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Early signs of pregnancy

You’ve entered your data and you’ve stayed healthy and you’ve timed your intercourse well and…

You think you might be pregnant!

Although you’ll need a pregnancy test, and then a medical professional to confirm, there are some early signs that you can look for if you think you might have conceived. From symptoms like abdominal discomfort, to an elevated body temperature, your body has plenty of ways of letting you know if the butterflies in your stomach are really babyflies!

Early signs of pregnancy

If you conceive during your fertile window, you might be able to notice some early signs and symptoms that could help clue you in, even before you can take a pregnancy test. If you conceive, your hormones will be raging, and your fertilized egg will need to implant in your womb, so you might notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal discomfort: When your egg is fertilized, it will need to implant itself in your womb so it can grow into your beautiful baby! As a result, you might notice a bit of discomfort as the egg digs its way in to its cozy condo
  • Spotting: When the egg implants into your uterus, you might notice some slight spotting, known as implantation bleeding. Some women confuse this spotting with an early period, so make sure you pay attention if you notice slight spotting in the 7-10 days after you ovulate
  • Breast tenderness/changes: Your hormone levels will be raised if you conceived, and with this elevation, you might notice some odd symptoms. Breast tenderness, swelling, and darkening of the nipples may be strange, but telling symptoms of early pregnancy
  • Elevated body temperature: Your basal body temperature may spike right after ovulation, and if you conceive, it will remain elevated when it would otherwise drop if your period is approaching

How Ovia can help

During the few weeks after you ovulate, but before your projected period, many women may they think they’re experiencing PMS symptoms, when they’re really early signs of pregnancy! Tracking your physical and emotional symptoms from cycle-to-cycle can clue you in about when you might be pregnant.

What’s next?

Once you get that first positive test, you’ll need to confirm it with your doctor or other health professional. But even before that, you should start taking a prenatal vitamin to get plenty of folic acid, and start getting used to a pregnancy lifestyle featuring plenty of exercise, proper nutrition, and healthy living.

Read more
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. "Symptoms of pregnancy - What happens right away." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 7/12/2013. Web.
  • Healthline Editorial Team. "What Bodily Changes Can You Expect During Pregnancy?" Healthline. Healthline, 3/5/2012. Web.
  • Roger Harms MD. "Is implantation bleeding normal in early pregnancy?" Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 7/12/2013. Web.
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