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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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Hi I am on the depo shot and Im always on time with it but lately I have gotten really bad gas and I'm tired all the time and one day I belied for only a couple of minutes and it was light witch on depo I don't get my period so what could these signs mean? Help lol

I am 31 years old, married now for 9 months,I'm not using condoms or contaceptives. for the last 3 months I have tested countless times hpt: always negative. Symptoms; weight gain, tender and enlarged breasts, pain in breasts, size of my abdomen have grown from 80cm -86 cm. I still have regular menses.

Hi if anyone could help me, i am 20 going on 21, my boyfriend and i always have unprotected sex, but i am on the pill, and i had to start my period the 25 October 2012, and i only had brown discharge and all the kind of pregnancy symptoms you can think of, it has been 11 days after and i still didn't start my period, i did 3 hpt, and one blood test, it all said negative, i am sure i am positive, cause why will i get all the symptoms and not be? May my hormones be to low to see? or can i simply be to Early to see? I started with brown spotting this morning at 11h00am.. and its like twice in 11 days? What could be wrong? please this is urgent, i need to know, can someone please help me??

I had unprotected sex on d 19-08-2012,I used postinor,had sex again on 21-08-2012,I used rogotinor,my period was meant to flow on d 22,buh it came on d 23rd n its not flowing well @all, I pregnant?pls hlp out

my piriod was the 7/13 and ovulate around the 7/26 and hade unprotected sex for 2 weeks straigh! now im late 2 days from my cycle and my breast have been feeling sore for the pass week all around a feeling i never feelt befor THEY HURT!! and i got pretty big boobs so yea! could i be prego?

am still breastfeeding my baby is 6months l had my periods last month on 17feb and i had sex on 27 and 28 feb.this month am waiting my periods but they have not come so l dont know if am pregnant am worried

I have been with this dude for four years. I don' t know if it is me or him. It wasn't serious to have a baby with me because he always cum in me and failure to get preg many time. The problem is that we do not live very close. 2,000 miles away, frown.... I always come at the wrong time and day because everytime we have sex, my pms come a little bit early or come on that same day we had sex. I have been trying so hard not to think about it. I am in my 30's and i really want to have children. My time are really tickling. lol.

I might need your help because this ovulation calculator is really confusing me. The last time i had sex with him was dec 31, yea, he cum in me but was not pregnant. oh well. I decided to see him again and he was so so so serious of making a baby together. so we decided to make one. So I came to where he was living at on March 11 and we had sex twice on the 11th & 12th but the 14th, we couldn't because we are in intense pain. I know my ovulating week are over. My pms start on feb 28th. three days later, i feel my lower abdomen hard but a little pain. it tend to be like that if my pms is about to come. My pms don't come until march 26th.

if i am pregnant, this will be the best gift of my life. I will be extremely happy. so It is too early detect that i am pregnant now. i can wait for a few weeks. I will keep you updated. it had been three days since we had sex.

I am typically very regular and have a 30 day cycle.My last period was 3 Feb till 6 Feb. me and my hubby been having sex on 14th, 16th and 18 Feb. After 19th night i started having really bad cramps in the lower right side of my tummy continually till today and my boob so sensitive. When should I take an early pregnancy test? need to wait for 2 week or not?

My boyfriend and I had sex about a week ago , I told him that around that week I was suppose to be getting my period between 13 -19 but whats been happening is that Ive been spotting I havent had my period like it should be and have been feeling light headed lately...

Hi , I was just having a crazy thought that I might be pregnant because Iv been having really bad cramps in the lower part of my tummy , along with mild back pain tender boobs, I feel dizzy a lot and feels if I'm going to be sick , me and my boyfriend have had sex a number of times but always with protection but a few times it has failed on us and it has either broken on us or just failed in every way possible, we are both happy in our relationship but I'm not to sure on how he would take it if I was to do a test and it comes up positive so I'm abit unsure on what to do, I don't no if I sud wait and see too see if I come on or if I should do a test and put my mind at rest....

I would love for it to be positive because it is such a brilliant thing that can happen to anyone ... Thank you for reading my post and I hope someone will have some advice for me ...


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