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Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
Following implantation of the egg, however, the body undergoes
many changes, and the levels of fertility hormones like progesterone 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
- An elevated basal temperature
following ovulation, luteal phase (and beyond...)
- A missed menstrual period
is a big one!
- Even before your missed
period, test for pregnancy with early-detection pregnancy tests!
First Trimester: Week 1 - Week 12
symptoms by trimester include, lower abdominal cramps, atypical food cravings,
nausea or "Morning Sickness" at 3-10 weeks after conception, tender,
swollen breasts at 3-4 weeks after conception (also, your nipples and the area
around the nipples get larger/darker), fatigue and tiredness at 3-10 weeks after
conception, and you may have heartburn and constipation - along with headaches
and mood swings. Not everyone will experience these symptoms and intensity and
duration will vary! Here are the top ten symptoms in detail.
1. Missed Period?
The classic early symptom of pregnancy. If you've missed your period, it's probably
time to take a home pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests work by determining
the amount of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) present in your urine. Remember
- your first urine of the day tends to have the most concentrated amount of
hCG. Early morning urine will give you your best chance at detecting the small
concentrations of hCG that are present in the early days of pregnancy.
2. Morning Sickness
About one-half of all pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness
(nausea, vomiting, etc.) in early pregnancy.
3.Sore Breasts and Changes in Areola.
Breasts may feel more sensitive. This is one more sign that you may be pregnant.
Breast sensitivity is a common phenomenon in early pregnancy. Along with more
sensitive breasts, you may notice a slight darkening of the areola, the concentric
zone which surrounds the nipple.
4. Mucus Plug / Cervical Mucus Discharge
In early pregnancy, cervical mucous will form a mucous plug, a barrier that
helps protect the baby. As a result, you may notice a bit of vaginal discharge.
5. Frequent Urination
As the baby grows larger in your uterus, you will likely feel that you need
to urinate more often. Also, bloating may be experienced as well.
Besides morning sickness, you may experience headaches as well, due to hormonal
7. Implantation Bleeding
Around the time when implantation occurs (the moment when the embryo attaches
to the lining of the uterine wall), it's not uncommon to notice a bit of spotting.
You would look for this sign at around eight to ten days after you last ovulated.
Spotting as a result of implantation usually looks a bit different than your
regular period; it tends to be light in volume and pinkish in color, as opposed
to the deep red color associated with regular menstrual bleeding.
8. Elevated Basal Temperature
An elevated basal body temperature past the time when your period is due is
another possible indicator of pregnancy. Women who are fertility charting with
thermometer will be looking for this.
Another sign of pregnancy is constipation. This is caused by certain hormones
which are present in early pregnancy relaxing your intestines and slowing the
10. From Enhanced Smell to Complexion Problems
These above pregnancy signs are ones often experienced in early pregnancy -
but that's not to say there aren't others, including an enhanced sense of smell,
fatigue, hunger, weepiness, heartburn, complexion problems.
The Second Trimester: Week 13 - Week 26
Here is what you can expect to experience during your second
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.
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