Chapter 2

Suspecting and confirming pregnancy

Think you might be pregnant or simply want to know what signs to look out for? This chapter covers all the bases

Chapter contents include:

What’s happening:

  • Fertilisation
  • Implantation
  • Hormonal changes

Finding out if you’re pregnant:

  • Earliest symptoms and signs
  • Pregnancy tests

Normal pregnancy:

  • How long does pregnancy really last?
  • What is antenatal care?
  • Education for pregnancy and parenting (antenatal education)

Unplanned pregnancy – your options:

  • Going ahead with an unplanned pregnancy
  • Termination of pregnancy (abortion)
  • Adoption

A Pacific health professional’s perspective