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8 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy Implantation

November 21, 2017

Untimely bleeding is frustrating, especially when you are planning for pregnancy. But do not get disappointed as this bleeding could indicate something good for you. It could be implantation bleeding, a normal physiological process in any pregnancy, and one of the early symptoms of pregnancy. Read this MomJunction post to know more about implantation, its stages, symptoms and how you can confirm that.

What Is Implantation?

Implantation (of the human embryo) is the attachment of the fertilized egg (the blastocyst) to the lining of the uterus to grow and develop. It is an entirely natural process that happens a week after ovulation and is an early stage of pregnancy.

One-third of women experience implantation bleeding but is mistaken for menstruation as it happens at the same time of your cycle.

When Does Implantation Occur?

In most cases, implantation takes place around nine days after ovulation, but sometimes it can occur as early as seven days or as late as 12 days. So, if ovulation takes place on the 14th day after a period (average 28-day cycle), implantation can occur on the 23rd day.

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During ovulation, the ovaries release the eggs. When the sperm enters the fallopian tube, it fertilizes the egg within 12 to 24 hours of ovulation. The fertilized egg, known as a zygote, then travels down the fallopian tube. During this time, the zygote multiplies several times to form a blastocyst, which enters the uterine cavity in five to six days after fertilization. It then implants to the uterus in a day or two. Therefore, the whole process from fertilization to implantation takes six to ten days. This means implantation occurs between the 20th and 24thday of your regular menstrual cycle.

Stages Of Implantation:

The embryo implantation occurs on the sixth or seventh day after ovulation. This process has three stages:

  • In the first stage, the embryo attaches to the uterine wall (the lining is endometrium). This initial phase of the implantation process is called adplantation. During this stage, the embryo is about five to six days oldВ [1].
  • In the second stage, the fertilized egg penetrates the uterine wall so that it is secure in the uterus. This process is adhesion of the blastocyst to the endometrium.
  • In the third stage, the embryo finally embeds deep inside the uterine wall. At this point, the ovum is located in the endometrial cavity, and as the endometrium grows, the cavity is wrapped better.

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy Implantation:

Every pregnancy is different, and so are the implantation symptoms. They may also differ from the first pregnancy to the subsequent ones. Some women do not notice any symptoms associated with implantation. Listed below are the possible implantation signs that would help in confirming your pregnancy.

В 1. Implantation bleeding or spotting:

It is one of the primary symptoms of implantation, and probably an accurate sign of gestation. This happens when the embryo embeds into the uterine wall. So, if you notice light bleeding or spotting before the onset of your period, you do not have to worry.

But what does implantation bleeding look like? It is pinkish, scanty and not as red and heavy as the period bleeding. It is not consistent and does not form clots. The bleeding may be on and off and lasts from a few hours to two days.

2. Implantation cramping:

The second common symptom after spotting is implantation cramping, which is similar to period cramping. However, these cramps are milder and are less painful. So, where does implantation cramping occur? You will experience them in your back and lower abdomen and last for a couple of days. They are sometimes associated with continuous contractions in the uterine wall. If the cramping is severe and unbearable for a long time, it is advisable to see your healthcare provider.

3. Breast changes:

Soon after implantation, your body begins to change. Breasts undergo changes such as tenderness, soreness, and swelling. It is due to the changing female hormone levels after conception. In some cases, these changes are visible during ovulation as well as a week after ovulation.

4. Increased basal body temperature:

The basal body temperature (BBT) is high during implantation and can be a way to determine pregnancy. You may not necessarily track your body temperature unless you are trying to get pregnant. Therefore, you must chart your daily temperature, and see if it is increasing. The BBT rises at the time of ovulation due to increasing progesterone hormone and remains elevated when implantation occurs.

5. Frequent urination:

The urge to urinate increases within a week of implantation. Your body undergoes massive changes to make room for the baby. Increased blood supply to the pelvic area puts pressure on your bladder. This pressure increases your urge to urinate.

6. Food cravings/aversion:

This is another prominent sign of implantation. The hormones produced as a result of implantation tend to alter the woman’s likes and dislikes for food. You may crave for foods you have not tasted before or dislike foods you once loved. However, any cravings or aversions for food within seven days of ovulation cannot be considered an implantation symptom.

7. Hot flashes:

They are less common signs of implantation and last for about 15 minutes at the time of implantation. During implantation, the hormone levels rapidly fluctuate causing hot flashes. Though it is an inconsistent sign, you may still consider it in association with the other symptoms.

8. Cervical mucus:

An increase in the progesterone levels after implantation triggers the cervix to swell and increases the blood flow to it. Additionally, the glands enlarge and the hormones stimulate the glands to produce more cervical mucus. The mucus thus contains some blood, which is why cervical mucus after implantation looks pinkish or brownish in color.

While the above signs could determine your pregnancy, you cannot be sure until you take a test. Moreover, remember that not every woman has these signs.

How To Confirm If Your Implantation Is Successful?

The only way to confirm your pregnancy is through a pregnancy test. If you notice any spotting, i. e., implantation bleeding, wait for about three days and take a home pregnancy test. The later you take the test, the more are the chances of getting an accurate result as your hCG levels increase.

Another way of confirming implantation is going for a sonogram to know if the embryo is attached to the uterine wall. After three to four weeks of implantation, you can see the fetus in the uterus. However, sonogram could have an adverse effect on the sensitive process of implantation and fetal development.

Experiencing signs, but got a negative test result?

You may be having the signs of a successful implantation, but may end up with negative test results. This may be because of insufficient hCG hormone. In some cases, it will take up to ten days post implantation to have enough hCG in the body to give positive results. Therefore, be optimistic and be patient.

How To Increase Your Chances Of Implantation?

The two weeks after a menstrual cycle are stressful if you are planning to get pregnant. The elevated stress levels prevent conception by disrupting the hormone levels. Therefore, you need to know ways to improve the chances of successful implantation.

The following are the practical ways to make your two weeks wait enjoyable:

1. Balanced diet for healthy hormonal levels and uterine lining:

  • Fiber-rich foods promote healthy estrogen levels, metabolism, and digestion. Eat dark leafy greens such as collard, kale or beet greens, ground flax seeds, soaked seeds and nuts, and whole grains. Have about 28 grams of fiber every day.
  • Super foods support healthy hormonal levels. Include coconut oil, cod liver oil, goji berries (Arctium lappa) and maca (Lepidium meyenii) in your diet.
  • Support the healthy growth of uterine lining by taking pregnancy-safe herbs and blood nourishing foods. Consume herbs such as hibiscus, nettle, red raspberry leaf and yellow dock infusions or extracts. Blood nourishing foods include salmon, grass fed meats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, spirulina and quinoa.
  • Include foods that increase your body temperature. When progesterone levels raise the body’s temperature also raises. Therefore, a warm womb is an ideal environment to support a new life. Try taking stews and soups with some warming herbs such as cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne.

2. Generate good feelings:

You may have high expectations during the two weeks of wait for the good news. You are overwhelmed with anticipation and anxiety. This could release stress hormones which prevent your body from conceiving.

Keep your cool during this period. Dream about getting pregnant but do not make it your obsession. Keep yourself busy and take up the tasks that you love to do. This will keep your emotions under check.

3. Rethink about natural therapies, herbs and supplements you are already taking:

Certain natural therapies will affect the uterus and thus prevent implantation. Avoid practices such as castor oil packs, self-fertility massage, Maya abdominal massage and Radiant Womb therapeutic oil. All of these therapies are fine before ovulation but not at the time of implantation.

You can continue with acupuncture and herbal programs and prenatal vitamin supplements.

4. Take enough rest and nurture yourself:

While waiting for your pregnancy news, you might often observe yourself clenching your jaw, tummy or holding your shoulder high, which are all signs of stress. Try to avoid the thoughts and jobs that make you feel stressful. Have a healthy environment at home and work.

  • Go to sleep early, and take naps in the day.
  • If you are into running or heavy exercises, shift to brisk walking or fertility yoga.
  • Nest your womb, which means make it a safe environment for inviting the baby.
  • Get a massage, get around with your dear ones, plan for a calm outing.

5. Believe in yourself:

You may not get pregnant if you doubt your abilities to give birth to a baby. Change your thought pattern, and believe in yourself. Negative thoughts could alter hormonal balance, thus affecting your chances of healthy ovulation, implantation, and pregnancy.

Positive affirmations, counseling, and meditation will help you to think positive about your body and inner self. However, it is not going to happen overnight. So, be gentle while you shift to a positive approach.

Why Does Abnormal Implantation Occur?

In rare cases, some women could experience abnormal implantation that leads to pregnancy loss. Those rare circumstances include:

1. Ectopic pregnancy:

When the fertilized egg implants outside the cervix, it is called ectopic pregnancy. Usually, the implantation occurs in the fallopian tube when the embryo fails to descend to the cervix. In the process, it can, sometimes, attach to the ovary or the abdomen. This type of pregnancy has to be terminated medically, and this can lead to heavy implantation bleeding and rupture. It, therefore, reduces the chances of conception in the future.

2. Hydatidiform mole:

This occurs when the rapidly dividing blastocyst implants itself to the uterine wall but does not develop into a full-fledged embryo. Instead of an embryo, the blastocyst turns into a tumor. You may experience all the signs of pregnancy and may even get confirmed pregnancy test results due to the production of hCG by the tumor cells. Only an ultrasound can determine the presence of hydatidiform mole.

3. Problems with the placenta:

Abnormalities related to the placenta are dependent on where the implantation takes place. If the function of the placenta is adversely affected, the pregnancy will not continue. Placental problems lead to pregnancy loss, and an early loss is called a miscarriage. If placental abnormalities occur later in the pregnancy, they result in pre-term birth, causing complications for the mother and the baby.

Implantation is the first step of pregnancy. It could be so subtle that you may not even realize that it has happened inside your body. But when your urge to get pregnant is high, you tend to relate every minor change in your body to pregnancy. The key is not to get anxious for the result or disappointed if the result is negative. The next menstrual period is just around the corner!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does implantation bleeding last?

Implantation bleeding lasts for a few hours to two days. In rare cases, it may continue for more than two days. The length usually depends on the amount of blood that is released in the process of embryo implantation, and the time it takes for the body to get rid of it.

How long does implantation cramping last?

Implantation cramping lasts for five minutes. In some cases, the cramps will last for less than five minutes or up to two days.

What do implantation cramps feel like?

They are like a light pricking or pulling pain in the lower abdomen, and start about a week before your period is due. Some women may experience only a single episode of it, while some others will have occasional cramping.

Have any questions to ask or experiences to share? Do write them in the comment section below.

Implantation Bleeding, Cramping and Other Early Pregnancy Signs

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re pregnant, there are several early signs you can look for that can give you clues as to whether or not a baby may be on the way. It is important to remember that every woman is different, and the symptoms that each of us can experience will vary from person to person. It is also very common to experience completely different symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.

Many symptoms, which follow he first 2-3 months after conception, are quite similar to the feelings a woman experiences before and during her menstrual period. For this reason, those signs often go undetected. Although the most reliable way to confirm pregnancy is to take a special blood test, it is important to be able to identify other early signs of the new condition. If you understand, how your body may respond to the process of conception, you will definitely notice all the symptoms. Read more.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re pregnant, there are several early signs you can look for that can give you clues as to whether or not a baby may be on the way. It is important to remember that every woman is different, and the symptoms that each of us can experience will vary from person to person. It is also very common to experience completely different symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.

Many symptoms, which follow he first 2-3 months after conception, are quite similar to the feelings a woman experiences before and during her menstrual period. For this reason, those signs often go undetected. Although the most reliable way to confirm pregnancy is to take a special blood test, it is important to be able to identify other early signs of the new condition. If you understand, how your body may respond to the process of conception, you will definitely notice all the symptoms. Read more.

When Does Fertilization Occur?

So when does fertilization actually occur? We can divide the process of new life creation into three main phases:

The entire process begins with a woman’s menstrual cycle, which is basically defined as numerous preparations the body goes through to get ready for fertilization. Roughly halfway through the menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs. The woman’s body releases an egg into the Fallopian tube. It is called an ovum. Ovulation is perhaps the most delicate part of the whole action, because in order for the egg to be fertilized, your body must release a lot of hormones and trigger a litany of different processes. Moreover, fertilization itself has the potential to happen only within a very narrow window of time.

Statistics depend on many factors, including first of all the age group, but in general a woman has about a 15-20% chance of getting pregnant in any one of normal menstrual cycles. Fertilization starts, when the sperm finally unites with the egg. Roughly 20 hours later the newly formed ball of cells (now called an “embryo” or “zygote”) begins to travel to the uterus. This journey takes approximately from 6 to 12 days to be completed. During this time the embryo continues to develop into what is scientifically called a “blastocyst.” Once it has arrived to the uterus, it attaches itself to the lining of the uterine wall. It is exactly what we know under the term “implantation process”. By this time, the blastocyst has developed into a more complex organism comprised of roughly 100 cells. A miracle, isn’t it?

What Does Implantation Bleeding Mean?

The process of implantation (also referred to as “trophoblast invasion”) causes a small level of localized trauma to the uterine wall, rupturing tiny blood vessels in the uterine lining. This creates an early pregnancy sign, known as implantation bleeding. Women, who have this symptom, will normally experience the light vaginal discharge (a. k.a. spotting) that is of a pinkish or sometimes brown color. If the discharge is brown, this means that the blood is older, and it may have taken a little longer for an embryo to travel from the uterus to the vagina. Not every woman, who gets pregnant, experiences implantation bleeding, and it is no cause for concern if you do; this condition does not actually indicate the viability of your pregnancy.

How to Distinguish Implantation and Regular Menstruation

Implantation bleeding typically appears around the same time that regular menstrual bleeding occurs. This fact can sometimes make it harder to determine, which one is actually happening. A key distinction to make is that menstrual blood will normally be more reddish, while the blood from implantation will stay light pink or brown. It should also be noted, that menstrual blood flow is significantly heavier, than implantation one, which typically looks more like light spotting along with cervical mucus discharge.

Timing is another factor to consider as well. If you notice spotting roughly one week after ovulation, this will more than likely be the result of implantation, but if spotting occurs very close to the time when your period normally starts, it may not be. Implantation bleeding may also be accompanied by other symptoms including light cramping in the lower abdomen and a slight increase in basal body temperature. This may be due to the body taking measures to adapt to the newly implanted embryo. Light cramping is quite normal, but if you are experiencing very strong or painful spasms, it may be a sign of a more significant problem.

Other Early Signs of Pregnancy

While the symptoms can greatly vary from person to person, we can define such several most common early signs of pregnancy as:

For many women the first trimester can bring a lot of different surprises. One of them – endless fatigue. Wherever you are the only thing you want after your dinner is to take a midday nap. This is due to the increased levels of the hormone progesterone being released into your body. The second trimester, fortunately, normally comes with an increase in energy, but by the third trimester you can expect fatigue to creep back into the picture. Take extra naps and go to bed earlier whenever you can. Don’t exhaust yourself.

Many women experience breast tenderness when they’re expecting. Your breasts may also feel heavier or fuller than usual, and the area right around your nipple (a. k.a. the areola) may become darker or larger. Heavier or swollen breasts are often the result of the water retention increase, which usually happens during pregnancy, as well as an increase in progesterone. It will be very helpful to wear a supportive bra during your term.

3. Lightheadedness or dizziness.

Many women experience lightheadedness during the early stages of pregnancy. This can be due to changes in hormone levels or a drop in blood pressure. It may be worth visiting your OB to pinpoint the issue. For many women, the “spaced out” feeling decreases significantly after the first trimester.

The classic symptom known as “morning sickness” is not always limited to morning time; nausea and vomiting can actually happen at any time during the day when you’re pregnant. Do your best to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and try to eat small portions of protein-rich foods several times throughout the day.

Mood swings appear due to hormonal changes. The emotions become stronger during pregnancy, tearfulness appears. Many women also experience additional stress, often revolving around the uncertainty that comes along with becoming a parent. Emotional responses to other factors such as hunger or fatigue can be augmented due to mood swings as well.

It is important not to forget to be patient with yourself during the entire process of conception. Your body is going through a myriad of physical and hormonal changes, which can sometimes make the entire process seem completely overwhelming. The detailed information above and our other articles will definitely help you to notice the first pregnancy signs and to behave during your term properly.

What Is Implantation Bleeding?

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If you see light bleeding — small pink or brown spots — in your underwear and you think you might be pregnant, it could be implantation bleeding. That happens 6 to 12 days after conception, and you may mistake it for your regular period.

It’s actually an early sign of pregnancy. It’s not dangerous, and you don’t need treatment.

Heavy bleeding (more than a typical period) is cause for concern, though. Contact your doctor if you have this alone or combined with fever, chills, or cramps that get worse.

After a sperm fertilizes your egg, they become an embryo. It then travels to the uterus, where it implants itself into the lining.

Sometimes, as the embryo attaches, it causes a little bleeding. This doesn’t cause any problems for the baby that will develop.

The blood may be lighter in color and flow than what you see during your period. Mild cramping is common.

This bleeding tends to happen sooner than you’d notice morning sickness.

It will stop on its own. If you’re worried that you’ve bled a lot, call your doctor. He may want to know how much you saw in your underwear and what color it was.

Other Causes of Bleeding

Pregnant women can bleed for reasons other than implantation. If it’s heavy plus with or without pain or cramping at any time, call your doctor.

If you’re pregnant and you see blood, it may be caused by:

Sex. Sometimes this happens early on, although it can happen at any time during pregnancy. Hormone changes in your body may be to blame. It should stop on its own.

Ectopic pregnancy. This is when an embryo implants outside of the uterus. You may have bleeding with pain and cramps. It’s dangerous, and you need to see a doctor right away.

Miscarriage. About 15% of known pregnancies end during the first few months. Most women bleed and cramp afterward. Call your doctor right away if you know you’re pregnant and you have these symptoms.

March of Dimes: “Pregnancy Complications.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “What Are Some Common Signs of Pregnancy?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

Positive Pregnancy Test: When and How Long After Implantation

A pregnancy test can show a positive result a few days after implantation has occurred. Most women who want to get pregnant are very keen to take a home pregnancy test (HPT) to see if the result is positive. Depending on your body and the levels of hCG hormone, early pregnancy can be detected by a pregnancy blood test as soon as 3-4 days after implantation. Usually, a urine home pregnancy test takes a few days longer to detect a pregnancy and may show a positive result as soon as 5-7 days after implantation.

Even if the home pregnancy test result is negative, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not pregnant. How soon an early pregnancy can be detected depends on the levels of the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone is produced during pregnancy. Blood and urine pregnancy tests check for elevated levels of hCG which start to rise right after implantation. A positive urine home pregnancy test will undoubtedly mean that you are pregnant and should visit your doctor for hCG blood test.

Most home urine pregnancy test kits advise that you should wait until the first day of your missed period before taking the test. This is when levels of hCG will usually be high enough for the majority of pregnancy testing kits to show a positive pregnancy result if you have conceived. However, some urine pregnancy testing kits are more sensitive and may be able to show a positive result and detect early pregnancy quite soon after implantation.

If you have already waited for a few days after your missed period to take a pregnancy test, and it is still negative, chances are that you are not pregnant.

You may want to take a pregnancy test, but you probably have questions such as: How long after implantation can I test? How long do I have to wait after a missed period before I take a test? In this article, you will find out how early you can detect pregnancy using at-home pregnancy testing kits. You will also learn about the other early signs of pregnancy that can help determine if implantation has taken place.

How Long After Implantation You Need to Take a Pregnancy Test

How early you can take a pregnancy test depends on a number of factors such as the sensitivity of the home pregnancy test (HPT), levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your body, and the regularity of your menstrual cycle.

A pregnancy test can only become positive when an egg is fertilized after ovulation. According to the American Pregnancy Association, ovulation happens about 11 to 21 days from the start of your last period. 1 At ovulation, an egg is released and lives for up to 24 hours in the fallopian tubes waiting for a sperm that lives long enough to fertilize it. Some signs of ovulation include discharge, light abdominal cramping, and some ovulation spotting.

When the fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of your uterus, implantation occurs. As soon as implantation happens, your body produces hCG and the pregnancy hormone can be detected in a pregnancy test. At the same time, you may have other signs of implantation such as light spotting that lasts a day or two, mild cramping, tender breasts, and an increased need to pee.

The length of time after implantation you need to take a pregnancy test to check if it’s positive or not depends on the sensitivity of the pregnancy test that is carried out. The two types of pregnancy tests to check for early pregnancy are:

  • Urine hCG pregnancy test kits that you use at home and show up a mark to indicate a positive pregnancy test or a negative test result.
  • Pregnancy blood tests at the doctor’s office to check for hCG in blood serum in order to detect a pregnancy.

Urine hCG test – when is it positive after implantation?

Some of the most sensitive urine pregnancy test kits can detect early pregnancy in less than a week after implantation. The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, found that urine pregnancy testing kits will usually show a positive result 3-4 days after implantation. By 7 days (the time of the expected period) 98% of pregnancy testing kits will be positive. 13

Urine pregnancy test kits have an hCG sensitivity of 25 mlU/ml (sensitivity of 25 units per litre). The American Pregnancy Association say that a reading of more than 25 mIU/ml in urine indicates pregnancy. 2

The levels of hCG are detectable a few days after implantation. For example, a report published in a German medical journal said that sensitive pregnancy testing kits can detect hCG as early as 4 days or even 10 days before your next period is due. 3

According to Dr. Nivin Todd on WebMD, implantation occurs 3-4 days after the egg is fertilized. This may result in implantation bleeding which can be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Dr. Todd says that hCG levels will show up in most urine tests from as early as 7 days before you expect your next period. 4

Sometimes, urine home pregnancy tests show up “false-negative” results because not enough hCG hormone has been detected yet. This means that you could still be pregnant even though the pregnancy test shows up as negative. However, in a few days, the pregnancy test will become positive in women if implantation has taken place.

You can test for pregnancy using a urine pregnancy test as early as a week before your next period is expected. Even if the results are negative, you shouldn’t lose hope. Take another urine pregnancy test after 5-7 days to see if it becomes positive. According to Lab Tests Online, if you are pregnant, an early positive urine pregnancy test will be reliable 10 days after your missed menstrual period. 5

Blood hCG Level and early pregnancy test

A pregnancy blood test will be positive 2 or 3 days before a urine pregnancy test. Pregnancy blood tests check the levels of the hCG hormone and they are more accurate than urine pregnancy tests as they can show the exact levels of hCG.

Doctors also use hCG levels to determine how many weeks you are pregnant and to monitor your health during pregnancy.

A blood pregnancy test will become positive very soon after implantation. According to Dr. Melissa Conrad Stöppler on MedicineNet, positive pregnancy blood test result can show up as early as one week after conception. Because implantation happens 3-4 after conception, you might get early pregnancy blood test results that are usually positive within 3 or 4 days after implantation. 6

In very rare circumstances, you might have a “false-positive” pregnancy test result. Dr. Stöppler says that medication, tumors, or other conditions can show up as a positive pregnancy test when there is, in fact, no pregnancy.

Pregnancy Test Soon After Implantation – How Accurate Is It?

A positive pregnancy test is almost certainly correct and is usually very accurate. However, you always need to follow the instructions of the home pregnancy test correctly.

Doctors from the National Health Service say that if the pregnancy test results are positive, then you are probably pregnant. However, a negative test result is less accurate and isn’t necessarily an indicator that you’re not pregnant. Sometimes, taking the pregnancy test too soon after implantation doesn’t allow for high enough levels of hCG hormone to develop. 7

Pregnancy tests can show a positive result when the concentration of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) is high enough to be detected in a blood test or urine sample.

According to Dr. Traci Johnson on WebMD, there are 6 factors that can affect how accurate a pregnancy test is soon after implantation. Some of these are: 8

  • When the urine test was taken. It is usually recommended to take the test first thing in the morning. This is because the concentration of hCG will be higher and makes a positive pregnancy result more likely.
  • When you ovulate. Each woman’s menstrual cycle is different and ovulation may not always happen exactly when planned. Although the average time of ovulation is mid-cycle, your body can release an egg as soon as day 11 of your cycle and as late as day 21.
  • When implantation happens. It can be difficult to know exactly when implantation happens. A fertilized egg takes between 6 to 12 days after ovulation to implant itself in the uterine lining. 1
  • How soon after implantation you take the test. There needs to be enough concentration of hCG for a positive pregnancy test result. It may take time for pregnancy test results to become positive if you have successfully conceived.
  • The sensitivity of the pregnancy test. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that some pregnancy testing kits are more sensitive than others. Therefore, some may require a higher amount of pregnancy hormone hCG to show a positive pregnancy test result. 9
  • Blood and urine hCG levels. There are also various factors that can affect pregnancy hormone levels. For example, if you drink too much fluids, you might not get a positive pregnancy reading when taking a urine test soon after implantation.
  • The European Journal of Epidemiology says that smoking and being overweight can also negatively affect hCG levels. This makes it harder to test for early signs of pregnancy soon after implantation. 10

    However, if you are pregnant, then pregnancy test result is usually positive within 7-10 days after you have missed a period.

    How to Test for Pregnancy Soon After Implantation

    Most women use at-home urine pregnancy test kits because they are cheaper and quicker than making an appointment with your doctor for a pregnancy blood test. These will test positive for pregnancy when hCG levels reaches at least 25 mIU/ml.

    To use a urine pregnancy test soon after implantation to check if it tests positive, this is what you should do:

  • Wash your hands with water and soap.
  • Remove the testing kit from its packaging and sit on the toilet seat.
  • Depending on the type of test, you either need to urinate on the testing stick or into a small plastic cup.
  • The urine sample should be from midstream, so you should pee a little before collecting urine in the cup or placing the stick in the urine stream.
  • If you are using the urine collection method to test for pregnancy, follow the instructions on using the dropper.
  • Now, it’s time to wait. The best thing is to do something to distract yourself for the 5 minutes or so it takes the test to show positive or negative.
  • Check the results.
  • What do Pregnancy Test Results Mean After Implantation?

    Positive pregnancy results usually mean that you are pregnant. Most home pregnancy testing kits show the results by means of a line to indicate a positive or a negative result. Dr. Traci Johnson on WebMD says that even if the line for a positive pregnancy test result is very faint, it still means you are pregnant. 8

    If your pregnancy test is positive, then it means that you should make an appointment to see your doctor. The earlier you can arrange for prenatal care, then the better health you and your baby will enjoy during pregnancy.

    Negative pregnancy results may not necessarily mean that implantation hasn’t happened. You could still be pregnant because you tested too soon after implantation or you took the test the wrong way. Dr. Traci Johnson recommends retesting for a positive result in a week to check for pregnancy.

    If the HPT still tests negative over 10 days after your missed period, you should speak to your doctor. A late or missed period could be a result of a hormonal imbalance as well as emotional stress, excessive weight loss or gain and problems with pelvic organs. 12

    Early Signs of Pregnancy Very Soon After Implantation

    Even before an hCG pregnancy test becomes positive, you may have some signs of implantation that show up before a pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant.

    Implantation spotting. Many women experience implantation spotting as one of the earliest pregnancy signs. Implantation bleeding looks like very light spotting that could be a rusty brown or light pink color. Spotting associated with implantation usually last up to 2 days.

    Implantation cramping. Around the time when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining you might experience mild cramping. Implantation cramping usually happens just before or just after you notice implantation spotting.

    Breast tenderness. Doctors from the American Pregnancy Association say that your breasts may become sore when implantation happens. In fact, your breasts may appear swollen and tender even as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception. 11

    Other signs of implantation or early pregnancy that you might notice before a pregnancy test tests positive are frequent urination, food aversions or cravings, backaches and headaches, and mood swings.

    If you notice these signs of pregnancy, and you know that you had intercourse around the time of ovulation, you should take a home pregnancy test. If the results are negative, they may become positive several days later as pregnancy hormone (hCG) increases.

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