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

My last period is 12-Jan-2011. We had a 3 times intercourse after 15th jan 2011. From 20th jan i was in fever. As doctor advice i have taken the tablet. Docter prescribe the Calpal table and other two tables also. Kindly let us know whether it would be any problem for me to conceive this month.
Also please let me know the duration and cycle after period for intercourse.

MY LAST PERIOD WAS DEC 31 2010. AND NOW ITS JAN 30 2011 AND MY PERIOD HAVENOT CAME ON. COULD I BE PREGNANT WITH NO SICKNESS?

you can get pregnant on birth control and refraining from sex is the only sure fire way not to conceive. Im 4 weeks pregnanat but my fiancee and I were trying to conceive. Babys are a beautiful blessing but unprotected sex should not be taken lightly.

yes, you can definelty get pregnant from pre- cum, I have a 6-yr old daughter now and thats how she was concieved... a beautiful unexpected gift I might add, but it is definetly possible-- my bf pulled out, but obviously not before some of it got in there... and tats how I got pregnant.
But it was a blessing in desquise, she is my world!

dont sex doggy style or standing... always misionary if u wana get pregnant...

Dr. Raheel..

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.

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