be aware that a test may be wrong even if the result is positive.
For a list of common pregnancy symptoms, click here.
If you think you may be pregnant, call us to set up a free appointment for an office visit. You will receive a lab-quality pregnancy test to verify that you are actually pregnant. If the test is positive and you are far enough along in your pregnancy, our medical team will do an ultrasound for further confirmation. An ultrasound is important at this stage no matter what your intentions for the pregnancy might be. Both of the pregnancy test and ultrasound are free and confidential.