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Early pregnancy


Wexham Park Hospital Early Pregnancy Unit: 0300 6154429

Frimley Park Hospital Early Pregnancy Unit: 0300 6136418


Early pregnancy is considered a pregnancy of under 16 weeks gestation, this can be an exciting and sometimes a worrying time.

It is important you take a pregnancy test to confirm you are pregnant. If you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, a missed period is often the first sign you could be pregnant. This may not be obvious for women who do not have regular menstrual bleeds.

Some women may experience symptoms of abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding and severe nausea and vomiting. It is important if you suffer from any of these symptoms to seek medical advice or attention. If you have registered your pregnancy, please contact your midwife or alternatively contact your GP or your local Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU). If symptoms are severe please contact 111 first. If life threatening please call 999. 

Some fewer worrying symptoms may also occur during early pregnancy such as:

  • Feeling or being sick, commonly known as “morning sickness”, this can in fact happen any time of day. If you are unable to keep food or fluids down please follow advice as above.
  • Breast soreness or tenderness, this happens due to hormone changes. You may notice your breasts becoming more sensitive or larger.
  • Feeling more tired than normal, also caused by hormone changes. You may feel emotional and easily upset.
  • You may experience constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fibre to help with this.
  • You may experience different vaginal discharge. If this is not sore or itchy, this is nothing to be concerned about.
  • You may experience strange cravings. Some women experience a strange taste in their mouth, may lose interest in certain foods, and may crave other foods. You may also be more sensitive to certain smells.

Some women may experience all, a few or none of these symptoms.