What are pregnancy signs and symptoms?

Not all women have typical early pregnancy symptoms. In fact, only about 1 in 2 pregnant women have these symptoms, and there is nothing wrong if you are pregnant and have no symptoms at all at first. Like most things in pregnancy, signs and symptoms are not the same for all women, and they are different from one pregnancy to the next. After all, every woman is different as are her experiences of pregnancy. Typical pregnancy symptoms are often not diagnosed because they may overlap with menstruation issues. We list some of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy here but it is important to realize that many of these symptoms may be caused by other things besides being pregnant. So keep in mind that the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.

The only way to tell for sure that they are related to pregnancy is to do a pregnancy test. Some women experience them within a week after ovulation, fertilization and conception. In other women, they may develop much later, well after a missed period and/or positive pregnancy test. As stated earlier, other women may never have any symptoms at all. The most significant sign of a pregnancy is a late or missed menstrual period, but the only definitive diagnosis is a positive pregnancy test. Early pregnancy symptoms and signs typically include nausea, breast tenderness, fatigue, mood swings, light bleeding, implantation bleeding, and a missed period but there are so many others. Read on to learn all about pregnancy symptoms and signs.

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Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

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Headaches During Pregnancy and Postpartum

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Is This Implantation Bleeding, Spotting or My Period?

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Pseudocyesis: What Is a Phantom or False Pregnancy?

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Hair Loss Postpartum

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Perineal Soreness

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Cesarean Section: Postpartum Incision Care

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Difficulty Urinating After Giving Birth

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Complete List of Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

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Pregnancy Symptoms Calculator

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Early Signs Of Pregnancy

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Very Early Signs of Pregnancy

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Earliest Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

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First Pregnancy Symptoms

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Pregnancy Symptoms and Their Timing

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Early pregnancy symptoms No. 2

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I have pregnancy symptoms or sign. Could I be pregnant?

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Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy and Postpartum

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Pregnancy Test: When Is it Usually Positive?

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Missed AF and Cramping and Cramps

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Missing the Pill Once

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Early Pregnancy Symptoms of BabyMed Members No. 3

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Urinary Incontinence, Postpartum

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Fatigue During Pregnancy

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Nipples Sore/Cracked, Postpartum

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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

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Exhaustion, Postpartum

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Tingling Hands (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

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Energy, Increased

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Leg Cramps

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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 »

Vision Changes

Increased fluid retention and volume in the body during pregnancy can cause a build-up of fluid behind the eyes, which may cause you to have blurry vision. ... 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 »

Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

The increased demand on the body during pregnancy requires additional blood, which results in an increased volume. This increase in blood volume can cause additional pressure on blood vessels leading to varicose veins. ... read more »

Sciatica - Pregnancy Symptom

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