Typical pregnancy symptoms usually appear as soon as you are pregnant, at the time of implantation when the hCG preggnancy hormone enters the blood. Nausea and tiredness are among the first typical pregnancy symptoms, though for most women, missing a menstrual period is usually the very first sign that they are pregnant. Typical pregnancy symptoms are related to the pregnancy hormone hCG. They usually do not appear until later on in pregnancy, often weeks after implantation, when hCG is high enough to induce these symptoms. The best way to know for sure that you're pregnant is with a pregnancy test. But there are early symptoms of pregnancy that can alert you to the fact that you may be pregnant and should have a test.

Appetite, Increased

During pregnancy time, a woman's body will need additional calories, not just to help the baby grow, but to keep her healthy as well. As caloric needs increase, hunger may increase as well. ... read more »

Gums, Bleeding and Sore

In the mouth, swollen and bleeding gums during pregnancy are just a side-effect of higher hormone levels that nearly every pregnant woman must suffer with. ... read more »

Forgetfulness

Pregnancy induced forgetfulness is a common part of having a baby. It is not uncommon, however, for women to forget things that seem imprinted on the brain like their own cell phone number or home address. ... read more »

Breasts, Leaky (Postpartum)

When nursing, women often have to deal with leaky breasts. Milk dripping or spraying from the breasts can be uncomfortable and messy. ... read more »

Sciatica - Pregnancy Symptom

Sciatica refers to the pain one experiences along the sciatic nerve. The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve runs down your spin, over you hips and buttocks, and down your legs. ... read more »

Visible Abdominal Vein

The visible vein in your abdomen is due to the fact that an increased blood supply is necessary to move nutrients, vitamins, and life sustaining oxygen back and forth between you and your baby. ... read more »

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which you may feel the need to constantly move your legs and/or you have unpleasant sensations in them. RLS is uncomfortable, but relatively harmless. ... read more »

Protruding Navel

Protruding belly buttons are not linked to labor, but they are linked to the growing baby. As space grows tight your baby will push organs, fluid, and the belly button out of its way in order to stretch, grow and thrive. ... read more »

Migraines

Headaches and migraines are completely different creatures of pain. Migraines cause extreme head pains and can leave moms-to-be writhing in the dark. While hormones are thought to be part of the cause, there are other causes for migraines as well. ... read more »

Chloasma, The Pregnancy Mask

During pregnancy a mask of discoloration, chloasma, on the face that can occur. But chloasma, or the pregnancy mask, is just a natural part of pregnancy. ... read more »

Metallic Taste (Dysgeusia) During Pregnancy

Hormone changes affect a woman's sense of smell, so why would the sense of taste not be affected as well? Estrogen fluctuates widely during pregnancy, which could mean a nasty metallic taste in the mouth, also known as dysgeusia. ... read more »

Breasts, Leaky (Colostrum)

When the final stages of pregnancy grow near, hormones are released that activate milk glands to begin production. At first the milk produced is thick and full of protein for easy digestion by the baby. This milk is called colostrum. ... read more »

Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction

Relaxin is the hormone responsible for the weird feelings and pain associated with symphysis pubic dysfunction. Relaxin works to loosen ligaments and joints in preparation for giving birth. ... read more »

Snoring

During pregnancy, women tend to experience nasal congestion and stuffiness that can increase the chances of snoring and sleep apnea. Weight gain, especially excess weight gain, can also attribute to an increase in snoring. ... read more »

Flatulence and Gas

Though flatulence doesn't fall under the umbrella of "beautiful aspects" it is a common symptom during pregnancy. ... read more »

Feet, Increased Size

Tummy, breasts and feet all grow during pregnancy. While the first two are expected, women are often surprised when their favorite shoes no longer fits. ... read more »

Fecal Incontinence, Postpartum

Having a baby often causes a woman to lose control of her bodily functions. Fecal incontinence, or inability to control bowel movements and gas, may be common during and after, but that does not make it any less embarrassing. ... read more »

Early Pregnancy Symptoms Signs Before Your Missed Period

The initial early pregnancy symptoms signs can be recognized before a pregnancy test is positive and before a missed period. ... read more »

What to Expect From Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

As the end of the pregnancy approaches, pelvic pain is often a signal of the start of labor. Labor pelvic pain is associated with pressure on the pelvis or the feeling that baby is getting heavier. ... read more »

What Are the Most Common Types of Pains During Pregnancy?

The pain associated with pregnancy changes can often be scary and confusing. What are the most common types of pains during pregnancy? ... read more »

Pregnancy Discharge

Pregnancy discharge is a common symptom related to hormonal changes. However, the type of pregnancy discharge you have means the difference between normal secretions and potential infection. ... read more »

Morning Sickness Symptoms

More than one-half of all pregnant women will suffer morning sickness symptoms. Morning sickness symptoms can strike in the 4th or 5th week of gestation and last until the 16th week. ... read more »

Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Some women never experience symptoms of morning sickness while others find they fight morning sickness for the duration of their pregnancy. ... read more »

How Soon Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. The severity of morning sickness ranges. ... read more »

Pelvic Girdle Pain

The pelvic girdle is made up of the pelvis and lower back bones, joints and muscles. With a growing baby in your abdomen there is little doubt that you will, at some point during the pregnancy, experience pain in the pelvic girdle. Unlike most pregnancy pains, pelvic girdle pain is not necessarily associated with hormonal increases. ... read more »

Sweating Postpartum

After giving birth, the same hormones that helped you retain fluids throughout your pregnancy, help you get rid of a all that extra fluid by any means such as sweating and urinating. ... read more »

Saliva, Excess

Excess saliva is one of the many of  symptoms of pregnancy. Excess saliva can be nauseating and even increase morning sickness. ... read more »

Rupture of Membranes (amniorrhexis)

You may think you have wet yourself, but in fact the membrane of your amniotic sac has ruptured, an indication that your baby is on the way -- right now! ... read more »

Swollen Legs, Ankles and Feet During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Swollen legs, ankles, and feet during pregnancy and the postpartum/postbirth period can be normal or a sign of more serious problems such as a blood clot in your leg. ... read more »

Clumsiness And Pregnancy

During pregnancy, women often have trouble keeping their balance. Slipping, tripping and generally having trouble walking from one place to the next can be an inconvenient side effect of pregnancy, but one that nearly every pregnant woman must deal with. ... read more »

Vaginal Bleeding and Spotting

Vaginal bleeding will look just like a normal menstrual period with bright, fresh blood or large amounts of old blood. Spotting may be mixed with other fluids and appear light and sporadic. ... read more »

Cervical Mucus Changes

Cervical mucus changes are common throughout the natural menstrual cycle that women experience each month. ... read more »

Mucus Plug and the Bloody Show

A "bloody show" occurs when the cervix dilates in preparation for labor, and the cervical mucus plug loosens and washes out of the body, resulting in a "bloody show". ... read more »

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness, nausea and vomiting can be among the first pregnancy symptoms and signs beginning around 4 weeks to 6 weeks gestation. ... read more »

Breast Changes and Pain

Women often complain about breast tenderness and pain. In the beginning, the pain can be attributed to the sudden increase in progesterone and estrogen. As the pregnancy reaches later stages, milk production and the activation of milk ducts can be to blame. ... read more »

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids affect between 20 and 50% of pregnant women. Here's how to cope. ... read more »

Faintness and Dizziness During Pregnancy

Feeling faint during pregnancy is common and could be the body's way of saying, 'I'm too hot!' or it could just be a natural reaction to growing a baby inside. ... read more »

Nausea and Vomiting as Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. And though the name suggests symptoms only occur in the morning, they can really happen at any time of day. ... read more »

Implantation Bleeding or Period: Am I Pregnant or About to Start My Period?

If you have spotting and think it might be implantation bleeding you may pay very close attention to your body. However, a pregnancy test will rarely be positive at the time of implantation bleeding.  ... read more »

What Are My Chances of Being Pregnant With Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

Many of the early signs of pregnancy are also signs of other physical changes in the body. The final determination of pregnancy comes with a positive urine or blood pregnancy test. ... read more »

Discharge in Pregnancy

It is common to notice an increase in milky, white vaginal discharge during early pregnancy and this is sometimes among the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy that a woman observes. ... read more »

Why Am I Showing So Early in Pregnancy?

Not every pregnancy is the same, but when mom notices her tummy is bloating within the first 10 weeks and she looks like she is 4 or 5 months, she may wonder if she is having twins or more. ... read more »

When Does Implantation Bleeding And Spotting Happen?

Implantation and implantation bleeding occur on average about 9 days after ovulation (range between 6-12 days), which is about a week to a few days before your period would normally start. ... read more »

The Very First Pregnancy Symptoms

When a couple is trying to conceive they can become obsessed looking for those first symptoms of pregnancy.  While the symptoms do vary from person to person there are many symptoms that are so common they can be useful to watch for.    ... read more »

Implantation Temperature Dip

The term implantation temperature dip is often used to refer to a luteal phase temperature dip that occurs around the time of expected implantation (7-10 days past ovulation). ... read more »

When Does Implantation Bleeding and Spotting Happen?

Implantation happens on average nine days (6-12 days) after ovulation and fertilization. Some women report having implantation symptoms like implantation bleeding or implantation cramping. ... read more »

Fatigue: Early Pregnancy Signs And Symptoms

Being tired is one of the many symptoms associated with pregnancy but it's not among the earliest pregnancy signs. ... read more »

Positive Pregnancy Test - No Symptoms

I have no pregnancy symptoms but a positive pregnancy test ... read more »

Negative Pregnancy Test and Missed No Period

Missed period and negative pregnancy test - How likely is pregnancy if the pregnancy test is negative? ... read more »

Is Nausea Associated With an Early Pregnancy?

Being nauseous is usually an early sign of pregnancy. However, nausea as a sign and symptom of pregnancy rarely appears before you miss your period and before you have a positive pregnancy test. ... read more »

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