First Days of Pregnancy – What Are the Symptoms of Onset?

The first symptoms of pregnancy can appear even before a woman suspects that she is pregnant. Most of the time only those who are already trying to conceive and do the control with the use of some method such as basal temperature or even just knowing their body are only aware of the symptoms in the first days of pregnancy . In the first days of pregnancy, the symptoms can be very subtle and go unnoticed by the woman. However, as all symptoms of pregnancy are caused by hormones and can be confused with PMS symptoms even.

The first days of pregnancy are marked by a fundamental event – nesting , that is, the implantation of the embryo (egg fertilized by sperm) in the uterus. In this phase, you can see the nesting bleed and get confused with the onset of menstruation , but in fact it is one of the signs of pregnancy.

At this stage, some more sensitive women may experience changes in taste, smell and tenderness in the breasts . The nipple may also show a slight change in the first days of pregnancy, becoming more pointed and may even appear some balls around the nipple, all of this is caused by the hormonal increase.

In the first days of pregnancy, the body temperature can also change and is one of the signs of pregnancy. Usually, the woman feels hotter, especially on the face, hands and feet. Some even have feverish temperature   at the beginning of pregnancy due to the increase in progesterone produced by the body and induced by the corpus luteum at the beginning.

Other Symptoms of Early Pregnancy

Other signs of pregnancy that can occur are cramps that are very similar to those of  the menstrual period  or pain in the belly . This explains why many women feel bloated and in tighter pants. Another symptom of the first days of pregnancy may be a higher urinary frequency , occurring precisely because of the enlargement of the uterus, endometrium and, consequently, pressure on the bladder.

This can make you want to pee all the time even before the delay. Some women have the first symptoms of pregnancy as an increase or appearance of pimples . These pimples are hormonal, as are dizziness due to increased progesterone or the famous mood swings of the recent pregnant woman. Cry, even with a margarine commercial? With a song that reminds you of something you miss? Pregnant becomes a melted butter, even from the first days of pregnancy!

IMPORTANT: Each woman, each body and each pregnancy the symptoms manifest in different ways, so it is good to be attentive to each sign of the body to recognize the symptoms.

When to Take the Pregnancy Test?

The ideal period for carrying out the pregnancy test is when the menstrual delay is confirmed, that is, it is necessary to wait for the expected date of the next menstruation to be able to confirm. But when it comes to trying, it is very difficult to contain anxiety and wait for the delay to perform the test. However, this wait is necessary to guarantee the increase of the existing HCG hormone during the gestational phase. It is with the increase of this hormone that the symptoms of pregnancy become more evident and the pregnancy test becomes more reliable.

Some pharmacy pregnancy tests are completely reliable due to their high sensitivity in detecting the HCG hormone, in some cases up to 2 days before menstrual delay. As is the case with the Famivita brand pregnancy test , which you find here in our store. 

When to Perform the First Ultrasound?

Normally nothing is seen in this phase of the first days of pregnancy by ultrasound,  even if the pregnancy test is already positive, it is necessary to wait at least until the 5th or 6th week for the gestational sac or even the baby to appear on the ultrasound. It is very common for women with positive HCG beta , but of a relatively low value (<1000, or even less than 100) to do an ultra and see nothing more than a thick endometrium and occasionally a corpus luteum (functional cyst) .

That’s when the worry often starts, thinking about sad things like anembryonic pregnancy or even a miscarriage . However, ultrasound should only be done more than 5 to 6 weeks to see any signs of pregnancy. It is not advisable to have an ultrasound scan in the first days of pregnancy unless you have suspected bleeding.

Headaches and stomach pains can also appear in the early days of pregnancy. Some women are more sensitive to the significant increase in progesterone and have these pains as a symptom before menstruation. Finally, one of the symptoms most taken into account is the absence of menstruation on the days when it should . The best at this point would be to take a pregnancy test at least 5 days late.

If it is still negative, repeat one week later. The embryo can take 7 to 15 days to implant and thus take a longer time for the pregnancy to finally appear on the tests. But still, signs of pregnancy can appear very early in the first few days of pregnancy. It is important to say that the first symptoms of pregnancy can be confused with post-ovulatory symptoms and thus lead the woman to suspect pregnancy even without being pregnant.

To be able to differentiate it is crucial to expect a significant menstrual delay to perform a beta HCG exam However, if you are the unregulated type and are suspecting that you are in the first days of a pregnancy, you can count 20 days of sexual intercourse and get tested.

Symptom Note by Patricia Amorim

Before the delay, I had several of these symptoms. However, as I had a lot of experience with false pregnancy symptoms, I learned to take into account only symptoms after the delay . The first few days of pregnancy can be confused between PMS symptoms and pregnancy . So there was an important symptom that always caught my attention – the increase in temperature.

In the last pregnancy I felt very, very hot in the first days of pregnancy. I had the feeling of feet and hands burning even on very cold days. This symptom was what prompted me to take a test. Urinary frequency is also an important factor, but it should also be taken into account only after the delay. Good luck and let the positives rain!


 

Study on Signs of Pregnancy

Due to the large number of possible different symptoms and the different perception of each woman, the Changing Diapers sought to specify the probability of each occurrence and conducted a survey of more than 10,000 women from all over the country between September 7 and 12, 2017 for through a questionnaire on the website. Participants responded freely and spontaneously.

Questions

The following questions were asked:

  • Which of the pregnancy symptoms did you notice in yourself? (Increase in blackheads and pimples / Colic / Abdominal pain / Nausea / Late menstruation / High temperature / Dizziness / Willing to vomit)
  • Have you had vaginal discharge? ( Brown / Pink / Transparent and elastic )
  • Did you notice differences in your breasts? (Sore breasts / Sensitive nipples / Darker areola)
  • Have you noticed behavioral changes in you? (Appetite for specific foods / Aversion to strong smells / Increased urinary frequency / Sleep out of time / Mood swings )

Results

The answers were added after calculating a probability of perception of certain symptoms:

    • Pregnant women observe on average 7 to 8 symptoms with menstrual delay being the most common
    • 28% of pregnant women still do not notice their menstrual delay
    • Behavioral changes are relatively more perceived than different physical signs
    • Almost every pregnant woman notices some changes in the breasts

Readers’ doubts

How does the belly look in the first days of pregnancy?

In the first days of pregnancy it is difficult to define that a pregnancy is happening. It is common for the belly to be slightly swollen, similar to the premenstrual swelling, but nothing to show that the woman is pregnant. This swelling occurs due to the increase in progesterone that causes the swelling and the still very slight expansion of the uterus.

How to recognize the first symptoms?

Not all women experience the same symptoms at first, but the most common are: breast tenderness, nausea , dizziness, constant urge to urinate, sleep and aversion to strong odors. To be able to recognize the first symptoms it is enough to know your body well and be attentive to the changes.

How is the uterus in the first days of pregnancy?

In the first days of pregnancy the uterus and the entire female body begins to undergo changes due to the increase in progesterone. In the first days the uterus undergoes a small expansion which causes the abdominal enlargement of the lower abdomen that is so noticeable by women in early pregnancy. Usually, this increase occurs more frequently at night, since the progesterone and estrogen spikes occur at night.

See also: Ovulation Symptoms and Their Signs , Pregnancy Calculator , Fertile Period

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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