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The Early Signs Of Pregnancy

The early signs of pregnancy

There are quite a few early signs of pregnancy to look out for. It's a huge change for your body and the early signs are a result of the hormonal changes taking place. The only way to be 100% sure? Talk to your doctor. 

Think you might be pregnant? Check out the early signs

• A missed period.

It's the most obvious sign of pregnancy so if you're unusually late, ask your doctor.

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. 

Morning sickness is not a very well described symptom. Why? 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.

Feeling tired?

One of the most common early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of complete exhaustion. This happens as a side-effect of a rise in the levels of the hormone progesterone in your body. 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 for example.

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.