What is Conception

Conception is the actual act of fertilization of the egg by a sperm cell. This is often confused with pregnancy, which begins only after the successful implantation of the fertilized ovum on the uterus. Then again, you may wonder why your physician asks to know the first day of your last menstrual cycle was. This will be the date from which the due date will be calculated if you are pregnant. So with so many dates to keep track of, how is a woman to know if she has conceived or not?

7 Signs of conception

Very often, the early signs of conception are confused with the signs that your menstrual period is about to start. Many women who are trying to get pregnant resign themselves to another cycle of trying only to realize that there is no actual menstrual period in sight! Most pregnancy symptoms are a sign off increasing human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG levels in response to implantation.

1. Light spotting:

Some bleeding may occur within a week to 10 days of conceiving indicating that implantation is occurring on the uterine wall. This is a common symptom for many women but can tend to cause alarm as it can be confused with the beginning of a menstrual period.

2. Tender nipples and breasts:

If your breasts are feeling unusually swollen and sensitive to the touch, know that it is a sign of elevated hormone levels. This tenderness will subside as your body becomes used to these higher levels.

3. Cramps:

Light spotting can often be accompanied by abdominal cramping, which again resembles the onset of a period. This discomfort will not last very long and will abate as soon as your body has adjusted to the implantation.

4. Nausea:

Some women experience nausea as early as within a few days after conception. The sudden spike in estrogen and progesterone levels may take some getting used to. For some women, this discomfort lasts throughout the first trimester only to give way to feeling more energized than ever before during the second trimester.

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