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If you're TTC, could it be? 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!

You’ll need a pregnancy test and a medical professional to confirm, but there are some early signs that you can look for if you think you might have conceived.

Early signs of pregnancy

If you successfully conceive, you might be able to notice some early signs and symptoms that could help clue you in, even before you miss a period or take a pregnancy test. 

  • Abdominal discomfort: When an egg is fertilized, it will need to implant itself in the uterine wall so it can continue to grow and develop into an embryo! As a result, you might notice a bit of discomfort as the egg implants into the uterus.
  • Spotting: When the egg implants, 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 they're symptoms of early pregnancy.
  • Elevated body temperature: Your basal body temperature will 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 weeks after ovulation and before menstruation, many people think they’re experiencing PMS symptoms, but they’re really experiencing early signs of pregnancy! Tracking your physical and emotional symptoms from cycle to cycle can clue you in about whether you might be pregnant.

What’s next?

Once you get that first positive test, you’ll need to confirm it with your healthcare provider. But even before that appointment, you can start taking a prenatal vitamin to get plenty of folic acid, continue getting plenty of exercise, and nourish yourself with nutritious food to get your body ready for whatever comes next!

Read more
  • Roger Harms MD. "Is implantation bleeding normal in early pregnancy?" Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 7/12/2013. Web.
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