For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period.
Some of the other early pregnancy signs and symptoms are listed below. Every woman is different and not all women will notice all these symptoms.
If your period doesn’t arrive as expected, you may be pregnant, but there can be other reasons for a missed period, such as illness, stress and strenuous activity.
Sometimes women who are pregnant have a very light period, losing only a little blood.
You may feel sick and nauseous, and you may vomit. This is commonly known as morning sickness, but it can happen at any time of the day or night. If you’re being sick all the time and can’t keep anything down, contact your doctor.
It’s common to feel very tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks or so. Hormonal changes taking place in your body at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous, emotional and upset.
Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may be more visible, and the nipples may darken and stand out.
You may feel the need to pass urine more often than usual, including during the night. This is caused by pregnancy hormones and usually settles after a few months
As soon as you think you could be pregnant, you should check to find out if you are. There are several ways to find out if you are pregnant.
You can buy home pregnancy urine testing kits from your local pharmacy. The tests check for the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin. With home pregnancy tests:
A blood test will give you a reliable result, even at the earliest stage of pregnancy. Your doctor will order the test, which will check for the human chorionic gonadotrophin hormone in your blood. You can have this test done as soon as you have missed your period.
At least 2 weeks after your missed period, your doctor may examine you internally to check for changes in your uterus and cervix (the lowest part of your uterus). When you are pregnant, your doctor will be able to tell that your cervix has changed colour and is softer. Your uterus is already getting bigger in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Most doctors will still do a blood or urine test to confirm your pregnancy.
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