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.

Pregnancy Symptoms Calculator

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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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Hair Loss Postpartum

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Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary Incontinence, Postpartum

The same muscles that are used to push your baby through the birth canal are used to stop urine from escaping the bladder during normal activity. Muscles of the pelvic area require time to heal and as they heal urinary incontinence will often ease off. ... 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

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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 »

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

To prepare for giving birth, during which your baby must be moved through the birth canal, pregnancy hormones work to loosen ligaments and joints in the pelvic area. ... read more »

Tingling Hands (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

Carpal tunnel is an injury associated with overuse of your hands, the symptoms of which are tingling and pain. During pregnancy, these symptoms are not associated with overuse, but fluid retention and swelling. ... read more »

Nipples Sore/Cracked, Postpartum

After giving birth, you are looking forward to healing and living your life as a new mother. Breastfeeding is a crucial part of the growing connection between you and your baby but dry, cracked nipples are a common part of the breastfeeding process. ... read more »

Fatigue During Pregnancy

When the baby is growing inside a woman's tummy, the body uses tons of stored energy, and all energy obtained from food to ensure the baby continues to grow, and that the woman stays healthy. This can lead to fatigue and extreme exhaustion in some cases. ... read more »

Exhaustion, Postpartum

The baby has finally arrived and it feels like that boost of nesting energy left too quickly. Many moms feel postpartum exhaustion and simply need a bit of time to rest-up while her body is changing, yet again, and trying to return to normal. ... 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 »

Leg Cramps

Sharp pains in the legs, especially the calf muscles, are just a part of pregnancy. Like any other pregnancy aches, hormones are probably to blame for some of the pain, but other factors are certainly part of these irritating nightly occurrences as well. ... read more »

Energy, Increased

Some women experience extra energy during pregnancy that is oftencalled the 'nesting instinct'. Nesting often occurs closer to the end of pregnancy, but is not uncommon for the duration of gestation. ... 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 »

Skin Discoloration

During pregnancy pigmentation on the skin frequently changes. Freckles, darker skin, and linea nigra (the dark line that appears vertically on your abdomen from your belly button to your pelvis) are all associated with pregnancy. ... 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

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 »

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

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Flatulence and Gas

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

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 »

Heartburn or Indigestion

There is an old wives' tale that claims heartburn during pregnancy means the baby will have lots of hair. While there is little truth to this tale, many women still experience intense digestive issues (indegestion) while carrying baby. ... 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 »

Frequent Urination

Pregnancy hormones are to blame for frequent urination during pregnancy as hCG levels increase blood flow to the pelvic region of the body. Increased fluid retention is another cause for frequent urination. ... read more »

Increased Sense of Smell

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