Many women cannot wait for the first signs of pregnancy to appear. Although vomiting, fatigue and implantation bleeding are not pleasant, these can mean that you are expecting your long-awaited baby! Sometimes, the only pregnancy symptom is not having your period on the expected date – this is perfectly normal! Learn about the symptoms of pregnancy in first month and see if pregnancy without symptoms is possible.
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Some pregnancy symptoms, especially diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, can easily be mistaken for the symptoms of listeriosis. If, in addition to gastrointestinal problems, you develop fever, chills and muscle pain, you must talk to your doctor!
Learn about the menstrual cycle week by week.
As you can see, you are not pregnant yet in the second week. When calculating the duration of pregnancy, doctors use some kind of fiction – they assume that pregnancy begins on the first day of your last menstrual period, before the embryo is even fertilised and implanted. Nevertheless, you may experience some symptoms at this stage that we do not yet call pregnancy symptoms, but rather signs of ovulation. When the egg cell is released from the ovary, some women feel a slight prickling sensation and ovarian pain.
Right after fertilisation, the combined cells, which we now call a zygote, begin to move through the fallopian tube towards the uterus. Its lining continues to thicken and prepares for embryo implantation, which usually takes place around eleven days after fertilisation. In women who have short menstrual cycles, implantation can occur as early as at the end of the third week of pregnancy. Sometimes this manifests itself as mild spotting, known as implantation bleeding. This is normal and harmless – it looks like pinkish or slightly blood-tinged mucus, which resolves spontaneously after a short time.
In the fourth week of pregnancy, the embryo implantation in the uterus would already occur in most women. This may be accompanied by implantation spotting, which is a typical symptom of the fourth week of pregnancy. If you notice mild spotting or bleeding, use pantyliners or Always Ultra Normal period pads, which will protect your underwear from stains. Always period pads are dermatologically tested so they will not irritate your skin, which can be particularly delicate and sensitive during pregnancy. In the fourth week of pregnancy, you can choose the smallest period pads – implantation spotting is not too heavy and resolves quickly. Since the egg has implanted itself in the soft, expanding mucous membrane, the embryo can more easily take up the nutrients it now needs for dynamic growth. It also begins to produce an important hormone necessary for the normal development of early pregnancy – human chorionic gonadotropin, or beta-HCG. At the same time, the production of another hormone – progesterone responsible for maintaining pregnancy – also increases. The higher levels of these hormones may lead to the first subtle signs of pregnancy before missed period, which include:
The first symptoms of pregnancy in the fourth week are similar to the symptoms of an upcoming menstruation. It is not yet possible to clearly confirm or exclude pregnancy based on those symptoms.
Some women may also experience mild spotting. If the amount of discharge is small, you should not be concerned. However, when you notice red blood spotting or even heavier bleeding and your pregnancy test is positive, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. You may need to slow down, spend more time resting or take prescription medication.
The most common symptom in the sixth week of pregnancy is the absence of menstruation, which should have already arrived several days ago. This is the signal for many women that they may be expecting a baby. Another important symptom is discomfort and pin in the lower abdominal area, which is caused by the stretching of the uterine ligaments. At this stage, the uterus itself is only slightly becoming enlarged, which means you will have to wait a little longer for your pregnancy belly to appear.
Other symptoms at week 6 of pregnancy include:
If you notice increased mucus and discharge, start using Always Dailies Fresh & Protect Normal Pantyliners. These will protect your underwear from staining and help you avoid discomfort.
Symptoms of listeriosis include:
Listeriosis is very dangerous for pregnant women – it often leads to miscarriage or is transmitted to the baby. If you experience listeria and pregnancy symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible!
Women who are pregnant or suspect they may be pregnant should protect themselves from listeria infection by avoiding eating certain foods (especially unpasteurised milk and milk products, raw meat and fish, and unwashed fruit and vegetables). If you notice the first symptoms of pregnancy, it is essential to exclude those foods from your diet.