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The Usual Pregnancy Symptoms

If you want to know what the first signs of pregnancy are and if you have any of the usual pregnancy symptoms, then take a look below.

For the vast majority of women, the first sign of pregnancy is when your periods stop. This can be caused by many things but if your breasts feel swollen or tender and you also feel nauseous - especially in the morning - it is possible that you are pregnant.

How can I confirm that I'm pregnant?

The usual way to test for pregnancy is with a home pregnancy test. You can buy one over the counter at most chemists. You can also visit your GP or a Family Planning Clinic who will be able to do a pregnancy test for you free of charge.

How soon can I do a pregnancy test

You can do a pregnancy test just a few days after your missed period. Some of the newer tests work earlier than this but it is generally accepted that it is better to wait until you have missed a period.

How can I work out when the baby will be born?

Conception takes place around ovulation - that is when an egg is released from your ovary. Ovulation takes place midway through the menstrual cycle, around the 14th day, if you have a 28 day cycle and the first day of your period is taken as day one.

The beginning of a pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period. A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks in total, so it is easy enough to work out the baby's due date.

For an easy way to work it out, follow these rules: if, for example, the first day of your last period was April 1st, add one week - April 8th. Then add nine months to find the date of the birth. So the due date would be January 8th the following year.

Work out your Due Date with our Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy and The Pill

If you become pregnant soon after coming off The Pill, you may have irregular ovulation, irregular periods or even no periods at all. When this is the case it is difficult to reliably work out the baby's due date. An ultrasound scan will however establish the correct due date. An ultrasound scan performed in the first trimester of your pregnancy gives the most accurate estimate of when the baby is due by working out the size of the foetus. Every maternity hospital provides this as a routine service to pregnant women.

October 2010
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