Am I Pregnant? 12 Early Pregnancy Symptoms
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Pregnancy Symptoms Summary
Pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman. There are some symptoms that are more frequent in some women. These symptoms include a missed period, nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight gain, headaches, food cravings, and mood changes.
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Am I pregnant?

Most women become suspicious that they are pregnant when they miss a menstrual period. While absence of menstruation is a hallmark symptom of pregnancy, other symptoms and signs also are frequently experienced by many women in the early stages of pregnancy. It's important to remember that not all women will experience each of these symptoms or have the symptoms to the same degree.

Ectopic pregnancy symptoms, or tubal pregnancy symptoms, are very similar to normal pregnancy symptoms at the outset and can include many of the symptoms described below. However, with a tubal or other type of ectopic pregnancy, other symptoms, such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding, develop over time, usually 6 to 8 weeks after a missed menstrual period.

Pregnancy facts

  • A missed menstrual period is most often the first sign of pregnancy and is a common first trimester symptom.
  • Not all women will experience the same symptoms in early pregnancy or experience these symptoms to the same degree.
  • Feelings of breast swelling, tenderness, or pain are also commonly associated with early pregnancy.
  • There is usually only a small amount of weight gain in the first trimester of pregnancy. In this early stage of pregnancy a weight gain of about one pound per month is typical.
  • Many women report cravings for certain foods during the early stages of pregnancy.
  • A persistently elevated basal body temperature (the oral temperature measured first thing in the morning, upon arising from sleep) is another characteristic sign of early pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting, sometimes known as "morning sickness" typically begins in the 2nd to 8th week of pregnancy.
  • Other possible early pregnancy symptoms are mood swings, fatigue, changes in skin pigmentation, frequent urination, and headache.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/1/2012

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7 Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms

By Lisa Fields
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Pregnancy changes your life -- and your body.

You knew that your belly would expand, you'd feel more tired than usual, and you might throw up a few times as your pregnancy developed. But you may not have expected some of the other physical changes.

"So many things happen to a woman's body when she becomes pregnant, and most are shocking: hair growth on your belly, belching and constipation, increased vaginal discharge , and hemorrhoids, to name a few," says ob-gyn Michele M. Hakakha, MD, author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy.

"These aren't things that a woman usually talks about, so it's no wonder that there's a bit of embarrassment," she says."I always joke that half my day revolves around answering questions that begin with: 'This is a really weird one,' or 'This is really embarrassing, but I need to ask.'"

Don't be shy! Your ob-gyn needs to know what's going on with you to make sure your pregnancy is on track.

"The majority of the time, it's normal signs of pregnancy," says Kim Hoover, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Reassurance is important -- letting women know that their gas, bloating, incontinence, stretch marks, and belching are normal."

Here are seven embarrassing -- yet completely normal -- symptoms that many pregnant women experience, plus what you can do to minimize them.

1. Excess Gas

Virtually every pregnant woman gets gassy. That's because pregnancy brings a hormonal surge that can slow down your gastrointestinal tract.


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