The early signs of pregnancy vary across women. You may feel a change in your body within the first month or not notice any symptoms at all. A pregnancy test is the best way to know for sure. Typically, it takes about three to four weeks from the first day of your last period, to detect a pregnancy. The first obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period.
This usually happens 15 days post ovulation, or DPO as it is called.
1. Cramps And Blood
Some women experience cramps very early on in the pregnancy. This cramping occurs due to implantation when the fertilized egg is attached to the uterine lining. These implantation cramps can occur a few days after ovulation, usually cramps in the lower back, abdomen, and pelvis. A few women also notice slight bleeding which is generally considered to be implantation bleeding. This is lighter in color and flow than a menstrual bleed.
2. Your Basal Body Temperature
Women keep track of their baseline body temperature when they are trying to conceive. This body temperature changes throughout the menstrual cycle and the temperature often goes high after ovulation. An unusually high temperature for a long time might indicate pregnancy. These factors are not unique to pregnancy which can be due to hormonal or lifestyle factors.
3. Headache and Dizziness
One very common sign of pregnancy early on is feeling light-headed and dizzy. This happens because of hormonal changes and increased blood volume which makes you feel light-headed and confused.
4. Morning Sickness
Despite the name, this feeling of nausea can happen at any time during the day. This is a sign of pregnancy about 2 weeks in. Every woman experiences a different kind of nausea which during pregnancy is normal. Women who are unable to keep foods and fluids down should visit their doctor as they can have an extreme condition called hyperemesis gravidarum.
5. A Missed Period
One of the most common and clear-cut signs is when you miss your period as when the conception has already happened. This is when the body stops producing hormones which lead to the shedding of your uterine lining. The inner lining then helps in the development of the fetus. However, you can miss your period due to excessive stress, exercise, dieting, hormonal imbalances, and more such factors. It is essential to find the underlying cause in case of a negative pregnancy test.
While you might be eager to take a pregnancy test and know its results, you must know that at 5 DPO there is no accurate way to check pregnancy, as the symptoms are not fully clear. Most pregnancy tests check for the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone, which is made by the placenta. It starts releasing this hormone after implantation. It does take time for this hormone to build up to a level in the blood and urine that would make it detectable.