At seven days post ovulation (7 DPO), women may start to experience a few pregnancy symptoms. While it is not completely uncommon to have symptoms at this point, most women may not even notice that they are pregnant. Pregnancy hormones double every few days at this stage in a pregnancy, so it could take another week or two before women begin to notice that something is changing in their bodies.
What Pregnancy Symptoms Are Most Common at 7 DPO?
Every woman has a unique body chemistry and physical health, so symptoms can vary. Plus, it is hard for many symptoms to develop this early in a pregnancy. In some cases, implantation just occurred, so your body has just started to realize that it is pregnant. Out of the women who do experience symptoms at seven days post ovulation, these are the most common symptoms reported.
1. Overall Exhaustion
2. Pressure or Mild Cramps
3. Increased Flatulence or Gas
4. Bloating in the Abdomen
5. Backaches Around the Lower to Mid-Back
6. Nausea or Aversion to Certain Scents
7. Tender, Sore Breasts
8. An Increase in Cervical Fluid
9. Lifelike, Vibrant Dreams
10. Sensitive Nipples or Nipple Soreness
I Do Not Have These Symptoms—Could I Still Be Pregnant?
Do not panic quite yet! In the struggle to conceive, waiting for a positive pregnancy test can seem impossible. Even if you do not have these symptoms yet, it does not mean that you are not pregnant. Every woman is different, and some women do not experience symptoms until much later in their pregnancy. Your body has just started to realize that it is pregnant, so it could take time until you have symptoms. Often, a missed period is the first obvious sign, but this will not happen for another week or more.
Once you do miss your period, you can take a pregnancy test. At 7 DPO, a pregnancy test will not be accurate, and you will most likely get a false negative. The most sensitive pregnancy tests will often not show results until a day or two before you miss your period, so you have another week to go until an at-home pregnancy test will show results. Blood tests are more accurate, so you may be able to get a positive result on a blood test. Since these tests are expensive and only start to be effective at about this point, you should probably wait another week until you do anything.
How Early Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
The American Pregnancy Association says that you should not take a pregnancy test until the first day of your missed period. For most women, this date is about two weeks after you have already conceived. If you take a pregnancy test at 7 DPO, you will most likely get a false negative. This result could mean that you are not pregnant, the test was done incorrectly or you took it too early. Levels of hCG double every few days during early pregnancy, so you may not have enough hCG in your body yet for the test to read.