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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okay. so my boyfriend of 5 years and i have a 3 yr old son together, we have recently have been trying for a little brother or sister. but my periods have been very irregular since i got my IUD out in september of 2009. I was due to get my period on july 23, i am now 15 days late. i have been pretty moody, crampy, tired, i have had very frequent urination and constipation. i feel so bloted, and im always hot. when i lay on my stomach i feel alot of pressure. i also have discharge, i feel like i got my period, but when i check theres nothing. i took a hpt on july 25 and it was neg. i think im going to take another. ? any thoughts or advice would be great!

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i had sec on july 24th n it is now august 3 i feel nautious and have cramps can i b pregnant a week and two days after unprotected sex???/????

Me and my boyfriend have been having unprotected sex for the last 4 month, and ive recently been having extremely painful stomach cramps.
I did a pregnancy test a few days ago ( a cheap supermarket one) and it came up with a really faint line (it came up within 5 minutes of doing the test)
Ive been experiencing some other signs too, but i dont know if its all in my head :S
Ive been having alot of heart burn, and gassy burps :/
But im not due on for another week.
Can anyone help?!

Well iv missed 2 periods and have had sum symptoms like.. Tiredness, sore nipples and around my nipples, loss of apitite, headaches every now + then, iv been gettin a lot of spots around my chin lately aswell, the other week, I nearly passed out :/, and I'm always going toilet and feelin full even if iv not eaten :/ iv been havin unpretected sex with my bf for a while now does it sound like I'm preggo? Sum reply plsssss..x

i am trying to get pregnant for the last yr. the last year my periods have been all over the place, so i never know when i ovulate. this month i took the ovulation kits and got the smiley face saying i was about to ovulate. we had sex the next 2 days like it says to in the instruction manual. i really dont have any signs of pregnancy except that i have been having headaches for the last 3 days. it seems that my nipples are getting wider also and maybe a little darker( i dont know if there supposed to get extremely darker all of a sudden or gradually) i am driving myself crazy with this. i took a preg test today and didnt see anything, but i know im taking it a little early. has anyone else had only headaches before finding out they were pregnant or should it come with other sypmptoms? please help

okay hi me an my boyfriend had sex last sunday after i came off my period an he came in me but after he did dat i layed dere for a few minutes an went to da bathroom an dis thursady he came in me two times again i layed there for a few seconds before goin to da bathroom is it possible dat im pregnant an yes lately i been sleepe an moody alot towards others and sometime my stomach growls after i ate an i cramps alot i been having heartburns and headaches..please get back at me cause i DNT WANT NO KIDS AT ALL..IM TO YOUNG IM ONLY 18YEARS OLD..PLEASE HELP

its been three weeks since i quit the bc pill and i had unprotected sex three days ago and since then ive been feeling moody had stomach cramps and a mild flu this morning my discharge was white like lotion and now i feel gassy and feel like throwing up but nothing come up i burp alot to i already had my period plz help

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.

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