When you are trying to get pregnant, you have probably been on some of the pregnancy forums discussing options and signs. Like many message boards, these forums use acronyms to make it faster to communicate. One of the most common acronyms on pregnancy forums is DPO. This acronym stands for days post ovulation. Whenever we use 10 DPO in the article, it refers to 10 days post ovulation.
What Is DPO?
DPO is an acronym that stands for days past ovulation. Women use these abbreviations on pregnancy forums when they are discussing their cycles and potential implantation. Often, they use DPO to refer to how many days after ovulation it is so that they can take a pregnancy test. For women trying to conceive, the number of days past ovulation may be associated with certain pregnancy symptoms. While most major pregnancy symptoms occur later in your pregnancy, there are a few signs that may occur as soon as 10 days after ovulation has passed.
What Are the Most Common 10 DPO Symptoms?
At this stage of the pregnancy, there are only a few symptoms that may be present. Implantation cramps and implantation bleeding will typically occur 6 to 12 days post ovulation, so you may experience these symptoms at 10 DPO. In addition, other early signs that you may be pregnant include:
– Sensitive nipples
– Dull or mild cramping
– Tender breasts
– Increased cervical mucus (CM)
– Breasts that feel heavier or fuller
– Increased flatulence
While these symptoms may indicate that you are pregnant, some of them may also indicate that your period is about to start. Tender, full breasts, increased flatulence, bloating and mild cramping are often signs that your period is about to start.
If you are pregnant, one of the most common symptoms at this stage is fatigue. The majority of pregnant women will feel much more tired than usual during their first trimester. Many women will feel increased fatigue throughout their pregnancy. This is because your body begins to produce extra progesterone when you are pregnant. The added progesterone can leave you feeling tired and exhausted. In addition, your body has to create more blood to bring nutrients and oxygen to the baby. The added blood means that your body has to work harder to pump the blood, which can leave you feeling drained.
While feeling tired is perfectly normal, you do not want to use stimulants like caffeine as a pick-me-up. Caffeine and other stimulants can cause harm to your baby, so you want to avoid any medication or stimulant that is not prescribed by your doctor. Instead, focus on drinking plenty of fluids, eating a balanced diet and getting extra rest if you are feeling unusually tired.
At 10 DPO, you may feel mild or dull cramps. Initially, mild cramps may be caused by implantation about 6 to 12 days after ovulation. Later on, you may experience mild cramps as your uterus grows to make room for the fetus.
Likewise, you may experience nausea, digestive problems and unusual aches at 10 DPO. Your body is about to go through a number of changes, so these symptoms are just occurring as your body prepares for the baby.
Keep in mind that none of these signs mean that you are pregnant. Nausea and digestive problems can be caused by your diet, while fatigue can be due to stress or a lack of sleep. In addition, these symptoms can occur due to the placebo effect. If you want to be pregnant or are afraid that you are pregnant, your mind may be trying to play tricks on you. The only way that you can know for sure if you are actually pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.
Should I Take a Pregnancy Test at 10 DPO?
You can take a pregnancy test at 10 DPO, but just because you can does not mean that it will be effective. At this point, you probably do not have enough hCG in your system for the pregnancy test to trigger a positive result if you actually are pregnant. Implantation just occurred, and hCG levels double about every three days at this stage. Your body is just starting to make the changes it needs to accommodate the fetus, so it will take a few more days for the pregnancy test to be accurate.
Some women may be able to take a pregnancy test and get a faint positive result at this point, but it is not a guarantee. Your best bet is to wait a few more days and take a pregnancy test. If you could not wait, took the test and got a negative result, go ahead and wait a few days until you have sufficient levels of hCG in your body. Then, try taking the test again.