When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Start and How To Comprehend Them?


When do pregnancy symptoms start? That is what most women ask especially those who have been trying to conceive. Waiting every month can be tedious and stressful. But even before your missed period or even before you can confirm that you are really pregnant, there are early pregnancy symptoms that may indicate that you are really pregnant.  Most pregnancy symptoms begin right after the implantation of the embryo in the uterine wall. The question is when does implantation occur and what are the signs that will tell you that implantation has occurred?

What is Implantation?

When fertilization of the egg happens, the fertilized egg stays in the Fallopian tube for about three days and then it travels down to the uterus where the fertilized egg begins to implant in the uterine wall.

When does implantation of the fertilized egg happen?

when do pregnancy symptoms startImplantation usually happens from six to ten days after ovulation or the 20th or 24th day of your menstrual cycle, but it can happen early for some and later for others. For those who are having a regular twenty-eight day cycle, ovulation often occurs on the 14th day. You can now start counting, know that the fertilized egg will stay in the Fallopian tube for three days before it travels down to the uterus and begin the implantation.  There are several implantation calculator available online to help you calculate the possible days when implantation happens. Another way of telling if implantation occurs is through the signs and symptoms of implantation that your body manifests.

The implantation process may not show noticeable signs for any women although it might be quite noticeable to others too.  Here are some signs that implantation has occurred:

1) Cramps
2) Bleeding/Spotting
3) Increased Basal Body Temperature

1) Cramps. Some women complain of mild cramps the time of implantation.

2) Bleeding /Spotting. You will notice a spot of blood or light bleeding for a short period. This usually happens around seven to ten days after ovulation.

3) Increased Basal Body Temperature. If you have been tracking your basal body temperature, you will observe a slight increase around seven to ten days after ovulation.

These are the typical signs that implantation did occur, but if you did not experience any of this, it doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant at all. Not all women feel any signs when implantation happens so a visit to your doctor’s office or making that pregnancy test will confirm it. When things get confirmed, you will now realize those signs that you might just ignore as early symptoms of pregnancy. When confirmation is there, your next step is to start your prenatal care with your doctor. The first trimester of pregnancy is when a woman is most delicate. It is also in this stage when all the symptoms of pregnancy are pronouncing and even worse for some pregnant women. It is important that you are aware of pregnancy symptoms for you to understand and cope with the changes that your body is undergoing.

When do pregnancy symptoms start really?

Pregnancy symptoms can start very early as early as before a missed period. However, some starts after it is confirmed that they are pregnant.  Below are the common signs and symptoms of pregnancy regardless of when it really starts:

when do pregnancy symptoms start1) Change in Taste
2) Odor Sensitivity
3) Fatigue
4) Nausea and Vomitting
5) Bleeding Gums
6) Unusual Body Heat
7) Vaginal Discharge
8) Swollen and Tender Breast
9) Frequent Urination
10) Cognitive Function Affected
11) Mood Swings
12) Implantation Bleeding

Now let’s go into some depth about these symptoms as it will help you understand them more should you be experiencing any of them.

1) Change in Taste.  Some women reported having food cravings for certain foods. There will be times too when you start to crave for food you don’t like before.

2) Odor sensitivity. If your taste buds have changed expect the same with your sense of smell. Certain scents might bother you now and will make you feel sick.

3) Fatigue. This sign can start right after conception. This is due to the abrupt change in your body and your body is now working hard because of the new baby inside you.  Your heart and lungs for that matter is working sixty percent harder than usual. It is important then for you to have plenty of rest and to take things easy.
4) Nausea and Vomiting. Nausea can strike you anytime of the day, not only in the mornings. The best thing to do when feeling sick is to eat small portions of food throughout the day. Refrain from eating large meals at one time for this can just aggravate your condition.

5) Bleeding Gums. This is not a very common sign of pregnancy, but nevertheless some women reported such cases. This is due to increases of the hormone progesterone which causes an increase blood flow in the gums. This can result in bleeding in the gums. It is important that you take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing regularly.

6) Unusual Body Heat.  You feel hot most of the time and this usually continues throughout your pregnancy.

7) Vaginal Discharge. Increased in vaginal discharge is a common sign that a woman is expecting. It is usually a light milky discharge that is free of odor. However, if your discharge has a smell, make sure to consult your doctor.

8) Swollen and Tender Breast.  Changes in the shape of your breast and in the skin color around your nipple may change too. Your breast might be too sensitive to the touch at this time.

9) Frequent Urination.  This is one symptom that will definitely annoy you especially when you are in your late stage of pregnancy. Frequent trips to the bathroom with your tummy too heavy already is no fun at all.

10) Cognitive Function Affected. You will be surprise that you easily forget. This impairment is due to your pregnancy hormones. Fortunately, this change is not a permanent one.  Your cognitive function will return as soon as you give birth.

11) Mood Swings. Just as your cognitive function is affected so is your emotion. Due to the increase level of pregnancy hormones in your body, your emotion is also in turmoil. One moment you are happy the next you are depressed and just want to cry. It’s such an unusual feeling, but it’s something that you have to deal with. All this is just normal and is part of your pregnancy.

12) Implantation Bleeding. This occurs just after ovulation before your period. You might experience slight bleeding or spotting for a short time. This is due to the implantation of the fertilized egg or embryo in the uterine wall.

When you finally recognize this as pregnancy symptoms, you will be able to adapt and adjust to being pregnant. The next question one might ask is “when do you start showing during pregnancy?” The answer to this varies. Some women showed as early as their first trimester, but for most women they usually start wearing a maternity dress in their second trimester.  For the first time mothers it might take time before they really show, but they can already feel the changes in their body. There are even women who won’t show until the start of their third trimester. This has nothing to worry about. Besides you have your doctor to assess whether your baby is growing normally or not.

Walking around in a maternity dress especially for the first time mom is something that you are proud of. Some women want to show the world that soon they will have their own little angel in the family.

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