In summary, You can generally test as early as the first day of your
missed period (15 days after conception) if you are pregnant. The
onset, severity and duration of morning sickness is highly variable,
but improves in most people after their first trimester. While trying
to get pregnant, be sure to take a vitamin supplement that contains
folic acid, eat right, and avoid drugs and alcohol. More details on
all four of your questions are below. All the links to products below
ship internationally, so they should be available to you in New
Most pregnancy tests (including those used for initial pregnancy
diagnosis in medical labs) test for Human Chorionic Gondaotropin (hCG)
concentration in your urine.
According to the Meditests website,
"Human chorionic gonadotropin is a glycopeptide hormone produced by
the placenta during pregnancy. The appearance and rapid rise in the
concentration of hCG in the womans urine makes it a good pregnancy
marker. Usually, concentration of hCG in urine is at least 25 mIU/ml
as early as seven to ten days after conception. The concentration
increases steadily and reaches its maximum between the eighth and
eleventh weeks of pregnancy."
Most pregnancy tests are accurate enough to detect about 80 mIU/ml,
although some tests, such as the one linked to above claim to detect
with as little as 25 mIU/ml.
I have used meditests to order pregnancy test strips and have been
very pleased with their service. They ship internationally.
For more info on hCG see also:
Infertility Information Support
Morning sickness set in at about 6 weeks for me in my first pregnancy,
at three weeks in my second.
If you do have problems with morning sickness, an excellent reference
is "No More Morning Sickness" by Mariam Erick MSRD. You can purchase
this book at amazon.com via the following link:
The author has also recently published a second book, which I have not
read, but is supposed to be quite entertaining, "Take Two Crackers and
Call Me in the Morning! A Real-Life Guide for Surviving Morning
Sickness". The link to that book at amazon is:
While trying to get pregnant, there are many things you can try and
do to increase your odds of conception, and to keep yourself healthy.
An excellent source of detailed info is preconception.com
They can help you with your fertility cycles, conception tips, and
things to avoid while trying to conceive.
There are many things you can do to improve your chances of having a
healthy baby before you conceive. Most importantly is a visit to your
obgyn. For a complete preconception checklist, visit Babyzone.com
As to what you might need while pregnant and for the first few months
after the baby is born, the answer to that question could (and does!)
fill several books and is beyond the scope of a Google Answer. By far
the most widely recommended resource is the excellent book "What to
Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi E. Murkoff, et al. You can
again get this at amazon.com, here is a link:
Another great online pregnancy resource is BabyCenter.com
they can provide you with week by week updates on what to expect at
each stage of pregnancy as well as what to expect each month after the
baby is born.
I hope this answers some of your many questions and raises a few more.
Best of luck with your quest to start a family!