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8 signs you could be pregnant

Am I pregnant? What signs should I look out for?

There’s a reason you’re suspecting you could be pregnant. The reason could be at least one of the following:

  • You’ve had sex without using any form of contraception?
  • Your condom break during sex?
  • You are on the pill and you’ve taken antibiotics
  • You are on the pill, and you’ve vomited or had diarrhoea within four hours of taking it?

If you’ve had sex and the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, there’s a chance you could be pregnant.

Related: What’s normal pregnancy discharge?

Signs you could be pregnant

  • Missed period
  • Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
  • Slight bleeding
  • Swollen breasts or nipples
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings
  • Frequent urination

If you suspect you’re pregnant, you can buy a pregnancy test from the chemist or drug store. If you get two clear lines, it means you’re pregnant, if you get one line, it means you are not pregnant.

Sometimes, the results can be confusing. One line could be clear while the other is faint. These misleading lines could be urine evaporating from the pregnancy test stick. In many cases, women test more than once and unfortunately the outcomes are sometimes different.  In other cases, if the text is expired or not used correctly, the outcomes are likely to be less accurate.

 If in doubt, visit a Marie Stopes Clinic near you to get a pregnancy test.

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    1. Hello Ebby, thank you for…

      Hello Ebby, thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it.

      1. My girlfriend tested…
        My girlfriend tested positive two days back. she had been feeling so uncomfortable with some stomach pain as a result. She told me she made a mistake by swallowing two contraceptives to avoid getting pregnant. How do I help her out coz she still feels pain, though it’s now only 10 days past.

        1. Hi Andrew, 

          So sorry to…

          Hi Andrew, 

          So sorry to hear that. Kindly let her see a doctor immediately. The doctor should establish the exact cause of the pain and recommend treatment. 

  1. After 4days of my period I hard unprotected sex just need a baby could it possible.

    1. Hi Jay,
      Yes, that’s possible depending on the length of your monthly cycle. If you have a 21-day cycle, you are most fertile on day 7 after your period starts. is this is the case and since you had sex on day 4, there is a chance you can get pregnant as sperm can survive in the woman’s system for up to five days. If you have a 28 or 34 days cycle, the chances of you getting pregnant are much lower since the time when you are most fertile are 14 and 21 respectively and this means that sperm is very unlikely to survive for that long. Note that the best way to find out if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

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