When do pregnancy symptoms start?
Sometimes it's hard to interpret the signals that your body is sending you. So if you suspect that you may be pregnant, you're probably eager to confirm it.
One easy way to find out is to take an over-the-counter home pregnancy test. The latest pregnancy tests can be used on the first day of your missed period, are more than 95% accurate and can even give you an estimate of how many weeks pregnant you are.
If you do discover that you're pregnant, it's important that you make an appointment for your first pre-natal visit with your healthcare provider.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms signs:
- missing a menstrual period
- frequent urination
- tender, tingling, swollen breasts
- 'morning sickness,' a queasiness that can occur at any time of day
- changes in skin colour: darkening of the areola (the area around your nipple), deepening colour of veins in your breasts, appearance of a dark line from your navel to your pubic bone
- food cravings
- feeling tired and sleepy all the time
If you're having any of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider (health visitor, nurse, GP or midwife) as soon as possible. During the examination they will be able to observe other signs that can confirm a pregnancy, such as changes in the colour or firmness of your cervix, changes in your uterus, hearing a pre-natal heartbeat or detection of the foetus on an ultrasound monitor. If you are pregnant, she will also set up a series of pre-natal appointments to get you and your baby off to the best start possible!