It is important to remember that everybody's experience is different. It is also not uncommon to have a different experience with each consecutive pregnancy.
The time of the year can effect your symptoms. Summer pregnancy's tend to be harder and more exhausting.
Some common symptoms of pregnancy include:
- Nausea or full blown morning sickness
- Food cravings
- Dramatic increase in breast size
- Sore, tender, swollen breasts
- Itchy skin (breasts and belly)
- Widening of the hips
- Expansion of the rib cage
- Weight gain
- Skin conditions ie. rashes, acne
- Feeling hot
- Swollen ankles
- Water retention
- Back pain
- Glowing skin
- Thick healthy hair (increase in hair volume)
It takes about a month. If you read the pregnancy test it says that the month after you think you conceived is when you can test yourself, and the result will probably be more definite.
A pregnancy test will give an accurate result 3 weeks after sex.
14 weeks after intercourse is the most accurate date for determining pregnancy with a home pregnancy test.
Yes, cramping *without bleeding* can be an early sign of pregnancy. Below, several women tell their personal experience with cramping and pregnancy:
Sometimes spotting is harmless, but sometimes it's a sign of something more serious. Here is some advice from women who've been there - and some of their firsthand experiences, too.
Don't panic! First find out what's going on with your body.
Some women's experiences of spotting and miscarriage:
Here is more advice and input from others:
The following beginning symptoms and later symptoms are indicative:
Later symptoms (typically before the 7th week):
Signs only a doctor will recognize and will interpret as an Ectopic Pregnancy
If you have any symptoms, immediately:
NOTE: If a uterine ultrasound shows a uterine pregnancy, you cannot experience this. If you have vaginal bleeding after confirmation of a uterine pregnancy, you could be having a miscarriage. Miscarriage pain is much, much less intense and often more like period cramps than what is described above.
Reasons for Menstrual Period Symptoms
Studies indicate that almost 80% women suffer the effects of menstrual discomforts. The world over women experience some typical symptoms of menstrual period flow. But we first need to know the mechanics behind the activity to understand why these symptoms appear and what makes them such a problem.
Every month a woman's ovaries release one egg into her uterus. This egg stays there , waiting to be fertilized, and after a few days, is discharged from the uterus along with its tissue lining . This was the lining that had been prepared by nature to create a soft, warm cocoon for the fetus that would have been conceived had the egg got fertilised. This is nature's own baby basket and its warm lining.
But when the egg doesn't get fertilized, and is expelled from the body with a bloody vaginal discharge, this is called the menstrual flow. This process is called menstruation. As this blood, tissue and the egg flow out from the vagina, they cause some physical discomfort but most of the pain associated with the menstrual flow is largely hormones related.
Menstrual Period Symptoms
The most common symptom of menstruation is the pain in the abdomen. In many cases this is located at the lower abdomen or lower back area. The pain usually starts from a couple of days before the actual flow starts and is generally referred to as PMS - Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. There are other symptoms that are equally discomforting but until very recently it was dismissed as female drivel , fuss over a pain that is nowhere else except for in the imagination. But science has now established that discomforts and pain during the menstrual flow are not psychological, they have very physical roots. Most of these pains are caused by dramatically fluctuating hormone levels in the body. Whoever said that the ability to give birth would come easy?
The pain or menstrual cramps usually come because during the first five days of the menstrual period, the uterus is contracting in spasms, in order to shed the lining. The pain is a much milder form of what she will experience during childbirth, also a contractions- led activity. The muscle contractions here are cause by a chemical called prostaglandins. This hormone causes the muscles of the uterus to contract for a longer period of time, sometimes depriving it of oxygen. This is what causes menstrual cramps.
Then after 14 days, the hormonal level changes to prepare for the release of the next egg. The hormone levels of both estrogen and progesterone keep rising till about 4 days before the next period, and then, if fertilization has not taken place, they fall. This sudden change causes more irritation and emotional imbalance in a woman. People refer this discomfort to, when they talk about 'that time of the month'.
Around the time ovulation happens there is a pain in the back, abdomen or even dizziness. Just about a week before the actual menstrual period flow starts, the woman may experience bloating. This is water retention on legs and around the middle, sometimes even the face. The other symptoms are breast tenderness, decreased activity levels and lack of sleep. Some women also experience changes in appetite while some others break out in acne. There sometimes seems to be a slight loss of coordination, so many women experience trouble in driving in this PMS state. A woman approaching this time usually experiences attacks of anxiety and social withdrawal. The most common of all symptoms, is irritability or moodiness, depression and angry outbursts. Nausea, headache, gas in the abdomen, indigestion and sometimes even diarrhea are common symptoms and pains of menstrual period. If these pains get more severe than normal, they are taken to be a disorder called dysmenorrhea.
The bad news is that menstrual pain and discomfort does not spare any woman who is in the fertile age bracket, usually between 12 and 51. Class, culture, body type, even race make no difference.
Period delay isn't a definite sign of pregnancy. Lots of things can cause a period to be late. I am normally a very regular person and I have been late the last two months.
If you are still unsure, take a home pregnancy test and find out for sure.
In the first couple of weeks-you can experience a multitude of symptoms such as light-headedness, nausea, sore breasts, more than normal vaginal discharge, sensitivity to smell, period-like cramping, light spotting also known as "implantation bleeding", heartburn, gas, constipation, metallic taste in mouth, darkening of nipples and the list goes on. Some women experience symptoms as early as the first two weeks-others don't get any symptoms-and most feel symptoms starting at about the time of their missed period. There are a huge number of signs and symptoms that can tip you off that you might be pregnant! Of course the only way to know for sure is a positive pregnancy test (around 12-14 days past ovulation). But for all of us who are trying to conceive it is hard not to speculate about every sign!
Hormone levels increase dramatically even in very early pregnancy, which is the main source of all pregnancy symptoms. Some women will experience symptoms as early as implantation (6-12 days past ovulation) and others will only start to experience symptoms around their expected period, and others don't notice any difference until they are about 6 weeks pregnant.
You could have a cyst on your ovaries.
The pregnancy tests aren't always accurate, so I would talk to my doctor if I were you.
Cervical mucus could be early pregnancy discharge. But it could also be:
Here is more input from WikiAnswers Contributors:
One common cause of spotting several days before a period is low progesterone. Progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining for pregnancy, and when progesterone levels drop, the menstrual cycle occurs. Progesterone-deficient women will see spotting several days to a week before their period is due. This can affect fertility and in some cases causes miscarriage. You can discover more about spotting in recommended link above.
Spotting can happen while you are pregnant, so take a pregnancy test or visit your doctor to confirm.
Light spotting followed by no period is actually one of the first signs of pregnancy.
This information is from health care professionals and groups such as Mayo Clinic, and should be used as a point of reference or as a generality, because each pregnancy is unique:
Morning sickness is a symptom some women feel during early pregnancy. It starts after conception which may or may not occur after unprotected intercourse. So, first confirm that you are pregnant by using a home pregnancy test, and if positive, make an appointment for a health care professional to confirm those results and to start prenatal care.
Once you have a confirmed pregnancy, the morning sickness usually starts around the first 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy and it tends to get worse over the next month or so after it begins. However, for some women, the queasiness begins as early as two weeks after conception.
Morning sickness for the majority of women stops around the 12 th week, but for many women it continues until the 14th to 16th week. About half of the women feel complete relief by 14 weeks. For the rest, it may take one more month or so for it to stop. It can return later, and for some unlucky women it can come and go throughout the entire pregnancy. There isn't a set time for it to stop because each woman is different, and each pregnancy is different.
If nausea and vomiting persists well into the second trimester (after the 13th week) you should contact your doctor just to be on the safe side. It isn't harmful to you or your baby unless you have excessive vomiting and can't keep anything down. If you are unable to eat or drink fluids and keep it down for 24 hours straight, you may have something called hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition can be harmful to both you and your baby, so you should contact your doctor right away to see if you need any special treatment.
As stated above, each pregnancy is unique, so here is some information from various contributors about their experiences:
In most cases, it is not possible to start having symptoms so early, since it takes the female body about two weeks to produce the HCG (pregnancy) hormone that make you feel pregnancy symptoms. However, every woman is different. Following are several opinions and experiences on this issue from s.com contributors.
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Experiences from s.com contributors
I dont know about everyone else but, when I was pregnant (at what must have been 4-5 weeks) it felt like my period was going to come at any time. Kept waiting.... And at about 4 days- 1 week after I had been excpecting my period, I got a positive pregnancy test. In the weeks before, and leading up to this point, I had the same type of cervical mucus you would expect before you got your period. Also my cervix was low for a good week or two (Like my period was coming) before it finally went up and stayed there at about 5 weeks pregnant. From there on I had cervical mucus you would get while you are ovulating or turned on. Also some other symptoms I had that may not be common, but were noticed very early in my pregnancy were;
* An impending feeling of getting your period soon.
* An annoyingly runny nose.
* Bubbly feeling in my stomach, (towards the top by your sternum) kind of like when your really hungry and just drank some really carbonated soda.
* Very tired.
* Irrationally moody and snappy for no obvious reason.
* The general feeling of maybe being pregnant.
* Very thirsty! All the time.
* Having to urinate more often.
* I had slightly sore nipples this time. In the first pregnancy they hurt really bad though. They also feel very heavy and big pretty early on.
Slight skin changes. For example: Breaking out and dry skin early on then nice smooth perfect complexion after about the 7th week on.
Yes, bloating can be a symptom of pregnancy.
Here is advice and input from others:
During ovulation the cervix is soft, high,open and wet. Around the time of menstruation the cervix is low and hard. I've heard OB/GYNs making this analogy when referring to a pregnant vs. non-pregnant cervix: A non-pregnant cervix feels like a hard, unripe piece of fruit, while a pregnant cervix is more like an almost over-ripe plum. It becomes very tender and engorged with blood, especially early on in pregnancy.In the early stages of pregnancy you may notice that your cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman. You may see the change in your cervix shortly before your period is due or you may not feel this for several weeks.As the pregnancy progresses you will probably have an increase in vaginal discharge, but the cervical mucous is fairly minimal during pregnancy. Some women may notice a change in their cervix in very early pregnancy but cervical position is not a good sign of pregnancy. That is because the cervix changes not only from woman to woman but from day to day and could even be different in the same woman at different times of the day. I would recommend to check your cervix right after your period ends and check it every day, at the same time, in the same position. That way you know how your cervix is suppose to feel at what point during your cycle and if it doesn't feel that it's suppose to you could use that to help you determine pregnancy. For a woman that doesn't check her cervix regularly I would say it's next to impossible to determine if she's pregnant or not by checking it.
Your cervix should be high just like during ovulation, except closed. It will also still feel soft, more like lips. Unless you've been checking your cervix consistently there is almost no way to tell where you are in your cycle through this method. Remember to wash your hands before you check, but other than that, you should have no problems with infection. Just don't get your hopes up that you'll be able to detect pregnancy through your cervical position, especially if you haven't been monitoring it's position already.
Ballottement indicates an increase of fluid over the patella at the knee joint - this has more to do with an injury or infection and nothing to do with pregnancy.
Braxton Hicks or practice contractions are uterine contractions not usually felt until the second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy - the only cause of Braxton Hicks is pregnancy.
Chadwick's sign is a bluish discoloration of the cervix, vagina, and labia caused by the hormone estrogen, its presence is an early sign of pregnancy.
Goodell's Sign is a softening of the cervix and vagina - an indication of pregnancy.
Hegar's sign is a softening at the cervix (lower end) and the fundus (top of) the uterus - an indication of pregnancy.
While similar conditions may have alternative causes - Braxton Hick's, Chadwick's, Goodell's and Hegar's are all found in pregnancy.
Aside from being bad for your hygienic standards (and probably your partner's particularly during oral sex), this kind of discharge shouldn't be of any concern. Keep yourself clean, fresh, and dry as this will help you feel better about it.
Do not douche, as douching upsets the normal balance of microorganisms and the pH levels in the vagina which can lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is a serious vaginal infection. Douching can also lead to preterm birth. It could force air into the vagina, which can be dangerous during pregnancy.
If your vaginal discharge differs from leukorrhea, you should record it with your doctor. Be sure to note any strange odors, colors, thickness, heaviness, and any other concurrent symptoms you may be experiencing.
You also have a mucous plug. The mucous plug is the "cork" of mucus that seals the opening of the uterus and can become dislodged, though generally it dislodges near the end of the pregnancy up to two weeks before actual delivery. The mucous plug is a gelatinous chuck of mucus that is passed through the vagina. You will also want to inform your doctor if and when you have passed your mucous plug.
Generally, yes. I am on my third pregnancy, and was always told by my doctor that this was fine. However, if for some reason you belive this to be your "plug" then you should call your doctor. Better safe than sorry, I always say, so I would give him a call. I'm sure chances are, you're fine, especially if you're not bleeding, or cramping. Good luck! I have some too (ew isn't it yucky?) and I read online that it is normal, it is actually the formation of the plug that is causing this!
Diarrhea and period like cramping are signs of pregnancy
if you have missed one period it doesnt mean no ovulation or pregnant you could be lat starting but if you still havent started after a few days of when your period should of started go to your doctor your pharmicest and take a pregnancy test because you could be pregnant.
The best way to tell if you are pregnant is to see your doctor and have him examine you. A quick way to check is to use an over the counter home pregnancy test that you can buy at any pharmacy, but those should not be trusted 100%.
The majority of pregnancy tests check for the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in the urine of patients. hCG is produced following implantation of the growing 'egg' into the wall of the uterus, so these tests are not accurate in the VERY early stages of pregnancy. The results should be confirmed by a doctor.
Chances are that your doctor will perform a blood or urine test, again looking for the presence of hCG. The doctor could also send you for a obstetric ultrasonography, a test that uses ultrasound to create an image of the baby in the womb. This will allow you to see the baby as early as four and half weeks gestation. At this point, hCG production will already be present, so chances are you would need this test as the normal tests would work just fine.
Hormonal changes of pregnancy cause a number of 'symptoms' to become present in the mother. It is important to remember that some of these symptoms may be caused by other factors, and are not an immediate indication of pregnancy. Symptoms include:
This is generic advice. It is not a substitute for an examination by a doctor. Visit them as soon as you know (or even think!) you are pregnant. Some of these symptoms can indicate not only pregnancy, but also serious health issues that may need immediate medical attention.
There are a number of ways to figure it out: Tender/ swollen breasts Headaches Upset stomach and diarrhea Vomiting and nausea (morning sickness) Food cravings (abnormal) Revolted by certain smells you normally wouldn't feel disgusted about Frequent urge to urinate Dizziness or fainting spells Increased vaginal discharge Missing a period Take a test
Usually, discharge increases during pregnancy but some women do experience less discharge.
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