The early signs of pregnancy

Missed period: This may be your first sign of pregnancy, especially if you’re normally quite regular.

Tender breasts/nipples: your breasts and nipples become tender, with more veins being visible in the breast and the area around the nipple darkening. They may also feel swollen.

Exhaustion: It is common, during the first few weeks, to feel exhausted because your body is changing significantly. Your entire body needs to adjust to growing a baby. Most women overcome this feeling of fatigue after about 12 weeks.

Emotions: During pregnancy, your hormones mess your emotions about. Keep a box of tissues handy for those tearful moments.

Being sick: You may start talking to God on the big white telephone a lot. Commonly called morning sickness, the name is misleading because it can occur at any time.

Taking the pee: You may find you are peeing a lot more than usual when your period is a couple of weeks overdue. This is because the baby growing in your uterus is putting pressure on your bladder.

Constipation: You may notice a change in your bowels in early pregnancy. The extra hormones produced during pregnancy cause the intestines to relax and become less efficient.

Light Spotting: this usually occurs about 8 days after ovulation and/or around the time your period is due

Heightened Sense of Smell: this often results in nausea

A funny taste: You may experience a metallic taste in the mouth and a change in the foods you like or dislike

A positive pregnancy test: A urine pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 10 to 14 days after fertilisation. You could wait until your first missed period, but if you want to know as fast as possible, a blood pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 8 to 10 days after fertilisation. If you have a negative result and still feel pregnant, be sure to retest a week later.

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