Pregnancy Symptoms at 13 DPO

The wait to take a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy may seem like a never-ending wait! You may want to know whether or not your body is showing any symptoms that may give you a positive indication! Well, it is a known fact that two weeks period post ovulation may prove to be a significant milestone, especially if you are trying to get pregnant. Read on to know more about pregnancy symptoms 13 days past ovulation and what you can expect!

What is 13 DPO?

Depending on the length of your cycle, the ovulation can occur anywhere from 11 days to 21 days of your menstrual cycle. When ovulation occurs, either of your ovaries releases a matured egg that travels to the fallopian tube where it waits to get fertilised by a sperm. A successful fertilisation results in an embryo, which implants to the uterus.

At 13 days past ovulation the hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin levels in the body are in substantial amounts and, thus, may even cause early signs of pregnancy. However, where some women may experience pregnancy symptoms at this stage, others may feel few or no symptoms at all. Also, these symptoms are sometimes very similar to symptoms that you may experience every month before your periods. However, if you observe carefully or you are extra attentive then you may be able to tell whether or not the symptoms that you are experiencing related to pregnancy!

What Are the Pregnancy Signs at 13 DPO?

Here are some pregnancy signs at approximately two weeks past ovulation or 13 DPO pregnancy symptoms:

1. Cramps

You can experience mild cramping at this stage in your lower abdominal region. These cramps occur because your uterus begins changing post-implantation and, as a result, you may experience cramping. However, these cramps are not as severe as menstrual cramps. But again, we cannot undermine the fact that cramps are also associated as one of the most common PMS symptoms and, thus, this symptom in isolation cannot be termed as a pregnancy symptom.

2. Spotting or Bleeding

It is very normal to experience implantation bleeding at this juncture. This happens when the fertilised egg travels to the fallopian tube to implant itself to the uterine lining and as it attaches itself, it leads to displacing some tissue from the uterine lining, which may lead to implantation bleeding and sometimes it can also occur as 13 DPO spotting! Such kind of bleeding or spotting is usually registered at 7 to 12 days after the process of fertilization, which can also be close to the date of your period. Thus, this bleeding may sometimes get confused with menstrual bleeding. However, unlike menstrual bleeding, implantation bleeding is very light in flow and colour, and may last two to three days!

3. Nausea

Often called as morning sickness, you can experience this pregnancy symptom at any time of the day. This is because as soon as the egg implants itself, the body starts producing hCG hormone, which starts doubling every 48 hours for the first few weeks and is usually linked to making pregnancy women nauseous. It has also been established that women who experience more nausea, usually have higher levels of hCG hormones in pregnancy. Therefore, experiencing 13 DPO nausea can be one of the pregnancy signs for you!

4. Fatigue

Fatigue can be one of the early pregnancy signs and symptoms that most women experience. Feeling more tired than usual can be attributed to the changing hormonal levels in the body. As soon as implantation happens, your body starts producing progesterone and higher amounts of this hormone in the body can make you tired and sleepy. Also, your blood vessels start expanding to assist the increased blood flow in the body, which may make your blood pressure drop and, thus, make you feel exhausted and tired.

5. Changes in Breasts

Your breasts may not only be tender or sore to touch but you may also experience the dark area around your nipples growing in size and your breasts becoming bigger too! Well, all thanks to increased amounts of progesterone in the body that makes all these changes.

6. Food Cravings

The hormonal changes may make you crave certain foods. However, you may also start disliking or developing aversion towards certain food items or smells. The good news is that this may not stay for the entire duration of your pregnancy!

woman holding a pregnancy test

13 DPO and Big Fat Negative Test

If you have been trying to get pregnant, BFP or big fat positive is something that you would expect from your pregnancy test but a BFN or big fat negative can be saddening! But does that mean that you should lose all hope, well, that may not be the case. This is because, we know that fertilisation takes place anywhere from 6 to 12 days past ovulation but, in some cases, it may take even as long as 15 days past ovulation. Also, the hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin, which gets you positive results, starts rising in the body 2 to 5 days after that implantation. All this may sometimes show a BFN in your pregnancy test at 13 DPO. Therefore, it will be a good idea to wait for 5 to 6 days or until you miss your first-period post ovulation to take a pregnancy test to get a BFP!

What If You Don’t Have Pregnancy Symptoms at 13 DPO?

If you do not experience any pregnancy symptoms at 13 days past ovulation there is no need to feel disheartened. This may happen if you may have ovulated later than usual, which is a very common phenomenon in women who have irregular periods. Also, fertilisation may take longer than usual and, thus, you may exhibit no pregnancy symptom at 13 DPO.

It is important to remember that every pregnancy is different, even for the same woman! What one woman may feel, the other may not. This means that if some women may experience pregnancy symptoms and get a BFP on their pregnancy test, others may get the same result without showing any symptoms. You can take a pregnancy test at 13 DPO as there are good chances of getting a positive result, however, it will be a good idea to take a test again after a few days to confirm your pregnancy.

The wait to get a positive sign can actually be a nerve-wracking experience. Sometimes, your body may start showing pregnancy signs as early as 13 days past ovulation because the body produces substantial amounts of HCG hormone after implantation and at 13 DPO, your body may start producing substantial amounts for a pregnancy test to show positive results. However, if you do not feel any symptoms, it is absolutely normal as every pregnancy is a different experience.

Whether you experience 13 DPO or not, it will be a good idea to take a pregnancy test at this juncture. There is a strong likelihood for the test results to be positive. However, if it isn’t, then it will be a good idea to wait for a few more days to conduct a test again. Meanwhile, if you have any concerns or queries related to pregnancy, you should get in touch with your doctor.

Also Read:

Pregnancy Signs at 5 DPO
Pregnancy Signs at 8 DPO
Pregnancy Signs at 10 DPO

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Gauri Ratnam completed her Masters in English Literature from the University of Pune. She began her journey as a German translator soon after completing her graduation, but later moved on to pursue her passion for writing. Having written for both digital and print media in a varied range of industries, she has the ability to write relatable and well-researched content, benefical for anyone seeking advice or direction.