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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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am i pregnant

My last period was on the 10th of June and it started 3 days earlier. I have been having alot of lower back pain over the last few weeks, craving apple juice (I normally hate it), smelling things that aren't there or picking up on them sooner than others, I was getting headaches but they have stopped, I've been feeling sick for the last 14 days and when I do eat I want to be sick and can only eat a little but I'll be hungry to the point where it hurts, I only noticed today but I have been getting heartburn alot lately and I have been so tired after waking up but at night around 12am - 2am I have bursts of engery. I stopped taking the pill due to laziness and my ex only every finished once but he pulled out right before....stupid I know. I've been told you can pregnant from Pre cum..? I'm worried I could be pregnant and I'm not ready and neither is my ex

I had my periods on 22nd May 2011.On 28th i and my man had sex.On 30th may,2011,6th June'2011,8th June'11 & 10th June we had unprotected sex.My period was due on 20th as per avg month cycle.But till date there is no any sign.i had abdomen pain and spotted slight discharge.There is nothing abnormal,except stomach upset.Can i be pragnent?please suggest??

I feel pains in my abdomen and i feel bloated i had unprotected sex its been a week now. Iam i pregnant?

I feel pains in my abdomen and i feel bloated i had unprotected sex its been a week now. Iam i pregnant?

i had an unprotected sex with my fiance on 17th of june and had my period on th 18th of june,but there was a change in d period that it was not flowing well and did not also last for the normal time,is it possible i am pregnant? Cause my breathing became more rapid also i am feeling as if there is something inside my lower left abdomen when i bend over and i kind of cold sensation at time.pls reply thanks

I think im pregnant, why bkuz i had unprotected sex 2/4 weeks ago and afterwards i stood up and some cum had came out of me. I am on the depo shot, well i was while i had sex, now its 2/4 weeks later and i am havng lower back pains cramping, peeing alot more, eating way more, frequent headaches, always tired now. Emotional, terrible mood swings i go from happy and giggly to pissed off and ready to fight then to sad. Iv had stomache pains tenderness in boobs while showering. White discharge on my underwear. Some spotting on my underwear. Constipation for the last few days. Am i pregnant?

My LMP was on 05/02/11, i had unprotected sex for the first time 05/31/11, my period was due 06/02/11 or 06/03/11. I didn't get it. Now i have several symptoms: spotting, Headaches, backaches, stomach cramping, mucus discharge, frequent peeing, boob tenderness/swollen, food abbrasions, insomia, nausua, & fatique. Help?

I haven't had my actual period in a year or two because of the depo shot... Occasionally I spot but not had a real period... I've missed my last 2 shots but my boyfriend and I still use condoms of course... However, about 2/3 weeks ago, for the first time ever, we had unprotected sex. He told me he didn't cum in me but I noticed when I went to the bathroom after that, there was a bit of blood. Not enough to make me panic but I did note it... The next day there was more blood.. I noticed it was not the usual color of my period blood. It was more of a light pink color and it was also really thin... Not heavy like my usual spotting... I've also noted that since then I've been very emotional, EXTREMELY tired and weak but haven't been sleeping well at all... I've been feeling kind of bloated, it's been very hard for me to suck my stomach in lately. I have noticed a weird taste in my mouth but I wouldn't say it tastes metal-like...
I've been very nauseous when I wake up in the mornings and any type of food at all instantly makes me gag... I've been having lower back aches and head aches, gas and heartburn as well, and I've noticed more discharge then usual in my underwear...
Yesterday my boyfriend and I had sex again since the last time, about 2/3 weeks ago, we did nothing any different than usual but I noticed it was VERY uncomfortable, almost to the point of pain...
When I went to bed last night I felt REALLY sick and I figured if I slept on it, I'd feel better in the morning... I didn't... I felt worse.. Much worse.. But I haven't thrown up at all.
I don't believe my temperature has risen, my breasts are not tender and my aureoles aren't any darker in color, and I don't FEEL pregnant... However, I know the possibilities are still there...
Knowing that I don't have my period, I can't rely on that to tell me and I'm scared to buy a test.. I can't go to the doctor' because I don't have insurance or I would...
Can someone/anyone tell me if this sincerely sounds like I'm with baby?
Would it be too soon to be showing signs right now if so?
I'm almost wondering if my hopes for pregnancy could be the cause of all this...
How long should I wait to get a test?

Instead you people asking a forum if your pregnant don't you think it would be better just taking a test instead? Or speak to a real doctor?

You can take a test at anytime really before or after a missed period.

Ehh... Just saying

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