Pregnancy Symptoms

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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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Hi all...

My last period start on the 26 Jan 2011 only last 5 days...i am always around 8+days Sad SO happy that it last for 5 days! Hubby and i had sex on the 31 Jan 2011 and think there were some "precum". My next period is due on the 23 Feb. 12 days before my period is due i have a pinkish/brown spotting, with bad pain! My breast is tender and just feel if i am pg! Do you think it can be inplantation bleeding of only a sign of a period? Wink If someone els have the same thing pleas get back to me!!! Thanks

i had sex with my boyfriend on jan 10th and my period started on jan 13 which was already a week late i took 3 tests within being a week late and negative, now it is the 13th of feb and no period yet? any advice? i have one more test but im scared to take it yet due to it being negative again

My last period was January 22 it was a week late. I had in protected sex the last week in January leading to ovulating and the whole week of ovulating. I been extra gasy and have a white discharge. What are the chances of pregnancy

my last period was jan 24 what ia ovulation period pls help because i got 4 days before period on dec 31,,

my last period is dec 23 2010 and january 20 i have light spoting brown colour bleeding and then continous bleeding onwards today that is 22 days whats the problem for me?

i have bleeding since 22 days continues but it is light spoting brouwn when i check the home preganany test it is iam preganent are not.whats the problem?

The ONLY way to be sure you are indeed pregnant is to buy a test or go and see your dr. for a test. There is NO WAY someone posting on a website is going to be able to tell you if you are pregnant or not. Please if you aren't aware of this, stop having unprotected sex to avoid bringing anymore people like you into the world.

I had my last period on the 12th January, 28day cycle, had sex with hubby on 21st 22nd Jan, My period is due to day but i done a clearblue digital test yesterday around 3pm but was negative. Sore, tingly breast and a white discharge as well, could i still be pregnant

i had my periods on 9 january ... took clomid from 2 day of my periods for 5 days ... i ovulated on 22 january .... i havent get my period yet .... having low abdominal cramps and need to go to toilet alot .... nothing else
Am i pregnant please help by replying me
thank you

Hi Last month which was january i was 5 days late on my period, when i did get it i only lasted 3 days one which was heavy and the other 2 i was spotting.My period is never late, or irregualr. After my bleeding stopped my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex the next day and he came inside of me. 2 days later he did the same thing. and days later after that he came again. We are trying to have a baby. Is there a possibilty that i might be pregnant.

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