Most women suspect that they might be pregnant after missing their period. Some women who have been pregnant before know what to expect, but new moms might think that these 7 DPO symptoms are related to something else. So, what’s happening to your body at this early stage of pregnancy?
At this point, your ovaries have released an egg (ovulation), and that egg has been fertilized by sperm. The fertilized egg (a zygote) developed from a single cell into a ball of cells called a blastocyst. This ball of cells is what will become the embryo and, later, the fetus.
During this time, the cells are dividing rapidly, and the blastocyst travels through the fallopian tube and implants in the nutrient-rich lining of your uterus. Your body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy every month, and your hormone levels change throughout your cycle. If an egg is fertilized, your body has already made the necessary preparations. There are large hormonal shifts at this time, influencing other parts of your body as well.
There are several telltale early signs that you might be pregnant. Here are some that you might experience at 7 DPO.
Since the implantation can occur anywhere between 6 and 12 days after fertilization, it can be hard to tell if the symptoms you are experiencing are because of pregnancy or your period. Some common signs associated with implantation are:
Cramps and bleeding
Some women at this stage of pregnancy experience cramping (less intense than normal menstrual cramps) before the normal start of their period. If a blastocyst has implanted, the color and amount of your menstrual flow might look different than usual. Light spotting that is pink or light brown and lasts less than three days could be a sign of implantation bleeding.
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These changes in mood can be similar to PMS symptoms, and it may be hard to tell if they are related to your menstrual cycle or a sign of pregnancy. If you don’t normally experience PMS, this might be an obvious sign of pregnancy for you.
Lots of women experience breast tenderness before starting their period, whether they’re pregnant or not. However, increased breast tenderness is also a very common early pregnancy symptom. During the very early stages of pregnancy, your breasts may feel fuller and slightly heavier.
You might notice nipple sensitivity as early as one to two weeks after conception. This is a result of increased blood flow to the breasts, increasing their size. Many women report nipple pain, tingling, and increased sensitivity as these changes in the breasts take place.
Food cravings pop up early in pregnancy, along with morning sickness. For a long time, people have thought that strange cravings for all different kinds of food are a sure sign of pregnancy. If you’re craving certain foods more than normal or feeling unusually nauseous, you might get a big fat positive (BFP) on a pregnancy test.
Headaches are very common among some women when their hormone levels fluctuate. These “cyclic” headaches tend to correspond to the changes in hormone levels that all women experience throughout their menstrual cycle.
You may also begin to get headaches in the early stages of a pregnancy because of the changes your body is going through. This might happen because your body is starting to produce more blood to supply nutrition to the baby, causing a change in blood volume. The changing hormones levels could also lead to dizziness.
No matter what, it’s important to talk to your primary care physician or OB/GYN about headaches to rule out anything more serious.
So, you’ve made it to 7 DPO and are experiencing some or all of the early signs of pregnancy. Is it time to do a pregnancy test? Are they even accurate at this point?
Most home pregnancy test manufacturers state that they can be performed with 99% accuracy on the day that you expect your period. This is an approximate date, though, because not every woman has a textbook 28-day cycle. Furthermore, there is a window of opportunity in which you can conceive.
It’s possible to get pregnant several days before and several days after you normally ovulate. This is because sperm can live for up to five days inside a woman’s body after sex. This is why there’s really no good answer as to how early you can detect pregnancy. There are just too many different variables.
If you’re having sex, not using birth control, and experiencing signs of pregnancy about 7 DPO, you might want to do a pregnancy test. You might even get a BFP, but only if your preferred home pregnancy test is sensitive enough.
If you do try a home pregnancy test at 7DPO and it’s negative, wait a little longer. Even if you are pregnant, the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin that trips a positive might not be high enough yet to be detected by the pregnancy test.