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What to Do if You are Pregnant

Suddenly finding out that you’re pregnant can feel like a really big deal. But before you panic, it’s best to find out if you are definitely pregnant.

How to tell if you are pregnant

There are a couple of ways to determine if you are pregnant. You could use a home pregnancy test which you can buy from a chemist or supermarket, but if the instructions aren’t followed correctly, the results won’t be accurate.

If you want to be 100% certain that you are pregnant, it’s best to visit a doctor. Your doctor will conduct a blood or urine test that can accurately determine whether you are pregnant or not.

If you are unsure about going to your family doctor or you don’t have one, read ‘Going to the doctor on your own’. It has tips on finding a doctor, payment options and your rights. You can also visit your local family planning clinic.

Some of the signs of early pregnancy can include:
  • Missed period
  • Nausea and vomiting (often called ‘morning’ sickness, but it can occur at any time)
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement
  • Fatigue
  • Passing urine more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • Cravings for some foods, distaste for foods you usually like, and a sour or metallic taste that persists even when you’re not eating (dysgeusia).
Definitely pregnant? If you are pregnant, you have options. You could:

Becoming a parent

Have an abortion

Remember – Whatever choice you make, it’s up to you.

Getting help


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