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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I started my period on the 30 of sept - 2 of Oct I had sex on the 9 of Oct & on the 16,18 & 19 of Oct. Bt on the 21 of 0ct l started noticing my breast bcoming bigger than it nomal size ,pains on both sides of my breast beside my ampit , cramps on my lower abdomen & mostly on the right side of my lower abdomen & a pains on my lower waist bt all these symptoms comes &go. Am worried dnt know if am pregnant.


My period started last month in Sep6.2013 its October 14.2013 & haven't received my period I berly started feeling cramps yesterday but only gotten clear discharge I was so dizzy two nights ago and now my nipples are sensitive im very gassy and its uncomfortable i don't know if this is according to my period or anything else that follows this. I have had sex with my husband and he ejaculated about twice around September after my period I think it was couple days after my period and the second time last week of September? Please help .. I took 2 pregnancy test and they came out negative so I don't believe I'm pregnant I had taken them 2days after missed period at night and the 2nd one on 5th day after my missed period I'm a week late with cramps and tiredness help

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Me nd my frend had sex it was pretty ruff and it was round abt the 15 sep 13 then I spotted 2 days later but wen I got my period the correct date. Could I stil be pregnant? Please help

im fifteen years old me and my bf had sex a couple times with a condom and we didnt for a while and i didt have my period then we did again for like ten seconds with out a condom we didnt even move we were to scared so we seperated and continued our day and yeah i still havent got my period and we are freaking out i finally told my mom about two days later and she said i have a doctor appointment soon ive seen other posts saying yes and no and i even took online tests and they sed that possibly no but i just dont know nd im to scared to ask my mom for a test. what do u think i am or not?? and my bf didnt ejaculate or anything through out those ten seconds.

At this point idk wats going on me and my boyfriend had sex on Aug 25 2013 and we did it without using a condom and he's for sure that he came inside me so i looked up my ovulation Calendar on the internet the following day and put in the first day of my last period which is not counting spotting would be Aug 12 2013 and found out that we hit it right on the money and had sex unprotected right along the dates of ovulation since them I've been experiencing some weird lower back pains i never get lower back pains and cramps but i get those before having my actual period! I have tender boobs but i always get those Before an expected period and i have a white discharge (no odor or itching) and my period is due Tomorro the 11th and i felt the need to take a pregnancy test today but it came out (-) so idk at this point but idk i feel like ik my body and something is odd this time around. I guess I'll just have to see if i come on my period Tomorro.

I'm late 3 days. I wiped and saw blood with clear discharge mixed so I put a pad. Later that day went to the restroom and nothing on pad.. The next day woke up nothing I wiped and saw same thing then went away.... Is it I'm about to get my period?? My cycle are within 28 one month shortest and 38 the longest on month... The rest in between 30s ... Confused... Help

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Soo.. Here's The Situation... I Pee All The Time I'm Soo Mood I cried Over what noodles I wanted && then I change to being so mad like ima rip my husbands throat out. I Don't Have Tender Breast Or Morning Sickness My Ankles Are Swollen But Idk If Thts Cause I Work 8 Hours a day on my feet && I'm really congested so bad tht I have nose bleeds I'm tired && a while back I craved sweets && nothing but sweets no I'm going threw a tomato phase I haven't taken a home pregnancy test yet I'm too scared!!!!! I'm on the depo shot & never bleed but I did a while ago too && I have cramping && I had this feeling like my side was being ripped open but only on my right side && it spread to my belly button && I'm really bloated...... What's Happening To Me?? Should I take a test?? Or is it my depo shot & I'm just crazy?!?!?!

How long after conspetion do u get symptoms?

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