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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I am typically very regular and have a 30 day cycle.My last period was 3 Feb till 6 Feb. me and my hubby been having sex on 14th, 16th and 18 Feb. After 19th night i started having really bad cramps in the lower right side of my tummy continually till today and my boob so sensitive. When should I take an early pregnancy test? need to wait for 2 week or not?

My boyfriend and I had sex about a week ago , I told him that around that week I was suppose to be getting my period between 13 -19 but whats been happening is that Ive been spotting I havent had my period like it should be and have been feeling light headed lately...

Hi , I was just having a crazy thought that I might be pregnant because Iv been having really bad cramps in the lower part of my tummy , along with mild back pain tender boobs, I feel dizzy a lot and feels if I'm going to be sick , me and my boyfriend have had sex a number of times but always with protection but a few times it has failed on us and it has either broken on us or just failed in every way possible, we are both happy in our relationship but I'm not to sure on how he would take it if I was to do a test and it comes up positive so I'm abit unsure on what to do, I don't no if I sud wait and see too see if I come on or if I should do a test and put my mind at rest....

I would love for it to be positive because it is such a brilliant thing that can happen to anyone ... Thank you for reading my post and I hope someone will have some advice for me ...


Hey, my hubby and I have recently started TTC but I have a couple of questions about my menstral cycle. I am typically very regular and have a 28 day cycle. I had a period beginning Dec 9 -13th and wasn't due to get it again till the beginning of January. I ended up getting another period on Dec 28th lasting 9 days!! This is not normal for me as my period usually only lasts 5 - 6 days. I am having a difficult time with this because I am trying to figure out when I will ovulate and also because I have no idea when to expect my next period and I would like to take an early pregnancy test. When should I take an early pregnancy test? when am I most likley to ovulate? and when can I expect my period? Any feedback is greatly appriciated! Thx Smile

Pregnancy is NOT the only reason you could miss a period. If you take a test and its negative and you continue to miss, you should see a doctor.

You can't tell from a list of symptoms if you are pg. Every woman is different and every woman's pregnancy is different. You might be sick with one, tired with another, have cravings with all of them or none of them. A HPT may or may not pick it up, but rarely will at than 12-14 DPO. Yes sometimes it does but most often not. If you're not that far out, dont worry yourself. Wait until you miss and take a HPT. If it's neg and you still miss, call a doctor.

If you have a regularly occuring 28 day cycle, then the father is most likely the man whom you had sex with on Jan 16th. For future reference, a woman typically ovulated 14 days before her period, or for those who have a 28-day cycle, 14 days after the beginning of her period. Soooo, long story short, if you started your period on Jan 6, you would ovulate on Jan 20th. For anyone else who may be wondering, some sperm can live UP TO 5 days in the vagina/cervix/uterus/fallopian tubes (so the calander method is not a great way to prevent pregnancy). This means that IF there were sperm still present for the 5 days and you ovulated on Jan 20th, then that is when you got pregnant.

Also, I'm not sure if you meant that you took the pregnancy test on Feb 7, or if you had sex again on Feb 7. If you took the test on that day, a test usually will not yeild a positive result until at least 7 days after intercourse, but most commonly not until 14 days. So going by this, you would have gotten pregnant around Jan 24th or earlier.

If your cycle is not a regular 28-day cycle, then this really wasn't helpful, and for that I am sorry, but maybe I helped someone out on this page Smile

(BTW, I am a nurse [or officially will be in 26 days] and my speciality is pregnancy, labor and delivery, and premature/critically ill newborns)

im 28 years old now i have 1 daughter and my hubby worked out in the country.. my problem is before i get married i have sex my boyfriend last november and then next month december 2nd week i doubt coz if im pregnant so i did my test and its negative and the following week i had my medical exam for our company and its negative result then the last day of december i got my period until next month january 6 20007. the story is my 1st boyfriend surprise me that hes in our country we talk going out so on we had sex.. january 6 is my last period and it count for 7days after that we had sex until january 16, and in the next month february 5 2007 i try to have pregnancy test and its positive.. my question is whos the father the first guy or the second guy??? please help me advise myself coz im so bother right now pleaseee...

Im 5 days late on my period and lately my breasts are hurting and my nipples are sensative also ive been getting back ache and im tired and hungry all the time. Ive taken a test but its shown up negative???

I'm 42 yrs old and my hubby and i have 2 little children 2 1/2 and 4 yrs of age. I started my period july 3rd. i usually go about 4 days, then it went to 5 days, but this time, i just only went 4 days. anyway, on july 30th i begin to spot a little and had some cramps. on sunday july 31st, i used a pad, and i saw some dark blood on the pad. so i wore a pad all day just a inch or 2 of blood on the pad. the very next day, august 1st. the pad is clear, but cramping a little. i couldn't understand that, even until this day. i do not feel tire what so ever, not light headed and have lots of energy. just wondering if i'm going thru the changes or am i'm pregnant? there r other times, when i get very hot and then cold when the cool air is blowing direct on me. there's times i'm nauzy and feel like i want to thru up, but do not thru up. my hubby always penetrate outside of me not inside of me, always. so, what's going on here? i still do not have a period.

I have been ttc, hoping that it would happen this month. Af started on August 12, 2011, think I ovulated on August 27, 2011, but have been having cramps before that, having tender nipples and constant headaches. Are these symptoms of pregnancy?

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