FAQ: What is implantation & what are the signs?
Conception Process >> FAQ: What is implantation & what are the signs?
Question: What is Implantation - and what are the signs?
Many consider a pregnancy to have taken place with the union of the egg and
the sperm - or with fertilization. That fact is, when the egg is fertilized
it remains initially "detached" from the mother - just a tiny, free-floating
speck in the wide universe of the womb. Following fertilization, the incipient
embryo (or blastocyst) is just a cluster of multiplying cells - and the blastocyst
must develop and grow through a number of phases and stages before it is prepared
to "hook up" with the mother. This hook up or connection is called
When the embryo (blastocyst)
is ready, it will nestle into the womb or side of the uterus. At this moment
of implantation, pregnancy has officially taken place and the
placental tissue begins to secrete the hormone hCG. Implantation may take place
as early as a handful of days after ovulation or well over a week. On average,
one can expect implantation to occur about seven to ten days after you
ovulate. This is also the point at which you can take an early pregnancy test.
Signs of implantation are
few: Unlike pains associated with the release of the egg (mittelschmerz), there
is seldom any kind of cramping or physical awareness that implantation has taken
place. In fact, the first sign of implantation may be a positive pregnancy test! On
the other hand, some women do experience what is called implantation
bleeding, a very light spotting that may occur just shortly after the
embryo implants in the uterine lining of the womb. Again, this spotting will
be very light, won't last more than a day, and will be typically brown or possibly
reddish in color.
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