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What are some early signs of pregnancy?

Am I pregnant?

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

Many women start to feel and see signs that they’re pregnant very early on. However, while it’s normal to be excited, remember that the only way to know you are pregnant is with a home pregnancy kit or a test with your GP. If you think you might be pregnant take a test to confirm your suspicions.

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    From the moment you conceive, your body starts to change. While outwardly – at least at first –these changes can’t be seen, you may start to feel differences after just a few weeks.

    If you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re feeling or being sick, it could be a sign.

     

    Some things to look out for include:

    Morning Sickness It’s easy to dismiss feelings of nausea – after all, wasn’t there a bug going around at work last week? But, if you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re feeling or being sick, it could be a sign that you’re pregnant. Up to 80 per cent of women may experience morning sickness in the 1st trimester most likely due to increased pregnancy hormones.

    Breast changes If you’re suddenly bursting out of your work shirt or feeling a bit sore on your morning run, you could be pregnant. Bigger, tender breasts can be an early sign. Your nipples may also become larger, darker and more prominent.

    Tiredness Falling asleep during your morning meeting might be a sign you need a career change. It could also mean you’re pregnant. High progesterone levels, not to mention your body working overtime to grow a baby, can leave you feeling exhausted.

    Increased emotions Feeling more teary, grumpy or snappy could all be signs that you are pregnant. High hormone levels can make pregnant women feel more emotional than usual.

    Food cravings and dislikes If you reach for your favourite snack, only to find you can’t stand the taste or smell of it, you could be pregnant. Many women admit to craving foods they once disliked during pregnancy, and being completely repulsed by former favourites.

    Feeling lightheaded Even early on in pregnancy, hormonal changes can lead to feelings of dizziness. If you’re frequently feeling light-headed make sure to see your GP.

    Don’t be disappointed if you’ve had some symptoms, but a test turns out to be negative. Getting pregnant can take up to 12 months of trying for most fertile couples. If you’re concerned about your fertility, or your partner’s, talk to your GP.

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