Lesson 24 – Identifying Pregnancy Signs

Lesson Objectives:

  • Recognize early signs of pregnancy on your fertility chart.
  • Learn what to look for before a positive pregnancy test.

Major Points in this Lesson:

  • All ovulation patterns can result in pregnancy if intercourse is properly timed.
  • Clear fertility patterns can make it easier to detect ovulation.
  • Early signs of pregnancy may include implantation bleeding.
  • Certain signs may also be seen on charts of women who are not pregnant.

Tracking basal body temperature (BBT) in addition to fertility symptoms is a common tool for women trying to get pregnant. When intercourse is performed in the fertile window, any ovulation pattern can result in pregnancy. While there are no signs that can guarantee a pregnancy for sure until you receive a positive pregnancy test, there are certain early pregnancy signs that suggest conception has occurred.

Your fertility chart does not need to show an ideal fertility pattern for you to become pregnant. In addition, if you do not show early signs of pregnancy, it does not mean that you are not pregnant. Many women do not experience signs until later in their pregnancy or in some cases, not at all. 

While you may have timed your intercourse precisely and have a clear ovulation pattern on your chart, you may not fall pregnant even if your chart appears promising. In short, there is no guaranteed way to know if you are pregnant before getting a positive pregnancy test. As many pregnancy tests will not pick up the pregnancy hormone until you miss your period, you may experience several difficult weeks of uncertainty.

While not a guarantee, there are certain signs that could indicate that you are pregnant. Tracking your BBT using an in-ear thermometer is a highly efficient way to pinpoint if pregnancy has occurred.  For example, if you are 18 days past your ovulation date and have experienced high temperatures with no signs of your period, you are most likely pregnant. 

However, as the ovulation hormone progesterone can create symptoms that are similar to those experienced during pregnancy, it can be hard to distinguish between the two. If you cannot detect pregnancy using your fertility chart before a pregnancy test has turned positive, look for the following chart characteristics:

  • Intercourse should appear within the most fertile window – the day of ovulation or the previous two days.
  • Chart should clearly show that ovulation has occurred.
  • BBT should remain elevated after the typical luteal phase length.
  • A temperature dip may occur 7 to 10 days past ovulation.
  • Implantation spotting may occur 7 to 10 days past ovulation.
  • A triphasic pattern may be present which cause temperatures to rise to a third higher level around 7 to 10 days ovulation.
  • A pregnancy test is positive. 

Identifying early pregnancy signs can help you determine if conception was successful long before a positive pregnancy test. However, there is no guarantee that the symptoms you experience are from pregnancy or hormonal changes in your cycle.