Pregnancy symptoms differ for each woman, but early signs typically include missed menstrual periods, spotting, tender breasts, headaches and nausea, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women can experience different symptoms with each subsequent pregnancy, and some pregnancy indicators are associated with other conditions, so an official test is always recommended by physicians.
Above each symptoms of pregnancy are common but women can experience different symptoms with each subsequent pregnancy, and some pregnancy indicators are associated with other conditions.
What are the most common first signs of pregnancy? In a poll conducted by the American Pregnancy Association, the most commonly reported first symptoms of pregnancy included:
While implantation bleeding is often considered the first pregnancy symptom, the survey conducted by the American Pregnancy Association revealed that only 3% of women identified implantation bleeding as their first sign of pregnancy
Untimely bleeding is frustrating. Especially so, when you are planning for pregnancy and notice slight bleeding. But do not get disappointed as this bleeding indicates something good for you. It could be implantation bleeding, a normal physiological process in any pregnancy. It is one of the early symptoms of your pregnancy. Read this MomJunction post to know more about implantation, its stages, symptoms and how you can confirm that.
Implantation (of the human embryo) is the attachment of the fertilized egg (the blastocyst) to the lining of the uterus to grow and develop. It is an entirely natural process that happens a week after ovulation and is an early stage of pregnancy.
One-third of women experience implantation bleeding but is mistaken for menstruation as it happens at the same time of your cycle.
The embryo implantation occurs on the sixth or seventh day after ovulation. This process has three stages:
Implantation bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy but you could mistake it to be your regular menstrual bleeding. Implantation bleeding is light, often in pink or brown spots, and occurs between the sixth and the 12th day of your cycle depending on the length of your cycle.
You may get disappointed thinking implantation bleeding to be the spotting before menses. But this bleeding happens when the embryo embeds into the uterine wall. So, if you notice light bleeding or spotting before the onset of your period, you do not have to worry. Just look at its color and other features.
Look out for these signs and symptoms if you spot bleeding just before your menstrual due date. However, note that they can differ from one woman to another:
Every pregnancy is different, and so are the implantation symptoms. They may also differ from the first pregnancy to the subsequent ones. Some women do not notice any symptoms associated with implantation. Listed below are the possible implantation signs that would help in confirming your pregnancy.
The second common symptom after spotting is implantation cramping, which is similar to period cramping. However, these cramps are milder and are less painful. So, where does implantation cramping occur? You will experience them in your back and lower abdomen and last for a couple of days. They are sometimes associated with continuous contractions in the uterine wall. If the cramping is severe and unbearable for a long time, it is advisable to see your healthcare provider.
Soon after implantation, your body begins to change. Breasts undergo changes such as tenderness, soreness, and swelling. It is due to the changing female hormone levels after conception. In some cases, these changes are visible during ovulation as well as a week after ovulation.
The basal body temperature (BBT) is high during implantation and can be a way to determine pregnancy. You may not necessarily track your body temperature unless you are trying to get pregnant. Therefore, you must chart your daily temperature, and see if it is increasing. The BBT rises at the time of ovulation due to increasing progesterone hormone and remains elevated when implantation occurs.
The urge to urinate increases within a week of implantation. Your body undergoes massive changes to make room for the baby. Increased blood supply to the pelvic area puts pressure on your bladder. This pressure increases your urge to urinate.
This is another prominent sign of implantation. The hormones produced as a result of implantation tend to alter the woman’s likes and dislikes for food. You may crave for foods you have not tasted before or dislike foods you once loved. However, any cravings or aversions for food within seven days of ovulation cannot be considered an implantation symptom.
They are less common signs of implantation and last for about 15 minutes at the time of implantation. During implantation, the hormone levels rapidly fluctuate causing hot flashes. Though it is an inconsistent sign, you may still consider it in association with the other symptoms.
An increase in the progesterone levels after implantation triggers the cervix to swell and increases the blood flow to it. Additionally, the glands enlarge and the hormones stimulate the glands to produce more cervical mucus. The mucus thus contains some blood, which is why cervical mucus after implantation looks pinkish or brownish in color. While the above signs could determine your pregnancy, you cannot be sure until you take a test. Moreover, remember that not every woman has these signs.