Pregnancy Symptoms

Some women sail through pregnancy with only very minor signs or symptoms, whereas others seem to have it all. If this is you, don't be afraid. There are many things you can do to ease the effect your pregnancy symptoms have on you. Also, take comfort in the fact that many of the things described below will disappear by the early portion of your second trimester. Most likely, you won't experience any symptoms of pregnancy until about the time you've missed your period or shortly thereafter.

If you start to experience one or many of the symptoms below and you haven't had a period for a while, you may very well be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test and find out for sure. It's best to wait until at least the first day of a missed period before you take a pregnancy test. If it's negative, try another test again in a few days. Once you have a positive result, make an appointment with your practitioner and head on over to our Stages of Pregnancy section.

Missed Period
Among the first signs of pregnancy is a missed period. If you have missed your period, then home pregnancy test kits can help determine if you are indeed pregnant. These tests measure the levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG. This is secreted in large amounts if you are pregnant and can be found in your urine.

It is best to purchase an ultra-sensitive home test. The most sensitive tests register below 20 mIU/ml and can detect pregnancy as early as six to eight days after conception. Tests that are less sensitive can often be incorrect. Others may not be able to detect pregnancy if they are performed on the first day of a missed period. It is best to determine if you are pregnant as soon as possible so you can start taking care of yourself.

Reasons for a Missed Period

  • Pregnancy is the most common reason for a missed period.
  • During breastfeeding you may find that you will miss your period. However, it is important to realize that you can still get pregnant during this time.
  • Certain medical conditions can cause you to miss your period, with it resuming when you are healthy again. If you have a co-existing illness that may be causing you to miss your period, see your medical doctor.
  • Excessive exercise. Females who exercise excessively (e.g. marathon runners) will have periods of menstruation cessation. By reducing their exercise to more appropriate levels, they are usually able to return to normal cycles. Also, low body weight associated with excessive exercise or poor eating habits/malnutrition can cause disruptions in your cycle.
  • Birth control pills often cause some women to miss their period completely. Even after you stop taking the pill, you may experience aberrant menstrual cycles for three to six months.
  • Menopause. As women approach menopause, their periods continue to get more and more irregular until they eventually stop completely.

Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is often confused for a period as it occurs at the same time as the expected period would occur. Since implantation bleeding is lighter than your normal period, it is also easy to mistake it for breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Implantation bleeding occurs when the trophoblast attaches itself to the endometrium and slowly starts eating away the lining, thereby causing implantation bleeding. It usually appears light pink or brown in color. How long it will last tends to vary from woman to woman.

Although some women may refer to implantation bleeding as pregnancy spotting, they are not one and the same thing. Spotting in early pregnancy can occur for various reasons and is not necessarily implantation bleeding.

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Hi I'm new to this site, I'm 23 and me and my hubby have been ttc for over a year now. He works away for it's hard to "do the deed" on the right day but we have sex regularly, Ive been off contraception for a bit over a year now. Last month I got my monthlys on the 26th Dec 2011,my period was due on the 24th of Jan I roughly have a 28-29 day cycle. Me and my hubby had sex on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Jan, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and14th of Jan and also on the 20th. On the 20th after we had sex I went to the bathroom straight away and wen I wiped I noticed it was pinkish on the tissue and automatically thought my period was starting but that was it nothing else. We then had sex on the 22nd Jan and the same thing happened, during the day it got heavier and more red (about medium flow) and was the same the next morning by the afternoon of the 23rd it had slowed right down again where I only needed to use a pad and ha turned more a maroon colour, from then till the 26th I had a brown discharge only light though (barely need a pad). This is unlike my usual cycle, usually I start off light first day then am heavy for the next 2 days then it dies down for the last 2-3 days. I usually get bloated a few days before and during my period but I have finished and am still bloated. Ive noticed I've been peeing a bit more coz usually I hardly ever go to the bathroom as Im very bad at drinking water probably twice a day but lately it's been about 3-4 times a day ( dunno if that's much of a difference). I've been pretty tired lately and very unmotivated, in the mornings I just want to lay there and not get up but I make myself. I sometimes get mild cramping during my period but I've noticed today I've been getting these weird twinging feelings in my lower abdomen and my period is finished? I have been pregnant before wen I was 17 and from memory the only symptom I had was feeling hungry all the time but because it was unexpected I wasn't observing my body so it's hard to say ( I had an abortion wasn't ready to be a mum). I'm unsure of the way I'm feeling as I've been ttc for what seems like forever so I dunno if I'm fooling myself into thinking I might be preggaz?? And with the bleeding if it was just a abnormal period?? Has anyone else had similar symptoms or any suggestions ???? Plz help :-) Aw yea I've also been a bit moody I usually get very irritated on my usual cycle especially at work and I have been lately but also I've been crying alot, at really small things aswell, and I'm NOT a cryer hahaha.
12 years ago
I am so confused! I can’t tell the difference between pms vs. pregnancy symptoms! My breasts are really tender and sore and I am moody like crazy. I took a pregnancy test but it was negative. Maybe I am missing my period this time because I recently lost weight and everyone says I look too thin. I can’t tell whats going on. What are the most common pregnancy signs as I would like to know if I am pregnant. And how early can you detect your pregnancy symptoms? My period is now four days late and I usually have a very regular cycle.
13 years ago