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Head to gurgle to find out how to spot the classic pregnancy signs and learn all about pregnancy symptoms - both the well-known and a few embarrassing ones too!

Head to gurgle to find out how to spot the classic pregnancy signs and learn all about pregnancy symptoms - both the well-known and a few embarrassing ones too! Also at gurgle you can use a pregnancy weight gain calculator or share special pregnancy pictures in gurgle's Baby Bumps gallery.

Am I pregnant?

So, what are the tell-tale signs? While many women claim to 'just know', there are some more concrete ways to confirm a pregnancy. If you experience any of the following - you might be pregnant:

  • Missed period - this is one of the biggest hints, but if your periods are irregular then you can't rely on this alone to confirm a pregnancy
  • Sore or tender breasts and sensitive nipples
  • Needing the loo more often
  • Tiredness and a desire to sleep all the time!
  • A slight metallic taste in the mouth
  • Food cravings!
  • A heightened sense of smell
  • Nausea or morning sickness - (or afternoon or evening sickness! Be aware that this doesn't just occur in the morning!)

Home Pregnancy Testing

The best way to confirm a pregnancy is by taking a home pregnancy test, but don't be ashamed to admit if you don't know how they work. That's where gurgle is here to help.

Home Pregnancy Tests, which are approximately 97% accurate, work by detecting the pregnancy hormone HCG in your urine. Urine tests use monoclonal antibodies - manmade molecules used in laboratory tests to test for HCG, so if the pregnancy hormone is present in your body it reacts with the monoclonal antibodies causing a colour change or a line to appear.

Here are gurgle's top tips on how to use a pregnancy test:

  • Read the instructions carefully before taking the test. Remember that some tests will use lines, others crosses and some will simply say 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant.'
  • For best results test in the morning as the HCG levels in the urine are more concentrated
  • Be patient! It takes a certain amount of time for the test to work, so don't check too soon or the result may not be accurate
  • Most tests will ask you to hold the test stick in your flow of urine for five seconds, so make sure to follow this advice
  • If a faint line appears, you may be pregnant but the HCG levels in your blood aren't very strong yet. Test again in four days.

Embarrassing pregnancy symptoms answered:

You may well have heard of some of the more common pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, fatigue and sore breasts. But some people also find that they experience somewhat more embarrassing pregnancy symptoms. Do not fear, however! If you do suffer from any of the following less fortunate side-effects of pregnancy, gurgle has some top tips to help you out:

  • Excess flatulence - try yoga to gently work the bowel and eat several small meals throughout the day
  • Increased vaginal discharge - wear loose-fitting cotton underwear.
  • Leaking colostrum (the first fluid a woman's breasts produce) - put some nursing pads in your bra
  • Extra body hair - be reassured by the fact this is likely to resolve itself after you've had your baby. On the plus side, the hair on your head will probably be thicker too.
  • Piles - there is over-the counter treatment that can help with this (make sure your pharmacist knows that you are pregnant). Ice packs or sitting in a warm bath may also help ease your discomfort.
  • Llittle 'accidents'; this is perfectly normal in pregnancy and happens because your uterus is enlarging, thus increasing pressure on your bladder. Practising some pelvic floor exercises will help.

So to find out how to spot the tell-tale signs of pregnancy, or to learn more about which symptoms you might experience and how to alleviate them - head to


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