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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me and my fiance have been ttc for almost six months now. Today, I am 15 days late. I know it doesnt sound like much but I have been feeling sort of weird lately .. I have been getting bad headaches and really nauseous and I have been constipated (tmi I know but maybe it's important). My first otc test came back negative but that was almost two weeks ago. I am afraid to take another one because I feel like this could just be my body playing tricks .. any advice??

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Hiya been ttc for nearly a year, no joy as such but Getting really bad heartburn for over a week now, period due in 8 days, the only time I have ever had heartburn before was during my first pregnancy (all the way through in fact!). Pure conicidence and wishful thinking maybe?? Xx

My boyfriend & I had unprotected sex & he's positive 4 hep c if I'm pregnant could my baby or myself b in danger if getting it? My last period was in June 10, 2011 & things got hot & we had unprotected sex, what r the chances we could become positive?

My IUI was done on 23rd of June and I want to know what are pregancy symptoms of eighth day

I have had similar things as a lot of you and I was told that it is most likely to be one of two things. Either pregnancy or an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts can present with the same symptoms as early pregnancy. IN ANY CASE when in doubt see your physician for a check up.

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?

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