To find out if you're pregnant, you can do a pregnancy test from the first day you miss your period.
If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last five days and you don’t want to be pregnant, you may be able to use emergency contraception.
If you have a regular monthly cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period.
Sometimes women who are pregnant have some very light bleeding at the time when their period would be due.
Other early signs of pregnancy include:
See a healthcare professional as soon as you think you're pregnant, whether you've done a pregnancy test or not.
Starting antenatal care
If you want to continue with the pregnancy, it's a good idea to start your antenatal care as soon as possible. Get in touch with a doctor or a local maternity service to start your antenatal care.
Getting advice and support if you're not sure you want to be pregnant
If you're not sure you want to be pregnant, you can discuss this with a healthcare professional. You can get accurate, confidential information (including if you're under 16 years old) from a doctor or nurse at your doctor’s surgery
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.