The body begins to prepare for the pregnancy, and certain changes take place in your body. Some of these signs are external and can help you determine if you may be pregnant even before the pregnancy test does. The pregnancy test is based on the HCG levels in your body.
However, it is also important to note that women who undergo IVF treatment are under medication, and some of these medicines may induce pregnancy like symptoms. Hence pregnancy symptoms are not a full-proof method of confirming that you are pregnant.
Symptoms of pregnancy
What are the first symptoms that you can look out for after IVF to assure you that you are going to have a baby after all? There are a few symptoms that can help you discover if you may be pregnant. But, it is also interesting to note that not all women have these pregnancy symptoms, whether you are undergoing an IVF pregnancy or a natural pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding: Most women experience slight bleeding when implantation happens. The fertilised egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. This attachment could cause some of the capillaries to burst, which results in light bleeding or spotting. Implantation bleeding may not always happen, but if it does happen, then there is no doubt about the pregnancy. Especially in an IVF case, implantation is a sure confirmation of the IVF success.
Some women also experience slight cramps with implantation, making it seem like a period. In a natural pregnancy, many women mistake implantation bleeding as the start of their menstrual cycle. Usually, implantation happens around the same time as you would expect your next menstrual cycle. The only difference is that implantation bleeding is very light and generally does not last longer than a day.
Tender breasts: One of the first signs of pregnancy is tender breasts. But you could also just be imagining as is sometimes the case, especially in women who are eagerly hoping to be pregnant. Your breast may feel swollen and hurt a little when touched. Even during your menstrual cycle, your breast may feel a little tender. Hence, this is not a sure shot confirmation, but it is one of the initial signs you could look out for.
Moodiness: Women who are pregnant become unusually moody. They may undergo sudden mood swings which could vary from being happy one moment to feeling sad or angry the next. The medication from the IVF treatment can also cause moodiness. However, if the patient is showing sudden signs of moodiness after the IVF procedure, then it is a pretty clear sign of pregnancy.
Fatigue: This is a sign that many women face in the initial stages of their pregnancy. However, most of them do not even associate their fatigue to a possible pregnancy. Our lives are so filled with activity that feeling fatigued is not uncommon in the general course of life.
Other pregnancy signs like morning sickness and cravings usually happen around 8 weeks after the pregnancy has occurred. Hence looking out for these is pointless. By the time you start having morning sickness, you would already know that you are pregnant. Some women do not have these symptoms at all.
However, despite all the pregnancy signs and symptoms, it is advisable for IVF patients to not jump to conclusions until the doctors have confirmed the pregnancy through a blood or urine test.