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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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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

I have all the symptoms of being pregnant. (I'm over 30 and have had 3 pregnancies, so I do know what it feels like) but I've had period type bleeding for the last two months with an extra one thrown in. all lasting 5-7 days and the first 1 in july was alot heavier but the 2nd in july was normal and my august period was normal. so yeah 3 periods in 2 months. i have a fluttering in the lower part of my stomach. I feel a tightening and some discomfort in my stomach. I cant seem to eat as much, but I'm gaining weight, i feel sick, i have headaches and i get legs hurt my back hurts and I pee ALOT.. my face is broke out and i have a discharge.. the thing is I had my tubes tied 11 years ago. I'm worried and I'm scared.. There are so many was this could go wrong..

Hi Ladies,

It is finally so nice to read comments from women in the same boat as me!

My last period started on 17 July and lasted the normal time.
As of today (according to my average cycle) I am 8 days late.

I am having all the sypmtoms of what I think pregnancy is:- Massive Boobs, tired, moody, thickening around my mid section (eg muffin top central), intergestion, cramps (like my period) and a few days ago I had some very very light brown discharge - only when I wiped (Sorry TMI)

I have taken about 5 HPT and all came out negative! Every day it feels like my period is coming and doesnt. My hubby and I have decided to wait until Friday and if no period, go to the Dr ...

I have been ttc for 2 years. I lost a baby at 4.5 months pregnant but I cant really remember my symptoms of the pregnancy in general. It is all very frustrating!

Good luck to us all and please keep each other updated!

the first day of my last period was Aug. 10, 2010. I had unprotected sex Aug. 16, 2010 and he came in me.. I have trouble getting i have a chance of being pregnant if we had sex the day after my period stopped? Please help me.

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