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Early pregnancy

Specialist pregnancy care from the first trimester

The only way to be certain that you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

You can take a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period. If you take the test before this, you may not get an accurate result. The best way to confirm a suspected pregnancy is to speak to one of our specialists, who can give you a confident and accurate result.

Some of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy are similar to those you would expect to experience around the time of your period. These include: Implantation bleeding – you may have spotting or slight cramping just after conception, when the fertilised egg attaches itself to the uterine lining (this is called implantation bleeding and happens 6-12 days after fertilisation). Discharge – thickening of the vaginal walls also occurs due to increased cell growth, which can lead to a whitish, milky and odourless discharge.

Breast tenderness – this is a common early pregnancy symptom due to the change in hormone levels. Your breasts may feel sore, swollen, tingly, heavier, or fuller than usual. Some women experience a darkening of the area around the nipple (areola). Breast pain typically decreases once the body has become accustomed to the new hormone levels. Morning sickness – not all pregnant women experience the nausea of morning sickness.

They usually occur in the morning, but some women experience nausea at various times of the day in the earlier part of their pregnancy. Fatigue – this can take effect as early as one week after conception, due to higher levels of progesterone, lower blood sugar levels or lower blood pressure. This can be offset by dietary changes such as increased protein and iron. Food cravings or aversions to certain foods – this can last throughout the pregnancy.

Missing a period – this is the usually the first and most obvious sign of pregnancy, although missing a period is not always due to pregnancy.

What to do next

Call us to make an appointment. Female doctors are always available.

FAQ

I want to take a pregnancy test. When will I get the most accurate result?

To get the most accurate result from your pregnancy test, it is best to wait until the first day of your missed period. The best way to know for sure is to get tested by a doctor.

What are the most common early signs of pregnancy?

Roughly 6-12 days after implantation of a fertilised egg, you may notice implantation bleeding – mild spotting or slight cramping. Discharge may increase, and your breasts may feel more tender than usual, or swollen.

Do all pregnant women experience morning sickness?

Not all women will experience morning sickness during their pregnancy. Nausea may also occur during the pregnancy throughout the day, not just in the morning. For those who do experience it, the majority will improve after the first trimester, but some women experience severe morning sickness which can last for the duration of the pregnancy.

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