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, I am 43yrs old, mother of a 9 yr old daughter, I normally have my cycles between the 12th and the 15th of every month. N October my cycle ddid not come however it did start November 1st. November 5th my cycle ended and I had unpretected sex with my mate from Nov 5th untilNov 10th, sometimes twice or more a day. Was this a danger zone 4 me and could I conceive days aft my cycle??

I'm 9days late on my period and I had unprotected sex with my bf a day after I stopped my period which was on October 14 and I had spotting a week later but didn't think anything of it! Then had unprotected sex again on October 24 and he pulled out! But now I'm 9days late on my period and I took 2 home pregnancy test and both negative! What r the chances that I am pregnant?

see i had my period last month .the same time i always do at he begin of the month but its nov 15 and i havent came on yet i been very crumpy ,my son fights me alot, i been having moring sickness like crazzy my breast hurts alot and my head is always hurtin stomach feels like little knots in it ..if i am pergeant im only about 3 weeks i am afraid to go to the doctours because i dnt think tht it would show up im tryin to hold this month out to see if my cycle is just changing wht should i do

Ok well Here We go So I Been Having all these weird symptoms I feel tired all the time I eat a lot more my face Is breaking out my boobs grew a lot idk how but I went from a 34B to a 36D! I got measured at Victoria Secret cause my bras were hurting my nipples my nipples are darker I'm always grumpy and I have a lot of watery clear discharge I'm having my periods though and there shorter than usual 4 days usually last 7 and the 3rd day its heavy but the rest its light I feel bloated so this is the kicker I went to the doctors and got a pee test Big Fat Negative and a Blood Test another Negative Idk what else I can link this to any suggestions? What Should I do people think I'm crazy and if I am pg I would be 10weeks now thanks:)

I am currently not on birth control so my fiancee does the "pull out" method. I've had two miscarriages already so i don't even know if i can have kids, but lately I've been feeling weird..
I've had a headache off and on for about a week now, I'm breaking out like crazy, i always have to go to the bathroom, i normally have a good memory but lately i forget everything, I've been feeling sick randomly but i never throw up, I am ALWAYS hungry, I'm always tired but i have so much trouble going to sleep. I know its stupid but i dont really keep track of my period so i wouldn't know right away if it's been missed. I want a baby so bad but my fiancee says he's not ready so i dont want to pressure him but i want to be a mother almost more then i want anything!

i had sex 3 days before my period, i got my period only lasted 3 days. now 2 1/2 weeks later i feel sick, nausea, headaches, tired, cramps, and cravings. but i shouldn't be prego right?

My period started october 30, I started my bc pills the next day for the first time and I never missed a pill. Had unprotected sex on November 9 almost 10 days of bc in my system. Could I get pregnant?

Hi I really need help, I had my last period on the 10th oct an due on the 7th nov how ever I had unprocted sex with my partner on the 30th of oct just 8days before I was due I am
now 8days late an have pains down below an feel very sick can any one help I have take to home test which say neg but with my first baby the home test all said neg too but turned out I was Smile so confused pls help

Hello I missed taking my pill for two days but took them altogether on the third day meaning I took three on the one day I thin had sex that weekend on the sunday morning without protection I went for the morning after pill on the monday. My period was due to come this weekend but I was told to continue my pill so I do not get my period. How am I to know if the morning after pill worked?

Hello i was on the yasmin pill and had came off for my 7 day break before i came on it i had unprotected sex on the 16th September and then it came on the 17th September , i then went to the doctors the following wednesday and i had my pill changed to the carezetta ... but then i didnt go pick it up for 5 more days as i completed forgot and was a bit under the weather... anyway shortly after i started this pill on the same i had light spotting which lasted on and off for 3 days... after this i had really bad stomach cramps every day for about 3 weeks ... but because i am on the mini pill i dont have a break so i cant tell if ive missed a period, but surely cus i had a period straight after sex i wont be pregnant? i have taken 3 home pregnancy tests but there negative ive started getting veiny sore boobs, heartburn and sleeping all the time, the other day i slept for 14 hours and was still tired when i woke up.. im at university and need to know sooner rather than later i just dont know what to do ... i went to the doctors and told her my symptoms and she guessed i had acid in the stomach but she didnt even test me or look at me anything.

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