You are tired all the time and every scent seems to make you sick to the stomach. If this sounds like your symptoms right now, there is an excellent chance that you could be pregnant. While some women do not experience any symptoms at 13 days post ovulation (13 DPO), other women begin to have symptoms soon after implantation and conception.
While you may be pregnant, you have not technically started your first week of pregnancy. Doctors use a 40-week calendar to track your pregnancy, and the first day is technically the last day of your menstrual cycle. Because of this, most women are “technically” pregnant at 14 DPO when they miss their period.
Pregnancy Symptoms at 13 DPO
The most common pregnancy symptoms at 13 days post ovulation are:
2. Mild Pressure or Cramps
3. Increased Flatulence
4. Bloating Around Your Abdomen
5. Sensitive Breasts
7. Nausea or Vomiting
8. Fuller, Heavier Breasts
9. Sensitive or Painful Nipples
10. An Increase in Urination
Tracking Ovulation and Implantation
Your ovulation cycle determines when you conceived the child. For most women, ovulation takes place about 13 to 20 days after your period last started. Once you have ovulated, the egg travels down your Fallopian tube to the uterus. At the same time, sperm must come up the Fallopian tube to meet and fertilize the egg.
Once the egg is fertilized, it hangs around your uterus for a few days. Roughly 8 to 10 days later, it will implant itself within the lining of your uterus. When this happens, some of the uterine lining may be shed as the egg burrows within it. This can cause slight bleeding or cramping that could be mistaken as a very, very light period.
Will a Pregnancy Test Be Accurate at 13 DPO?
In some cases, a pregnancy test will show that you are pregnant at 13 days post ovulation. Depending on your normal menstrual cycle, 13 days post ovulation could be right before, right after or on the day your period should have started. Since many over-the-counter tests are accurate for up to a day or two before a missed period, you may be able to get a positive result right now.
If the result is negative, do not despair quite yet. Your hCG levels double every few days at this point, so you may not have high enough hCG levels for a pregnancy test to pick up. If this is the case, you can test again in a few days or schedule a blood test with your doctor.
When Will I Start Experiencing Pregnancy Symptoms?
While some women will experience pregnancy symptoms at 13 DPO or before, most women will not have major symptoms until after their missed period. In some cases, it may even be a few weeks until symptoms begin. Every woman has a different body chemistry and physical health, so your symptoms can vary drastically from another woman’s symptoms. Even with the same woman, symptoms can vary in duration and intensity from pregnancy to pregnancy.