Am I pregnant? Seven early signs of pregnancy

If you’re wondering whether you could be pregnant the only way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test. But you might suspect you are pregnant even before a missed period.

Whether you’re trying for a baby or don’t have plans for children at all many people find themselves wondering at some point whether they could be pregnant. Some people describe “intuition” that tells you even before a positive test while others have no idea until months into their pregnancy.

Though many of the following symptoms could be attributed to something else, if you experience several of them at the same time, you might be pregnant. Read on for the most common early signs of pregnancy.

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Missed period

If you have regular periods one of the first signs of pregnancy is likely to be a missed period. Pregnancy is a really common reason for periods to stop. This can happen even if you use contraception as it can sometimes fail.

Your period might just be late so you could wait a few days to see if it comes. If you think you might be pregnant you should take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are. Read about other reasons your period might be late here.

Spotting

In the first few weeks of pregnancy you may have a bleed similar to a very light period with some spotting or only losing a little blood. This is called implantation bleeding. It happens when the embryo plants itself in your uterus. It usually happens when your period is due.

Feeling sick

Commonly known as morning sickness, this can happen at any time during the day or night. It usually starts when you are four to six weeks pregnant. If you are pregnant and have severe morning sickness see a GP for help.

Feeling tired

It’s common to feel tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks. This is because hormonal changes in your body at this time can make you feel tired, sick, emotional, and upset. Read about other reasons you might feel tired here.

Sore breasts

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. This symptom alone does not mean much as the most common cause of breast soreness comes with the increase in oestrogen levels before a period.

Frequent urination

You may need to use the loo more if you’re pregnant, especially during the night. This is normal and is caused by both hormonal and physical changes your body is going through. Pregnancy can also cause constipation.

Strange tastes, smells, and cravings

During early pregnancy you may find you no longer like some foods or drinks you used to enjoy. You might notice a strange taste in your mouth, which some describe as metallic. You may crave new foods, lose interest in some foods, and lose interest in smoking. It’s also common to have a really sensitive sense of smell.

I have all of those symptoms – am I pregnant?

The only way to tell if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test. Take one at home if you think you could be pregnant. A positive test result is almost certainly correct as long as you have followed the instructions correctly.

A negative result is less reliable. If you get a negative result and still think you may be pregnant wait a week and try again. You can also visit your GP if you are convinced that you are pregnant despite a negative test.

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