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First Pregnancy Signs and Early Symptoms

1. Question: What are the first early pregnancy signs – and when are they detectable or first sensed?

Answer: This is certainly one of the most popular questions out there! Unfortunately, there is no single universal answer for every woman. However, many women can typically “sense” a pregnancy even before a period comes due. Besides a “missed period”, let’s look at some possible early symptoms of pregnancy.

– Of course, the most important “sign” is a positive on a pregnancy test – typically first detectable at between seven and ten days past ovulation using our high-sensitivity tests. How soon you can detect a pregnancy is dependant on when the fertilized egg implants in the womb (when placental hCG production is initiated).

Implantation Bleeding may occur when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine lining. Small traces of blood or “spotting” may be present. This typically takes place 7 to 10 days after ovulation, but could range from just a few days after you ovulate to well over a week.

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Implantation Pains are associated with the embryo connecting to the womb. These cramp-like pains, though rarely felt, will occur around the same time or a bit before implantation bleeding. Most women will not experience cramping associated with implantation and not all women will even notice implantation bleeding itself.

– Nausea is one of the most common of all early pregnancy symptoms. Nausea can take place as early as two weeks after you ovulate. Some women may experience pregnancy nausea before a missed period.

– Fatigue is, of course, a common sign early in pregnancy. Women may experience fatigue around the time of a missed period or shortly thereafter.

– Breast sensitivity can also be associated with ovulation, though as an early pregnancy symptom, women may experience tender breasts and nipples as early as two weeks following your ovulation date, or around the time of your first missed period.

The triphasic curve: Theoretically, if you are bbt charting you may be able to get a obtuse hint that you are pregnant by experiencing an extended or prolonged thermal shift. With pregnancy, your body continues to maintain high progesterone levels with consequently higher bbt body temps in tow. Following implantation, for example, the bbt line may drop slightly and then rise again. This is called a triphasic curve or triphasic chart. If your daily bbt temperatures stay high longer than usual, this could be an indicator of pregnancy, though this technique represents a rather unconventional gauge. Most experts do not recommend trying to confirm pregnancy from your bbt chart.

– While not the earliest sign, the need to pee more often may appear as an early sign, though typically will not precede a missed period as a first indicator.

That “feeling”: It’s not scientifically testable, but some women simply have an intuition they are pregnant, a feeling that says “something is different” this cycle!