One of the first signs of implantation is implantation bleeding. While not every woman experience this, it is considered to be normal either way. Implantation bleeding happens when the egg deposits itself in the lining of the uterus causing a small vaginal discharge that can be easily mistaken for periods. Cramps can often accompany this. It is usually observed around six to twelve days after conception.
A delay in periods is a big hint towards the possibility of conception. While spotting or light bleeding may be noticed in between, it is very likely that there is nothing to be worried about. If you notice any unusual bleeding that’s worrying you, you can always consult a doctor.
If your breasts feel heavy, sensitive and a little sore, you may be headed towards pregnancy. Swelling and tenderness in the breasts are symptoms that are common during periods as well. However, if this symptom persists even after a delay in your periods, it would be wise to take a pregnancy test.
Common symptoms also include nausea or morning sickness. This may be triggered due to an intense odor, an aversion to a particular food, or sometimes, for no reason at all. This happens due to an increase in the levels of the hormone estrogen in your body.
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You may feel very tired during this time due to a high level of progesterone in your system, as this hormone is known to induce sleep. In addition to this, your blood pressure and your blood sugar levels also lower, causing a rise in the production of blood in your body. This expends a lot of energy and contributes to the feeling of fatigue.
You may develop an intense, almost unnatural craving for certain foods, while at the same time, not be able to stand certain smells. This is a symptom of pregnancy that can stay with you for quite a while, even up until the end of childbirth. Your food cravings may often have you searching for food at odd times! These cravings and aversions towards smells and foods are caused due to hormonal changes in the body.
An increase in the level of progesterone can raise your body temperature. If you’ve been noticing a rise in your body temperature for over 20 days, then it is a good sign, and you might just be pregnant.
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The two week wait (TWW) after an IUI can be excruciatingly difficult, but it’s worth it to avoid potential false positives and false negatives on home pregnancy tests. Follow your clinic’s instructions and wait at least 14 days post-IUI before taking a test.
Many clinics will schedule you for a pregnancy blood test at the 14-day mark. A blood test can detect lower levels of hCG and is considered even more accurate than urine tests.
Some women may notice symptoms as early as 5 DPO, although they won't know for certain that they are pregnant until much later.
Early signs and symptoms include implantation bleeding or cramps, which can occur 5–6 days after the sperm fertilizes the egg. Other early symptoms include breast tenderness and mood changes.
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In order to know when embryo implantation happens, you have to know the ovulation date. About 40% of all women have conceived on the 9th day after their ovulation. Once the egg is fertilized, it travels through the fallopian tubes and into the uterine cavity. It takes around 6-7 days for the egg to make the journey transforming from zygote, to morula, and then finally to blastocyst. It then takes 2-3 days to move into the uterine cavity and get prepared for implantation. Implantation generally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation. so 6-12 days after a properly timed IUI.
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Meticulous timing is key to the success of IUI. The procedure occurs roughly in the middle of your cycle, when you ovulate. If you are having a medicated cycle, you’ll use drugs to trigger ovulation. Otherwise, a provider will test for ovulation and time the procedure accordingly.
After IUI, you should feel fine. The procedure is not dangerous and under most circumstances will not require sedation. This means you can drive yourself home and return to your usual activities right away.
Following an IUI procedure, it’s important to act as if you are already pregnant. This ensures that, if the implantation is successful, the pregnancy gets the best possible start. Talk to your doctor about any medications you take, especially prescription drugs that can affect pregnancy. Additionally, do the following:
It’s helpful to develop a plan for managing the two-week wait the two-week period between IUI and your first pregnancy test. A vacation, a new hobby, fun dates, and meaningful activities can help distract you. While it may be tempting to spend all of your time contemplating a potential pregnancy, it’s important to manage your emotions no matter the outcome.
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3 Days After IUI
Some women experience spotting immediately after an IUI procedure. This is due to irritation of the delicate tissue of the cervix and vagina, and is not implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs later, usually 7-11 days after the procedure, when the egg implants in the wall of the uterus.
By about three days, any initial spotting will have stopped. If you are still bleeding, experience cramping, or are in pain, contact your doctor. Because it is impossible to be pregnant this early in the process, you will not have any pregnancy symptoms. Consider keeping a list of any symptoms you experience during the first few days. This gives you an idea of what’s normal for your body, and can help you decide what is and is not a pregnancy symptom down the road. For instance, if you experience breast tenderness, you’ll know that breast tenderness is a typical symptom for you and not necessarily a sign of pregnancy.
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6 Days After IUI: Implantation and Beyond
At the six day mark, you may be approaching implantation. Implantation typically occurs about a week after the IUI procedure, so now is the time to begin monitoring for signs of implantation. If you notice some light spotting, this could be implantation bleeding. Some women also experience cramping at implantation. However, most women do not experience implantation bleeding, and do not have any symptoms this early. So the absence of symptoms does not necessarily mean you’re not pregnant, or that the procedure failed. Moreover, some women experience implantation much later at 11 or 12 days after IUI. So you may have to wait several more days for any noticeable implantation or pregnancy symptoms.
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