Having a baby? Early pregnancy signs to look out for

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Dozing off at your desk? We look at some of the most common early pregnancy symptoms.

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Think you might be pregnant? Here are some early pregnancy signs to look out for before you take a test.

'I'm sleepy!'
The first few weeks of pregnancy can be draining. Even though your baby is smaller than a peanut your body is already working hard. Fatigue in early pregnancy is thought to be caused by changing hormones and a higher than normal body temperature.

'My breasts feel weird!'
Some women experience tenderness or tingly sensations in their breasts during early pregnancy. They might feel heavy and uncomfortable too. These changes are again down to the extra hormones flowing through your body.

'I've got an odd taste in my mouth.'
You might have a strange metallic taste in your mouth that you can't get rid of. This is common in early pregnancy. Many women also complain that seem to have too much saliva all of a sudden!

'Ouch! I've got cramps.'
You might have some cramps in your lower tummy similar to period pain. This is caused by the fertilised egg settling into the lining of your womb.

'I'm desperate for a wee!'
In early pregnancy you might feel the need to pop to the loo more often. This is because your womb is expanding and pressing on your bladder.

'Bleurgh! I feel sick.'
Some women feel a bit queasy whilst others are physically sick, morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy.

'I just feel different.'
Women's intuition shouldn't be sniffed at! You might not have any symptoms but just 'feel pregnant'.

You can buy pregnancy tests in pharmacies or take a trip to your local family planning clinic where they can give you a test for free. If your test is positive then you'll need to make an appointment to see your doctor who will refer you for your first antenatal appointment.

Begin taking folic acid and vitamin D straightaway and focus on adapting your diet and lifestyle to give your baby the best possible start.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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