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You’ve been trying to get pregnant or you expect that you might be pregnant, but you’re not 100% positive. And it’s far too early for you to miss your period (the first, concrete sign you may be pregnant).
There are symptoms before a missed period that are often ignored.
Remember, symptoms of pregnancy can be the result of another medical issues, so the symptoms we’re about to discuss don’t always mean that you’re pregnant. We don’t want you to get your hopes up to only be let down in the process. Instead, these symptoms can be used as an indicator for pregnancy only. The truth of your pregnancy will come when you miss your period and you test positive when taking a pregnancy test.
9 Pregnancy Symptoms Before a Missed Period
Causes for a Negative Pregnancy Test
A false negative pregnancy test is not very common if you follow the test’s directions properly. These over-the-counter tests are often called hCG pregnancy tests because the hCG hormone is produced by the embryo after implantation has occurred.
But a woman must wait for some time after her missed period for hCG levels to be detected.
For example, there is little risk of a negative pregnancy test if a woman took the test 10 days after her missed period. If the woman is pregnant, the test would likely be positive at this point. But every woman is different, so there is a chance that the woman’s body is not producing hCG appropriately, and she may be pregnant – but this is very rare.
About one third of pregnant women will experience implantation bleeding. While it may be alarming to see, it’s perfectly natural and occurs when the egg attaches (or implants) itself onto the uterus. When the egg burrows itself into the uterine wall, it may cause some damage to the uterus. The damage may result in a small amount of bleeding, which will travel from the cervix out through the vagina.
Because implantation occurs so early on in the pregnancy, most women will assume that the blood is a sign that they are starting their period. But the color, thickness and duration of the bleeding will let you know whether it’s your period or implantation.
What color is implantation bleeding?
If you’re trying to get pregnant, there’s a good chance you’ve spent some time on pregnancy forums and message boards. Like any other community website, members often use acronyms to refer to a variety of pregnancy-related terms. DPO is one abbreviation that you’ve probably seen quite often. We’re going to talk about what DPO stands for, and the symptoms you may experience at 10 DPO.
What is DPO?
DPO is an abbreviation for “days past ovulation.” You’ll see a lot of women using this abbreviation when talking about their cycles. For example, women may ask how many days past ovulation they can take a pregnancy test.
In other cases, women may be curious about what possible pregnancy symptoms they may experience at a certain number of DPO.
If you’re like most women who are trying to conceive, you’re probably curious about what symptoms you’ll experience after conception. Many women start experiencing some symptoms as early as 10 days after ovulation.
Common 10 DPO Symptoms
If you’re 10 days past ovulation, you may start experiencing some symptoms if you’re pregnant. Some of the most common symptoms of very early pregnancy include:
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Mild or dull cramping
- Tender breasts
- Breasts feeling heavy or full
- Sensitive nipples
- Increased CM (Cervical Mucus)
By far, the most common symptom this early on in the pregnancy will be fatigue. Nearly all pregnant women feel more fatigued than usual, especially during their first trimester. This is because your body is now producing more progesterone, which can cause you to feel tired. At the same time, you’re also producing more blood to carry more oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby. All of this extra blood requires your heart to work harder.
Feeling tired is completely normal, but try to avoid stimulants like caffeine as these can be harmful to your baby in high doses. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and get plenty of rest if you’re feeling tired.
Mild or dull cramps are also normal, and they’re typically felt in the lower abdomen. Don’t panic – cramps are perfectly normal early in the pregnancy.
Digestive issues, aches, pains and nausea are all common early on in the pregnancy. Remember, your body is going through a tremendous number of changes, so you’ll be experiencing all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms.
Remember, these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you’re pregnant. Some women have every symptom in the book, but still get their period. Digestive issues and nausea can be caused by something you ate, and fatigue can be caused by stress or lifestyle changes. The only way you’ll know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.
Can I Take a Pregnancy Test 10 DPO?
Many women wonder if they can take a pregnancy test when they’re 10 DPO. Yes, you can, but the results will likely be inaccurate. It’s better to wait until the day after your missed period to take your pregnancy test. At this point, your body should have sufficient levels of the pregnancy hormone to trigger a positive result if you’re pregnant.
At 10 DPO, implantation has only recently occurred. This means that your body is just starting to make the initial changes that occur during the first trimester.
Most women who take a pregnancy test at this point will see a very faint or faint positive result if they’re pregnant. A smaller percentage will get a standard positive result.
If you do test at this stage and the results are negative, be patient and try again in a few days. Give your body a little more time to get your hCG levels high enough to trigger a positive result.
10 DPO No Symptoms
What happens if you’re 10 DPO and still not experiencing any symptoms? Don’t get discouraged. A lot of women don’t experience any symptoms this early on in the pregnancy. In fact, a lot of women won’t have a clue that they’re pregnant until they miss their first period.
Even the symptoms listed above are mild and can be confused with other issues. If you have gas and bloating, for example, you may just attribute that to something you ate – not being pregnant. So, if you don’t have any symptoms, this does not mean that you’re not pregnant. It just means that you’re like the majority of women who won’t experience any symptoms until later on in the first trimester.
No Symptoms Can Be a Good Thing
Believe it or not, many doctors say that having no symptoms is actually a good thing. Symptoms usually mean that AF (Aunt Flow) is on the way. So, don’t stress if you’re not feeling anything. Many women claim to have known or felt something the moment they conceived, but most doctors just attribute that to wishful thinking. Wait until after your missed period, and take a pregnancy test. In the meantime, forget about symptoms. Sometimes, we try so hard to look for symptoms that we actually create them.
Eager to find out if you’re pregnant? Women are always quick to take a pregnancy test, only to find out that the test they took was inaccurate. So exactly, how soon? The answer relies on the body’s production of hCG and truly depends on the women.
How Long Should You Wait To Take A Pregnancy Test?
Most women will want to wait until they’ve missed their period before taking a pregnancy test. Why? All of the tests that you can buy in stores will use hCG to determine pregnancy. This hormone is only produced in high amounts when a woman is pregnant, and in rare cases, it may also be produced when a woman has cancer.
The problem is that it takes a while for the amount of hCG to accumulate in the body.
Many doctors suggest waiting until you’ve missed your period to take a pregnancy test, but many tests allow for earlier prediction.