THE symptoms of pregnancy in the first days they can be similar to those of PMS and therefore difficult to recognize. Furthermore, they vary from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy.
As a result, some expectant mothers may begin to suspect they are expecting already in the first days after conception, while others may not notice anything until missed menstruation or even later in gestation.
When do the first symptoms of pregnancy appear?
In the first days of pregnancy, the signs of conception they are generally inaudible: they will begin to become more evident only in the following weeks, with increasing hormonal levels and, in particular, the beta-HCG, of the estrogen he was born in progesterone.
Some expectant mothers, however, experience the first symptoms as early as a week after conception, that is, even before a delayed period occurs.
Control of the fertile period
In order for a pregnancy to be in progress, it is necessary to have had at least one unprotected intercourse in the fertile period. Therefore, before even checking the symptoms, it is possible to check with our calculator if intercourse took place near ovulation.
The count gives only one approximate indication and it can be useful if and only if you have a extremely regular cycle or if you know the duration of your own luteal phase (i.e. the period between ovulation and the onset of menstruation).
On the other hand, even having a regular cycle, it is always possible to ovulate before or after the expected period and, for this reason, the calculators they should never be used to avoid pregnancy.
Furthermore, for women who are looking for a child, the use of computers should be combined with others methods for identifying one’s fertile period, such as observing cervical mucus and using ovulation tests.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy in the first few days?
Among the most frequent symptoms in the first weeks of gestation we find:
- Implant losses
- Abdominal cramps
- Breast and nipple changes
- Tiredness and sleepiness
- Increased urge to urinate
- Nausea and vomit
- Increased sensitivity to odors
- Cravings or aversion to certain foods
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Abdominal swelling
- Mood swings
Some moms-to-be might experience them all, other just someone, still others even nobody. As we have already said, in fact, pregnancy is a unique experience and therefore it is always good avoid making too many comparisons with other women.
It is important to point out that The first real symptom common to all expectant mothers is missed menstruation after 16 days from ascertained ovulation and the simultaneous presence of a high basal temperature that shows no sign of decreasing.
It is also worth mentioning that while the lack of menstruation or a positive pregnancy test they represent objective data, the others symptoms accompanying the first few weeks of pregnancy are often subjective and may or may not be recognized according to one’s personal sensitivity.
For this reason, for women more get used to listening to your body it will be easier to recognize and interpret them correctly.
1. Implant losses
One of the first signs of an ongoing pregnancy may be light bleeding, which manifests itself in the form of dark, brownish or pinkish discharges before your period or when your period is due. This symptom is called spotting or implantation loss and indicates that the embryo is nesting in the uterine wall to begin to develop.
Implant losses usually appear 1 or 2 weeks after conception, but they are not always visible: according to some estimates, in fact, they do occur only in 30% of pregnant women. Furthermore, their presence can often go unnoticed or be confused with it spotting premenstrual (i.e. the slight bleeding that sometimes precedes the onset of menstruation).
On the other hand, it is important to remember that the appearance of blood loss can also have other causes, such as breakage of some capillaries, small abrasions or infections.
As a general rule, in the presence of bleeding continuous or abundant outside of menstruation, it’s always good consult the gynecologist.
2. Abdominal cramps
The nesting of the embryo can also be accompanied by slight pains in the lower abdomen, which are called “Implantation cramps”. Even in this case, however, it is difficult to distinguish this symptom from the normal abdominal cramps that can occur in the premenstrual period.
In case of severe pain, even more so if accompanied by bleeding, it’s always good contact your doctor immediately, to rule out the presence of complications.
3. Breast and nipple changes
Breast tension and pain are among the most frequent symptoms of the first days of pregnancy and can already appear 1 or 2 weeks after conception.
The cause is represented by the increase in estrogen he was born in progesterone, which make the fuller breasts ei nipples more turgid and sensitive. In addition, as the weeks progress, i nipples and the areoles they will tend to take on a color darker.
Naturally, pregnancy is not the only one responsible for swollen and more sensitive breasts. The same symptoms may be due to taking the birth control pill, to some hormonal problem or simply at menstruation on the way.
4. Tiredness and sleepiness
L’extreme fatigue it is one of the symptoms that appears most frequently in the first days of pregnancy: future mothers, in fact, may begin to feel it already one week after conception. The cause is the increase of progesterone, which can cause even one increased sleepiness and, due to the effect on blood circulation, dizziness And fainting.
It goes without saying that feeling exhausted and fatigued can also be a sign of other conditions, such as infections, vitamin deficiency or excessive stress. If the extreme tiredness persists even after the possible arrival of the menstruation, it is better to investigate consulting your doctor.
5. Increased urge to urinate
There “Frequent urination” or “Pollakiuria”, i.e. the need to urinate often, is one of the typical symptoms of the first weeks of pregnancy. Again, those responsible are the hormones, which increase blood volume and, consequently, the amount of fluid that must be filtered by the kidneys.
If they have passed more than two weeks after ovulation and you notice that you need to pee often, it could be a symptom of pregnancy. However, in the case of ailments such as difficulty urinating, burning or pain when urinating, it is important to contact your doctor, as this could be aurinary tract infection, such as a cystitis.
6. Nausea and vomiting
There nausea, sometimes accompanied by He retched, is one of the most typical symptoms of expectation, even if not all future mothers suffer from it. The causes they are not clear, even if they seem to have hormonal origin.
Typically, nausea begins to manifest between 4to and 8to week of pregnancy, but it can also appear already 2 weeks after conception. Fortunately, in most cases, it tends to disappear at the end of the first trimester.
Sometimes, nausea and vomiting can be very intense and interfere with normal nutrition: in this case we speak of hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that must be properly addressed with the help of the trusted doctor.
The headache it is a symptom of pregnancy quite common in the first few weeks of pregnancy and appears to be caused by increased hormone levels and / or blood volume.
It is always good to remember that some medicines frequently used to relieve headaches can be dangerous for the developing embryo. For this reason, if you suspect you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, it is important do not take medications without first asking your doctor for advice.
8. Increased sensitivity to odors
The sense of smell it tends to become more sensitive in pregnancy, to the point of making some smells unbearable: coffee, wine and even the perfume of the toothpaste they can become extremely nauseating for mothers-to-be.
This symptom, defined “Hyperosmia gravidarum” can manifest itself from the first days of gestation and it depends on the hormonal changes.
9. Cravings or aversion to certain foods
Very often, pregnancy also changes tastes and food preferences of expectant women. Some foods can start to provoke nausea or disgust, while others, sometimes not particularly welcome before pregnancy, can become the object of a irrepressible desire.
The causes of this symptom they are not yet clear. In part, they may once again be related to the hormonal changes, which in addition to altering the sense of taste and smell can increase the demand for some nutrients, such as carbohydrates.
However, be careful not to confuse cravings with the typical sugar craving that often accompanies premenstrual period.
10. Metallic taste in the mouth
Many women claim to experience a strange one metallic taste in the first days of pregnancy, which can alter the taste of food and drinks. Hormones are always responsible, even if the same symptom can also be caused by one trivial influence or from one poor oral hygiene.