If you’re trying for a baby, that two week wait between ovulation and testing can seem like forever.  However there are some telltale signs that could signify that you are pregnant.  We’re going to take a look at the first signs of pregnancy, symptoms that you could be experiencing right now!!

Implantation Bleeding

As the name suggests this is a small bleed, a few spots of pink or brown blood, that you may experience after fertilisation as the embryo implants itself into the lining of your womb.  You may experience some cramping too, so don’t dismay, that doesn’t mean that Aunt Flo is on her way!  Implantation and subsequent bleeding tend to happen between the 2nd and 7th days before your period is due as it takes a while for the fertilised egg to make its way from the fallopian tubes to the uterus and get itself nice and cosy!

If you don’t experience a bleed or cramping, you could still be pregnant, as it can be easily missed and some women don’t have it at all.

Basal Body Temperature

This may sound a bit technical, but if you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, the chances are you’ll have become well acquainted with a thermometer and a Basal Body Temperature chart by now!

BBT is a common method for predicting ovulation, but it can also be used to detect the beginning of a pregnancy too.  The two things to look out for on your BBT chart are an implantation dip, about a week after ovulation which lasts about a day.  There’s also the triphasic temperature pattern which may follow and sees an increase in temperature about a week after ovulation.  Both of these signs may hint at a pregnancy, but are by no means a guarantee.  Another element of your BBT chart to look out for is the length of your ‘luteal phase’.  This is the period between ovulation and menstruation.  If you see that your luteal phase has gone at least one day past the usual length, you might be pregnant. If it goes two days past the longest luteal phase you’ve ever had, the likelihood of being pregnant is even higher. This is definitely a good time to get a pregnancy test!

Your Breasts

You may be used to sore breasts before a period, but in even the earliest stages of pregnancy, your boobs can become bigger and more sore than ever before!  You may experience a tingling or prickling sensation in your nipples as your pregnancy hormones cause the blood supply to your breasts to increase.

Another visual sign to keep an eye out for are Montgomery’s Tubercles.   Women’s breasts are covered in glads that produce oily secretions to keep the areola and nipple protected and lubricated.   Montgomery tubercles are one type of gland, who’s specific purpose s to keep the breast lubricated during breast-feeding and protect against infection to help keep the baby healthy.  Montgomery tubercles appear on the surface of the skin as tiny bumps on the areola and the nipple itself, which become more prominent in pregnancy.  Many women have found that the appearance of these bumps was one of the first signs that they noticed when they learned they were pregnant. Some women notice Montgomery tubercles before their missed period, and so are definitely a sign to look out for.

Chadwick’s Sign

Now then, this might not be one that you check for every day, but you may a notice a change in the colour of your vulva and vagina as the pregnancy hormones increase the blood flow to that area.  The colour can become a blue/purple as early as four weeks of pregnancy.

Sense Of Smell

If the faintest aroma of a nearby Starbucks, or the smell of your partner’s aftershave suddenly become repulsive and make you feel nauseous, you could be experiencing one of the first signs of pregnancy – a heightened sense of smell!

Of course as you approach the end of your cycle and your period is imminent, you can take a test and find out for certain, or wait a little to see if your period is late and one thing’s for sure, if you are pregnant, soon there’ll be no doubting it!!