• How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

    There are two main types of pregnancy tests: At-home tests and laboratory tests. If you miss your period or you have any other reason to believe you might be pregnant, you can take an at-home pregnancy test. These are available over the counter (OTC), and they provide quick results, but they aren’t as accurate as lab tests. If your OTC pregnancy test is positive, you’ll need to go to a walk-in clinic to have a lab test done.

    All urine tests for pregnancy, whether done at home or at the family medicine clinic, work by detecting trace amounts of a hormone in the urine. This hormone, called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), is only produced by the body when pregnancy has occurred. It’s important to note that if the test is performed too early, it may give a false negative result because pregnancy doesn’t occur right away after sex. It can take about a week for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus, and the hCG hormone will only begin building up after that point.

    Paramount Urgent Care provides numerous onsite labs and tests, including pregnancy testing, at our walk-in clinics in the Orlando area. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you” ParamountUrgentCare.com (352) 674-9218.

  • Could Your Nausea Be a Sign of Pregnancy?

    If you’re actively trying to become pregnant, you’re probably monitoring yourself very carefully for the early signs of pregnancy. Nausea, often called morning sickness during pregnancy, is one of the most recognizable and common signs of pregnancy. If you think you could be pregnant, you can go to an urgent care center that has an onsite lab. A urine test can confirm your status, and the doctor can review your medications to ensure they are safe for use during pregnancy.

    The Onset of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Every woman is a little different. Some feel different within a couple of weeks of conception, while others are a few months into gestation before they experience any of the classic pregnancy symptoms. In most cases, nausea will first develop between two and eight weeks after conceiving. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, some symptoms may resolve and new symptoms can develop because of the various changes the body goes through. For instance, nausea often resolves after the first trimester, although some women experience it for nine months.

    Types of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Because nausea during pregnancy is often referred to as morning sickness, women might not always recognize it as being indicative of pregnancy if it occurs at other times. But actually, morning sickness can occur any time of the day. In addition to nausea and missed periods, pregnancy often results in these symptoms:

    • Fatigue

    • Swollen or tender breasts

    • Headaches

    • Backaches

    • Frequent urination

    • Mood swings

    • Food cravings

    • Food aversions

    Management of Nausea During Pregnancy

    Nausea during pregnancy won’t necessarily result in vomiting. But if you do find it difficult to keep fluids down, you may need urgent care to prevent or treat dehydration. Avoid taking any medications during pregnancy unless they have been approved by your doctor. The following tips may help you manage nausea.

    • Eat smaller, but more frequent meals

    • Choose bland foods that lack odors

    • Eat a couple of soda crackers when nausea occurs

    • Get some fresh air

    Paramount Urgent Care offers onsite labs, including pregnancy testing. Visit one of our walk-in clinics around the Orlando area to speak with a healthcare provider about your symptoms.

    Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • Early Signs of Pregnancy Every Woman Should Know

    It’s often thought that it’s impossible for a woman to be pregnant and not realize it, but this is actually not all that uncommon. Occasionally, a woman won’t know she’s pregnant until she goes to emergency care for stomach pain, which turns out to be labor pains. Other women don’t realize they’re expecting until about five months into the pregnancy. Every woman should learn how to identify the potential signs of pregnancy, particularly since birth control isn’t always effective.

    Missed Period

    Although not every woman has regular periods, a missed period is still among the most commonly noticed early signs of pregnancy. Women who are sexually active can use over-the-counter pregnancy tests if they miss a period. If the OTC test has a positive result, a professional-grade pregnancy test at a walk-in clinic is warranted.

    Implantation Bleeding

    It’s possible to still bleed and cramp at around the time of your period, but to be pregnant regardless. This is known as implantation bleeding. When sperm fertilizes an egg, the embryo still needs to implant on the uterine wall. This happens between six and 12 days after conception. In many cases, the embryo simply doesn’t implant, and is naturally expelled.

    Fatigue

    Fatigue is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. It often starts as early as the first week. However, since fatigue is so common among non-pregnant individuals, it’s often misinterpreted.

    Breast Changes

    The American Pregnancy Association reports that changes in the breasts are the third most commonly reported sign of pregnancy. This can happen as early as one to two weeks. Newly expecting moms may notice swelling and tenderness.

    Morning Sickness

    Most expecting mothers will have nausea and vomiting at some point, usually starting at two to eight weeks. Morning sickness often does occur upon waking up, which is why doctors recommend keeping bland soda crackers near the bed. However, nausea can strike at any time of the day.

    Paramount Urgent Care is well-known for providing emergency care in the Orlando area, but we’re also a family medicine center. You can turn to our caring providers for women’s healthcare, including physical exams and pregnancy tests. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.