Implantation signs are the first thing every woman looks for when trying to conceive. Signs of implantation are vast and can include everything from bleeding to cramps and discharge. The following are typical signs that implantation has occurred.
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1. Implantation Bleeding
Bleeding is one of the most accurate signs of pregnancy, but it is only seen in 1 out of 3 women. In fact, many women won’t even realize that the spotting is implantation bleeding and not the start of their period.
This bleeding is normally not:
- Bright red like period blood
- As consistent as period blood
- Formed in clots
Light pink or even a brownish color may be present when implantation blood is seen. This blood will not have the same amount of flow as a period in most cases. Some women do experience heavy implantation bleeding, and the easiest way to differentiate between implantation and period blood is by its consistency.
Blood from implantation does not clot, and it will be on and off. Women can expect this to last hours, or up to 4 days.
Spotting is most common with implantation.
One of the most common implantation symptoms is cramping. These cramps are often more mild than period cramps and should not be so bad that you wince over in pain. Mild in nature, these cramps will only last a short period of time with many women experiencing them for just 5 minutes.
If you feel any severe pain, it’s a smart choice to see a doctor.
3. Breast Tenderness
Immediately after implantation, the body begins to change. These changes occur rapidly and will gradually increase as a woman is expecting. Breast tenderness is a symptom that is common from the fast change in hormones.
Hormones will increase, leading to:
Breasts will begin to be sore just days after conception, with most women experiencing sore breasts within 7 days after their ovulation period.
Note: Tender breasts is common for most women during their menstrual cycle and lasts 1 to 2 days.
Breasts will remain sore throughout the majority of the pregnancy, and the tenderness will not go away within a day or two – it will linger.
Breast tenderness is one of the most common and accurate signs that a woman is pregnant. If the breasts are tender, a pregnancy test can be used to determine the likelihood of being pregnant.
4. Increased Basal Temperature
A high basal body temperature (BBT) is used as a way to determine pregnancy. The temperature must be charted during the course of trying to get pregnant to tell if a sharp rise has been seen.
Due to progesterone increasing in the body, the BBT will rise and remain high until the progesterone levels decrease.
BBT temperatures may rise to 37.4C – 37.5C during pregnancy.
5. Cervical Mucus Changes
Cervical mucus is one of the immediate signs of implantation. The mucus will change in consistency, color and flow when a woman is pregnant. A few indicators are:
- Mucus that is consistently white.
- Heavier mucus levels.
- Extremely slippery mucus.
Mucus increases due to an increased blood flow to the vagina. Pregnant women will have this mucus level increase to the point that their underwear is often wet as a result. Women will need to examine their cervical mucus by using a finger or the tissue method. Mucus levels will increase during early pregnancy before lessening as the pregnancy persists.
Confused? Keep reading Cervical Mucus 101,or Why use mucus to predict early pregnancy?
6. Missed Period
One of the most accurate signs that major changes have occurred in the body is a missed period. There are various reasons why a period can be missed aside from pregnancy, but if you have any of the symptoms listed and a missed period, there is a good chance that you’re pregnant.
Missed periods are often close to conception within a week or two from the time when women are most fertile.
It’s very important that if a period is missed, a test is taken so that you can take the necessary steps to have a healthy and safe pregnancy. Professionals recommend waiting until the day after your missed pregnancy to take a pregnancy test. This is the time when the test will be most accurate.
If a test is negative, wait a week before taking another test.
In the event that you missed your period and one or many of the other symptoms are present, make an appointment to see a physician. This will allow you to have a thorough medical exam, ensure that you don’t have an underlying medical issue, and also verify the pregnancy test.
7. Frequent Urination
Within the first weeks to a month of being pregnant, frequent urination will occur. This isn’t much of an early pregnancy indicator, but it is an indicator that a woman may be pregnant. The body is undergoing massive internal changes and making room for the baby to grow inside of the body.
As the baby forms – even when it is the size of a pea – it will start to put pressure on a woman’s bladder. This pressure means that a woman will start urinating more frequently.
When the baby develops more, fluids are retained and flushed out of the body quickly, resulting in frequent urination. The bladder will also have less room to expand in the body, causing urination to occur faster because the bladder will get full faster.
8. Food Cravings and Aversion
Implantation signs include food aversion. This occurs because a woman’s body will produce excess hormones when implantation takes effect. These hormones will alter a woman’s taste-buds, often resulting in her liking foods she didn’t like before, or disliking certain foods that she used to prefer.
Food cravings and aversions do not happen immediately.
For this implantation symptom to be valid, it must occur 7 days or more after a woman’s ovulation cycle has come to an end. If a woman is still ovulating, do not expect food tastes to change at this time.
There are numerous implantation symptoms and signs, but some women won’t experience any noticeable changes. Every woman is different, so signs should be considered valid only after a pregnancy test has confirmed the pregnancy.