Pregnancy Symptoms

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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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The first day of my last period was on aug 13th. Lasted 3 days. I had unprotected sex and am not on any bc the 3 days following my period. I assumed it was a safe time since reading the whole ovulation at day 11-14 thing all over. I had some slightly dark discharge about a week later. I now am having some mild cramping on and off in my lower abdomen and back and have had sore breasts. Not overly sore just noticably sore. I have had nasea on and off again and go from being constipated to diarrhea. Does anyone know if you can in fact get preg right after your period? My cycle is typical 28 day cycle. I want to be preg but all the tests are coming up neg.? My next cycle is not due for another week....anyone have any thoughts? I would be about 3 weeks now and still neg test....

i got an abortion because i was scared , homeless and jobless. my boyfriend paid for the abortion. after the abortion i realized that i would have rather lived in the street with my baby with me,alive than it being put in a jar dead. my baby is gone now, and i feel horrible. is two weeks after abortion, i got an ovulation predictor test at dollar tree, it had the 2 lines which detected that surge, which means i will ovulate in the next couple of days. im going to keep this baby, but im sad because i killed this babys sister. im guilty and nothing can wash away the guilt.


My last month period date was Aug21.Usually my menstural cycle is of 28 days but i got blood spotting with stomach pain and back pain on sep 7th.What does it mean?.I married one year and i never got this kind of problem so far.Pls hlp me

i am 8 days after ovulation and we had sex a day before and 2 days after ovulation and i'm having light bleeding( visible only when i wipe) i've been having headaches and diarhea and slight cramping down ma lowerback. Ive had a miscarriage 2 years ago. I'm scared of being pg and i'm exited at da same time ... could i be pg?

So i started my period on August 9th, 2010. I was bleeding heavy, i had sex with my husband a day after i started, so the 10th. On the 11th i was barely bleeding, and ended that night. Sometimes i have regular periods, but sometimes i dont...
I've been tired all the time, my lower stomach hurts constantly, I feel bloated... Very bloated, and i have massive headaches... I also have gas, Dirreah-constipation, back aches, a craving for milk???, and have been VERY crabby. I have 3 days until my "next" period, but i've been nausea's and all that... Im thinking i may be pregnant? Can anyone help me? Am i going crazy, or may i have the chance of being pregnant??

to the woman that asked about cist on ovaries.. i have polysistic ovaries the same as you.. it doesnt mean you cant get pregnant it just means you will have a harder chance. ive been trying for 2 and half years and im not pregnant but i will be one day so just bare in mind 45% of woman have this condition its not rare its very common so dont worry!!

So my periods are normal and regular and on July 13 I had my normal period then in August I came on the 20 it was a week late had sex August 1st . Also don't feel not myself

Please does anyone know if having a cyst in your ovary can prevent u from getting pregnant? Please im really worried!

In response to: 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..................
I had an abortion nearly 17 years ago... no sooner was I able to have sex again (after the 6 weeks), I became pregnant again.. instantly... So yes... you can and will get pregnant... I feel your pain.

i had my period on aug 9-14.but i had sex with my bf on the 12th -22nd "unprotected"..just this week of sept..i feel dizzy ,had headache , pale and been craving for food,got the pregnancy test and got a negative u think is it too early to trace if am i preg or not?help..... i am so worried

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