After bleeding, cramping is the most common implantation sign. However, the discomfort will be felt for a few days and it will gradually ebb away. If there is a marked increase in the intensity of the pain, chances are that you are expecting your periods or the discomfort can be attributed to some other reason besides implantation.
In terms of duration too, cramps linked to pregnancy will be shorter lived than PMS aches. They can last for about a week, but the discomfort is not a permanent fixture through this period, meaning the pain will start suddenly and stop on its own too. While some exercises do indeed help with menstruation related discomfort in the abdomen, if the cramping can be owed to implantation, spending long hours on your feet will just exacerbate the discomfort.
Lying down, changing sides when sleeping and using a hot water bottle on the sore area can actually help. Period related abdominal discomfort will typically have a recurring nature. If you have never suffered from such sensations before menstruating or felt them rarely, plus the other implantation signs are in place, chances are that you have indeed conceived
Other possible symptoms of implantation and their characteristics:
– Basal Body temperature: Except for the dip during the actual implantation, the basal temperature is elevated from the start of ovulation till you get your period. However, if you are pregnant the rise in temperature will stay put beyond the two week window.
– Tenderness of breasts and nipples: This is one of the first implantation signs, usually felt even before the characteristic cramping and spotting. Attributed to the surging levels of progesterone in your body, you will feel as if your breasts have swollen. This can also be blamed on water retention in the body during pregnancy. Discomfort in breasts can be experienced as early as within a week or two after conception.
– Fatigue: This is another early implantation signs. As your body prepares for the impending pregnancy, you will tend to feel tired all the time and will need more naps during the day. Fortunately, after this feeling of total exhaustion the significant energy boost in the second trimester will follow.
– Hot flashes: Although not experienced by all women, many report going through episodes of hot flashes that can last up to 45 minutes each on the very day of implantation. Hot flashes are a common symptom of hormonal changes, but it is not in the top list of implantation signs. So, unless it is experienced along with other symptoms, mentioned above, you need to see your doctor.
Some of the other common signs of implantation can include headaches and backaches, feeling lightheaded or even fainting, nausea and vomiting, developing food cravings or aversions and frequent urination. While some of these signs will persist throughout the first trimester and even the next two, many will dissipate as your body gets used to the growing fetus and the rise of certain hormones.
If you have had unprotected sex during or before ovulation and start feeling some of these symptoms within 4 to 9 days after it, there are very good chances of successful conception. Remember that the egg-fertilization rarely causes any significant symptoms except for some degree of moodiness. Implantation signs are the physical experiences that often get interpreted as the early symptoms of pregnancy.