Pregnancy is a beautiful thing for a woman. It doesn’t only bring a baby to you but also completely changes your life. Pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy. But there are few early signs of pregnancy which you may notice before a missed period. Especially if you are trying to conceive, then you can’t wait for a pregnancy test to detect your conception; you wonder the signs you notice after ovulation could these be pregnancy symptoms?
In this article, we are going to explain the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy and also guide you to read your pregnancy confirmation properly. So let’s begin!
The first sign of pregnancy is a missed period, and that happens almost 15 days after ovulation. Many women notice early symptoms only after 5 days of past ovulation. When sperm fertilizes the egg, then after 5 to 6 days, you may experience cramps or implantation bleeding. Moreover, mood swings and tenderness of breasts are also early signs.
Most researchers believe that symptoms start after 14-15 days or when you miss your periods. But there are shreds of evidence which suggest that it is possible to have symptoms earlier. Let me explain it further. But remember! Early signs and symptoms are always different for every female. Some women feel signs after one week and others after months. Hence, keep in mind that “every pregnancy is different.”
Can I have pregnancy symptoms at 4 or 5 days past ovulation (DPO)?
Females who try to conceive are usually sensitive towards their body changes, and they often look for signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Some of them have reported early pregnancy symptoms before missed period and only after 4 to 5 days of ovulation.
The early signs of pregnancy are also associated with hormonal changes in the female body during ovulation and menstruation. So the source of confirmation is the only pregnancy test.
When implantation takes place or about to happen, then women may feel some symptoms. And because this implantation occurs on the 4th or 5th day, you can have signs at 5DPO. At this early stage, the pregnancy tests are not accurate, so take your time of about 15 days to confirm your pregnancy.
What happens in the womb at 5 DPO?
If the fertilization of the egg has taken place, the cells (zygotes) start to multiply and create a lump, known as a blastocyst. These blastocysts continue to multiply and passing through fallopian tubes, reach into the uterus.
In the uterus, the blastocyst attaches itself to the uterine wall and gets its nutrition through the mother’s blood. And when it is attached to the uterus, then the fetus’s journey begins, and the pregnancy goes underway.
Earliest signs of pregnancy: a checklist
Symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman. But we have enlisted some signs before missed periods, in the order of appearance.
- Implantation bleeding
- Implantation cramps
- Vaginal discharge
- Nausea, vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Elevated basal body temperature
- Mood swings
- Frequent urination
- Bloating and morning sickness
- Food cravings
Let’s have a look at few common early symptoms of pregnancy in 1st week.
Implantation cramping and bleeding
A female may have cramps at the early stage of pregnancy. These cramps happen due to the implantation of a fertilized egg with the uterine wall. The cramps usually occur in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvic area and may persist for a few days past ovulation.
Only 25% of females also experience slight bleeding at implantation time. This vaginal bleeding is known as implantation bleeding. The blood flow in this situation usually is less than menstrual bleeding, and the color is also light.
Implantation bleeding is often mistakenly considered as menstrual bleeding. As implantation occurs almost 6 to 12 days past ovulation, the vaginal bleeding occurs during those days.
Raised basal body temperature
Body temperature changes throughout the menstrual cycle as well. Therefore, many females keep track of their basal body temperature. The temperature elevates after ovulation because the progesterone level rises. The progesterone level decreases when your period starts, and so as your body temperature. If this temperature remains high for a long time, then it indicates your pregnancy. You can count 18 days of elevated temperature after ovulation.
A woman may notice cervical discharge in early symptoms of pregnancy. If it becomes white, creamy, and stays for many days after ovulation, then it’s a sign of pregnancy. The discharge is due to the pregnancy hormones, and it can continue throughout your pregnancy.
However, if you notice foul odor or itching or burning, consult your doctor because it can be a bacterial or yeast infection.
In pregnancy, hormonal changes occur, and due to these hormonal fluctuations, a woman feels breast tenderness or tingle. This symptom can occur 1-2 weeks after conception.
Breasts are the 1st to get the message of conception. Some women experience sore and painful breasts because of the estrogen level increases.
Areolas are the circles around your nipples. When conception occurs, these areolas increase in diameter and may darken. Some tiny goose bump-like bumps can also appear on areolas. These bumps are the glands that lubricate your nipples afterward. But these early pregnancy symptoms can take almost weeks to show up.
Fatigue & Headaches
In the early days of pregnancy, the level of progesterone increases. As a result, a female may feel sleepy during the day. In the first four months, pregnancy hormones fluctuate, and women may feel sluggish and tired. Raised levels of hormones can also trigger headaches.
Food Aversion & cravings
Females have specific cravings for food during their pregnancy, and these cravings start at an early stage. Along with this, women repel other flavors and foods. They feel nauseous with the taste and smell of food and also experience loss of appetite.
Sensitivity to smell
At the early stages of pregnancy, estrogen level increases, and due to these levels, a woman feels a heightened sense of smell.
If you need to pee like all the time, then it can be a sign of pregnancy. When pregnancy hormones level increases, your blood flow also rises in the kidneys, and your kidneys start to filter out extra wastes from the baby on board. As a result, you experience frequent urination.
Some females cannot describe their bodies’ feelings or changes, but they feel something different, which is a sign of hormonal changes.
Symptoms of pregnancy after 1 month
After 4 weeks of your last period, this is the time of your next period, if you are not pregnant. But if you miss your period, then notice the early signs of pregnancy in your body, as mentioned above. Your body must be showing a lot of symptoms you didn’t notice before. After missing your period, you can now confirm your pregnancy by a home pregnancy test.
The best time to accurately test for pregnancy?
After a few days of ovulation, there is no reliable way to detect pregnancy. Pregnancy tests check for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, which is made by the placenta. The hormone takes time to rise to a specific level to get detected in blood or urine. Hence, it’s good to wait for 14 days to take a urine test.
A pregnant woman can show a negative urine test if the hCG level has not been built up yet. It’s normal to be in a hurry for a pregnancy test, but accurate results can only come after you miss your period.
Can you feel pregnant after 2 days?
The early symptoms of pregnancy can occur after 4 to 5 days of ovulation. Some women experience tendered breasts, nausea, bloating, and sensitive smell, and they doubtfully believe that they are pregnant. But the accurate and reliable result can come only after a missed period.
How can I tell if I’m pregnant after 1 week?
Women feel something different in their bodies after ovulation and some early pregnancy signs like loss of appetite, fatigue, and implantation bleeding. You can’t be sure only by signs and symptoms. For confirmation, you should wait for hCG test results.
How early can you tell if you are pregnant?
If you get a positive test in hCG after your missed period, it’s been almost 2 weeks of your conception. You can also use the pregnancy due to the date calculator for further counting of days.
How do you self check your stomach for pregnancy?
This can be done by using fingers or measuring tape. It allows you to estimate the stage of pregnancy and calculation of the due date.
Have the mother lie on back, touch firmly with your fingers. But your touch should be gentle. First, touch the abdomen’s sides and feel the top of the abdomen by curving your fingers on the top. It’ll be like a hardball. Check how many fingers your abdomen is above or below to your belly button. Every trimester, this count of fingers differs, and you can find the age of your fetus.
Can you feel pregnant after 4 days?
Some females feel early symptoms of pregnancy in their body, but you should wait for pregnancy test results. The early signs include implantation cramps after 4 days of ovulation.
What are some unusual signs of early pregnancy?
Mood swings, acne, dizziness, and a strange taste in the mouth are unusual early pregnancy signs.
Can morning sickness start in week 1?
Morning sickness usually occurs after 2 weeks of conception. Morning sickness persists during the whole pregnancy duration.
Can you feel yourself getting pregnant?
Yes! It is possible to feel your implantation, but most women don’t notice at that time. You feel a slight pain, but if you are trying to conceive, you never let that go unnoticed.