Phantasms of pregnancy

It often happens that when a couple and first of all a woman decides to have a baby, already the day after the fertile intercourse they sharpen their sensitivity throughout their body to understand even the slightest change that signals pregnancy.

Pregnancy symptoms exist and are experienced by many women, but they take time to manifest.

Are there any signs immediately after intercourse?

No, I will not be there. And they can’t even be there in the following first few days.

Why? The first changes in pregnancy are caused by a hormone, beta HCG, which our body begins to produce only after the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus.

From that moment on, the beta HCG hormone begins to rise suddenly and cause the well-known discomfort of the first weeks of pregnancy .

If, on the other hand, we seem to feel changes, they are either due to other reasons or we can call them phantom symptoms: they are generally dictated by one’s own emotional involvement.

These phantom symptoms risk fueling the hopes of a conception, perhaps when one has been looking for it for a while. They do nothing but fuel hopes of conception in vain: as we know, getting pregnant can take time and several attempts even in young couples without any pathology.

Symptoms of pregnancy, in addition to missing menstruation, can be implantation bleeding (it is not common to all), breast tenderness, darker areolas, a sense of tiredness (there is more sleepiness), frequent urination, cravings and /or nausea, headache and white watery discharge.

All of these vary from woman to woman as well as from pregnancy to pregnancy for the same woman.

They generally appear around the menstrual delay and progressively increase as the weeks go by and become more intense.

Anxiety and fear

These phantasies are not only common to those hoping for a pregnancy, they are often felt much more intensely by those who are not trying to get pregnant and have had a risky relationship .

Anxiety and fear make us particularly alert and attentive. Do not self-diagnose pregnancy or lack of pregnancy based on symptoms, consult your doctor or gynecologist.


The most useful and sincere advice is not to fixate on the symptoms .

If you are trying to get pregnant, shift your attention to learning how to identify fertile days with one of the many methods available (Billings, basal temperature, …) which is the right way to increase the chances of getting pregnant.

You will benefit both as a woman and as a couple!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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