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All about pregnancy

There are a number of common physical signs of pregnancy.  There are many myths about getting pregnant; however contraception/ārai hapū is the only reliable method of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. Pregnancy tests are reliable and widely available. 

What are the signs of pregnancy?

Signs of pregnancy usually appear two to three weeks after conception. They vary from woman to woman but may include:

  • missing a period
  • a short, lighter period
  • feeling tired
  • nausea or vomiting (known as morning sickness, but not always in the morning)
  • feeling bloated or period-like cramps
  • appetite changes
  • mood changes.

What are the real facts about getting pregnant?

If you aren’t ready to get pregnant you should use the contraception method best for you. There are many myths about getting pregnant.

The truth is:

  • you can get pregnant the first time you have sex
  • you can get pregnant if you have sex while you have your period
  • you can get pregnant even if you have sex standing up
  • washing or squirting things into the vagina (sometimes called douching) will not stop you getting pregnant
  • you can get pregnant if you have sex in the water
  • you can get pregnant if the man pulls out before he cums (ejaculates).

What do I do if I think I am pregnant?

It is important to have a test to confirm the pregnancy and discuss your options with someone as soon as possible.

If you've had unprotected sex in the last three to five days you still have time to use emergency contraception.

Are pregnancy tests reliable?

Yes they can be very reliable if you follow the instructions carefully.

Pregnancy tests don’t very often show a negative result when you may be pregnant. But if you do the test before your period is due it may give you a false result. Your results will show two to three weeks after the time the egg was fertilised.

You can get a reliable pregnancy test, advice and referral for pregnancy care at any of our clinics. You can also get a pregnancy test from your doctor, sexual health clinics, pharmacies or supermarkets.

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