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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Comments

yeh girls... u r all pregnants... goodluck
Dr. Raheel..

my last period was dec 22nd- dec 28th, im not on any sort of birth control, my boyfriend and i had sex, we used a condom but it broke and he came inside of me...i barrowed plan b from one of my friends i took like an hour after, 2 days after i started spotting brownish pink color, im so confused and i dont know what to do im so young Sad, do you think i could be pregnant??

my last period was dec 22nd- dec 28th, im not on any sort of birth control, my boyfriend and i had sex, we used a condom but it broke and he came inside of me...i barrowed plan b from one of my friends i took like an hour after, 2 days after i started spotting brownish pink color, im so confused and i dont know what to do im so young Sad, do you think i could be pregnant??

My period came on 1/3 me and my bc had sex on 1/10,1/11,1/13,1/15 and 1/18.....could I be pregnant??? Af is due 1/29..I feel like I am coming on so I put a pad on

I was fooling with my bf a week ago.and My mens have not come.I'm pretty worried on whether m I pregnant.we did oral thing,and he fingered me.I am feeling hot now.

my period was suppose to come on the 13 january i was having pms signs but it never came however i had unprotected sex on the 15 my boyfriend did pull out but he said some got inside me or could i be pregnant from precum if it didnt get inside me cause my period still havnt come

i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend twice over 2 weeks because we never get to see each other. Ive been with him for years and we havent used a condom once he always pulled out and cums on my boobs or lets me swallow it but ive missed my period by a week my nipples are sore and im constantly tired, can precum get you preggers?

Aloha. I am on my period but i strongly feel that i am pregnant. My period lasted about 3 days, it was a normal flow. I have heartburn, cramps, my boobs are starting to hurt, im tired, and im sick. My period started on jan 13....my last period started Dec.11, ever since i ended my Dec period, i been having sex everyday ( up to 3 times a day ) there wasnt a time my fiance pulled out, he shot in me everyday...please let me know what you all think!

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My last MENSTRUAL period was on Dec.18, 2010.. My husband and I had a sex last January 7, 2011..I've been having headaches, easily get tired , brest tenderness, mood swings, craving for a particular food.. Could I be pregnant?

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