Early signs of pregnancy
You may feel nauseous and sick, and/or vomit. This is commonly known as morning sickness, but it can happen at any time of the day or night.
For most women who have morning sickness, the symptoms start around six weeks after their last period.
Read more about coping with nausea and morning sickness in pregnancy
Contact your GP if you’re being sick all the time and can’t keep anything down. The pregnancy condition hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a serious condition that causes severe vomiting and needs treatment.
For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Women who are pregnant sometimes have a very light period, losing only a little blood.
Some of the other early pregnancy signs and symptoms are listed below. Every woman is different and not all women will notice all of these symptoms.
Feeling sick during pregnancy
Feeling tired is common in pregnancy
It’s common to feel tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks or so. Hormonal changes taking place in your body at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous, upset and emotional.
Read more about tiredness in pregnancy
Sore breasts in early pregnancy.
Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may be more visible, and the nipples may stand and darken out.
Peeing more often suggests pregnancy.
A positive test result is almost certainly correct. A negative result is less reliable. Wait a week and try again if you get a negative result and still think that you may be pregnant.
During early pregnancy, you may find that your senses are heightened and that some drinks or foods you previously enjoyed become repellent. You might notice:
a strange taste in your mouth, which many women describe as metallic
that you crave new foods
that you lose interest in certain foods or drinks that you previously enjoyed– such as fatty, tea or coffee food
that you lose interest in tobacco
that you have a more sensitive sense of smell than usual– for example, to the smell of food or cooking
, if your pregnancy test is negative
You may feel the need to pee (urinate) more often than usual, including during the night.
Other signs of pregnancy that you may notice are:
an increased vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation
Strange tastes, smells and cravings
Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. The veins may be more visible, and the nipples may stand and darken out.
A positive test result is almost certainly correct. A negative result is less reliable. If you get a negative result and still think that you may be pregnant, wait a week and try again.