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Signs of pregnancy

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If you have had unprotected sex, your period is late and you think you could be pregnant, what can you do?

The first thing to do is have a pregnancy test. The tests are very reliable and show results two to three weeks after having sex. If you do the test before this time it may give you a false result.



You can get a free pregnancy test from:

FPA Centres (free if you are under 22 years of age)

Your doctor

Sexual Health Clinics

Pregnancy testing kits are also available from chemist shops. These can be very reliable, but only if you follow the instructions carefully.



Signs of pregnancy usually appear two to three weeks after conception (when you had sexual intercourse) They vary from woman to woman but may include:

Missing a period

A shorter, lighter period

Feeling tired

Nausea or vomiting (known as morning sickness, but not always in the morning)

Feeling bloated or period-like cramps

Appetite changes

Mood changes

Many people have no signs in early pregnancy


If your pregnancy is not planned then it is important that you discuss your options with someone as soon as possible.