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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Urinary Incontinence

The growing belly that is so beautiful during pregnancy can also cause some embarrassing side effects; sneezing, laughing or coughing may lead you to experience some urinary incontinence during pregnancy. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Flatulence and Gas

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

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 »

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 »

Increased Sense of Smell

Scents and odors that once brought happiness may smell horrible during pregnancy. The change, like so many other changes during pregnancy, is caused by a pregnancy hormones. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pregnancy Stages: Embarrassing Symptoms of Pregnancy

Not all of pregnancy is beautiful or comfortable. For some women, talking about the more embarrassing symptoms that occur during pregnancy stages can be hard. ... 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 »

Diarrhea During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment

Diarrhea is common during pregnancy, but it can occasionally be a sign of a more serious problem. Learn the causes, important facts, and treatments. ... 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 »

Braxton Hicks Contractions And False Labor

Braxton Hicks contractions aka false labor pains are the body's way of preparing for birth. For new moms and seasoned mothers-to-be alike, it can be difficult to know if labor is beginning or not. ... read more »

Cervical Mucus Changes

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

Thick Creamy White Discharge, or Milky White Vaginal Discharge

A thick creamy milky white vaginal discharge is normal and could be the first pregnancy sign and symptom. ... 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 »

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 »

Pelvic Pressure In Pregnancy: Causes And Treatment

Your baby's growth is consistent over the 40 weeks of pregnancy, but you may not notice any pelvic discomfort or pressure until well into the third trimester. ... 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 »

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 »

Nasal Congestion and Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

Blood volume increases during pregnancy, and this increase in can cause swelling of nasal tissues, congestion and pain. ... read more »

Linea Nigra and Pregnancy

Linea Nigra is the medical term for that dark line that appears during pregnancy. The line often starts at the belly button and ends at the public bone. ... read more »

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

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

NSAID Medications Increase Miscarriage Risk

Women who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) around conception are more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women who did not take the drugs. ... read more »

Sympathetic Pregnancy: Is Couvade Syndrome Real?

Over the first few weeks of your pregnancy you notice your partner is experiencingquite a few of the symptoms you're experiencing. This phenomenon iscalled sympathetic pregnancy or Couvade syndrome, but it is real? ... read more »

Hair Loss and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the few times in life when hair growth is sustained for around nine months. Normal hair growth cycles follow a 90/10 ratio. About 90% of the hair follicles are in the growing state at any given time. ... read more »

PMS is Associated with Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Dresden, Germany recently published a report on the parallel between premenstrual symptoms (also known as premenstrual syndrome or PMS) and pregnancy symptoms. ... read more »

Pregnancy is Most Googled Medical Symptom in 2013

The study of internet search words is a tremendously big business benefiting many industries. ... read more »

Effect of Mint Oil on Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy

It is estimated that up to 80% of pregnant women suffer some sort of nausea or vomiting during pregnancy. Researchers from Babol University of Medical Sciences recently published a study in the Iran Red Crescent Medical Journal on the effects of mint oil on these common pregnancy symptoms. ... read more »

What Happens To My Baby in the First Trimester?

Your body goes through many changes throughout the first trimester, as does your baby. Here are some things that will happen as your baby goes through the first 12 weeks of life. ... read more »

The Second Trimester from the Male Perspective

If the first trimester of pregnancy is a whirlwind of constant change and discomfort for both you and your partner, the second trimester represents perhaps the eye of the storm. During the second trimester, that little one is going to continue to grow and develop. ... 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 »

The First Trimester from the Male Perspective

The first trimester of pregnancy is just the beginning of a journey that's going to take you some strange places. It's one thing to read about it; it's quite another thing to actually go through it. Still, the more prepared you are the softer the blow will be. ... read more »

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