Am I pregnant?

To find out if you’re pregnant, you can do a pregnancy test from the first day you miss your period. For more information, see Where can I get a pregnancy test?

If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last five days and you don’t want to be pregnant, you may be able to use emergency contraception. For more information, see Where can I get emergency contraception?

Missed period

If you have a regular monthly cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period.

Sometimes women who are pregnant have some very light bleeding at the time when their period would be due.

Other signs of pregnancy

Other early signs of pregnancy include:

  • feeling sick or being sick. This is commonly known as morning sickness, but it can happen at any time of day. If you feel nauseous or can’t keep anything down, contact your GP
  • changes in your breasts. They may become larger and feel tender, like they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may show up more and the nipples may darken and stand out
  • needing to pass urine more often. You may find you have to get up in the night
  • being constipated
  • increased vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation
  • feeling tired
  • having a strange taste in your mouth. Many women describe it as metallic
  • "going off" some things, such as tea, coffee, tobacco smoke or fatty food

Seeing a healthcare professional

See a healthcare professional as soon as you think you're pregnant, whether you've done a pregnancy test or not.

You can see a doctor or nurse at your GP surgery or a contraception clinic. If you want to continue with your pregnancy, they can confirm whether you’re pregnant and organise your antenatal care.

You can use the pregnancy due date calculator to work out when your baby is due.

If you’re not sure about continuing with the pregnancy, you can discuss this with a healthcare professional confidentially. Your options are:

  • to continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby 
  • to have an abortion
  • to continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted 

Getting advice and support

Deciding what to do when you're pregnant can be a difficult decision. While the decision is entirely up to you, talking to other people can give you more information about your options and help you to make up your mind.

As well as a GP or a nurse at your GP surgery, you can also get accurate, confidential information (even if you’re under 16) from:

  • the Family Planning Association (FPA) website
  • the Ask Brook website (Brook is a sexual health charity for young people)
  • a contraception clinic
  • a sexual health clinic – also called a genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic

You may also want to discuss the pregnancy with your partner, family or friends.

For more information, see Family Planning Association: pregnant and don't know what to do? A guide to your options.

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Further information:

Sex during pregnancy

An expert discusses the myths surrounding sex during pregnancy and reveals what's true and what's not.

Media last reviewed: 30/04/2013

Next review due: 30/04/2015

Page last reviewed: 25/07/2012

Next review due: 25/07/2014