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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Comments

ok so like me and husand did not hve sex for 2 weeks and when we did I stared itching really bad its been 4 days now that i'm like that with burning when I pee and sex had sex and I guess it was my cum that came out like cottage chesse like wht is it STD or UTI.

I had my period on July 5 this year and I am having pain or tenderness in my two breasts and my stomach is also getting bigger...I feel heavy more than usual... please can someone tell me what is going on... is this part of symptoms of pregnancy?

I'll appreciate your response.

i have irregular periods for last couple of months.the last period was on june 6 started ad finshed on july 5.now i got symptoms like brown spot ,food crving,lower back pain...

Ok.I had unprotected sex July 4th. I was expecting my period by July 15th. I still have not got it yet. I have been sleeping alot and having really harsh cramps. My nipples are wider and sore. I have not threw up but sometimes I feel the need to. I took 3 pregnancy test and they came out negative, but I still have not got my period. Am I pregnant or what??

Okay. I'm on birthcontrol, and on Sunday I took my pill, then when I was going to bed, I had thought it was Monday, so I took Mondays pill also. I took Tuesdays pill Monday night before bed. Then took Wednesdays, Wednesday morning. I had sex the following Saturday with my boyfriend, and he came in me. I'm scared. I'm sixteen. Am I pregnant?

i had sex last week with my boyfriend and we were both drunk so it was unprotected , and he came inside me . now im worried that i might be pregnant and would like to know how soon i can take a pregnancy test to find out if i am , thanks x

Hello everyone! i had sex with my girlfriend last june 20, june 24, july 8, and july12! she had her period last june 14! She must have her period again this july 14 but sadly she didnt! from july 14-19 still nothing and now she is 5 days delayed... we are both getting worried because she might be pregnant! (and if that happens we are both dead from our parents) Is there a possibility that she is pregnant? Please help us we are still to young to have a child... We are both 16 and 17 T_T (sadly we cant resist the temptation and now we are both worried to death)!!!!! Any reply will be SO HELPFUL THANKS

Hello everyone! i had sex with my girlfriend last june 20, june 24, july 8, and july12! she had her period last june 14! She must have her period again this july 14 but sadly she didnt! from july 14-19 still nothing and now she is 5 days delayed... we are both getting worried because she might be pregnant! (and if that happens we are both dead from our parents) Is there a possibility that she is pregnant? Please help us we are still to young to have a child... We are both 16 and 17 T_T (sadly we cant resist the temptation and now we are both worried to death)!!!!! Any reply will be SO HELPFUL THANKS!

hi me and my boyfriend had sex without a condom but he pulled it out on my stomch as soon as he burst i skipped 1 week of my period but it came after my stomach looks like its big and i am very tired now a days but i hate eating i hardly ever eat and im so confused could i be pregnant ?

hi my period has never been constant it always comes an goes an diffrent times it's never been the same since i had my first one im 27 an ive tried all types of birth control but it doesn't help.So now im tryin to get pregnate an the doctor says wait for your ovulation well i never know when that is.Me an my husband have been trying for 5yrs unprotected an we get nothing how can i get pregnate with out simunation?

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