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Symptoms After Implantation: Knowing the First Signs of Pregnancy

Some women notice implantation symptoms and some do not, it’s a well-known fact. If you are wondering whether your abdominal spasms or bloody discharge are due to PMS or implantation, there are a few things that you may want to consider. What symptoms can be experienced after implantation? For many women, the signs may be obvious, for others they will be basically the same as their typical PMS symptoms. The key is to know your body and try to determine whether your symptoms feel like one or the other.

Understanding Implantation

Implantation happens when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. Not everyone will have symptoms during this process, but if they do, it is often a cramping that centers more toward one side or the other instead of an allover typical PMS pulsation. This feeling is mostly mild, but sometimes it can be quite painful.

Some women notice implantation symptoms and some do not, it’s a well-known fact. If you are wondering whether your abdominal spasms or bloody discharge are due to PMS or implantation, there are a few things that you may want to consider. What symptoms can be experienced after implantation? For many women, the signs may be obvious, for others they will be basically the same as their typical PMS symptoms. The key is to know your body and try to determine whether your symptoms feel like one or the other.

Understanding Implantation

Implantation happens when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. Not everyone will have symptoms during this process, but if they do, it is often a cramping that centers more toward one side or the other instead of an allover typical PMS pulsation. This feeling is mostly mild, but sometimes it can be quite painful.

Some women also have spotting along with abdominal pains, which may show up within days of normal menstruation. This spotting may appear just like a slight color sign, when you use toilet paper, or it may be more intense and you’ll need to wear a panty liner.

The top-secret in all this mess is understanding, whether you are feeling the normal PMS symptoms that you deal with every month, and paying attention to what you are feeling now. If you have been trying to become pregnant for some time, you have most likely already begun to take care of your body much better. If you simply had unprotected sex, it may be harder for you to tell the difference. In other cases, knowing what symptoms to expect after implantation can also go a long way in helping you to figure out whether it is implantation or premenstrual syndrome.

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Symptoms After Implantation

If you have been trying to get pregnant and have been taking your BBT regularly, you may notice a higher temperature at the moment when implantation takes place. Not everyone can confirm pregnancy or refute it just taking the results of the BBT chart into consideration. Moreover, this one of the first symptoms you may notice after implantation can be due to the late period. In most cases, implantation happens within days of your regular period, but your menses will not come no matter how much cramping or spotting you may have had to deal with during the egg embedment.

Other implantation symptoms may include:

– Breast Pain.

A lot of women usually experience breast tenderness right before their period begins. If you are not someone, who regularly feels breasts` aches during PMS, this could be a clear sign of possible pregnancy. You may also notice darkened nipples and slightly enlarged areolas, some veins may become more visible and breasts in general may feel “lumpier”. Your vagina may also show signs of pregnancy due to the increased blood that flows through it after conception. In some cases, it may become purplish during the first months.

– Morning Sickness.

This may not come during the early morning hours as the name does imply. This may suddenly hit you at any time throughout the day or night. Most women first notice a slightly nauseous feeling, while others may immediately start throwing up. Along with this, you may also notice some smell disorders. Certain common smells may now be strong and unpleasant enough to make you feel sick. This may be even more noticeable when you are cooking dinner and it is often what leads women to craving certain foods and developing a sudden aversion to foods they once enjoyed.

– Tiredness.

Your body has a lot of work to do when it is newly pregnant. After implantation occurs, your body’s metabolism will go into high gear to support both you and the fast-developing baby. This means that you may feel a strong desire to sleep more. More progesterone is developed, which in higher doses than usually can become sedative. Being tired may also mean that you are more emotional now. Your body is in overdrive, when you first become pregnant, so do not be surprised if you randomly burst out into tears over something that you would normally laugh off.

– Pimples and Colds.

Pimples are common during early pregnancy, even if you have never had such problems with your skin before. Colds are also caught frequently; usually they are accompanied by a stuffy nose. Your hormone levels increase and this accelerate pimple formation. Your body also lowers its immunity in order to continue the embryo development.

– Increased Vaginal Discharge.

An increase in progesterone’s level may cause a more noticeable discharge, than usual. Some women do not experience any changes in their cervical mucus, the others need to wear an extra panty liner.

– Frequent Urination.

Your baby, even while it is still tiny, puts a high pressure on your bladder. If not yet by pushing against it, then by increasing the amount of blood in your pelvic area and the fact that you are producing higher levels of the hCG-hormone. Do not be surprised if you start waking up several times during the night. It’s a normal phenomenon.

In all cases, the clearest symptom after implantation is missing your period. If you notice several symptoms from the above mentioned, you do not need to jump for joy or hit the panic button until you have experienced the period delay. There is also no reason to run out and purchase a pregnancy test right after having sex. Such tests rely on hCG hormone level, if it’s low, the second line will not appear. You will need to give your body more time to produce enough hormones and long enough to ensure that you did not get your “start date” wrong.

Know Your Body and Understand Your Symptoms

If you feel that you have become pregnant and your symptoms after implantation do not feel right to you, you should talk to your doctor. Excessive cramping and heavy bleeding are always abnormal. If you are certain that you are dealing with implantation and think that something has gone wrong, talk to your doctor to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the attachment process. An embryo that has implanted itself improperly could be a major problem for your health.

It is often very hard to determine whether you may be having PMS harbingers or symptoms of implantation. If you feel there is a chance that you are pregnant, make a note of anything that your body is going through and wait at least a couple days after your period should have started before taking a test. If the test comes up negative and you continue to have symptoms, retest in a few days.

Pregnancy is fun and exciting, but when it begins for the first time and you are uncertain whether conception has really happened, it can be very scary. Do not spend months worrying and discuss all concerns with your doctor.

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