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Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy Symptoms 101 (by Trimester)

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Different women experience pregnancy in different ways. Pregnancy symptoms may vary in intensity and duration - and some women may not experience some common pregnancy symptoms at all.

Following implantation of the egg, however, the body undergoes many changes, and the levels of several hormones increase drastically. Pregnancy symptoms typically do not appear until 1-2 weeks after you miss your period - and fetal movement is not typically detected until 16 weeks post-conception. Earliest symptoms include:

    * Implantation bleeding 8-10 days after ovulation.
    * An elevated BBT temperatures for 18 days.
    * A missed menstrual period. Note that even before your missed period, you can test for pregnancy with high sensitivity early detection pregnancy tests that allow you to determine a positive result as early as 7-10 days past ovulation.

The First Trimester: Week 1 - Week 12

  • Lower abdominal cramps.
  • Food cravings.
  • Nausea or "Morning sickness" - 3-10 weeks after conception.
  • Tender, swollen breasts - 3-4 weeks after conception.
  • Your nipples and the area around the nipples get darker and wider.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Fatigue and tiredness - 3-10 weeks after conception.
  • You may have heartburn and constipation - along with headaches.
  • Mood swings.

Other Early Symptoms of Pregnancy in Detail

  • Cravings for Particular Foods

Desiring particular or unusual types of food is a well known pregnancy symptom. About 85 percent of women report at least one food craving during pregnancy.

  • Implantation Cramping and Spotting

Following ovulation by 8 days, women may experience cramping and slight spotting - caused by the recent implantation of the egg in the uterine lining.

  • Frequent Urination

Following implantation, frequent urination is a common symptom.

  • Fatigue, Headaches, and Heartburn - and Morning Sickness

For many women, early symptoms of pregnancy can be a bit perturbing. Fatigue is common, as are headaches and heartburn. And then there is morning sickness - the second most well know pregnancy symptoms after "food cravings". Increases in progesterone can also cause feelings of tiredness.

  • Basal Body Temperature

If you are charting your Basal Body Temperature, and your BBT remains high - and continues to remain high for 15 days or more without a period - this is a clear symptom of pregnancy.

  • hCG Testing

Home Pregnancy Tests are available online and at your drugstore. A positive result will confirm your suspicions! Some FDA approved tests (available online) are particularly sensitive, allowing you to determine pregnancy as early as 7-10 days past ovulation.

The Second Trimester: Week 13 - Week 26

Here is what you can expect to experience during your second trimester:

  • Weight gain - and, after 16 weeks, fetal movement!
  • Dryness of the skin on the stomach. Feelings of tightness.
  • Breasts become larger.
  • Continued heartburn and constipation.
  • Edema - or the swelling of your ankles, hands, feet, and face.
  • A dark line may appear between your belly and pubic regions.

See Also > Ovulation-Calculator's Top Ten Signs of Pregnancy

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My last period was 15th nov and I usually come on every month at tht time its been 6 weeks since I was on. I've been having cramps and twinges, feeling sick, moodiness. Headaches, really tired, not sleeping properly, little bit of a craving, lightheaded sometimes and changes in taste and smell. Me and my boyfriend have been having unprotected sex everyday nearly twice a day. I did a test last week a pound one and it came out negative. Sad Could I be pregnant? Please some advice soonish x

So me and my bf are tryin 2 hav a bby. weve had unprotected sex since December 30. I kno its wud b soon but ive been having abdominal cramps, i been usin the bathroom alot, tireed, and i jus cnt seem 2 get fool. Could i be pregnant?

To the woman who had her period on the 22nd of Dec, we are on the same cycle. I'm usually every 25-28 days and ttc. Its funny cause we had sex on the same days! My husband and I were busy those couple of days because of the holidays and being out of town with family, when we got home we couldn't keep our hands off of each other! We had unprotected sex dec. 31-january 3 about 2 times a day. On jan 1 I had serious cramping on my left side and lower back pain. I'm in disbelief most of the time because we have been trying for awhile now but out of all the months I've never felt "this way" before. The lower back pain and cramping have been off and on since that day but now I'm up at 3am feeling nauseous and having heartburn. I've been having "shooting pains" in my breast which was weird because I don't get the whole breast tenderness during PMS/menses on the regular. I was also extremely exhausted and went to bed super early which is why I could be awake now. Just keep me in your prayers because my husband and i want a baby more than anything in the world Smile

My circle is sometimes 25 and 28. My last period was on d 22 dec. 2010. according to d on line ovunation calculator I did, I shud ovulate on d 2nd jan 2011 and my fertile days are 30th - 4th jan 2010. i had an unprotected sex wit my husband on d new yr eve which is 31st 2010; on d 1 jan 2011 and on d 3rd jan 2011 and i also checked d on line calculator to know when i will ovulate if my circle will fall on 28 d result i found was i shud ovulate on d 5th, and my fertile days fall on 2nd jan 2010 to 7th jan 2010.
today 4th jan, around 11' o clock, I found a stretchy mucus in my viginal..cud it b that I just ovulate as regard d 28th day circle result I got? Or am I just ovulating..? or can i go ahead and ask him to make luv to me? I really need dis pregnancy dis month.
Pls advice me Soonest. Thanks

So I was pregnant back a few months ago. But on november 4th I started to have some bleeding.. I ha gone to my doctors appointments did everything I should I was what I thought 9 and half weeks along. So with the bleeding I thought I was miscarrying and went right to the emergency too
, here I had a tubal and I needed emergency surgery. So within 4 hours my baby was gone. They say wait 6 weeks before you try again. I had my period the 6 of December for 5 days.. Knowing the 17th was my six weeks I would ovulate. The last week I have been sick bit of a temp. I took a test the 27th negavtive 29th negative the 31 negative- took all these because of new year activities) took one again today it positive. I'm 4 weeks American calendar and 2 weeks ovulation... So this is just to say a few days can make a difference with a test.. And also the rule having sex every 12 hours a few days before ovulation worked.

You and I have the same cycle. The first day of my last period was 12/1/2010 and I ovulated on the 12 and had unprotected sex with my bf that day. I am now 7 days late and pregnant. I spotted a bit a few days b4 my expected period but obviously it was implanation bleeding. I currently have no symptoms accept moodiness and I kinda feel sick at night as opposed to the morning. You should take a test but I think u may be preggo. oh yea did I mention I took Plan b a day later after the incident and still became pregnant smh, so if anyone says "why didn't u get the morning after pill?" Tell them it wouldn't have worked anyway cuz even tho the box says it will prevent implanation, if u already ovulated and conceived the pill will not work. hope everything works out with u tho.....good luck.

Hey ladies anything is possiable it is always better to go to your doctor really even if uu do a home test and comes back negative and still no period there is still a chance you are pregnet. Me and my husband just startd trying again after a miscarriage 3 months ago and my son is begging me to try again lol silly little minds. But what im saying is i took a test 2 days before my expected period cause it is supposed to work but it came back mnegative and would u guess this i am so always go to the doctor!

The first day of my last period was on the 1st of December,which lasted only 5 days as it always does...By my calculation because i've been pregnant ovulation period is from the 12th-14th of i had sex on the 11th with a condom just to be on the safe side,but to my dismay the condom broke and it leaked every single drop of sperm out!!!!!!!!!The days following up i started getting more and more scared by each single day.
About after a week,i started feeling painful cramps at one side of ma abdomen,then on the 27th i saw a splash of thick blood on my panties...thinking it was my period i got so excited only to find out the next morning there was nothing on my pad....eventhough i don't feel the nausea and everything am scared out of my mind because i've been here before and i am not ready to go through this anymore!!!Could i be pregnant?????

i had unprotected sex, the probability that i would be pregnant was big. But about a week after, i got my period. It wasn't light at all. It lasted about a whole week. Could there still be a chance that i am pregnant?

Is it possible to be pregnant if you show half the symptoms? Could it be possible to kno until the second or third month?

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