Recognizing Implantation Symptoms in Your Two-Week Wait
Wondering if you may be pregnant? Before you get that positive pregnancy test, your fertilized egg (embryo, blastocyst) must implant into your uterine lining (endometrium). Here are some signs and symptoms of a successful implantation!
Implantation is when your precious fertilized egg has has grown and divided enough that it's now turned into a blastocyst. Then this blastocyst implants itself into your uterine lining. This is implantation!
Implantation can occur anywhere from 6 to 12 days after ovulation. So while many people consider fertilization to be the start of your pregnancy, it's really implantation that is the more crucial hurdle, that this tiny little baby has to overcome before you can really consider yourself pregnant. So once implantation occurs, your body starts producing the hormone HCG, the hormone that the test is looking for to indicate that you are pregnant. It is very possible and very common for you to have a fertilized egg that does not actually implant.
A lot of the embryos that are created through fertilization have genetic abnormalities, meaning that they have not enough chromosomes. The cells are not dividing properly so they are not able to implant.
If you have a perfectly healthy embryo that turns into a blastocyst and it does implant, how can you tell that it has implanted? what are the symptoms and what are the signs?
One of the main implantation symptoms is implantation bleeding. This is said to occur in about a third of all pregnancies but this number is actually not based on anything. So it might not be that high.
Obviously bleeding right before your period could be a number of different things, but there is a possibility that it could be implantation bleeding. It can happen as early as a week before your period would start. This sort of bleeding is more like a spotting rather than an actual flow of blood like your period. It's also going to be either like a pinkish or a brownish color. It may last for a few hours but it actually could last for up to three days. If it's lasting three days, then it should still just be spotting.
So keep in mind it's not an actual flow of blood like your period and sometimes it might just be a tiny little bit of discharge. When you wipe you might notice like a brownish or pinkish streak.
Abdominal and uterus cramps
The second sign of implantation is another very common one and that is cramps. You might be getting some cramps when you're experiencing PMS. But this implantation cramping should be a little bit lighter than the actual period cramps depending on how your period cramps are.
It might be like a little bit of a tingling, not necessarily a cramping, a painful cramping. It could be sort of like a pulling sensation. It might even just be tenderness or even you could you might experience it as like a lower back pain.
If you do experience this, then it should be around that window of implantation which is anywhere from 6 to 12 days after ovulation. So if you are feeling this closer to the time when you should be getting your period, obviously this might not be implantation. It could just be a sign that you are going to get your period.
Implantation temperature dip
Another sign that is not very common : the implantation dip. This is something that you are tracking with basal body temperature. You need to keep tracking it throughout your whole cycle.
Usually when you are checking basal body temperature you are looking for a rise and temperature to indicate that you have ovulated. But if you continue to keep tracking your temperature all the way through your cycle, even in the luteal phase, then you'll see that after ovulation your temperature is getting higher and higher as you go. Then you might find within this period of implantation (supposed to happen from 6 to 12 days after you ovulate), that there is a little drop in your temperature for about one day. After that drop, you might see that your temperature rises again and continues to keep slowly rising right from the spot at place it was before.
So this dip in your temperature that happens just for one day could indicate implantation. If you experience this dip in temperature and then it continues to go down as the days go on, then this indicates that you are going to get your period. But if it dips and then goes up like I was saying, then this could indicate that the embryo (blastocyst), actually has implanted and you are pregnant.
This is not going to happen for everyone. This happens in maybe about 23% of women who turn out to be pregnant.
So those are three things that will happen right at implantation. Of course the bleeding might not happen right at implantation because it might take a little while for the blood to actually travel down and come out. So that might happen a couple days after or a day after. But then there are a bunch of things that can happen after implantation and possibly before you get your positive pregnancy test.
When implantation occurs, your body starts producing a brand new hormone that it doesn't ever produce any other time in your life and that is HCG. HCG is the hormone a pregnancy test wants to see if it's in your body. When your body is producing HCG, it is increasing the amount of progesterone and estrogen. As those hormones start to increase, it's going to cause a bunch of different symptoms to indicate that you are pregnant early on.
There are about 30 early pregnancy symptoms but just to give you an overview, the increase in progesterone can do a bunch of different things:
It can affect your digestive system. If you notice acid reflux, this is because what prevents acid from coming back up in your system, is not functioning properly.
Early pregnancy can affect your ligaments. So if you're noticing more of a relaxed feeling, you might have a increased chance of spraining and strains if you're exercising.
Progesterone can also have an effect on your mood in not good way. This is why pregnant women can sometimes be a little bit moody from the increase of progesterone.
Then there is the increase of estrogen that is going to increase blood flow. This is going to give you that pregnancy glow just from the increase of blood flow in your body.
There are a ton of other pregnancy symptoms that can happen in early pregnancy but this idea of this article was to cover the implantations symptoms. So I hope you are now more aware of what to pay attention to during your two-week wait.