For many women, the start of pregnancy can be very confusing. Your body goes through a lot of changes, especially in the first few weeks. The signs and symptoms of implantation can be very subtle. Not all women notice them when they occur, but they can lead to light bleeding, cramping, nausea, bloating, sore breasts, headaches, and even mood swings.
What is La Nidation?
Nidation or implantation is when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus to begin to form the placenta and the embryo. Although the egg may have been fertilized more than a week ago, it is only after implantation that your body begins to produce human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), also known as the pregnancy hormone.
Implantation is a complex process that occurs about 6 to 12 days after ovulation, around the 21th cycle day. However, this may vary depending on the overall cycle length of each. Under the influence of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) the uterine lining thickens to accommodate the embryo. During implantation, some women may observe implantation bleeding, cramps or even vaginal discharge.
A few weeks after implantation, the first symptoms of pregnancy begin to appear. These are usually morning sickness and a late period. To be able to detect the first early signs of pregnancy, it is important to know your ovulation period. In this case, an application allowing to calculate your menstrual cycles like Flo or Clue can be extremely useful and effective.
When implantation does not occur, the uterine lining is normally expelled by the body during menstruation.
Implantation symptoms are not always noticeable. Most women do not show specific signs that implantation has occurred. The difference between implantation symptoms and periods can be confusing, especially because in both cases blood is evacuated through the uterine lining.
Nevertheless, although signs of implantation are more closely associated with an early onset of pregnancy, the most common symptoms are:
Implantation bleeding or implantation bleeding occur when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, causing the uterine lining to shed. Implantation usually occurs a week before your period starts or around the time of your period. These bleedings, similar to dew losses or brownish, can be confusing since many women think they just have an early or light period. In case of light bleeding, it is recommended to wear period panties to prevent leaks and stay calm all day.
The increase in blood volume and the influx of hormones can cause headaches.
As your digestive system slows down under increased hormone levels (progesterone and hCG), some women experience nausea, constipation, and indigestion. It also leads to a more developed sense of smell in many pregnant women.
Just as some people are emotional before their period, they may feel moody after implantation.
After implantation, the increase in hormone levels may cause swelling or increased tenderness in the breasts. This phenomenon frequently continues throughout pregnancy.
Hormonal changes that occur rapidly around the time of implantation can cause implantation cramps. In general, these cramps are felt in the lower back, lower abdomen, or even in the pelvic region.
If you regularly observe your cervical mucus, you may notice changes in its texture at the time of staking.
What Are the Signs of Successful Implantation?
Implantation usually occurs 6 to 12 days after ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary). It sometimes takes up to 3 days for the fertilized egg to travel from the fallopian tube to the uterus. The fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, where it begins to grow.
The signs of successful implantation vary from woman to woman and there is no way to detect them with certainty. Some potential signs of implantation include mild abdominal pain, light blood loss or bleeding, cramping or period-like pain, increased basal body temperature, mood changes, or nausea.
Some women also experience increased vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, or vomiting. remember that these signs can also be caused by other factors and that there is no way to determine with certainty whether implantation was successful. The only way to find out is to take a pregnancy test or see a doctor.
What to do in case of signs of implantation?
Since the signs of implantation occur a week or two after ovulation, it may be too early to get an accurate result. In this case, it is best to wait about a week after implantation when hCG levels will be high enough to be detected by a pregnancy test.
This is because pregnancy tests can detect the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Since hCG is produced by the placenta, the body can only produce it after implantation. At the very beginning of pregnancy, there is very little hCG in the urine due to the short time between the time of implantation and the start of pregnancy.