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Signs of pregnancy

Think you might be pregnant? Learn to spot some of the early signs of pregnancy and what you should do here

Common signs of pregnancy

Some women say they just 'know' straight away that they've become pregnant but most women don't. If you think you might be pregnant, here are some signs to look out for. 

The first sign of pregnancy tends to be missing a period, probably around two weeks after you’ve conceived, but this isn’t foolproof - some women still experience some bleeding during pregnancy that could be mistaken for your period, or if you are using contraception and you don’t usually have a period then you might not realise you missed one. 

Other signs of pregnancy include:

  • Feeling or being sick (at any time of day)
  • Tiredness
  • Breast changes and breast tenderness
  • Needing to pee more often
  • Constipation
  • Having a strange taste in your mouth (some describe this as a metallic taste)
  • Going off or craving certain foods
  • Hightened awareness of smells
  • Change in vaginal discharge without pain or irritation.  

Not all women will experience all these symptoms - you may experience some or none of them. If you think you might be pregnant it’s important to take a test. 

How soon should I get a pregnancy test?

Early signs of pregnancy can be hard to spot. If you think you could be pregnant, it's always best to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

What are other reasons for pregnancy symptoms?

All of the apparent symptoms of early pregnancy can have other causes, including some health conditions. 

If symptoms persist, go and see your GP. Be sure to tell them you think you might be pregnant.

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