Two-2-Week-Wait Symptoms (2WW)

    pregnancy waiting 2wwAnyone will tell you that the most difficult time between ovulation or IVF and the next expected period is the two week wait (2WW). Every woman wants definite symptom(s) that tells them that the IVF cycle was a success and they are pregnant. But there is no definite answer to this question because everyone is different and sometimes women have no symptoms at all. There are also many myths out there about how pregnancy feels, causing women to become paranoid with these symptoms.

    Most natural pregnancies are not discovered until the woman misses their period (around 4-6 weeks). This is the time when they experience symptoms such as, nausea or breast tenderness. The IVF process allows women to discover they are pregnant much sooner than with a natural pregnancy; therefore, the symptoms might be different and more difficult to pin point.

    There is no symptom that will tell you 100% if you are pregnant or not.  The following table lists symptoms that are frequently reported by women during the 2WW at different stages of pregnancy. And remember that you should not over analyze every twinge and try to relax.

    During 2WW     3-4 weeks  After one month
    Temperature Increase Missed Period Lower Back Pain
    Implantation Dip: Temperature Decrease Vomiting / Nausea Food Cravings
    Spotting Spotting Spotting
    Cramping Cramping Cramping
    Tightness in Abdomen Frequent Urination Frequent Urination
    Twinges in Abdomen Breast Tenderness Breast Tenderness
    Fatigue Fatigue Fatigue
    Headaches * Headache Darken Nipples
    Rash * Stretching Stretching
    No symptoms Emotional Emotional
    Discharge Bloating Constipation
    Night sweats Acne Dizziness
        Leg Cramps

    * could be caused by the IVF medication