Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Early Signs and Symptoms

A woman who has a regular monthly menstrual cycle will probably suspect she is pregnant if she misses a period. Other common signs may include:

  • Sickness/feeling nausea which can happen any time of the day
  • Breast tenderness/enlargement
  • Needing to go to the toilet more frequently to pee (urinate)
  • Increased vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation
  • Feeling unusually tired
  • A strange taste in your mouth which some describe as metallic

When should I test?

You can carry out a pregnancy test from the first day after a missed period.

Pregnancy tests work by detecting a pregnancy hormone called: Hormone Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) in your urine.  You can do a test any time of the day or night. A positive pregnancy test is almost certainly correct but a negative test is less reliable.

Different pregnancy test kits work differently so it is important to follow the instructions for your particular kit carefully.   If your period doesn’t arrive and you think you may still be pregnant then wait a week and repeat the test or go to your GP or Sexual and Reproductive Health Service for advice.  (For your local clinic go the Services section of this site or to make an appointment phone 0300 303 0251 lines open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m .to 4.45 p.m).

Where can I get a test?

You can purchase a home pregnancy test at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Or you can get a test from Your GP or Sexual and Reproductive Health Service which is free of charge.  The Young Person’s Clinics in Lanarkshire (for young people up to the age of 20 years) can also offer a pregnancy test.

When am I due?

The length of your pregnancy is normally calculated from the first day of your last period and lasts on average 40 weeks. As part of your ante-natal care you will be offered a dating ultrasound to work out your correct due date.  Once you know you are pregnant it is recommended that you make an appointment with your Local Community Midwife as soon as possible to begin your ante-natal care.

For more information go to:  NHS Lanarkshire Maternity Services

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