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Early signs of pregnancy

For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Sometimes women who are pregnant have a very light period, losing only a little blood. Some of the other early pregnancy signs and symptoms are listed below. Every woman is different and not all women will notice all of these symptoms.

Feeling sick and vomiting

  • You may feel sick and nauseous, and/or vomit. This is commonly known as morning sickness, but can happen at any time of the day or night. Around half of all pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, and around three in 10 women experience nausea without vomiting.
  • Find out more about coping with nausea and morning sickness in pregnancy. If you're being sick all the time and can't keep anything down, please contact your GP.

Feeling very tired

  • It is common to feel tired, or even exhausted during pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks or so. Hormonal changes taking place in your body at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous, emotional and upset.

Changes in your breasts

  • Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may be more visible, and the nipples may darken and stand out.

Passing urine more often

  • You may feel the need to pass urine more often than usual, including during the night.

Other signs of pregnancy that you might notice include:

  •  constipation
  •  an increased vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation
  •  a strange taste in your mouth, which many women describe as metallic
  •  craving new foods
  •  losing interest in certain foods or drinks that you previously enjoyed, such as tea, coffee or fatty food
  •  losing interest in tobacco
  •  having a more sensitive sense of smell than usual, for example to the smell of food.


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