10 DPO Symptoms: The Earliest Indicators of Pregnancy

The first 10 days of a potential pregnancy can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.

You’re anxiously awaiting the answer to one question: “am I pregnant?” Even though you know it’s too early for a pregnancy test, you really want to find out already!

10 DPO, or 10 Days Post-Ovulation, is an essential point in early pregnancy. It may seem too soon, but your hormones are already shifting, leading to subtle signs. Paying close attention to your body during this time could give you tiny clues about whether you’re pregnant or not.  
But what’s going on at 10 DPO? What symptoms should you look for? Let’s talk about the earliest indicators of pregnancy at 10 DPO. 

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What is 10 DPO?

10 DPO is the tenth day after ovulation. At this point, the egg has traveled down the fallopian tube and is now potentially fertilized. 

You’re now getting close to the first day of your probable missed period. The time from ovulation to your first missed period can be anywhere between 12-14 days. This period is also known as 12 DPO, 13 DPO, and 14 DPO, respectively.

During this time, you may be able to notice certain changes in your body. These changes become visible as the body prepares for the next nine months of pregnancy. 

Bringing a new life into the world needs a lot of preparation, and your body knows it. 10 DPO marks the beginning of this preparation.

Why is 10 DPO important?

At the time of ovulation, your ovaries release an egg that remains viable for 12 to 24 hours. If the egg gets fertilized, it travels to the uterus for implantation. This entire process takes about 6-12 days. 

10 DPO is a significant checkpoint in your pregnancy. You’re right on the precipice of big changes over the next nine months. 

If you are pregnant, the first signs begin appearing around this time. Here are some symptoms to look out for.

10 DPO Symptoms

Most 10 DPO symptoms are linked to the effects of progesterone (“the pregnancy hormone”). This hormone is essential to nurture the newly implanted embryo, but it might leave you feeling a little run down. 

Read More : The Importance of Progesterone Production During Early Pregnancy

Many women feel tired or fatigued leading up to their period. Progesterone causes this common premenstrual symptom. Because of rising progesterone, 10 DPO symptoms can feel like a more extreme version of PMS. You may feel more tired than usual or notice mood swings, fatigue, and irritability.

Other women may not experience symptoms at all. Many women breeze right through 10DPO without realizing they’re pregnant until later. 

It’s also important to note that the only positive sign of pregnancy is a positive pregnancy test or Big Fat Positive (BFP). 

10 DPO Symptoms


  • Fatigue 

If you feel a sudden dip in your energy levels, it may be because of rising progesterone levels. Your body is making a lot of changes, working continuously to support a growing fetus. Add to that the anxiety of waiting for a confirmed pregnancy. It’s normal to feel exhausted during this time. 

  • Cramps and Abdominal Discomfort

Cramps are one of the most common symptoms at 10 DPO. They’re associated with hormonal fluctuations, making your uterus contract in uncomfortable ways. 

Progesterone can also cause your bowels to move faster than usual, leading to abdominal pain. Implantation cramps may happen right around the time when the egg burrows into the wall of your uterus. 

Read More : What do implantation cramps feel like?

  • Tummy Trouble

You might experience bloating and constipation at 10DPO. Dietary changes, like avoiding heavy foods and increasing your fiber intake, can help. In contrast, some women experience food cravings and increased appetite.

  • Breast tenderness

Heavy, sore breasts can be extremely uncomfortable. But they’re common around the time of early pregnancy. Hormonal changes cause more blood flow to the breasts, so wearing a supportive bra may help. 

  • Aches and pains

Women mostly experience headaches and backaches, which are two of the most common symptoms. You may also notice dizziness. These symptoms happen because of changes in your blood flow to these organs.

  • Increased urination

Do you find yourself visiting the bathroom more often? Increased blood flow to the kidneys might result in frequent urination at 10 DPO.


  • Mood swings

Fluctuations in your mood are common after 5 days of ovulation. These should equalize as you get closer to your period. If they persist or you feel extra emotional, pregnancy might be in store.

  • Implantation bleeding at 10 DPO

When the fertilized egg implants into the uterus, light spotting can result. Don’t worry if you spot a little blood in your underwear or toilet paper. Implantation bleeding is quite faint and resolves in a day or two. 

If you notice any of the 10 DPO symptoms, you may be pregnant. But take this information with a grain of salt. 

Any symptoms you detect at 10 DPO are clues about pregnancy, but they’re not positive signs. The earliest positive sign of pregnancy is a pregnancy test.

Implantation bleeding

Cause of 10 DPO Symptoms

10 DPO is when the body begins to show physical symptoms as a result of hormonal changes. Progesterone plays a crucial role in the symptoms of 10 DPO and early pregnancy development. 

After an egg is released from the ovary, progesterone levels rise. Even if you don’t get pregnant, progesterone levels run high after ovulation. This prevents another egg from maturing and being released after ovulation. 

Progesterone is vital in the early stages of pregnancy. It helps to prepare the uterine lining and facilitates the implantation of the egg. 

It also slows down digestion and alters the ligaments in the back. These processes result in the symptoms that come around 10 DPO.

Once the fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall, your body secretes another hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). T

This hormone is the one that pregnancy tests detect to tell whether you’re pregnant. You can start testing for pregnancy as early as the first day of your missed period. 

10 DPO pregnancy test

All of these signs may make you want to take a pregnancy test. You’re probably wondering, “If I’m having all these pregnancy symptoms, shouldn’t a pregnancy test be positive?”

Pregnancy testing has come a long way over the last century. We can now test for and detect pregnancy earlier than ever before. Some tests can yield an accurate result at 10 DPO. 

One of the most common mistakes resulting in a negative result is testing too early. This is because, at 10 DPO, hCG hasn’t had the chance to rise high enough for a pregnancy test to detect it. Testing too early may result in a false negative or a faint line. 

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Evaporation Line on a Pregnancy Test

Not all pregnancy tests are created equal. The most sensitive tests allow you to test as soon as five days before your missed period. Others won’t give an accurate result until a week after your missed period. 

If your period isn’t up-to-the-day predictable, that’s okay! Any time you notice your period is late is an appropriate time to test for pregnancy. 

10 DPO Positive Pregnancy Test

10 positive test

It is possible to use a pregnancy test at 10 DPO and get a BFP (Big Fat Positive). Some tests are very sensitive to hCG and could give you a positive result. 

So, if implantation has already occurred, then your hCG levels may be rising slowly that can be easily picked up by these pregnancy tests.

10 DPO negative pregnancy test

10 DPO Negative Pregnancy Test

At 10 DPO, it’s very possible to get a BFN (big fat negative) on a pregnancy test. This is because the ideal time to take an accurate test for a true result is after your missed period. The waiting period will be longer for longer menstrual cycles. 

At 10 DPO, the implantation process may still be underway. But it still takes several days after implantation for hCG to rise. So even if implantation has happened, testing too early can still cause a negative pregnancy test. 

If you have a negative test at 10 DPO, don’t lose hope. Give your body a few days for your hCG levels to continue to increase. 

For a positive pregnancy test, you need to have adequate hCG levels in your blood. hCG typically continues to rise during the first week following implantation. 

Since implantation occurs around 6-12 DPO, hCG can be high around 13-19 DPO. This is a week after your missed period. Testing later may still yield a positive result.

After 10 DPO BFN, When Should I Test Again?

Don’t lose heart after seeing a negative pregnancy test at 10 DPO. Take another pregnancy test after the first day of your missed period.  

For regular cycles, This would be around 12-14 DPO. To get a confirmed positive result, it’s advised to test a week after your missed period.

10 DPO but no symptoms?

You may not see any pregnancy symptoms at 10 DPO. This is totally normal, and it doesn’t mean you’re not pregnant. 

No two bodies are the same. Yours may be working on a schedule that will show pregnancy signs a little later. 

If you’re approaching 10 DPO, look out for symptoms like headache, nausea, cramps, fatigue, and breast tenderness. But still know that the only definitive answer is a positive pregnancy test. 

Which Symptoms Appear Even When You’re Not Pregnant?
  • Breast pain and tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Constipation
  • Bodyache or tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Increased frequency of urination

The symptoms you usually experience around your period and the pregnancy symptoms are very similar. This might make it a bit difficult for you to differentiate between them. 

Even so, the best person to assess the difference between the two is YOU. See if the symptoms seem more pronounced now than in your usual cycles. If so, they may be signs of early pregnancy. 


  • 10 DPO is when your body is most likely to exhibit the first signs of pregnancy.
  • Common 10 DPO symptoms include fatigue, abdominal cramps, mood swings, digestive issues, body aches, and breast tenderness.
  • The signs are subtle and can be missed. Don’t worry if you don’t notice them.
  • In most cases, 10 DPO is too early to test for pregnancy. Tests during this period are unreliable.
  • Your anxiety levels may be soaring, but waiting a few days to test for pregnancy will get you a more accurate result. 
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