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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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.

Okay.. I had lost my virginity on October 16 ever since then I have been in pain and cramping and all the signs. I am 1 week late on my period but the one i lost it to said that he can't have kids because he had surgery done to were he can't now. Sad I am going to be very disappointed if i am not. WHAT DO I DO!?!?

To the ladies who have just came off bc and are wondering if it is possible to get pregnant right after, the answer is yes. I was on it for 2 months and then stopped taking it and then I got my first period from being off of bc and had sex the last day of my period which was fairly more like spotting and the weeks past and I took and test and it came back positive! So yes it is very likely to get pregnant after getting off bc!

can some one help? i was on levlen and some times would not take the sugar pills so i would skip a period. but if i didnt take the next pill after the sugar ones i would always start to spot. i missed sept but in oct i forgot to take tues pill all together then wed so i took wed with thur. this was wen i wud of been ovulating. i took the next week but some times late. my last pill i took was 15 days ago. by now i would of had a period or some sort of spotting. but nothing. i am havinh funny things happen though like i feel like i need to go to loo a lot but wen i go i dont pee much, have at times cramps but not like or in the usal spot with a period, also feel presure. i am tired and have a constant head and back ache. did a test last week but was neg. was it to early? could i be preg i have i just mucked up my system? please is there any one els thats had the same as me out there

@litzy ....hey that's so weird on oct 31st me and my hubby had sex....on about nov 5th i was feeling sick all day and decided okay I know something is wrong with me...welp I took a test and after about the third one TWO LINES was a definate pregnancy ....before then I would get random heartburn but it would go away -only after eating certain things with tomato in it...I tested again a few days after to make sure and it still has same results so even if you took a morning after pill id still test bc you never know. I just hope I dont get the rest of the symptoms on that list and good luck to everyone else that is trying....and the little girl that's fourteen-you really should be asking your mother about this or a close aunt that understands... but I don't think your breast would be growing right now so it could just be puberty...just ask your mom to take you to the doctor or a friend ....

Could I be pregnant? I took the morning after pill within 12 hours after unprotected sex on 31st October 2010. The start date of my last period was 15th Oct. Its now been 9 days and since the 5th November, I have been feeling sick, certain foods I would normally eat are making me feel sick and being a coffee drinker, the thought of drinking it is making me sick. I have had heartburn since 6th Nov, I have been getting headaches, and I have been feeling tired (but not sure if this has anything to do with the fact it gets dark very early). Has anyone else experienced this before and can be pregnant? Can I feel like this so early on if I am pregnant?

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