​​By Dr Tan Shu Qi, Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Missed Period

pregnant woman looking at a pregnancy kit and smiling with husband

Missing a period if you've always been regular is usually a good indication that you might be pregnant. So if you're sexually active and have just missed a period, it's time to buy a pregnancy test!

Related: What Happens In The First Trimester?

Light Bleeding

pregnant woman experiencing light bleeding

Some women may experience spotting, or light bleeding, during week 5 when the embryo implants itself into the lining of the womb. Do see your doctor if you're worried.

Related: When To Sound The Alarm On Your Pregnancy


pregnant woman feeling nauseous

This is probably the most common indication that you're pregnant, and it usually peaks at 8–10 weeks. It's not harmful for your developing baby, although you might lose some weight. If you're dealing with severe symptoms, see a doctor. He may prescribe you with anti-vomiting medications.

Related: A To Z Of Pregnancy Health


fatigue in pregnant woman

Feeling tired is an early symptom of pregnancy as your body is working harder to prepare itself for the next few months. If you're a first-time mum, this fatigue is totally different from any tiredness you've felt before. But don't worry, it is also a way of adjusting to the emotional and physical demands of pregnancy. The good news is, this will improve as the pregnancy progresses.

Related: Is My Baby Developing Normally?

Headaches and Backaches

headaches and backaches

It's common to feel a dull backache throughout your entire pregnancy, which can increase in intensity as your baby grows. You may also get headaches due to the increase in hormone production. It's OK to take an over-the-counter paracetamol to ease your pain. If it gets severe, bed rest may help. If your backache worsens or you start feeling a shooting pain down the back of your legs, see your doctor.

Related: Pregnancy Complications

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Read these next:


The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific

Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore