Pregnancy Symptoms: Am I Pregnant?

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8 fast pregnancy symptoms facts

  1. Not all women experience the same symptoms of pregnancy, and symptoms vary in severity.
  2. A woman will not necessarily experience the same symptoms in the same way in subsequent pregnancies as with her first pregnancy.
  3. Certain symptoms, like absence of menstruation and weight gain, are common to all pregnancies.
  4. Other possible symptoms of early pregnancy include mood changes, increased urination, headaches, low backache, breast tenderness, darkened areolas, fatigue, nausea, and implantation bleeding.
  5. Symptoms of late pregnancy can include leg swelling, backache, heartburn, leakage of urine, and shortness of breath.
  6. Braxton-Hicks contractions are non-labor contractions of the uterus that occur in late pregnancy. Unlike true labor, these contractions do not increase in intensity and are irregular.
  7. Many medications are safe for pregnant women.
  8. Home remedies and self-care strategies can bring relief for many pregnancy symptoms.

Pregnancy symptoms in general

Symptoms of pregnancy can vary among different women. They may vary in quality or severity, and even the same woman may not experience the same symptoms in every pregnancy. Pregnancy symptoms may also be noticed or begin at different points in the pregnancy. Some women may experience symptoms within the first weeks of pregnancy, while others may develop symptoms later. Symptoms of early pregnancy can also be similar to symptoms experienced prior to the menstrual period, so a woman may not recognize the symptoms as related to pregnancy.

This article describes the most common symptoms of pregnancy in its early and later stages.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2014

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