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Could you be pregnant?
Some women are so attuned to their body's rhythms that they suspect they're pregnant very quickly; other women have no early symptoms at all, and don't have an inkling for weeks.
Some of the first signs of pregnancy are easy to confuse with PMT or an impending period, and if you're desperate to get pregnant this can raise your hopes (sometimes cruelly). If you're not, you can end up ignoring the signs until they're pretty unmistakable.
For many, missing a period is the biggest clue that they could be pregnant. But there are causes other than pregnancy for your period not arriving on time - stress, being underweight, taking certain medicines (eg the Pill), and breastfeeding are some common culprits.
Sometimes, women who are pregnant still have a very light period. But if your period is definitely late or much lighter than usual and you've had sex since your last period, you need to do a pregnancy test.
Implantation cramps and bleeding
Some pregnant women have an odd sort of poking feeling in their abdomen, or slight bleeding (which may be mistaken for a period). In fact, this is implantation cramping and bleeding, caused by the egg burrowing into the womb lining.
Pee on a stick
So you think you're pregnant - and the first thing you do is buy up the local chemist's stock of pregnancy tests. It's quite normal to want more tangible confirmation than a couple of blue lines that this life-changing thing is actually happening to you, but after a pile of 'positive' sticks you can be fairly sure you are indeed up the duff. Congratulations!
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