If you think you might be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the best way to find out. You can also go to your doctor or nurse to find out if you are pregnant.

Early signs of pregnancy

There are a number of common signs that you might be pregnant. Signs that you might be pregnant include:

  • missing your period or lighter bleeding than normal
  • tiredness, dizziness, fainting, headaches or loss of interest in sex
  • morning sickness (some women experience this at any time of day) – sometimes increased saliva
  • breast changes – soreness, tingling, swelling or ‘fullness’
  • needing to go to the toilet (wee/mimi) more often than usual.

Your maternity care

The midwife or specialist doctor you choose to care for you is responsible for your care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, and for your and your baby’s care until baby is 6 weeks old. They (or their backup) will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will provide you with care and information about the choices you can make.

When you find out you are pregnant you should choose a lead maternity carer as early as possible. Visit or talk to your doctor or nurse about finding a midwife in your area.

Your choices

For some women pregnancy can be a difficult time. You may need someone to talk to or you may want some specific support. A midwife or your doctor will be able to talk to you about any issues you face.

Visit Abortion Services in New Zealand, ring 0800 ABORTION (0800 226 784) or talk to your doctor or nurse if you want to know more about termination (abortion).