If your period is late and you’re wondering if you are pregnant, the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test and find out. If you think you are pregnant you may also be asking yourself if this is a good thing for you at this time in your life. Centre for Sexuality offers information and support to folks who want to know more about their options (adoption, parenting and abortion) before making a decision about their pregnancy.

If you think that you may be pregnant, here are some of the signs of pregnancy that you may experience. Remember these symptoms may vary: some people may experience some, all, or none of them. If you think you might be pregnant, it’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test.

This information is intended as general information only. It is not intended to be or is to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

A missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, but some people continue to have light periods even when they are pregnant. If your period is late or if you have only light spotting at the time your period is due, continue using birth control, and take a pregnancy test.

Some pregnant people feel nauseated in the morning, but so-called “morning sickness” can happen at any time of the day. Some have no nausea at all.

As the size of the uterus grows it puts pressure on the bladder, which makes you pee more often.

You may feel more tired than usual.

Your breasts get bigger and feel sore or tender. You may feel a “tingling” sensation or a feeling of tightness in the breasts. Nipples may become very sensitive. You may begin to notice this as soon as two weeks after conception.

Breasts may grow larger with pregnancy and there is often a darkening and enlargement of the areolae (the darker area around the nipple).

Colostrum, a sticky, yellowish, watery fluid formed by the breasts before actual milk is produced, may begin to appear as early as the 11th week of pregnancy.

If you think you might be pregnant, it is a good idea to have a pregnancy test, whether or not you wish to continue the pregnancy.