You are definitely pregnant! Studies show an egg is usually fertilised within 12 hours of ovulation. After 24 hours, the egg starts to die. An embryo starts to produce hCG after implantation, not before. The longer you wait to test after ovulation, the more accurate the result will be. Pregnancy testing should ideally be done from the day your period would have been due.
Remember, every woman and every pregnancy is unique. Progesterone causes your BBT to rise upon ovulation and stay elevated should you be pregnant. Some women may bleed for just a few months when their period would have been due , and a small percent may bleed for their whole pregnancy.
Read our article on bleeding during pregnancy for more information. Ginger and acupuncture are helpful natural remedies for nausea and are worth a try. Unfortunately some women find that nothing seems to relieve their morning sickness. Most women find morning sickness will hang around for most of the first trimester before getting better.
Breast Changes From very early on in your pregnancy, you may notice changes in your breasts, including: Increased Cervical Mucus A surge in progesterone often results in a surge of cervical mucus production. Some women may notice a little, and some notice much more. If it bothers you, a panty liner may help. Fatigue If you just fell asleep reading this, you could be pregnant. When you first become pregnant, your metabolism steps up a few gears in order to support your developing baby as well as your own body.
This creates one big workload. Not only that, but the hormone progesterone which is required in high levels during pregnancy has a sedating effect. No wonder you feel so very tired! Read our article on pregnancy fatigue for more information. This happens because the embryo starts to secrete the pregnancy hormone hCG, which signals for the blood supply to increase in the pelvic area.
This results in the bladder becoming irritable and it passes small amounts of urine. You may find you will wake in the night to urinate more often than usual. Ironically, this pregnancy symptom reoccurs in the last trimester, as your baby will regularly enjoy bouncing on your bladder. Cramping Some pregnancy symptoms can be unnerving for parents-to-be, who may fear a miscarriage.
This is especially the case with cramping. However, even when not pregnant, your uterus is continually contracting. When pregnant, the foetus grows and pushes against the walls of your uterus, which causes it to contract — this is very normal.
If the cramping is accompanied by bleeding, see your doctor who can assess the situation to see if you may be having a miscarriage. However do not panic as bleeding is also common in pregnancy.
See our article bleeding during pregnancy for more information. Women can have both cramping and bleeding in pregnancy and be able to continue on with a healthy pregnancy. Spotting Of all the pregnancy symptoms, bleeding and spotting is the most scary to experience. Thankfully, spotting is usually nothing to worry about. At around days after ovulation — just before you would normally get your period — you may notice light spotting, which is caused from the implantation of the embryo into your uterus lining.
The spotting is usually pinkish in colour and not red like a normal period. All bleeding during pregnancy should be reported to your medical carer. Increased hormones have an effect on your intestines, making them more relaxed — this helps with making more space for the baby as your uterus expands.
As a result you may get constipated. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do for relief. Check out our article on constipation during pregnancy. There are some constipation remedies available over the counter from your pharmacist that are safe for pregnancy — but check with the pharmacist before purchasing them.
Start with safe, natural remedies first, as some are very effective. Sense of Smell If bad smells are making you feel nauseous, this may be a pregnancy symptom. Pregnancy has heightened your sense of smell! Smells which never bothered you before may become intolerable, causing nausea. Food and cooking smells are usually the culprit, however every woman is different and may dislike all sorts of smells. Normally, your body would see something like a pregnancy as a foreign object.
But your baby has other plans. Your immune system is suppressed and prevented from attacking and rejecting the foetus, thanks to hormones and antibodies the foetus produces. The antibodies also take part in the growth and development of the placenta. As a result of these hormonal changes to your immune system, you are more susceptible to colds and flu.
Nasal stuffiness is also very common in pregnancy due to the hormonal effects on the nasal passages. For more information, read our article on pregnancy acne. You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth, which alters the taste of foods you usually enjoy or the feeling of food in your mouth.
Some women will not eat meat and some women gag when brushing their teeth from their toothpaste! You may have heard stories of women craving strange things which are not foods at all. Some of these cravings include dirt, clay or chalk. This is a condition called pica.
If this is you, please visit your naturopath or medical practitioner to check your levels of iron and zinc, as you may be deficient. No-one really knows why pregnant women have cravings. If you have a craving, there is nothing wrong with giving in to them. However if you are craving high fat foods or food with little nutritional value, see if you can find a substitute.
If you are not yet taking high quality pregnancy multivitamins, it might be a good time to start. Speak to your naturopath to source a quality brand. Change in Colour of Your Vagina This is unlikely to be the change that first makes you discover the pregnancy. Due to the increased level of blood in the pelvic region, you may find your vagina will appear more purplish than normal. Emotional It is generally accepted that during pregnancy you will cry in front of your boss, swear at your partner daily and donate all of your life savings to charity because the kitten on the advert looks so sad.
Hormones are going crazy, right from conception. Pregnancy is a roller coaster of hormones and emotions, and some most women find they get very emotional and have a meltdown or two. From the moment you conceive, your body goes full speed ahead doing an incredible job, creating an environment to support and protect your baby. Perhaps you can distract yourself for two weeks by planning a special treat for yourself at the end of each day for not testing!
You might also like to read our article on the two week wait for some light hearted humour! An example is hcg levels — some doctors wont automatically test this as a positive pregnancy test is proof enough for them. If you are rhesus negative have a negative blood group its important to know.
Vaginal exams increase your risk of an infection by introducing something foreign right up to your cervix. If you choose to have a vaginal exam, it may be a little uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. For more information, find out 7 things you need to know about vaginal examinations.