1. Getting pregnant
  2. Trying to conceive
  3. Signs of pregnancy

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11 Days Past Ovulation: Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Some people may not experience symptoms of pregnancy until several weeks after a missed period, but others have symptoms as soon as 6 to 10 DPO. In the event of pregnancy, this period of time is when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining.

11 DPO BFP (Big Fat Positive): Positive pregnancy signs

Ovulation is when an ovary releases a mature egg that travels to one of the uterine tubes. After fertilization by a sperm, which happens in the uterine tube, the egg continues to travel to the uterus and implants into the uterine lining. After implantation, the body ramps up production of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which, along with estrogen and progesterone, can produce early pregnancy signs and symptoms. These symptoms may occur as soon as 6 to 10 DPO. If you are trying to get pregnant, pay close attention to your body and watch for any subtle changes. 

Let’s discuss the telltale 11 DPO pregnancy symptoms that you may experience if you’re expecting. 

Cramping

Cramping 11 days past ovulation is a common early pregnancy symptom. Increased pregnancy hormones can affect your digestive tract, resulting in slowed digestion. This can cause constipation or fewer bowel movements. Constipation increases your risk of abdominal cramping, bloating, and gas. 

Flatulence, constipation, and cramping can be relieved by:

  • Increasing your intake of fiber and water
  • Limiting your intake of carbonated drinks
  • Limiting your intake of foods that produce gas, such as dairy, beans, and broccoli 

Implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining. Implantation of a fertilized egg usually occurs 6 to 10 days past ovulation and may last for 4 to 5 days. Implantation bleeding generally occurs about 10 to 14 days after conception, around the time of an expected period, so it’s sometimes mistaken for menstruation.

Implantation bleeding may last for a couple of days and is generally lighter than a normal period. Implantation may also cause pregnancy symptoms, including pain in the lower abdomen that resembles menstrual cramps and increased basal body temperature. 

Implantation bleeding stops by itself. If you are pregnant and experience heavy bleeding or bleeding that continues for longer than a couple of days, make sure to visit your health care provider.

Morning sickness

Many people experience morning sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy. The symptoms of morning sickness are vomiting and nausea. Morning sickness usually occurs during early pregnancy, but some people experience it throughout their pregnancy. 

Although it’s called morning sickness, the symptoms may occur in the morning or throughout the day. Certain smells, odors, and foods may trigger these symptoms. 

Increased urination

Increased urination without drinking excessive fluids is another one of the 11 DPO symptoms that is frequently experienced. Not long after conception, blood flow to the kidneys increases, which results in the kidneys producing more urine. 

Increased urination may get better by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. But it usually increases again as you approach the third trimester, when your growing uterus can put added pressure on the bladder. 

11 DPO BFN (Big Fat Negative): Negative pregnancy signs

Taking an 11 DPO pregnancy test can identify the hormone hCG in your urine or blood to confirm a pregnancy. But there are also signs you can watch for to determine whether you are actually pregnant or 11 DPO BFN. The absence of early symptoms and signs of pregnancy (such as fatigue, swollen and tender breasts, dizziness, headaches, unusual cravings and tastes, and backache, in addition to the 11 DPO pregnancy symptoms described earlier in the article) usually means that you’re not pregnant. However, for some people, pregnancy may occur without experiencing any early pregnancy symptoms at all.

If you took a pregnancy test 11 DPO and got a BFN, it could be a false negative test result. To make sure, repeat testing on the following days.

Is 11 DPO too early to test?

Home pregnancy tests measure the levels of the hormone hCG in your urine, which rapidly increases during early pregnancy. By the time you’re experiencing several symptoms of early pregnancy, it’s possible that the levels of hCG are high enough that you may test positive. Some at-home pregnancy tests can be taken as early as four days before you expect your period, which for most people means you could take a pregnancy test 11 DPO.

If you want to try a pregnancy test at home, you’ll get the most accurate results if you do it immediately after waking up in the morning. Though home pregnancy tests that detect hCG in your urine can show a BFP 11 DPO, it’s still recommended to take it on the first day of your missed period, to minimize the likelihood of getting false negative results.

11 DPO pregnancy test accuracy

When used properly, a pregnancy test is about 99-percent accurate. However, if used incorrectly, pregnancy tests can yield false positive or false negative results. Each brand of pregnancy test is slightly different, so it’s important to read the instructions before use. Some medicines and some conditions may produce inaccurate or false results. 

A negative pregnancy test can mean many things, including:

  • You aren’t pregnant.
  • The test was taken incorrectly.
  • The test was taken too early. 

If the result of your pregnancy test is positive, a visit to your health care provider can confirm these results. If your result is negative, but you have early signs of pregnancy,  then you may want to wait a few days and take the test again.

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