Do you suspect that you’re pregnant? Here are some signs to spot.
WORDS RACHEL LIM
Are you eagerly anticipating the double line or positive sign on your home pregnancy test kit? It can get a little nerve-wrecking when you are trying to conceive. Your anxiety level increases, even more, when you turn to Google and surf pregnancy forums reading comments from fellow women needing affirmation and reassurance. It is best to learn about the early signs of pregnancy and celebrate when you spot (any of) them!
#1: Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy for approximately one-third of all women who conceive. Implantation bleeding is when the blastocyst (a ball of cells after a sperm fertilises an egg) implants itself into the lining of your womb. Implantation of the blastocyst can cause irritation and movement to the uterine lining which results in a tiny amount of blood being dislodged.
The discharge or spotting from implantation bleeding usually happens six to 12 days
after conception, is pinkish or dark brown in colour, and lasts as short as
a few hours, to one to two days
#2: Implantation Cramps
Implantation cramps are light pulling or pricking pains localised in the lower abdomen. The cramps typically occur approximately a week before the expected date of the start of your period. These cramps are due to the uterine mucous membrane melting at the implantation site to allow the fertilised egg to better attach to the uterine wall.
#3: Sustained Elevated Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
BBT is your body temperature at rest (measured in the morning after at least three hours of sleep, before you get out of bed, and with a special BBT thermometer). Before ovulation, there is only a tiny amount of progesterone present in your body and BBTs are in the lower range. After ovulation, due to the increased progesterone secreted by the corpus luteum, BBTs become elevated. If there is no pregnancy, BBTs will remain elevated only for 10 to 16 days until the corpus luteum regresses. However, BBTs stay high if there is a pregnancy.
Consider downloading fertility apps to help you plot your fertility charts and
indicate any sustained elevated BBTs!
#4: Sore Breasts
One to two weeks after conception, your breasts may start to feel sore, sensitive, tender to touch, fuller and heavier than before. This can last for a while as your progesterone levels rise due to pregnancy.
#5: Metallic Taste in Mouth
Another early sign of pregnancy which might occur even before you have a positive pregnancy test is a condition called Dysgeusia whereby a sour or metallic taste persists in your mouth even when you are not eating. Medical professionals believe that the cause of Dysgeusia is hormonal, particularly because of the increased oestrogen associated with pregnancy.
Bear in mind that a baby starts to develop way before you can tell you are pregnant. Always take good care of your health while you are waiting to confirm your pregnancy!