Think you might be pregnant? Check out the early signs.
Missed a period
It’s the most obvious sign of pregnancy so if you’re unusually late it’s worth taking a pregnancy test.
The classic sign? Morning sickness!
Morning sickness affects everyone differently – you could feel nauseous or physically sick. It can start a few weeks after conception or even after just a few days. If you’re very lucky, you won’t experience it at all.
It’s not a very well described symptom – it can strike at any time of day or night, not just in the mornings!
Going to the toilet a lot!
If you notice you’re constantly running to the toilet, this could be a good sign that you’re pregnant. All of the hormonal changes your body goes through during the first trimester can make toilet stops more frequent.
One of the most common early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of complete exhaustion. It happens as a side-effect of a rise in the levels of the hormone progesterone in your body. So if there’s no other real reason for you to be so tired, check the other symptoms here to see if you could be pregnant.
A funny taste in your mouth
Some mums say that when they first became pregnant they got a funny taste of metal in their mouth. Other women develop an unexpected dislike for something familiar, like fish.
Changes to your breasts
The skin around your nipples is called your areola and one sign of pregnancy can be that it becomes noticeably darker and bigger.
Unexpected bleeding or cramps
Your fertilised egg will travel from your fallopian tubes and settle in your uterus to grow. This is known as implantation and happens between weeks 3 and 4.
Implantation sometimes causes side effects, including cramps and some light spotting that’s red, pink or brown in colour.
Of course there’s only one real way to be sure you’re pregnant. You can get a reliable positive result using a home pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period.