It’s still very early on, but some women can experience certain pregnancy symptoms at 9 days past ovulation or 9 DPO. This differs for every woman — you could still be pregnant and not experience any symptoms at 9 DPO.
If you’ve conceived, many exciting things are already happening inside your belly by 9 DPO. The tiny embryo has started to develop and is quickly growing. But does that mean that you’ll get a 9 DPO BFP (big, fat positive)?
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At 9 DPO, you’re still nearly a week away from your first missed period. Doctors often recommend that you wait at least until the first day of your missed period to take a pregnancy test. While many home pregnancy tests claim they can detect pregnancy sooner than that, but they’re not always accurate.
In some cases, implantation can be complete and your tiny embryo could be secreting hCG (also called “the pregnancy hormone”) by 9 DPO. In these cases, an early pregnancy test could be positive. But even if you get a 9 DPO BFP, you wouldn’t be able to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.
You could also get a false negative. In this case you’ll have to wait until the first day of your missed period to take another pregnancy test.
That’s why, although it’s possible to get a positive pregnancy test at 9 DPO, most specialists recommend waiting a few more days. You’ll save money and avoid the heartache of a false negative if you wait until you miss your period.
Even if pregnancy tests aren’t always accurate at this stage, many women can experience pregnancy symptoms at 9 DPO. These symptoms are usually mild and can go unnoticed in many cases. They can also be mistaken for premenstrual symptoms, since hormones fluctuate naturally even if you aren’t pregnant.
Fatigue or exhaustion
Once the fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining — which usually happens between 6 to 12 DPO —, your body will start producing extra progesterone to maintain a healthy pregnancy. One of the most common side effects of this hormonal surge is fatigue.
Unexplained fatigue is one of the most common early pregnancy symptoms.
This is another common, early pregnancy symptom, and you can even experience some 9 DPO cramping. These cramps are usually very mild and caused by implantation, which is when the egg burrows itself into your uterus. Implantation can also cause spotting, and is commonly known as implantation bleeding.
Pregnancy can cause many gastrointestinal symptoms, even during the first days. Pregnancy hormones can slow down digestion, and cause increased flatulence as early as 9 DPO. You can also experience early pregnancy constipation; however, constipation can also be caused by an upcoming period, which adds to the confusion!
Since your digestion is now slower, food takes a longer time to pass through the stomach and bowels. This can cause bloating— another common symptom during early pregnancy.
Even if it’s too early to get a positive pregnancy test, your body is already preparing to make room for your baby. Along with implantation cramps, your uterus is preparing to grow many times in size. This can cause a mild backache; which is another symptom associated with menstruation
At 9 DPO, your hormones are already working overtime. Many women experience breast tenderness and swelling at this point. In some cases, you could even notice darker and larger areolas.
Morning sickness tends to be a staple symptom during your first trimester. However, it’s also perfectly normal if you don’t experience any nausea at 9 DPO, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not expecting.
Hormonal fluctuations during your first trimester make headaches and migraines very common as a 9 DPO pregnancy symptom. This is another symptom that could be easily overlooked, or confused with PMS.
As stated above, 9 DPO pregnancy test results aren’t always reliable.
Getting a negative result at this point doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not pregnant. Maybe your tiny embryo just isn’t producing enough hCG to be detected yet. It’s usually best to wait until you miss your period to take a test, but you can take one if you choose to do so.
9 DPO is an exciting time inside your body, even if you haven’t discovered that you’re pregnant yet. Without you realizing, your body is making the changes that will allow you to sustain a pregnancy during 9 full months. However, pregnancy tests can be negative at this point. Most 9 DPO symptoms are very mild and can be easily confused with premenstrual symptoms. So, it’s always better to wait a few days to take a test and get a reliable BFP!
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