If you are actively trying to conceive, have studied all that is written about conception and even charted your waking body temperature, the two weeks following ovulation can seem to go on forever. This has many women seeking out every and all pregnancy symptoms of the first week. During this time, there is just nothing to do but wait and hope.
Pregnancy Symptoms of the First Week
The first week of pregnancy occurs at about one week before your next period should be due. For women who do have pregnancy signs starting this early, those symptoms are much the same as pre-menstrual symptoms. The difference is that if you are a pregnant woman, the PMS is about a week early. You may feel cramping associated with implantation and even have some light spotting. You may also have mood swings, breast tenderness and some fatigue.
Nausea associated with the well-known morning sickness of pregnancy rarely starts this early. Caused by pregnancy hormones, morning sickness for some women does start almost as soon as the pregnancy begins. If you are suffering from nausea, upset stomach and vomiting this early in pregnancy, then you are probably in for a long first trimester. The American Pregnancy Association (APA) reports that some moms report having worse morning sickness when pregnant with multiples.
Basal Temperature Pattern
If you are charting your basal body temperature while trying to conceive, you may be lucky enough to see when implantation occurs by reviewing your chart. According to Toni Weschler, author of “Taking Charge of Your Fertility,” a triphasic pattern is often seen on the basal body temperature charts of pregnant women. When charting your basal body temperature, you’ll see an increase in your average waking temperatures the day after ovulation. In a triphasic chart, another increase occurs following implantation. The chart now has three steps of progressively increasing temperatures, a triphasic–or three phase–pattern.
Most pregnant women fall into this category, with no inkling that they may be pregnant. Even for those enthusiastically trying to conceive by charting and being in tune with every change in their bodies, there is often no sign of pregnancy this early. The first sign of pregnancy is usually in the second or third week of baby’s development when a period is missed.