When you’re wondering whether you might be pregnant, it can be hard to think about anything else. If you are trying for a baby or think you might have conceived, you’ll probably be on the watch for pregnancy signs. Small changes in the way you feel both physically and emotionally can be detected as early as a week after conception; and some women report ‘feeling pregnant’ long before their changing hormone levels are picked up on a test.
Who should take this quiz?
This is for you if:
- You think you might be pregnant but haven’t yet taken a test.
- You might be in the early weeks of pregnancy.
- You think you might be experiencing early pregnancy signs.
Will it give me a definitive answer?
Whilst this quiz will not be able to confirm for certain whether or not you’ve conceived, it will help you to assess your current symptoms and recommend the next step to take. It will also help you to understand the different symptoms of early pregnancy and why they occur.
When might I experience pregnancy symptoms?
Whilst perhaps the most noticeable sign of pregnancy is missing a period, there are many other symptoms that may be evident during the early weeks. “Most women will experience some form of pregnancy symptoms and for many these will show up at about 6 weeks of pregnancy (4 weeks after conception). However, some women report recognising symptoms as early as week 3 of pregnancy (just 1 week after conception),” according to midwife Liz Halliday from Private Midwives.
What if I’ve experienced bleeding?
Surprisingly, too, some women may be pregnant despite having what they believe to be a period. This could be due to implantation of the embryo, or a sign of low hormone levels.
“Implantation bleeding usually occurs earlier than a missed period would, as it’s when the embryo implants. However, for some women who have an irregular cycle, it may come later,” explains Halliday. “But it’s usually a much smaller amount and can be pinkish in colour rather than red.
“Also, some women have what’s known as a low HCG pregnancy where the hormone levels aren’t as high as usual; these women may continue to experience periods throughout their pregnancy – although this is very rare.”
It’s very important to be aware of the risk of ectopic pregnancy – a pregnancy which develops outside the womb – if there is any chance you might be pregnant. Symptoms include low tummy pain (usually on one side) and vaginal bleeding, and sometimes diarrhoea, feeling faint and shoulder-tip pain. It’s important always to seek medical help if there is any chance you may have an ectopic pregnancy.
What about contraception?
If you’re sexually active and are of childbearing age, pregnancy is always a possibility, even if you are using contraception. Whilst contraception makes it less likely you will conceive (many forms of contraception are up to 99% effective), if you miss a period or are experiencing other symptoms, it may be that pregnancy has occurred.
So how do you know if you’re pregnant?
Whilst the only way to find out for sure is to visit your GP, this quiz will let you know the likelihood of pregnancy based on your current symptoms.