If you’re trying to conceive and have made it to 14 DPO, congrats! You’re almost past the two-week wait –14 nail-biting days that can feel like an eternity.
And if you’re someone with a regular menstrual cycle, then tomorrow’s the big day.
Will your period make an appearance? Or is a baby on the way?
By now, you might feel some 14 DPO symptoms – or feel nothing at all.
You might also wonder whether you can trust a pregnancy test yet, or if you should hold off a few more days.
Well, if you’re tired of playing the waiting game, then I have good news. At 14 DPO, you should have some answers very soon.
In the meantime, knowing what to expect may soothe your nerves and calm some fears. So let’s explore the early pregnancy symptoms to watch for at 14 DPO.
14 days past ovulation means you ovulated 14 days ago and are now in your luteal phase. Your luteal phase starts the day after ovulation and ends the day before your period begins.
During this time, an egg makes its way down your fallopian tube. The lining of the uterus also thickens, gearing up for a possible pregnancy.
If a sperm fertilizes the egg, by 14 DPO, the fertilized egg may have implanted into your uterine lining. This triggers hormonal changes that can cause early pregnancy symptoms.
Cramping, spotting, fatigue, or nausea are all things you might notice. We’ll delve deeper into symptoms of 14 DPO in a later section, so stay tuned.
Ovulation typically happens 12-14 days before your cycle. So, if you’re at 14 DPO, your period may arrive tomorrow.
But it’s not always that simple. Menstrual cycles can vary anywhere between 21 to 35 days. And many women have irregular cycles. This makes it tricky to always pinpoint when your period will arrive.
One thing you can track is your progesterone levels, which can offer some clues. Your progesterone rises after ovulation and peaks in the middle of your luteal phase.
If conception doesn’t occur, progesterone drops, prompting your period to begin. Using a fertility monitor like Inito is an easy way to keep tabs on this.
At 14 DPO, there’s a 90% chance you’ll get a reliable result on a home pregnancy test.
That’s because that beloved ‘big fat positive’ (BFP) comes courtesy of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.
Your body starts producing hCG after implantation. This is when a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine wall – making itself cozy for the journey ahead.
Implantation can happen anywhere between 6-12 days past ovulation. But it usually occurs around 8-10 DPO.
Once a fetus implants, your hCG doubles every 2 to 3 days before peaking at around ten weeks.
So by 14 DPO, your levels will likely be high enough to finally get some answers.
Many pregnancy tests claim to detect hCG levels as low as 25 mIU/mL and up.
So by 14 DPO, you have a good chance of getting a positive pregnancy test result.
Still, a 14-DPO pregnancy test doesn’t always guarantee a rock-solid result.
It’s difficult to pinpoint your exact implantation day. And if an egg is implanted later than expected, your hCG may still be too low to detect.
During early pregnancy, your hCG increases around 50% each day. And while there are some general patterns, levels vary from person to person.
But for a rough estimate, here are the median levels measured from one study of 109 pregnant women:
Some women notice signs of early pregnancy by 14 DPO or even earlier. Others might not notice much at all.
It all depends on whether hCG has built up enough to trigger symptoms.
It’s worth noting that signs of early pregnancy mirror PMS symptoms. So it’s tough to tell whether a sign is related to pregnancy, or your period.
Here are some common early pregnancy symptoms to watch out for:
By 14 DPO, you might have noticed some light bleeding or spotting. This is known as implantation bleeding. When a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, blood vessels can rupture, which may create spotting.
Implantation bleeding usually occurs 10-14 days after conception, around the time your period is due. I know what you’re thinking. “How can I tell the difference between implantation bleeding and my period?”
Well, the main difference is spotting is short-lived and lighter than your normal menstrual flow. The color may also appear different, ranging from a pale pink to rusty brown.
When an egg burrows into your uterine wall, you may feel some abdominal cramps. These are called implantation cramps. While uncomfortable, 14 DPO cramps can be a sign there’s a new baby on board.
But how do you know they’re not just period cramps? Well, many describe implantation cramps as a dull, aching pain.
Others report pulling, pricking, or tingling sensations. Either way, they tend to be much milder than menstrual cramps. That’s why some women don’t notice them at all.
Are your breasts more sensitive or look a bit fuller? During early pregnancy, progesterone and estrogen rise. This increases blood flow to your breasts. Your boobs may swell, feel sore, or your nipples may look darker.
Again, this symptom is all thanks to the cocktail of pregnancy hormones surging through your body.
While uncomfortable, it will pass. Breast tenderness tends to ease up in a few weeks once your body adjusts to the pregnancy hormones.
Growing a new human is hard work! That’s why fatigue is one of the most common symptoms at 14 DPO. Progesterone levels steadily rise during early pregnancy. This can make you feel extra sleepy – or even flat-out exhausted.
But hang in there. Most women say their fatigue dies down in the second trimester.
Having tummy troubles? You’re not alone. Between 70-80% of pregnant women deal with nausea or vomiting during early pregnancy.
This is known as ‘morning sickness’, and it happens due to rising hormone levels. However, the name’s deceptive, as morning sickness can happen any time of day.
Got a hankering for pickles and ice cream? Or feeling grossed out by foods you used to love? Don’t worry, that’s totally normal.
The hormonal changes in the early weeks of pregnancy can create food cravings and aversions. You might find yourself suddenly liking or loathing certain foods. You may also find you’re more sensitive to certain smells or odors.
If you’re making more frequent trips to the bathroom, you can thank your pregnancy hormones. Creating a new life requires extra fluids, which makes your kidneys work overtime.
So while you may not enjoy running to the bathroom every half hour, staying hydrated is crucial. During pregnancy, aim to drink between 8-12 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
The hormonal changes of early pregnancy can mess with your mood. You may feel happy one minute, weepy the next, and then raging mad. Plus, the two-week wait is a stressful time, which can heighten mood swings.
Yes. As stated earlier, implantation bleeding typically happens 10 to 14 days after conception. So at 14 DPO, you could definitely see some implantation bleeding.
But if you’re not having any spotting, try not to panic. Implantation bleeding can be very light, so you might not notice anything at all.
You can still be pregnant at 14 DPO even if you don’t have symptoms. Early pregnancy symptoms are rarely one-size-fits-all.
They vary from person to person and even between pregnancies.
Some women notice pregnancy symptoms as early as 8 DPO, since implantation may have happened by then. Others don’t feel anything for several more weeks.
So try not to base everything around your symptoms (or lack thereof). Taking a home pregnancy test is the best way to know for sure.
I know it’s heartbreaking to see a ‘big fat negative’ (BFN) when you were yearning for a BFP. But hang in there.
If you get a negative pregnancy test at 14 DPO, you could still be pregnant. Your implantation day may have happened a bit later, and your levels may simply be too low to yield a positive result.
Plus, the timing matters. First thing in the morning the hormones in your urine are more concentrated. So if you test midday and are drinking tons of fluids, your urine may be too diluted.
Wait a few days to give your levels a chance to rise, and then retest.
It also bears mentioning that not all pregnancy tests are created equal.
Some are more sensitive and can detect lower levels of hCG. Others may result in false negatives even several weeks into pregnancy.
You can always consider getting a blood test from your health care practitioners to confirm your pregnancy.