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Dear Dr. Locker: What are the early symptoms or signs of pregnancy?

Answer from Dr. Locker

Usually the first sign that helps a woman notice that she is pregnant is when she stops having her period. Other signs of pregnancy may be: breast tenderness, feeling tired, nausea or vomiting, headaches, and frequent urination.

If you think you might be pregnancy, you can take a home pregnancy test which you can buy in any drug store. Yet, if you have any of these symptoms, or you have another reason for thinking that you might be pregnant (like you had unprotected sex), then you should see a doctor immediately so you can get a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, the doctor needs to check your health and the health of your unborn child. And if you are not pregnant, a doctor will want to figure out why you are having these symptoms, and talk with you about how to use birth control if you are having unprotected sex.

For more information, or if you do not have a doctor, call Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-PLAN (1-800-230-7526) to find out where they are located near you, and how you can get more help.

Also, for more information, you may want to read my response to this question: *Do home pregnancy tests work?

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