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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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My husband and I have been married for about 2 years and 7 months for the last 2 years we have been trying to get pregnant but nothing happened. Around August 27, 2010 was my last period ( but I don’t have regular periods ) two days later I got a UTI or a bladder infection. The infection maybe went away by the 10th of September and me and my husband had intercross maybe a day or two after. After that I have had a little bit of back pain, light brownish reddish spotting and Im really craving muffins and fries lol. I’m also some times dizzy and im having camps all the time… I took a pregnancy test on the 8th of October but it was negative. I really feel like im pregnant could I still be pregnant?? Please advice. Thank you

I came on my period on 17th august by the 20th i was in agony and i was loosing quite a lot of clots and blood TMI i know and didnt come off till the 24th then my next period came on the 21st september which was unpainful and really light for 4-5 days then on the 3rd october i started getting cramp and light spotting brown then pinky the cramp has lasted ever since ive had a dull ache in my left side and heartburn ive been feelingunder the weather really tired eating more and bad headaches i came on same time as my friend at work last month and she came on yesterday but my cycle maybe different can anyone tell me whats wrong with me?

I am 17yrs old. I know that is young... my boyfriend is 20. Our condom broke on the 12th of october and my period was supose to be on the 16th. I've nver missed a period before in my life since I was 11 yrs old.

Could I be pregnant?

I'm getting cramps, I spotd once in one day, and many othr things...

my boyfriend and I are going to take a test soon but we want to wait till it'll show on a test.

I had my last period on 16 of August, me and my boyfriend have been having unprotective sex after my last period and when September came, I had my period on 6, but it was very light, like spotting a little. It was brownish and then little red and it lasted for three days and then I started have morning sickness, back pain, headaches, sleep a whole lot, food cravings, mood swing,lower cramping and heartburn and etc. I haven't came on for the month of October yet. Could I be pregnant and can it be more than a week?

I came in periods on 25th Sep 10 and know my next period date should be 23rd Oct but i am having pain n the utereus and lower stomach what is the reason. i am married age 33 years. please help.


I finished my period on d 30th of sept nd met wit my husband on 1st oct nd days after.ever since ve been having backache,heartburn,tenderness of d breast,dizziness nd feels sleepy once in a while.

My period was suppose to come on oct 8th 2010, but I didn't I took a pregnancy test 2 days later and it was positive, I've had menstrual like cramping and my boob hurt, but its all a part of pregnancy, as long as there no bleeding with the cramping everything is fine.

Hi, We got married 12-9-2010, her last menstural time 13-9-2010. She supposed to get next menstural by 11th of this month. But till today not happened. Today when I consulted with my family doctor, he advised me to come after 4 days to do pragnency urine test. Here my question is, should we have intercourse during this days? If not, then what are the timings should we suppose to follow? kindly advise... Thanks in advance.

Well Im a Mother of 2 from a previous Marriage I'm 26 years old. My fiance (34) also has 1 from a previous mariage so thats 3 kids in total (they are all big 9,8,7)... Were not really trying but were playing kind of Russian Roulette if it happens great if not were fine kind of deal... Confession: I really would love one more!! My fiancee and I have unprotected sex all the time but use the withdrawl option but once in a while he ejaculates inside... ironically its always on my off days (not ovulating) so I always get my period the following Month. But this past sunday the 10th he ejaculated 2 times on different days both ovulating days. its been a few days since then I have been very sleepy and light headaches not to mention somewhat breast tenderness and light cramping. Today actually I got light headed and fatigued. My period is not due for another week. Could I be Pregnant and be feeling symptoms so early since its my 3rd Pregnancy? I really hope I am... How soon can I test? Please advise... Thank you!

i had unprotected sex with ma boyfreind and he dint cum we did it like three times my last periods where 21/09 and i had sex from 8and9 oct now im kinda feeling very tired, frequently urinating,backaches,crampingand very very gassy i burp like never before and today i had spotting of light brown blood and it had never ever happened to me before can i be pregnant ?????when can i take the preg test.

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