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I think I’m pregnant

FiguringĀ out if you are pregnant is not always an easy thing to do. If you’re not planning a pregnancy you may be worried and scared. These feelings are normal.

Pregnancy testWhen you are pregnant the following things may happen:

  • you miss a period
  • you are tired and don’t have much energy
  • you may vomit
  • you may have food cravings
  • you need to urinate more than usual
  • you have tender or swollen breasts

It is important to remember that having one or more of these signs does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.

There may be other reasons why you are experiencing these things.

If you think you have one or more of these signs it may be helpful to go and see your local doctor, or youth health worker.

What can you do?

Taking the step to test if you are pregnant may be difficult. However, knowing the answer may allow you to move forward in deciding what to do next.

Having support from a friend or someone you trust may be helpful while you are working out if you are pregnant.

Home pregnancy test

Home pregnancy tests are available from most chemists. These tests are not 100% accurate, so it is a good idea to go and see your local doctor if you are still unsure.

A positive result is more likely to be correct than a negative one.

Seeing your GP or family planning centre/clinic

Your local doctor or a family planning centre/clinic will be able to let you know if you’re pregnant. They also are able to talk to you about the best ways to look after yourself during the pregnancy.

If you are unsure about what to do if you’re pregnant they may also be helpful people to talk to about your options.

Contact the Irish Family Planning Association. You can Freetext LIST to 50444 for a list of pregnancy options.

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This article was last reviewed on 23 April 2017

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