Since most women do not realize that they are pregnant until they miss their period, many women do not notice pregnancy symptoms at 12 days post ovulation (12 DPO). It is easy to dismiss tender breasts, nausea or fatigue as something caused by increased hours at work or an illness.
Even if women realize that they are pregnant, a pregnancy test may not be accurate at 12 DPO. While some over-the-counter pregnancy tests can tell if you are pregnant a day or two before your missed period, you may not have enough human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your body to detect. A blood test should be accurate at this point, but many women hold off on getting blood tested since it costs much more than an at-home pregnancy test.
What Are the Symptoms at 12 DPO?
While every woman is different, the following are the most common symptoms at 12 days post ovulation.
2. Dull Cramps
4. Increased Bloating
5. Sore, Tender Breasts
6. Aches in Your Back
7. Nausea or Vomiting
8. Full, Heavy Breasts
9. Sensitive Nipples
10. Excessive Urination
Some women will not experience any symptoms until weeks after they have missed their period. Other women will begin to notice pregnancy symptoms as soon as implantation happens. In general, implantation occurs about 8 to 10 days after ovulation. Once implantation happens, your body starts to recognize that you are pregnant and your hormonal levels change.
If I Get a Negative Result at 12 DPO, Could I Still Be Pregnant?
The short answer to this question is yes. Your hCG levels will double every few days at this point in pregnancy, so there may not be enough of the hormone for the pregnancy test to pick up. If this is the case, you should wait a few more days before testing again or visit your doctor for a blood test. It is also possible that a negative result is because you are not pregnant or you did the test incorrectly. Whatever the case, wait a few more days before testing again.
I Am Experiencing Light Bleeding: What Is It?
Light bleeding could mean that your period arrived a couple of days early. It could also mean that you are having implantation bleeding. Once the egg is fertilized, it will implant in the uterine wall about 8 to 10 days later. As it burrows into the uterine wall, some of the lining of the uterus may be shed. As a result, you may experience slight cramps and light bleeding. If you are worried or are experiencing heavy bleeding, make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor because it could be caused by an ectopic pregnancy or another medical condition.
Waiting may seem impossible, but be patient! Now or in a few more days, your pregnancy test will finally be able to pick up levels of hCG in your body. In the meantime, eat a healthy diet, follow your normal exercise routine and get plenty of sleep.