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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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?

I am 26 year old women. I got my periods on the 5th of Oct 2010. as per my cycle i get my periods on 5th of every month. but in the month of November it was 5 days late.
The thing is during those five days i had all possible symptoms of being pregnant but after that i got some bleeding of which am not sure whether it is implantation bleeding or my monthly cycle. how would i know if am pregnant or not?
Pl Help hoping to hear from you

My husband and I have been ttc for about 6 months. Finally in October I bought a ovulation test which peaked on October 31st. We had sex on 11/1. On 11/6 (6dpo) I had clear discharge with speck of dark blood and now for the past 3 days I have had mild cramping and dark blood, just enough to wear a panty liner. For the past 3 months I have had any where from a 31 to a 37 day cycle, so if I am sticking to this extended pattern, I am should not be starting. I know everyone is different and can be from pregnancy to pregnancy, but I just thought I could get some opinions. I am not sure if I am just trying to convience myself that we are finally pregnant or if I just started early this month. Wish I new.

I had my period on september 3rd and it stoped on the 8th i was bleeding the hole month and having a weird discharge that was brown. October came i missed my period but i had slight bleeding on Oct8th and Oct11th this is now Nov and i dont have my period still but i have a discharge coming out my breast its clear and I have weird cravings and I use the bathroom constanly and i have took pregnancy test but they came out negative i just dont understand what is goin on with my body.

I had my period 10days ago and had sex wiv my partner on the last day of my period...for the last 3 days I have bin feel in shaky all the time like my sugar level keeps dropping,bad nausea and headaches..I have a 1 yr old so know all the symptoms of pregnancy but is it possible to have these symptoms so early on also my partner dint ejaculate inside me but we had sex twice in the same nite an straight after he came we did it again???help

okay, i'm fourteen and i had sex about 2 weeks and 1/2 ago, my boobs have grown a ton and i'm always tired. my nipples hurt, i have a feeling i'm pregnant and have no idea what to do. i've had discharge that has a red tint to it, what does that mean?

I started my last menstrual cycle on oct. 6th (a couple days earlier than usual). On the 6th day of my period, my boyfriend and I had sex with no condom (oct. 11th). I should have gotten my period around nov. 3rd but it is 3 days late and counting. He did NOT ejaculate inside me and the sex lasted only a few min because it was uncomfortable. I know that precum can cause pregnancy and I know that it IS possible to get pregnant on your preiod. I have been cramping for about 5 days and a week before I thought I was getting my period my breasts swelled. This is usually what happens before my period. I feel no different than usual but my period has yet to come. Wtf!?

I wanted to be pregnant again, every month im always think my period. and got six with my husband, now 1 month and 2 weeks i didnt get my period i feel so tired, i feel sleepy but if im laydown i like to sleep but i cannot anymore. and i have sour breast and sometimes my nipples sensitive sometimes not. and im always thirsty, and down on my lower abdom is craving sometimes and i have my shoulder back pain. and lower back pain. could ive be pregnant?

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