Symptoms of conception: what are they?

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Is it possible for a woman to guess that she has conceived even before undergoing a pregnancy test? The body may actually send gods signals revealing, but it is not always easy to interpret them since not only every subject it reacts differently at the start of an pregnancy (many women, for example, do not feel any symptoms), but many of the small signs of pregnancy coincide with the effects of the menstrual cycle.

In this article

  • The (possible) symptoms of conception occurred
  • How to make sure you are pregnant?
  • False conception myths

The (possible) symptoms of conception occurred

Of course, the first symptom to keep under control is whether or not the menstrual cycle arrives. L'amenorrhea - the lack of menstruation - is in fact the most indicative condition of the onset of pregnancy. However, this is not enough: many women in fact suffer from an "irregular" cycle and any delays could occur for them more varied reasons, without necessarily involving conception.

In any case, it is around the fifth / sixth week of pregnancy that the expectant mother could normally notice something (and therefore be pushed to carry out a pregnancy test). Among the most common symptoms we indicate:

  • Morning sickness
  • Vaginal discharge (implantation spotting)
  • Alteration of the sense of taste and smell (ex: finding unpleasant smells that previously did not arouse any reaction)
  • Frequent urge to urinate (i.e. need to pee several times a day)
  • Swollen and tight breasts
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood swings
  • Cramps

However, many of these episodic symptoms are the same as in premenstrual syndrome, caused by hormonal changes.

Read also: First weeks of pregnancy: symptoms, dos and don'ts

How to make sure you are pregnant?

The only way to be 100% sure that you are pregnant is therefore to undergo a reliable pregnancy test. In fact, the test measures the presence of the hormone HCG (Chorionic Gonadotropin) in the urine, a glycoprotein hormone produced by the cells of the placenta, which therefore can only manifest itself in the event of conception.

This hormone is produced about eight days after the successful fertilization, so it is useless to hold the test in a preventive way. immediately after intercourse. Better to wait for the symptoms to appear or, even better, for the absence of menstruation.

Read also: Implantation losses or start of menstruation?

False myths about conception

Popular tradition - the so-called "grandmother's wisdom" - is full of suggestions for knowing if you are pregnant or not. Many, however, are just false myths.

In fact, many are convinced that it is impossible to conceive during menstruation, but in reality there are those who have a "short" cycle and in these cases ovulation can occur earlier than expected, becoming fertile even with menstruation in progress. Without foundation also all the various methods of self-diagnosis of conception based on quirky ingredients like toothpaste or bleach - not only are they unreliable, but they can also be dangerous.


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