Pregnancy Symptoms - Week By Week

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What are the most common pregnancy symptoms?

The following are the most common pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester.

Missed period

A missed menstrual period is most often the first sign of pregnancy and is a common first trimester symptom. Sometimes a woman who is pregnant may still experience some bleeding or spotting around the time of the expected period, typically 6 to 12 days after conception. When it occurs, this so-called "implantation bleeding" is generally not as heavy or long as a regular menstrual period. This small amount of bleeding that happens at the time of the expected menstrual period occurs because the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall. This is referred to as implantation bleeding.

Any bleeding during pregnancy is typically lighter than that observed during the regular menstrual period. However, if a woman does not have regular menstrual cycles, she may notice some of the other symptoms of early pregnancy before it is apparent that the menstrual period has been missed. A missed menstrual period also does not confirm that a woman is pregnant even if she has regular cycles, since both emotional and physical conditions may cause absent or delayed periods.

Return to Am I Pregnant? 12 Early Pregnancy Symptoms (Week by Week)

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Comment from: lilmssunshine, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 12

I get sickness and headaches with the tiredness and it's a body I don't know anymore. I feel sick or get sick, it has not gone away. I crave for things.

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Comment from: Rogine, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 13

My pregnancy symptoms started at 3 weeks but I'm very sensitive to my body. It's supposed to be different for everyone but it definitely can't happen before the first 2 weeks (I think it has something to do with the implantation). I had nausea, and was totally exhausted all the time! And I kept getting really sick to my tummy every time I smoked a cigarette.

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