PMS or Pregnancy?: What You Need to Know

The two weeks following ovulation can be a stressful time. To make the wait a bit more tolerable, learn about the differences between PMS symptoms and pregnancy symptoms.

The “two-week wait”—the period between ovulation and finding out if you’re pregnant—is something every couple attempting to conceive knows about. What if you can’t get enough of wondering if you’re pregnant? A look at the distinctions between premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy symptoms can help you better understand what to expect during this challenging time.

Pregnancy Symptoms vs. PMS:

PMS and the first indicators of pregnancy are remarkably identical, which is a terrible fact. What’s the deal? The week following ovulation, regardless of whether or not you’re pregnant, your body produces more progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that causes bloating, breast discomfort, and mood fluctuations during the menstrual cycle.

About ten days following ovulation, if you’re not pregnant, your body will stop releasing the hormone. (The uterine lining sheds, your symptoms lessen, and you receive your period.) Progesterone production will continue while you’re pregnant (and experiencing PMS-like symptoms). The difference between PMS and early pregnancy is so small that it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two conditions.

Ovulation-induced bleeding and cramping: Is it your period, or are you pregnant?

During implantation bleeding, which happens in around 30% of pregnancies, the fertilized egg clings to the uterine lining. As a result, it can easily be confused for menstruation, which begins around the same time as your period. Mild cramping, which feels like pulling or tingling, may also accompany it.

Menstruation differs from implantation bleeding in a few ways: In comparison to a period, implantation bleeding is usually less intense and less prolonged. Instead of a steady flow, you may have spotting. Instead of red, it could be brown or pink. Do not be concerned, though, if you do not experience implantation bleeding. Without it, you can still get pregnant and have a good pregnancy.

During the Two-Week Wait: What to Do

Even if your chances of getting pregnant are only 15% to 25% each month (depending on your age), you should nevertheless behave as if you’re pregnant until you know for sure. Drink no more than one to two cups of coffee a day, avoid mercury-rich fish, and avoid raw or undercooked seafood and meat. Don’t obsess with limits, but treat yourself as if you were expecting a baby because you very well might be.

Before the two-week wait, you should have started taking a prenatal vitamin with 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid. Pregnancy’s first four weeks are critical for the development of the baby’s neural tube, which will become the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Start taking these vitamins as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

Regardless of your two-week wait symptoms, you should also keep an eye on your physical health. Keep up your moderate-intensity physical activity routine. She claims that exercise can help alleviate stress, which in turn affects a woman’s fertility. When starting a new or hard training program, it isn’t a good idea to put too much stress on your neurological system. Hot yoga and heated spinning, for example, can have an impact on implantation because of the increased core body temperature.

What Should I Do During the Two-Week Hold Time?

After ovulation, if you don’t get your period for 14 days, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your reproductive health. Depending on the severity of the problem, it could be as simple as an ovulation miscalculation, or a disease known as luteal phase deficiency. If your body’s progesterone levels are too low, you may not be able to conceive. Taking additional progesterone after ovulation will help extend your luteal phase and increase your chances of conceiving.

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