Skip to Content
Also part of the UPMC family:

Early Pregnancy: Pregnancy Services at UPMC in Central Pa.

When you are trying to conceive, you may experience a number of emotions while waiting to find out if you are pregnant. You may feel anxious, afraid, excited and nervous. You might also feel confused, since some of the symptoms of early pregnancy are often similar to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

A number of signs and symptoms indicate early pregnancy, including:

  • Spotting and cramping. A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of your uterus, a process that can cause spotting and cramping. The cramps can be barely noticeable or can resemble menstrual cramps. Some women mistake cramps and spotting for the start of their periods.
  • White, milky vaginal discharge. Almost immediately after conception, your vagina's walls start to thicken, which can cause a white, milky discharge that may continue throughout your pregnancy. The discharge is typically harmless. If the discharge is accompanied by a smell or a burning or itching sensation, contact your physician immediately.
  • Breast changes. Hormone levels change rapidly after conception, which may cause your breasts to become swollen, sore or tingly. Your breasts may feel heavier, fuller or tender to the touch, and the areola, or the area around your nipples, may darken. Breast changes typically occur one to two weeks after conception.
  • Fatigue. You may start feeling unusually tired as early as one week after conceiving. This fatigue is often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone as well as other pregnancy-related changes, such as lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure and a boost in blood production.
  • Nausea. Hormone levels can slow the emptying of the stomach, which can cause nausea, or morning sickness. Although the name suggests that morning sickness is limited to the morning, it can occur at any time during the day. You may also experience cravings and food aversions that can last for your entire pregnancy. Nausea, however, usually subsides in the second trimester.
  • Missed period. The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy and the one that prompts most women to take a pregnancy test is a missed period. Even this symptom can be misleading, however, because not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.

Other symptoms can include frequent urination, constipation, mood swings, dizziness and fainting. Because the symptoms of early pregnancy vary widely from person to person, you may experience only one or two, or you may experience several.

If you think you may be pregnant, or if your early-pregnancy symptoms become bothersome, contact your physician. UPMC Pinnacle's expert obstetricians and gynecologists are accepting new patients and offer appointments and pregnancy verification services.

Need more information?

Contact Us 

Pre-register

Download our App

Learn more about the Prenatal and Maternity Services at UPMC in Central Pa.  

Our Locations

Camp Hill

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
225 Grandview Avenue
Suite 302
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-988-9015
Fax: 717-221-5410

Carlisle

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
1 Dunwoody Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013

Phone: 717-218-1820
Fax: 717-221-5410

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Carlisle
361 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-960-3414
Labor and Delivery: 717-960-1686

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
2 Jennifer Court
Suite B
Carlisle, PA 17015

Phone: 717-218-9830
Fax: 717-218-9833

Dillsburg

UPMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1 Trinity Drive East
Suite 110
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Phone: 717-432-3245
Fax: 717-703-5748

Elizabethtown

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
300 Continental Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Gettysburg

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Commerce Park Professional Center
20 Expedition Trail
Suite 203
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717-637-7755
Fax: 717-646-1991

Hanover

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Hanover
300 Highland Avenue
Third Floor
Hanover, PA 17331
Maternity Pre-registration: 717-316-2202
Labor and Delivery: 717-316-2198

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
20 North Street
Hanover, PA 17331

Phone: 717-637-7755

Harrisburg

Maternal Fetal Medicine
Located at Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4B
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8472
Fax: 717-231-8490

PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4A
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8341
Fax: 717-231-8705

PinnacleHealth Women's Outpatient Center
Located at Community Care
2645 North 3rd Street
4th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-782-4700
Fax: 717-782-4710

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
4700 Union Deposit Road
Suite 140
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431 

UPMC Magee-Womens Center at Hollinger Tower
Located at UPMC Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-782-5213
Labor and Delivery: 717-782-5539

Hummelstown

UPMC Woodward & Associates Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
8105 Adams Drive
Suite B 
Hummelstown, PA 17036 

Phone: 717-482-8115 
Fax: 717-482-8364 

Lititz

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Lititz
1500 Highlands Drive
Lititz, PA 17543

Maternity Pre-Registration: 717-625-5420
Labor and Delivery: 717-625-5428

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
1575 Highlands Drive
Suite 101
Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Lancaster

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
2125 Noll Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Mechanicsburg

UPMC Cumberland Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
9 Flowers Drive 
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-691-8750
Fax: 717-691-8755

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
Located at Medical Office Building 1
2025 Technology Parkway
Suite 309
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Millersburg

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
1000 Evelyn Drive
South Wing
Millersburg, PA 17061

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Newport

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
300 Bretz Court
Newport, PA 17074

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Shippensburg

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
127 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-988-9015
Fax: 717-221-5410

Spring Grove

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Thistle Hill Professional Center
2030 Thistle Hill Drive
Suite 100
Spring Grove, PA 17362

Phone: 717-225-6170
Fax: 717-646-7438

York

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Memorial
1701 Innovation Drive
York, PA 17408

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-815-2351
Labor and Delivery: 717-849-5650

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Sixth Avenue Professional Center
1600 6th Ave

York, PA 17403
Phone: 717-845-9639
Fax: 717-699-1300

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1880 Kenneth Road
Suite 3
York, PA 17408

Phone: 717-779-2612
Fax: 717-779-0019

Need to access your medical records? We have an app for that.

UPMC Central PA Portal providers patients across the central Pennsylvania region with secure access to their health information. It is the fastest way to send a message to your doctor, refill prescriptions, get test results, and schedule and manage appointments, including video visits. Log-In or Sign Up Today

Contact UPMC

When it comes to health care for you and your family, UPMC is here. It's easy to find the right doctor, health screenings, programs, classes, and more.

Contact UPMC in central Pa.