To be sure, get tested!

Changes happen in a woman's body when she is pregnant. But the only way to be completely sure is to take a pregnancy test. These can either be bought from a pharmacy or carried out for free at a sexual health clininc or pregnancy clinic. Click here to find out more about getting a pregnancy test.

Common signs of pregnancy:

Missed period - The sign that most people know about that a woman is pregnant is when she misses a period. Most women have monthly periods, but when a woman becomes pregnant these stop or become very light with only a small amount of blood.

Sickness - Around half of women during pregnancy feel nauseous and/or experience vomiting. This is known as morning sickness but it can happen at any time.

Tender breasts - breasts often become tender and may get larger. Their appearance may also change with nipples becoming darker.

Feeling tired - feeling unusually tired can be a sign of pregnancy. Hormonal changes are responsible for causing tiredness, nausea and breast tenderness - particularly in the first three months.

For a more detailed list of the physical signs of pregnancy, click here.

Related pages:

Getting an abortion

Advice for under 16s

Continuing a pregnancy

Adoption

Contraception