Signs of Pregnancy from Conception
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Did you know that if you pay close enough attention, there are signs of pregnancy that occur shortly after conception? Most women do not notice that they are pregnant until they miss a period, but if you learn to pay very close attention to your body, you will find that there are lots of different signs and symptoms that you can watch out for. Read on for more info.
1. Cramping and Spotting
It takes a few days after fertilization for the embryo to implant itself into the uterine wall. When the egg burrows it’s way into the uterine lining, it can cause cramping and some light spotting. This is sometimes known as implantation bleeding, and is much lighter than a normal period. The cramps, while they might resemble menstrual cramps, are also slight.
2. White Discharge
Besides a small bit of implantation bleeding, a woman might notice an increase in milky white discharge coming from her vagina during very early pregnancy. This is due to an increase in the thickness of the uterine wall, which begins to occur almost immediately after conception. As long as the discharge doesn’t burn, itch, or have an unpleasant smell, it can be considered a normal part of pregnancy.
3. Breast Changes
After a woman becomes pregnant, her hormone levels begin to change drastically almost immediately. One of the first things that she might notice is changes relating to her breasts. The breasts will become tender, swollen and sometimes even tingly. They will start to feel heavier and fuller as well.
The areolas, or the skin around the nipple, will begin to increase in size and will become a darker color. Breast changes are one of the first symptoms of pregnancy, if a woman pays close enough attention.
As quickly as one week after conceiving, a woman can notice extreme fatigue coming on. This is because once fertilization occurs, the body goes into overdrive and begins to work very hard. This can wear a woman out quickly. Also, high levels of progesterone which are present during early pregnancy can contribute to the extreme fatigue and tiredness.
5. Morning Sickness
Yes, it’s cliché, but morning sickness really is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, especially early pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s hormone levels can slow the rate of which her stomach empties. This can contribute to the reason she might feel nauseous.
Plus, all of those increased hormone levels can simply leave a woman feeling a little out of whack. Some women have to deal with the dreaded morning sickness (which can really happen any time of day) throughout their whole pregnancy.
6. Missed Period
The most obvious pregnancy symptom usually occurs a few weeks after conception has occurred. That is usually when a woman experiences her first missed period. Some women know exactly when their period is supposed to occur, and these woman can know they are pregnant before other women. However, some women who might have irregular periods may not realize they are pregnant until later.
Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.