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‘Hmmm, no period’, you think. ‘Could I be pregnant?’

Now could be a good time to do a home pregnancy test if you’ve missed a period and you’ve been sexually active. Pregnancy tests measure the amount of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

Different kits show results in different ways, so read and follow the instructions carefully.

If you think you’re pregnant or you have a positive pregnancy test, you need to make an appointment with your GP to start your pregnancy care.

A positive pregnancy test

For many women, pregnancy is something to celebrate. For some women, it might come as a complete surprise or shock. Even if you’ve been planning to have a baby, finding out that you’re pregnant can bring some mixed emotions or uncertainty about what lies ahead.

Your pregnancy experience can be affected by other things going on in your life, such as:

  • whether your pregnancy was planned
  • whether you have a partner
  • how much help you expect to have with raising your child
  • how long it took you to get pregnant
  • whether you’ve had any pregnancy losses such as miscarriage or stillbirth in the past
  • whether you’ve had medical assistance, such as IVF
  • whether you’re in a stable relationship
  • whether you’ve felt pressure from your partner or family to get pregnant.

This week, you might be:

  • more tired than usual
  • wanting to go to the toilet more often – especially at night
  • nauseous, or even vomiting
  • feeling some tenderness in your breasts.

Every woman is different when it comes to morning sickness. Some women don’t get it at all, and some get it all day. A few (about 1%) get it so severely they can’t keep any food or fluids down. This is called hyperemesis gravidarum.

If you’re having very severe symptoms, see your GP.

Your baby

From now, your baby is called an embryo. Inside the amniotic sac, from head to tail, it’s about 2.5 mm long at the end of this week. Its brain, heart and spinal column have started to form.

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