If you’re starting to wonder, ‘Am I pregnant?’, then the best way to be sure is by doing a pregnancy test at around the time that your period would normally be due.
But if you’ve got a niggling suspicion you might be pregnant – but no way of getting hold of a test for a while (or perhaps it’s still a bit early to do a test), try our fun ‘Am I Pregnant’ quiz. You can check some of those common early signs that make you wonder – Am I pregnant? – and see how you stack up!
If you do take the quiz, whatever the result, if you suspect you are pregnant, it’s important to find out for sure. Most pregnancy tests will give an accurate result a few days before your next period is due. They are available over-the-counter in most Australian pharmacies.
Take the quiz!
To do the quiz, note down your answers (A, B, C or D) on a piece of paper and tally up the answers based on the scoresheet at the end.
Q1 – When do you expect your next period?
A Two weeks or more
B In a few days
C It’s a few days late
D It is unusually late – a week or more
A If your period is not due for two weeks, you might be approaching your fertile period. Some women experience tiredness and bloating around the time of ovulation. Wait until your period is due, then take a pregnancy test if you still think you may be pregnant.
Q2 – How do your breasts feel?
B A little tender
C Really swollen
D Both B and C
A Most (but not all) women experience some breast tenderness in early pregnancy; however, not experiencing any breast change does not mean you are definitely not pregnant.
Q3 – Have you been feeling any fatigue?
A None at all
B Once or twice
C I’m tired by the end of most days
D I’m totally exhausted from dawn to dusk
A Most (but not all) women experience tiredness in early pregnancy; however, not experiencing any fatigue does not mean you are definitely not pregnant.
Q4 – Have you been feeling nauseous?
B Sometimes I feel a bit queasy
C I feel nauseous sometimes but it goes when I eat
D I can’t keep anything down and I’m sick all day
A Though the majority of pregnant women report some nausea in early pregnancy, quite a few don’t have any morning sickness at all. Lack of nausea does not rule out the possibility of pregnancy.
Q5 – Have you been moody lately?
B A little bit
C Yes, noticeably moody
D Yes – I’m a sobbing, giggling emotional see-saw
A Pregnancy hormones affect everyone differently. If you are not on an emotional rollercoaster – it doesn’t rule out pregnancy.
Q6 – Have you been urinating more frequently?
B A little bit more than usual
C Yes, I even get up once through the night to urinate
D All the time, I can’t seem to last more than a couple of hours
A Pregnancy hormones affect everyone differently. If you are not going to the loo any more often than usual, it’s no reason to rule out possible pregnancy.
Q7 – Have you had any unusual food cravings or a metallic taste in your mouth?
B I’ve had cravings for things I don’t regularly eat
C I’ve had an odd taste in my mouth – could be described as metallic
D Both of the above
A Both of these can be an early pregnancy sign but not all pregnant women experience these symptoms.
Q8 – Have you noticed any change in your cervical / vaginal mucus?
A I haven’t noticed any change
B My cervical mucus seems thin and stretchy
C My cervical mucus is thicker than usual
D It’s thicker and there also seems to be more of it
A Changes in cervical mucus can be an early pregnancy sign but it’s easy to miss any changes if you don’t usually check it – and no change doesn’t mean anything on its own.
Q9 – Have you experienced bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or perhaps more frequent nosebleeds?
A No, neither
B Yes, bleeding gums
C Yes, nosebleeds
D Yes, both B and C
A Pregnancy can increase the sensitivity of mucous membranes in some women, but just because you’re not experiencing bleeding gums or nasal membranes doesn’t mean you are definitely not pregnant.
Q10 – Have you had headaches more often than usual lately?
B I’ve had one or two
C I’m having them regularly
D I have headaches every day
A It’s not unusual to get headaches when you’re pregnant, especially in the first trimester. And if you’ve always been susceptible to them, pregnancy can make the problem worse.
Mostly A’s / 0-11
You have hardly any of the early pregnancy signs. Don’t forget that many of these symptoms take a while to develop – and some women don’t experience or notice any of these early signs during pregnancy at all. See what happens as your period approaches.
Mostly B’s / 12-23
There’s a few signs of early pregnancy appearing; but don’t forget there’s also lots of similarity between many of the signs for early pregnancy – and those of pre-menstrual tension. Wait and see what happens as your period approaches – or if you can’t wait, try a pregnancy test, though if you take it too early you’ll get a negative result even if you are pregnant.
Mostly C’s / 24-35
You are experiencing quite a few early pregnancy signs. PMT might explain some of them appearing; but it’s definitely worth doing a pregnancy test to check. The closer to the date of your period that you take the test, the more reliable it will be.
Mostly D’s / 36 +
You’ve got lots of signs of early pregnancy – but they could be PMT, some could even be psychosomatic, if you’re really keen to fall pregnant – our subconscious plays very clever tricks on our bodies sometimes! Wait until the time your period is due, then try a pregnancy test. If you’re feeling concerned about a late period, do go and see your doctor, because some women don’t return a positive pregnancy test until a little later in pregnancy due to low hCG levels.