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DPO symptoms: What To Expect In The 2 Week Wait

Couples trying to conceive can have difficulty waiting to see if they have succeeded. The infamous two-week wait can be excruciating, whether you’re just starting your fertility journey or have been trying for a significant period.

Many couples are eager to look out for the early signs of pregnancy during the two-week wait. This article will talk about exactly what happens in the 14 days post-ovulation. We will talk about early signs of pregnancy that you can watch while waiting for a pregnancy test.

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What happens during the two-week wait after ovulation?

The start of the two-week wait

Days 1-6 past ovulation

Ovulation happens when the mature egg is released from the ovary during the menstrual cycle. Once it is released, it is picked up by the fallopian tubes and starts its journey to the uterus. If the egg meets the sperm while in the fallopian tubes, fertilisation occurs, forming a fertilised egg.

The egg is only viable for 24 hours post-ovulation, meaning that sperm must be present at the right location to fertilise the egg within these 24 hours. Your fertility window starts as early as five days before ovulation. It continues to the day of ovulation, as the sperm can live for as many as five days in the female reproductive tract. Ovulation predictor kits from Fertility2Family can help you determine the best time to have intercourse to increase the chance of conception.

If fertilisation is successful, a fertilised egg is formed. The fertilised egg continues its journey down the fallopian tube to the uterus and creates a structure called the embryo. While going through the fallopian tubes, the embryo repeatedly divides to form a structure known as a blastocyst. The embryo undergoes uterine implantation at this stage during the two-week wait.

During the first week after ovulation, the embryo is still developing. Pregnancy is underway once the embryo is successfully implanted into the uterus. Hence, you are still not officially pregnant just yet. 

1-6 days past ovulation symptoms

Significant hormonal changes happen during the first six days post-ovulation. Your body produces significant amounts of progesterone that peak at around 6 to 8 DPO or days past ovulation

You might feel symptoms within this time frame similar to those you might experience before your periods. Hence, these should not be seen as reliable indicators of pregnancy. Such symptoms typically include:

  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue and headache
  • Cramps in the pelvis and abdomen region
  • Tenderness of the breast
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Days 7 to 11 past ovulation

The implantation of the developed embryo in the uterine lining happens around the 6 to 12 DPO. The fertility hormone progesterone is important in getting your uterus ready for implantation. Progesterone prevents the muscles of the uterus from contracting and expelling the embryo. Once the embryo is implanted in the uterine wall, progesterone creates a habitable environment for the embryo to grow.

During the initial days of the pregnancy, progesterone is secreted by a structure in the ovaries called the Corpus luteum. However, once the embryo is successfully implanted and develops, the placenta becomes the major source of this hormone. Progesterone is continuously secreted in your body throughout your pregnancy.

7-11 days past ovulation symptoms

Implantation bleeding is experienced by as many as 25% of women. It is observed as slight bleeding or spotting that is lighter in colour than normal menses. The implantation bleeding occurs because, during implantation, a few blood vessels are damaged. The bleeding, however, lasts only for a couple of days and is very light in flow.

That said, it is important to understand that implantation bleeding is not a reliable indicator of early pregnancy. Women experiencing chemical pregnancy (a very early miscarriage) can also observe bleeding that can be confused with implantation bleeding. Chemical pregnancies account for up to 50 – 75% of all miscarriages.

Spotting can also be an indicator of other underlying health issues. Hence, it is best not to rush to conclusions before the two-week waiting period ends. If you observe heavy bleeding that does not seem normal, please visit your doctor immediately.

Apart from the implantation bleeding, you can experience some other symptoms during this time:

  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Lower backache
  • Light cramping, which is less painful than your normal period cramps, pulling or tugging sensation

All the symptoms are fairly common and similar to the signs of ovulation or an upcoming period. As a result, it is not wise to conclude anything definitive from the symptoms experienced during 7 to 11 days past ovulation. You’ll have to wait slightly longer until your body gives more robust and significant signals regarding early pregnancy.

Days 12 to 14 past ovulation

The most important change in your body during this time is producing a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). It takes about 2 to 3 days for the hormone to release steadily. It usually takes 12 DPO for the hCG to reach a level high enough to be detected by a home pregnancy kit; hence, don’t take an early pregnancy test before 7 DPO. The test might not yield a reliable result: testing too early in your two-week wait is a very common way of receiving an incorrect result. 

12 – 14 days past ovulation symptoms

You might experience certain pregnancy symptoms as your body’s hCG concentration increases. Some of the signs that you may encounter include:

  • Feeling very tired, dizzy, and sleepier than usual. You might even feel lightheaded, especially when you get up after lying down. These symptoms happen as a lot of energy is used to create the placenta. New blood vessels are also being made in your body, and the blood flow to the brain can alter during this period. 
  • You might also experience some changes regarding the appearance of your breasts. The nipples can become darker in colour, the skin becomes sore, and the nipples can become tender and sensitive. The breasts might even feel heavy and full. Some women might also feel tingling or itching around the breast’s areola.
  • Some women also experience a change in taste and smell, including a lingering metallic taste in the mouth. You might also develop a craving for certain foods. 
  • Significant gastrointestinal changes are happening during this time as well. You might experience a pang of increased hunger, bloating, diarrhoea, and in some cases, constipation.
  • Some women experience what is known as morning sickness. Don’t be fooled — despite its name, morning sickness can strike anytime during the day. 
  • Another common symptom experienced by women during this time is an increase in the frequency of urination. This happens as pregnancy hormones increase blood flow to the kidneys and pelvic region.
  • You might develop headaches and muscle aches.
  • Your basal body temperature can also increase during this period. As the body’s priority is to support the new life in your womb, there might be a significant change in blood pressure and heart rate.

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Do you feel anything during the two weeks wait?

Not all symptoms can be explained during the two-week wait

Not all symptoms or changes during this time can be explained. Some women might have a feeling that something is ‘off’. They might not be able to describe it, but they don’t feel like themselves.

Most of the symptoms that we have discussed are not very specific. Moreover, no two women are alike, so you might not experience the symptoms described here. It is perfectly okay if you don’t share any symptoms during the two-week wait. Every pregnancy is unique.

Your health must make sure that you don’t stress during this time. Your body is going through a million changes during the early stages of pregnancy. Although it is easier said than done, let your body do what it needs to get things in order. Once the two-week wait is over, you can use a home pregnancy test by Fertility2Family to confirm your pregnancy.

Ensure that you follow up with your healthcare provider as soon as possible after getting a positive home pregnancy test.

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Evan Kurzyp

Evan is the founder of Fertility2Family and is passionate about fertility education & providing affordable products to help people in their fertility journey. Evan is a qualified Registered Nurse and has expertise in guiding & managing patients through their fertility journeys.

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