Are you trying to get pregnant? You are probably counting down each day to a positive pregnancy test.
After intercourse during your fertile period, the two-week wait is a stressful period.
However, many physical and hormonal changes are taking place in your body at this time.
Here we will learn about and how to look out for them.
DPO stands for Days Post Ovulation. Ovulation marks the release of the egg from the ovary, after which it makes its way to the uterus.
If the sperm reaches the egg at the right time, it prompts a series of changes. 8 DPO marks the time eight days into this period following ovulation.
The main hormones acting between ovulation and a missed period are progesterone and estrogen.
Progesterone produces a lot of changes in the body. Below we learn how to recognize them.
Let’s break down what changes occur in the body at 8 DPO.
Within 24 hours of ovulation, the egg is fertilized by the sperm, and the process of conception begins. Hereafter the cells continue to divide until they reach the uterus.
This triggers a series of changes in the body. In the absence of fertilization, your hormone levels drop about two weeks after ovulation.
However, if the fertilized egg successfully implants in the uterus, these hormone levels rise further.
So at 8 DPO, your estrogen and progesterone levels are increasing. If you have been reading a lot about ovulation and pregnancy, you may have come across many other hormones. However, most of them are minor and do not play a significant role in early pregnancy.
It is essential to remember that not everyone experiences early pregnancy symptoms in the same way.
Some women feel completely normal well into the first trimester, while some struggle with morning sickness early on.
8 DPO symptoms only serve as a guide, and their absence should not cause anxiety.
Every pregnancy is unique. You may complain of all of these symptoms, or maybe you feel normal. You might also experience some other symptoms altogether, such as:
Here is what you need to remember. Exactly which symptoms you experience and which you don’t does matter.
Early pregnancy symptoms are better understood as clues. It is not a checklist where you have to fulfill specific criteria.
This is just your body manifesting the changes taking place inside of you. Some people associate early symptoms with a successful pregnancy.
However, no matter what symptoms you experience, the chances of getting pregnant remain the same.
Experiencing multiple symptoms simultaneously might make you feel anxious about the upcoming nine months. Here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to feel a whole lot better:
It is often difficult to wait until a missed period to take a pregnancy test. You might be tempted to try sooner, especially if you experience any of the symptoms described above. Here is why that might not be a great idea.
A positive pregnancy test relies on the rise in hCG levels released by the placenta.
After implantation, the placenta develops to support the baby throughout the pregnancy.
8 DPO is the time when implantation occurs. Therefore it is too early for hCG levels to rise.This means that you might be faced with a BFN (big fat negative) only because it is too early.
Instead, save yourself the disappointment and opt to test a little later.
But wait- what if I get a positive test at 8 DPO? That is normal too! It also depends upon the sensitivity of the test you are using. Some tests can detect much lower levels of hCG in the urine.