When the sperm fertilizes the egg, it forms a blastocyst, which travels down the fallopian tubes, ready to be implanted into the uterine wall. The attachment of this blastocyst to the uterine wall is called as implantation.
Implantation is said to occur 6-8 days after ovulation. It can also occur a few days after or before this date. There are some signs that indicate the occurrence of implantation in the uterus. An alert woman will be able to spot these signs and
Different Signs Of Implantation In Pregnancy
Implantation bleeding is very common when implantation is occurring but not all women experience it. Around 8 days after ovulation the woman may experience some visible spotting which is in the form of bright red or dark red blood. The bleeding is not profuse and is generally over in a day or two.
Thickening Of The Endometrium
The endometrial lining gets ready every month to receive a fertilized egg. The egg if fertilized, travels down from the fallopian tubes to attach itself to the lining of the uterus. The lining or the endometrium is thick and made up of rich blood vessels, which helps the foetus to grow.
Some women also experience a week or so before their normal menstrual cycles. If this occurs and you suspect a this could be the fertilized egg trying to burrow into the lining of the uterus.
This causes uncomfortable cramps in the uterus. The cramps normally subside once the egg is firmly implanted. If the cramps continue well beyond the period date, it is wise to consult a doctor who can advise further course of action.
Colour Of The Blood
Bleeding from implantation is dark red or even black. At times, the blood also appears pink. The bleeding should not be too close to the date of the period. Bleeding too close to the actual menstrual date cannot be implantation but something else or even an early period.
A Dip In The Basal Body Temperature
Most women report a dip in their basal body temperature somewhere close to implantation. This temperature peaks during ovulation time and dips if the egg is fertilized and attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. Some women also experience mild cramping during implantation while others only experience bleeding. The symptoms of course are very subjective.
Another typical sign of implantation is mild breast tenderness, one of the first signs of pregnancy This happens as the blastocyst implants and the placenta begins to release the hormone HCG which releases unpleasant side effects like nausea, vomiting and breast tenderness. The tenderness starts 8-10 days after ovulation and tends to peak thereafter.
When Is It Not Implantation?
Bleeding that begins closer to your period is probably your normal menstrual cycle. The normal menstrual cycle starts with lighter bleeding and then goes on to heavier bleeding after a few days. If your spotting starts much before the period begins and your period has still not come then it is time to take your test to confirm the presence of a pregnancy.