When you’re trying to get pregnant, you scrutinize every sensation in your body. Was that a cramp, or implantation? Most women will never know that they’re pregnant until they get tested, while others swear that they knew they were pregnant from the moment of conception.
Can you feel implantation, or is it just wishful thinking? Here are four early signs of conception. Click here if you want to check a more detailed list of early pregnancy signs.
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4 Common Signs for Early Conception
What does implantation feel like?
If you asked most women this question, they’d have one answer: a lot like your period.
As the fertilized egg buries itself into the uterine wall, you might feel some cramping. Yes, cramping after conception can and does occur. Those women who swear they felt something almost immediately after conception were not lying.
Unfortunately, this cramping can sometimes mimic the same cramps you feel just before you get your period. This makes it difficult to determine whether a successful implantation has occurred, or if your period is on its way. Generally speaking, though, cramping caused by implantation is lighter than period cramps, and usually goes away within a few hours or a day.
One of the more common signs of fertilization is spotting. Light spotting can occur after implantation. When the egg implants itself into the uterus, some shedding of the uterine lining can occur. You may see very light bleeding, usually bright pink, but anything heavier than spotting may be a sign that your period is starting.
Some women may see brown blood instead of bright pink. The color of the blood depends on how long it takes to leave the uterus. If the blood takes a few days to make it from the uterus to the vagina, the blood will age and turn brown before it leaves the body. If it only takes a few hours to leave the vagina, the blood will be bright pink (fresh).
3. Breast Changes
Many women experience breast changes very early in their pregnancy. Soreness, swelling and tenderness are all common after implantation. These changes occur because your hormone levels are fluctuating rapidly right after conception.
It’s important to note, however, to pay attention to the timing of these changes. If they’re occurring seven days after ovulation, there’s a good chance that implantation has taken place. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing this the day of or just before ovulation, these changes may just be a sign that your body is ovulating.
4. Frequent Urination
One of the most common signs of early pregnancy is frequent urination. Many women find themselves making repeated visits to the bathroom just a week after conception. If you’re urinating more frequently and only passing small amounts of urine, this may be a sign of pregnancy.
When the egg implants itself, the body starts secreting more of the hCB hormone. This signals the body to pump more blood to the pelvic region. As a result of the increased blood flow, the bladder becomes more irritable.
Many women find themselves waking up several times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom early in their pregnancy.
These are four of the most common signs of early conception. Cramping and spotting are the most common signs of implantation, but many women also experience breast changes and frequent urination. While these may be signs of conception, only a pregnancy test can confirm whether or not you’re pregnant.