Are there any signs or indications that can tell you that you are pregnant before you miss your first period after ovulation? Well, the good news is, by keeping a tab on some of the symptoms that your body may show, you may be able to establish whether or not you are pregnant! If you are wondering what would be such indications, especially around 16 days past ovulation, read on to find out some of the probable pregnancy signs and symptoms at 16 DPO!
What Is 16 DPO?
As soon as the egg implants to the uterine lining, which usually occurs around two weeks past ovulation, the body may start showing pregnancy symptoms. At around 16 days past ovulation, your body will start producing a considerable amount of hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (if you are pregnant), which can be detected in a pregnancy test. However, this is also a time when you may start experiencing PMS or premenstrual syndrome (if you are not pregnant) and both sets of symptoms appear to be very similar. But, you can tell them apart if you are more aware of your body, and thus you may be able to differentiate between normal and unusual, which means that you may be able to tell whether or not you are pregnant!
16 DPO Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Here are some early signs or symptoms that you may experience at 16 days past ovulation:
1. Tender or Swollen Breasts
The changing hormone levels in your body can make your breasts sore to touch, and your breasts may also appear swollen and heavy. You may notice your areolas turning darker than usual. These symptoms get better as your body adjusts to the changing hormone levels.
The changing pregnancy hormones can make you feel tired and exhausted. This happens when the body starts producing more progesterone, which is responsible for making you fatigued and sleepy. Also, your body starts producing extra blood to support the growing fetus, which can also add to your exhaustion and fatigue.
3. Mood Swings
If you find yourself too moody, cranky, weepy, or filled with other such emotions, you can blame it on your pregnancy hormones!
4. Nausea or Vomiting
Though there is no specific reason that can explain why pregnant women feel nauseous or like vomiting, it is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms that women usually experience. Commonly known as morning sickness, this symptom can actually occur at any time of the day, or even at night.
5. Increased Basal Body Temperature
BBT or basal body temperature elevates as you ovulate, and becomes normal after you have your period. However, this temperature remains elevated throughout the pregnancy, and thus can be an evident pregnancy sign.
6. Missing Your Period
If you experience any kind of 16 DPO spotting, you may wonder whether it is a sign of pregnancy or your period. Spotting, or better known as implantation bleeding, at 16 DPO is unlikely, but it may occur if you have miscalculated your ovulation. Also, 16 DPO is very close to your period, and if you do not have your period at this stage, it can be an indication of pregnancy!
Chances of Getting False Negative at 16 Days Past Ovulation
If you have been trying to get pregnant, and are planning on taking a pregnancy test at 16 days past ovulation, getting a false negative is fairly low. However, there are a few reasons that may show 16 DPO BFN, or false-negative results. This may happen if you take a test too early, and the body may not be producing enough levels of the hCG hormone that it can be detected in a pregnancy test.
Also, if you miscalculate your ovulation cycle, your test results may show a false negative. If you consumed too many liquids before taking the test, the urine can become too diluted and thus indicate a false negative. If there are no periods at 16 DPO, and the test is negative, it will be a good idea to wait for a few days and to take a test again.
If You Don’t Get Your Period at 16 DPO, does It Mean You’re Pregnant?
If you do not have your period at around 16 days past ovulation, there are high chances that you are pregnant. This is because ovulation usually happens anywhere from 13 to 20 days from the first day of your period. As per the length of the menstrual cycle, most women usually get their periods around 16 days past ovulation, if they are not pregnant. So, if you haven’t had your periods by this time, it could possibly mean that you are pregnant. And, if you have been trying to conceive, then you can also experience the early signs of pregnancy.
HCG Levels at 16 DPO
Soon after the process of implantation, your body starts preparing your baby’s support system, which also means increasing hCG levels in your urine. The hCG levels can start hiking anytime between 12 to 15 days past ovulation, and the level doubles up every 48 to 72 hours. This means that around 16 DPO (if you are pregnant), a pregnancy test can easily detect high hCG levels in your urine, and thus confirm your pregnancy. The levels keep peaking for approximately 10 weeks of pregnancy, and then gradually decline and stay constant for the rest of your pregnancy journey.
When you are 16 days past ovulation and still do not have your periods, you may wonder if you are pregnant, or just late with your periods! If you pay close attention, you may be able to notice some early signs of pregnancy (if you are pregnant). Taking a pregnancy test at this stage may help you get more accurate results. However, getting a negative result does not necessarily mean that you are not pregnant! You can wait for a few more days, and take a test again to know whether or not you are pregnant.