This section outlines some basic information on pregnancy. For more detailed information on pregnancy, testing, options and decision making, Make an appointment at any of our sexual health clinics. We are a pro-choice organization that offers non-biased, factual, and comprehensive information on all options available in Canada.
Common Signs of Pregnancy
- Missed or Abnormal Period
A missed or abnormal period is the most common sign of pregnancy, but some women continue to have light bleeding when they are pregnant. A missed period does also not always mean that a person is pregnant because periods can be irregular or absent due to factors such as stress, illness, etc.
- Breast Tenderness
Some pregnant people experience breast tenderness or swelling and nipple sensitivity during pregnancy. Breasts usually increase in size and the dark area around the nipple (the areola) usually gets darker and bigger.
- Nausea or morning sickness
Some people feel nausea or sick to their stomach during early pregnancy while others do not experience this at all. If a pregnant person experiences nausea, it can happen at any time during the day.
- Dizziness, Fatigue
- Increased frequency of urination
If you think you may be pregnant, it is a good idea to take a pregnancy test either at home (purchased at a pharmacy) or make an appointment to have one done at no cost at one of our clinics. You can also have a test done at a walk in clinic or your family physician’s office.
It can be stressful to wonder if you are pregnant, the Sexuality and U website features a helpful tool that can offer some guidance if you are wondering about the possibility of pregnancy. This tool does not replace a pregnancy test.
We recommend that all people looking for pregnancy options support and information ask all potential resources whether or not the provision of equal, non-biased, factual information on all options (including abortion) is part of their service.
Check out this awesome Canadian website developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – it have loads of great pregnancy information.
P.O.S. Pregnancy Options Service (in BC) 1-888-875-3163
A telephone service that helps women make informed choices. We operate a FREE telephone service to help people with unintended pregnancies find support, information, and services as close to home as possible.
Pregnancy Options is an excellent online resource that can assist in the decision making process. It is a US based resource that provides a printable workbook that may be helpful.