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Implantation symptoms: main indicators of a possible pregnancy
Implantation symptoms may occur during the process of embedding the fertilized egg in the lining of the uterus (also called the endometrium). Nausea, weakness, increased appetite, changes in taste preferences and food may be the symptoms of successful implantation and early pregnancy.
For a quick guide on possible implantation symptoms you will want to know, check out the following video.
If implantation of the ovule occurs, the so-called “implantation bleeding” may occur, usually a couple of days after implantation. Usually, women notice a light spotting. Some women may notice the bleeding of the implant just once and others may present it for a day or two.
As a general rule, implantation occurs between days 6-7 after ovulation . This process is divided into two stages. First, the blastocyst simply adheres to the walls of the uterus.
In the second stage it is deeply embedded with the help of special enzymes. Now the egg is in the endometrial cavity, the endometrium grows progressively and envelops this cavity more and more.
Implantation is the process from which pregnancy begins . After it, the fetus begins to grow rapidly and produces some waste that can accumulate in the mother’s organism. This usually causes a lot of changes in your body.
The symptoms of implantation can be divided conditionally into three groups:
Symptoms of success , that is, those that mean that a successful implantation has taken place.
Warning symptoms , which should be discussed with a specialist.
False symptoms , have nothing in common with the implantation process, but they are very similar to signs of pregnancy, so they can be easily confused.
Implantation Symptoms – The Successful Indicators
The implantation symptoms that indicate the successful fixation of the ovule and the
beginning of pregnancy are:
Food aversions and changes in taste
Slightly significant increase in body temperature
Increase in basal body temperature
Absence of menstruation
Sensitivity in the breasts
Nausea during pregnancy : The feeling of nausea appears even before the menstrual period is missed, usually in the morning or on an empty stomach, and may be accompanied by dizziness.
It is experienced mostly during the first weeks of pregnancy (and at the time of implantation). It usually appears as a reaction to strong odors. For example, the pregnant woman may feel an aversion to fried meat, fish and vegetables.
In the same way you can dislike certain fragrances of perfume and cigarette smoke. These odors cause sudden nausea and even vomiting.
This symptom can be alleviated by eating something bittersweet, for example, a sweet or an apple, or by drinking a little juice. Sometimes the nausea is so strong, that you can feel aversion to all foods.
Changes in appetite and food preferences :
Craving the taste of salt is one of the possible changes in food preferences, which appears in the first stage of implantation, even before menstruation disappears .
Sometimes pregnant women also feel strong aversion to meat and fish, or may feel some unexpected cravings for certain foods they hated before pregnancy and vice versa. Pregnant women often feel bitter and metallic tastes in their mouths, usually on an empty stomach.
Insignificant increase in body temperature :
A slight increase in body temperature is considered as a common symptom of implantation . It is known that the body’s normal temperature rises to approximately 36.6 degrees.
However, for successful implantation a defined amount of progesterone is needed, since it helps the development of pregnancy. This hormone accelerates the metabolic processes in the body and intensifies blood flow, therefore, body temperature rises.
In general, these changes can not be felt, but in any case, do not be alarmed until there are additional symptoms, for example, pain, colds or nasal fever.
Increase in basal body temperature: Basal body temperature (measured rectally) is a more accurate indicator than the temperature we take in the armpit, since it is not influenced by environmental factors.
That is why obstetricians use the BBT (Body Basal Temperature) method to confirm implantation and successful conception. During this period the basal temperature can reach approximately 37.4 or 37.5 degrees.
Absence of period: The absence of menstruation is the most common symptom of pregnancy and correct implantation. If your menstrual cycle is regular, the first thing that should come to mind when your period is delayed is a possible pregnancy.
The absence of menstruation without implantation is abnormal.
Sensitivity in the breasts: The levels of estrogen and progesterone are growing rapidly during the first weeks of pregnancy. These female hormones cause swelling and tenderness in the breasts.
Sometimes, this increased sensitivity is so pronounced that discomfort can be caused even by underwear. After each contact you may feel persistent pain, even at the most minimal contact. The nipples also become very sensitive and the breasts may increase in size, but the skin without redness.
Implantation symptoms – The Warning Signs
In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, which are common for the embedding process of the ovum, there may be other signs, these are the so-called implantation warning symptoms.
If instead of the usual menstrual period, a slight spotting is experienced, attention should be paid to this symptom.
This discharge may also appear in case of late implantation, deficiency in pregnancy hormones, inadequate development of the fetus or its incorrect location (for example, fetal development in the part of the uterus or in the fallopian tubes, which is known as ectopic pregnancy).
If you have spots before the period and you think they may be caused by implantation, consult your doctor immediately.
If after the pelvic examination and an ultrasound, the gynecologist observes that the fetus is in the uterine cavity and there are no abnormalities, hospitalization is unnecessary. It will surely recommend you avoid any physical training and sexual relations.
Pain after the absence of menstruation: The presence of persistent and straining pains after the absence of menstruation can be caused by uterine contractions. Remember that every pain begins when the body asks you to pay attention to one or another health problem.
If your period is absent and you feel pain, you have to visit the doctor to confirm or rule out a possible pregnancy. If the blood test and a pelvic exam show that there was successful implantation, the gynecologist can advise you about the new lifestyle.
False implantation symptoms
Heavy cramping during implantation is considered abnormal. The blastocyst is smaller than a speck of dust and it is impossible to feel it physically. However, some women claim that they may feel cramping when the ovum is released from one of the ovaries.
In the same way, the presence of sharp, sharp or cutting pain in the lower abdomen is abnormal during the implantation process. These sensations can be connected in some way with intestinal spasms, since the intestine is just behind the uterus.
Therefore, the pregnant woman may think she feels pain in the uterus. During pregnancy many future mothers have digestive disorders, for example constipation can be the reason for strange cramps in the lower abdomen.
Feeling cramps before the absence of the period can be a symptom of inflammatory processes or simply mean the beginning of regular menstruation.
Having a spot in the middle of the menstrual cycle does not always mean successful implantation. Sometimes (although rarely) a short-term bloody discharge is experienced after ovulation, but attention must be paid to these signals. Without the examination of a specialist it is impossible to define the exact cause of this type of bleeding.
How to confirm successful implantation
The most accurate way to confirm early pregnancy is to do a blood test to look for the presence of the hormone hCG, abbreviations that mean human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone is actively produced after implantation and can be detected in urine and blood. The second line in pregnancy tests shows the emergence of this hormone level.
The first test should be done approximately three days after the delay in the period.
The second way to confirm pregnancy is to do an ultrasound. This helps to define the location of the embedded egg. The fetus can be seen in the uterus 3-4 weeks after implantation.
However, it is not wise to do the ultrasound exam too often and without the approval of a gynecologist. The implementation process is very delicate and every manipulation, even the most careful one, can end it.
Lifestyles and diet during implantation
During the period of possible implantation it is necessary to exclude certain daily routines
such as spas, treatments such as solarium and saunas. It is also not advisable to stay in the sun for a long time. The diet should include:
cereals and whole grain bread
fruits and vegetables
meats and fish (low in fat)
The proteins (meat, fish, cheese) should not be included in the diet, because they are necessary for the development of embryonic tissue. Meals should be eaten frequently and divided into small portions. If you are constantly nauseated during the implantation of the ovum and its subsequent growth, it is good to always carry a bottle of water and candy.
Adequate nutrition and healthy lifestyle can relieve nausea, protect the uterus from contractions after implantation (which can lead to the threat of miscarriage), as well as ensure the full and proper development of the embryo.
Not all pregnant women experience such implantation symptoms as nausea, dizziness and changes in their tastes. Do not feel afraid if you do not feel something special or different. Otherwise, do not worry too much, all the unpleasant symptoms usually disappear after the 12-13 week of pregnancy.