If you are trying to get pregnant, then you may look for even the tiniest of hints that could indicate that you are pregnant. You can’t wait to hear (and share) the good news, but waiting for those common pregnancy symptoms to show up can be anxiety-inducing. Usually, most women don’t suspect they are pregnant until days after they miss their first missed period, which can be approximately 15 days past ovulation, but some may suspect it, especially if their pregnancy symptoms appear as early as 10 days past ovulation (DPO).
You must be curious to know about these symptoms, especially if you can’t wait to take a pregnancy test. So read on to learn about these symptoms and find out if you should take a test at 10 days past ovulation!
Is It the Right Time to Take a Pregnancy Test at 10 DP0?
Ovulation happens when an egg is released from the ovary. This egg then makes its way to the fallopian tubes and waits to be fertilized by a sperm. If fertilized, the egg continues its journey to the uterus. After the process of conception, the body produces hormones (hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin hormones) which can result in nausea, morning sickness, and other pregnancy symptoms. Each woman will have different pregnancy symptoms. Where some women don’t register pregnancy symptoms until the first missed period, others may experience it soon after the egg implants to the uterine lining, which can be anywhere from 6 to 10 days past ovulation. You will want to test soon after you have tried to conceive, but here’s why it may not be a good idea.
If you are testing 10 DPO or shortly after implantation, your test results can be negative even if you are pregnant because of low hCG levels in the body. However, these hormones will surge around the date of your period (if you are pregnant). Therefore, it is suggested that you wait until then to take a pregnancy test for more accurate results.
Pregnancy Symptoms at 10 DPO
Taking a pregnancy test at 10 days past ovulation may be too early, but there are certain telltale signs that will help you know if you’re pregnant:
1. Headaches and Dizziness
As hormones in your body start fluctuating and fluid volume increases in your body, you may start experiencing mild headaches or feel dizzy. Though fainting is comparatively rare, however, it may occur in some cases because of changes in blood circulation and blood volume. It is important to increase your fluid and water intake to combat these symptoms.
2. Abdominal Cramps
Experiencing dull pressure and abdominal cramps are some of the early pregnancy signs to look out for. Regular exercising, drinking more water, relaxing massages and other such activities can help in alleviating the pain, however, if the pain becomes more intense or unbearable, consult a health practitioner immediately.
3. Frequent Trips to the Loo
The kidney starts producing more urine as a result of increased blood flow to the area. This can happen soon after conception. So, if you find yourself making more frequent visits to the bathroom, well, it can be one of the early signs of pregnancy. However, this symptom slowly mellows down as you progress with your first trimester and again surges towards the end of the third trimester because of increased pressure on the bladder because of the growing fetus.
4. Morning Sickness
You may experience morning sickness at any time of the day. Most pregnant women experience this as a first pregnancy sign but some may experience it anytime during the pregnancy journey. Morning sickness includes vomiting and nausea too. Sometimes certain food items or smells may cause morning sickness too.
5. Swollen or Tender Breasts
Increased blood flow to your breast tissues can happen soon after conception and these hormonal changes occur in the body too. This can cause your breast to become tender or sore to touch. You can experience nipple soreness or sensitivity too and wearing a bra may seem like a task. However, the saving grace is that these symptoms usually subside soon after your body adjusts to the changed hormonal levels.
6. Implantation Bleeding
Around 8 to 10 days past ovulation, after the fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterine lining, light spotting or bleeding can be noticed. Sometimes this bleeding is also mistaken for menstrual bleeding because this usually occurs close to your periods. However, it does not last like menstrual bleeding, is very light, and stops on its own. However, if it does not stop or you have other concerns regarding the implantation bleeding, you should get in touch with your doctor.
7. Digestive Issues
Hormonal changes happening in your body can affect your digestion also and lead to digestive issues such as gas, constipation, etc. You can help in overcoming these symptoms by increasing your fluid and fibre intake. Limiting your intake of gassy foods such as dairy, beans, broccoli, etc. may also prove to be helpful in managing your condition.
Can You Get Positive Results at 10 DPO?
Well, in most cases implantation occurs anywhere from 8 to 12 days past ovulation. This means that if you take a pregnancy test at 10 PDO then there’s a slight chance of a positive result. But the chances of getting a positive result will depend on the hCG levels in the urine. Some women may get a positive result even before 10 days while others may not. So the answer is, ‘yes’, you can get a positive result at 10 days past ovulation. But it is advised that you see a doctor and get a blood test done at the right time to find out if you are pregnant.
Is it Possible to Get a Negative Result Even After Experiencing Pregnancy Signs at 10 DPO?
Most women do not experience any pregnancy signs at 10 DPO because it is a little early to detect so. Rather most pregnancy-related symptoms start to show at 21 to 28 DPO or 5 to 6 weeks of gestation. It would not be wrong to say that symptoms experienced at 10 DPO can be the same in case you are pregnant or about to have your period because progesterone is high in both these cases. This means whether pregnant or not you can experience the same symptoms like cramps, bloating, fatigue, sore breasts, etc.
If you are pregnant then the progesterone levels in your body will keep hiking and if not then the levels of progesterone will start declining as you are close to your period. This means that even if you experience 10 DPO symptoms, it can be a BFN or a big fat negative and a BFP or big fat positive with 10 DPO no symptoms!
It is normal for a woman who is pregnant for the first time to not recognize pregnancy symptoms. A home pregnancy test is one of the quickest methods that should help you find out if you’re pregnant. But if you are taking the test too early then it may not show accurate results. Therefore, it is advised that you wait and take the test after your first period is missed. You can also visit your doctor and get blood and urine tests done for accurate results.