Wondering if you've got a baby on board? Early pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman - you may notice one or more of these symptoms, or none at all. Some women notice early signs from as little as a week after conception, others don't have any symptoms at all.
A home pregnancy test
If you think you might be pregnant, the first thing to do is a home pregnancy test. Most home pregnancy tests can be taken three to four days before your missed period. Be careful not to do it too early as it could produce a false negative (It says you are not pregnant, when in fact you are). Seeing those two lines appear on a pregnancy test is often the first confirmation that you’re expecting a baby – aside from the tell-tale missed period!
Top 5 early pregnancy signs
Most women begin to notice subtle changes in their body, even in very early pregnancy. Even before the morning sickness, mood swings, and cravings kick in, your body is already becoming accustomed to housing a new life.
1. Period-like symptoms / Spotting
You may feel crampy like you're about to get your period. This can be caused by the fertilized egg attaching to the uterine wall (Implantation). You may also notice some light bleeding which is referred to as 'spotting'. If you haven't had a full on period, then this could definitely be a sign of pregnancy.
2. Nausea / feeling sick
Morning sickness starts around week 6 and ends around week 14, It affects around 80% of women in the first trimester. Morning sickness generally strikes in the morning, but do not be alarmed if the smell of your favourite pizza makes feel sick on an evening.
2. Breast Changes
Your boobs are about to go on a journey of their own. They may feel tender, swollen and sore due to those pregnancy hormones HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) increasing the blood flow to your breasts. If your breasts start to get very sore, do make sure you mention it to your GP.
3. Frequent Urination
Are you in and out of the bathroom more than usual? Urinating more often is one of the main very early signs of pregnancy. Excessive urination is caused by the HCG hormone increasing the blood flow to your pelvic area. Get used to frequent bathroom trips, It's what's going to keep you up all night in the 3rd trimester!
4. Mood swings
Oh no! It's those dreaded hormones! As soon as conception occurs your body will start to produce the pregnancy hormone HCG. HCG is what is picked up on your pregnancy / blood test to confirm your pregnancy. Your other half is in for some fun over the next 9 months!
What is your due date?
Use this NHS link to find out your expected due date.