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  3. Signs of pregnancy

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8 DPO: Early Pregnancy Symptoms Eight Days Past Ovulation

Eight days past ovulation, you might start to experience some symptoms of pregnancy. Some 8DPO symptoms you might experience include implantation bleeding, morning sickness, and fatigue. Find the full list in the article below.

For people trying to get pregnant, 6–12 days past ovulation (DPO) can mark the end of a difficult 2-week wait.

At implantation, the body starts producing a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This pregnancy hormone, along with progesterone and estrogen, is responsible for early pregnancy signs and is the hormone that pregnancy tests detect. HCG can be detectable 8 days past ovulation. This is why 8 DPO is an important milestone for people trying to get pregnant. To confirm pregnancy, pregnancy tests work best at least 8 DPO.

Implantation bleeding can be an early indication of pregnancy and occurs when a fertilized egg implants or attaches itself to the uterine wall about 6–12 days after ovulation. Implantation sometimes causes light bleeding or spotting. It is completely normal and does not require any treatment. 

Because implantation bleeding can occur around the same time as your period, many people mistake it for their period or aren’t sure. Implantation bleeding is usually lighter and doesn’t last as long as a period. It stops on its own and usually requires no treatment.

Key differences between implantation bleeding and a normal period include:

  • Color — Implantation bleeding is typically light pink to dark brown. Normal period blood is usually bright red.
  • Duration — Implantation bleeding occurs when the egg attaches to the uterine wall. It can last from a couple of hours to a few days. Normal periods start light and get heavier. There is usually a constant flow during a normal period, lasting three to seven days. 
  • Clotting — There is usually no clotting associated with implantation bleeding.  There could be heavy clotting during a normal period. 
  • Cramping — 8 DPO cramping is common in pregnant women. There is light cramping during implantation bleeding when the egg attaches to the uterus, but it is very faint and will not last long. Cramping during menstruation is more intense and gets stronger.
  • Amount — Implantation bleeding usually looks like spotting, and the flow is lighter than a normal period. 

Increased hormone levels can impact the digestive tract as well. Digestion slows down, causing fewer bowel movements and/or constipation. One of the reasons for constipation during pregnancy is the hormone progesterone, which causes smooth muscles throughout the body to relax. This includes the bowel and digestive tract. As a result, the movement of food through the intestines slows down. Constipation elevates the risk of abdominal bloating and cramping. Taking iron tablets during pregnancy can make constipation even worse.

During pregnancy, your breasts will likely grow larger and become more tender and sensitive, particularly the nipples. Increased hormone levels during pregnancy alter the breast size and cause many changes to the breast tissue. Breasts may become sore, swollen, sensitive, and tingly. Some pregnant people describe the sensation as painful or similar to the same feeling right before their period. Breast changes can start as early as one to two weeks after conception.

Your breasts may become so tender and sensitive that wearing a bra can cause discomfort and pain. These symptoms usually ease up within a few weeks as the body starts adjusting to hormonal changes.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase fatigue and make you feel more tired. Extreme tiredness and exhaustion may be experienced only during early pregnancy or throughout the entire pregnancy.

Results from a pregnancy test before eight days past ovulation are not the most reliable. Even if conception has taken place, there probably won’t be enough hCG to be detected by a pregnancy test until implantation is complete.

Once implantation takes place (6–12 days after ovulation), the fertilized egg begins to secrete hCG. Home pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG in urine. Most doctors recommend that you wait until the first day of your missed period before taking an at-home pregnancy test. This is usually about two weeks after conception. Some tests are more sensitive than others and can be taken earlier.

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