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 had an abortion 2 months ago, each month i get period but its brownish (like old blood) i dont even know if its a real period, because its light and only last for 4 to 5 it possible that i can still get pergnant... does any1 have a similiar story.... i wonder if my period will ever get back to normal

Help! I drank (5 drinks one day and a few drinks on other occasions) when I was about 3 weeks pregnant without knowing. I am so upset and depressed and don't know what to do. Any thoughts?

My sister had the same problem as you all do. And she took a test + went to the doctors + they said she wasn't pregnant. But still no period :L she waited another week before she took another test and it came back positive. She went back to doctors + they told her she was 6 weeks pregnant Smile just wait because you never no even if the doctors say your not you still could be Laughing out loud if you would like to no anything else then email me at:
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My bleeding stopped on the 7th of july, i had unprotected sex on the 9th of july. Ive had cramping, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, lower back pain, felt nauseous, and urinating alot. I am now about 3 weeks late for my period, I have not had one bit of bleeding, but have taken many at home preg tests and all show negative.. Could i be pregnant??

I have recently been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend since the last thursday in July. We have sex on a pretty regular schedule, atleast 5 or 6 times a week. On Friday, I went to the bathroom to find a dark brown, thick discharge in my panties. That was then followed by some light bleeding (so light that when I went to the washroom, there would not even be blood on the tp, but my tampon would have some or very little blood) that carried on throughout Friday and Saturday and ceased to exist by Sunday morning. I am confused. Could I be pregnant? I have not had any real symptoms of pregnancy. I felt really exhausted last week before this occured. Does anybody have any advice? I also took a home test this morning and it was negative.

here a update on me on the 12th of augest two days be4 exspectd period i went to the health dept and it was neg result and the girl wanted me to start taken birth control knwing it could still b a chance iam and she rushed me out and now it the 16th and so far no af no cramping either yesterday i took another test it was neg also i only have lower back pain, clear discharge and peeing more and always hungry,ppl told me to wait till it been 6 weeks since ur last period and if u stil havent had ur period then get test again hope this helps if any1 want to talk here my yahoo im and email chinga692003 hope this helps baby dust to all!!!

I can't believe some of the comments on here - isn't it common sense??!

1. If you think you're pregnant and you have missed your period and your home preg test is coming up negative, go to the doctor and get a blood test and/or more sensitve pregnancy test!

2. If you think you're pregnant and your period is not due yet, just wait, you'll know for sure within the next couple of weeks. If you're still not sure I suggest you go back to step 1 above.

Thats my two cents. Good luck!

I am about 5weeks pregnant but I have been getting a light pinkisk colour when I pee this has happened to me twice since I found oit I was pregnant last friday! Should I be worried?

My doctor diagnosed me as beeing 8 weeks pregnant and have all of the symptoms as indentified during the first trimester above, witht he exception of Morning sickenss and ffood craving. Instead i seem to be craving alot of liquid, and juice in particular.

Like I've said the same thing is happening with me anf if u get any responce please please contact me my email is

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