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Most common signs of pregnancy and when to do a pregnancy test

If you’re trying to conceive, the chances are you’ll be tuned into your body’s every hormonal imbalance and change. Knowing what the signs of pregnancy are will give you some clue as to whether or not you’re pregnant before you’ve even popped down to your local chemist for a pregnancy test.

Common symptoms
Pregnancy symptoms are fairly diverse but a number of expectant mothers suffer from the same conditions. These include feelings of sickness and nausea, tender and enlarged breasts, a metallic taste and going off certain foods, extreme fatigue, stomach cramps and ‘spotting’, urinating more frequently and, of course, a missed period.

Sickness and nausea
Morning sickness typically starts around four to six weeks into the pregnancy. While some women are lucky to escape nausea, it is one of the most common signs of pregnancy and, despite its name, can occur at any time of the day and night.

Tender and enlarged breasts
At the time when your period is due, you may start to notice that your breasts are tender and swollen. Tender breasts are common in the first trimester but tend to ease as pregnancy progresses.

Metallic taste
Some women report that they have a metallic taste in their mouth and go off certain foods they usually like, such as coffee, tea and greasy food.

Chronic tiredness affects many women in the first trimester as your body cranks up to support your baby in the initial stages. Fatigue often comes back in the third trimester when the weight of the baby tires you out.

Stomach cramps and ‘spotting’
Light bleeding, known as ‘spotting’, in early pregnancy is common and is associated with the egg implanting itself on the wall of the uterus. This can often be accompanied by stomach cramps and typically occurs when your period is due.

Urinating more frequently
Going to the toilet more often than usual typically begins around the sixth week of pregnancy and is due to a combination of your kidneys working harder than usual, the release of pregnancy hormones and an increased volume of blood.

Missed period
While none of the above signs are by any means conclusive and can be brought on monthly, a more decisive sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If your period is late, it’s advisable to investigate why with a home pregnancy test.

When to take a pregnancy test
From the first day of a missed period, a pregnancy test will provide you with a reliable ‘yes or no’ answer over whether you are pregnant. When used on the first day of your missed period, the Clearblue home pregnancy detection tests are 99% accurate. Those who are too eager to wait that long can potentially find out the result a little earlier. Clearblue early pregnancy tests are sensitive enough to detect a pregnancy up to four days before a period is due – making it a great option for those actively trying to conceive.

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