- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I’ve been frequenting this and other TTC forums for years. My biological clock starting ticking well before I was actually ready to have kids! I’ve seen lots of women claim to have very early pregnancy symptoms, some as early as 24hrs after BDing. It seems like these are typically written off as being in their head though. Still, a lot of women claim to “just know” way before the fertilized egg could’ve implanted and before a pregnancy test could be positive. I’ve seen responses saying that early pregnancy sysmptoms are very similar to PMS symptoms and others saying women are just paying more attention to small changes in their bodies during the TWW, so they are noticing small things that have been happening all along. A lot of women aslo claim to have experienced these sypmtons every month, but they haven’t gotten a BFP yet, so this type of symptom-spotting doesn’t work.
I’ve always been skeptical of women’s claims that they have sypmtoms that early, but now, in my first cycle TTC, I feel like I’m one of those women. I’ve been feeling odd twinges and I’ve been slightly nauseated for the last couple days. The earliest I could’ve O’d was this past Tuesday. My cycles have been a little wonky lately (just in time for TTC!) and I’m not temping or using OPKs, so this is definitely not a set in stone date. I started some (highly scientific) Google research and I feel like I’m starting believe these symptoms are real, but they don’t necessary mean I’m going to get a BFP this cycle.
First, once conception occurs, the fetilized eggs starts to produce a protein called EFP (Early Pregnancy Factor) while lowers your immune response so you body doesn’t reject the egg once it starts to implant. This has been associated with morning sickness. This protein has been detected as early as 48 hours after conception! Here is an article that I felt explained it well, but if you Google “early pregnancy factor” there is more out there.
Now, this, combined with the fact that scientists estimate ~60-80% of fertilized embryos don’t impant, makes me think many of these women who claim the fact that they experienced “early pregnancy symptoms” only to find out they aren’t pregnant can’t use that to prove these symptoms aren’t “real”. Sure, the fertilized egg hasn’t implanted, so they aren’t true pregnancy sypmtoms, but that doesn’t make them imaginary. Here is a link I found helpful about the percentage of embryos that don’t implant. I know yahoo answers may not seem like a valid source, but the top answer links to an article I read and the poster summarized it quite nicely.
Any thoughts? Maybe this is really obvious to a lot of people, but for me, seeing the info about EPF and the statistics about the number of embryos that don’t implant together, made it click for me. I’m still not entirely convinced, but it’s making me wonder.
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