Pregnancy Symptoms (Written
in response to a reader's request.)
Keep in mind;
pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman.
Probably the most significant pregnancy symptom is a missed menstrual
period or delayed period.
pregnancy symptoms is important because each symptom may be related
to something other than pregnancy. Some women experience pregnancy
symptoms within a week of conception. For other women, symptoms
may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. Below
is a list of some of the most common pregnancy symptoms, but of
course these can vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy
missed period (menstruation):
This is the most common reason a woman tests for pregnancy. When
you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Some women
can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will
be shorter or lighter than a normal period. This symptom is commonly
explained by other reasons. If you have been sexually active and
have missed a period, it is recommended that you take a test: Buy
a pregnancy test.
for a missed or delayed period: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue,
hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control
pill, or breast-feeding.
and or Tender Breasts:
Swollen or tender breasts are a pregnancy symptom that may begin
as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes
in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.
Some say their breasts feel tingly.
Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom that can also
start as early as the first week after conception.
Stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses
can also leave you feeling tired or fatigued. Many women get very
tired prior to their periods.
often called Morning Sickness:
This well-known pregnancy symptom will often show up between 2 to
8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with
morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout
most of their pregnancy or for the first trimester.
Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making
a few extra trips to the bathroom. It's not from the pressure of
the uterus, it is hormonal.
a truism that pregnant women constantly need to urinate. Most people
assume that the cause of this problem is the pressure of the growing
uterus against the bladder. This is certainly true some months into
pregnancy, after the uterus has begun to expand. But frequent urination
can be a problem even early in the first trimester, because of the
high level of the hormone progesterone in the mother's body."
relaxes the bladder muscles, sparking signals to the brain that
you "need to go."
(I have this
in quotes as it is from an old pamphlet I had on pregnancy, from
If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker.
Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy or
may be a leftover effect from a previous pregnancy.
If you are experiencing these symptoms? buy a home pregnancy test.
Unplanned pregnancy? Call 1-800-230-PLAN in the United States. Go to Planned Parenthoods
web site to find the clinic nearest you.