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Signs of pregnancy

Common pregnancy symptoms include:

  • missed period - some pregnant women may have a small bleed in early pregnancy, lighter than a period
  • morning sickness - feeling sick or vomiting (this can happen at any time of the day)
  • heightened sense of smell - cooking or smoke smells may make you feel sick
  • food cravings
  • food aversions¬† - when you reject a food that you used to enjoy¬†
  • tender or swollen breasts - veins in your breasts may be more visible, and your nipples may turn a darker colour
  • extreme tiredness
  • peeing (urinating) more often
  • normal vaginal discharge may change - the colour, thickness or amount

What to expect in the first trimester

Pregnancy tests

Taking a test is the best way to know if you're pregnant.

You can buy a test in many pharmacies and supermarkets.

You could also get a test at your GP or local family planning clinic. You may have to pay a fee if you do do not have a medical card.

Free pregnancy testing is available from Sexual Health Centre, Cork -

Find out more about pregnancy tests

If you have an unplanned pregnancy

Free non-judgmental advice and support is available from MyOptions on Freephone 1800 828 010.

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2022
Next review due: 28 October 2025