The two-week wait can be pretty daunting, and 12 DPO adds to the time. The good news is that at 12 DPO, you have almost reached the end of this dreadful wait.
All you can do is wait a few days more and get your pregnancy test done. Read on to know what is happening during this crucial time in your cycle and about 12 DPO symptoms.
Believe it or not, quite a bit! 12 DPO refers to the day that is 12 days past ovulation. Ovulation usually happens 14 days before your next menstrual cycle.
Depending on your cycle length, your day of ovulation varies. But 12 DPO is generally around your period date.
Your ovary releases a mature egg during ovulation. The egg is swept up into the fallopian tube, where it starts to travel down the uterus.
The fallopian tube is where fertilization occurs when a sperm cell enters a mature egg and forms a zygote.
However, fertilization only happens if sperm cells are deposited into the female reproductive tract within about five days before ovulation or 24 hours after ovulation.
The fertilized egg continues to make its way down into the uterus, dividing and growing along the way. When the fertilized egg reaches the uterus, the zygote is hundreds of cells big. This occurs about five days after fertilization.
At the same time, a hormone known as progesterone is produced by the empty egg follicle. This hormone helps to support a pregnancy until other hormones, like hCG, are ready to take over.
Progesterone helps build the uterine lining for implantation, which is when the growing zygote burrows down into the uterus, and you are officially pregnant
Symptoms at 12 DPO are different for everyone. Some women have lots of signs, but many women do not have any symptoms at all.
Others may have symptoms that are so subtle, and they don’t even recognize them as pregnancy-related. Some of the most common 12 DPO symptoms include:
Sometimes, implantation of the fertilized egg can cause uterine cramping. It tends to feel like menstrual cramps but is often less intense and less sharp.
Don’t stress! Women in early pregnancy have very different experiences, even from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Some women start experiencing symptoms immediately at conception, while others either experience them later on or not at all.
Frantically searching online for every minor symptom (or its absence) only increases stress and anxiety. Getting yourself off of the computer can help to relieve that anxiety.
It can also make the last few days before a missed period that much easier. Find ways to keep yourself busy: see friends, plan a special outing or date night, read a new book, or pamper yourself at a yoga class. Staying active will also help you pass the time quicker!
You can! Absolutely! Is there a chance that you will get a false negative? Yes. Home urine pregnancy tests look for the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. This hormone is produced after implantation has occurred.
It gets tricky because hCG levels are low at the beginning of a pregnancy. In addition, different home pregnancy tests detect different amounts of the hormone, and some tests are way more sensitive than others.
All of this means that you can still get a false-negative result if the hCG levels are low and you are using a test that is not very sensitive.
If you try to wait to test until you miss a period, the test will be more reliable. If you cannot wait that long, try to get the most sensitive test you can find. Tests marketed to be used at 5 or 6 days before a missed period are usually the best option.
Again, please don’t stress if you get a negative test at 12 DPO. It is most definitely possible to get a negative test result on day 12 and a positive a few days later.
This is a false-negative result because the hormone levels weren’t high enough to trigger the positive result. Because hCG levels double roughly every 2-3 days, waiting a few days can make a big difference.
Congratulations! You are most definitely pregnant. Would you like to call your healthcare provider and schedule your first pregnancy visit?
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