Implantation: The Beginning of Pregnancy

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Possible Symptoms of Implantation

Most women do not have any symptoms of implantation, but the signs are very similar to PMS.

  • Spotting one week or so prior to expected period
  • Headache
  • Bloating and fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Cramping and breast tenderness
  • Change in basal body temperature (slight drop around implantation followed by a rise)

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“Usually there are no symptoms of implantation, but a small percentage of women will have light spotting or bleeding with implantation. PMS symptoms are often the same for women early in the implantation process. But if implantation is successful, as women approach their expected menses date, symptoms of breast tenderness, bloating, and nausea may appear or worsen, as hormone levels may be higher than normal,” said Dr. Cooper.

Spotting may occur because the trophoblast may damage some of the mother's blood vessels during implantation, causing tiny blood leaks from the cervix down through the vagina. Implantation spotting is very light and quick—it can even be just a few drops—whereas menstruation blood gets heavier and is prolonged.

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As stated, for some women, light cramping may be associated with implantation, but if the cramping increases or lasts, it may be due to an upcoming period or an ectopic pregnancy. If pain does not subside, or other symptoms are present, such as extremely heavy bleeding with fever or chills, it's important to visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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  1. kelly says:

    Ok I would get my period in two days but I took 7 early pregnancy tests and they are all positive. I have cramping and lower backaches my breasts hurt. I just want to know if I am pregnant what do you think? Kelly

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Kelly – If you’ve taken that many tests and they’re all positive it’s likely you are! I’d give it five more days to make sure you miss your period, take another test, then call your doctor and let them know. Congrats!

  2. Nicki says:

    I wish you the best while trying to conceive. Home test and blood test confirm I am newly pregnant…so new, because I tracked by simply knowing that my most fertile days was 14 days after the first day of my period; that the Dr. states not time for a sonogram yet. GRR. Not announcing the news without a picture, and confirmation that everything is in the right place. Stressed about Eptopic pregnancy.

  3. Nundinee says:

    Actually I did track my cycle because I’ve been taking my temperature since 2012, and for my first baby it was by tracking the cycle then I got pregnant on my ovulation date. Sure I need to be more patient till 24th december. I just wanted to know if someone is pregnant does there any variation in the temperature as I explained before. For several months my body temperature varied from 36.4deg to 37.2 and normally I ovulate when it is 37.0deg. Thank you for your answer.

  4. Nundinee says:

    Hi, I would like to ask a question because am feeling mixed up with everything. Actually I did an insemination on the 9th of December 2014, that morning I took my basal temperature and it was 37.0 deg. It remained that same temperature till 13th of December then on 14th and 15th it got down to 36.8 deg now from 16th and 17th it comes again to 37.0 deg. I don’t know if by that am I pregnant or not coz I have to do the pregnancy test on the 24th of December. So I don’t know if it happens likewise meaning a drop in the temperature level. Thank you for the answer.

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi there – You’ll need to track your cycle for a few months before you can view your body temperature’s pattern and determine when you’ve ovulated and/or any changes in the pattern. Try your best to be patient until you can test on 12/24, and best wishes!

  5. Sarai says:

    I am currently 5dpo! I have been experiencing a really bad cold.. It all started with a sore throat two days ago now i have a stuffed nose..I have read stories of women that had cold symptoms that led to a BFP? Is this true? Can this be a symptom or just a cold?

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