By: Kacie Shrock, RN, BSN | February 27, 2023
The two week wait (TWW) is the period of time between ovulation and when you take a pregnancy test. This is such an exciting and precious time when the fertilized egg that will become a baby starts to develop. During this time, many women experience a variety of symptoms that may indicate early pregnancy.
Pregnancy Symptoms After Ovulation, Days Past Ovulation (DPO)
1-5 Days Past Ovulation (1-5 DPO Symptoms)
During this time, the fertilized egg starts its journey down the fallopian tubes and to the uterus where it finds a cozy spot to implant for the next nine months. Since implantation does not happen until about 6-10 days post ovulation, in these early days after ovulation any symptoms you have are likely related to the release of progesterone and not necessarily related to pregnancy just yet.
Common signs of high progesterone:
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Lower libido
- Mood swings
6-10 Days Past Ovulation (6-10 DPO Symptoms)
By this time, implantation should be happening right now! Not every woman experiences signs of implantation, and some have no idea that it is happening.
Two of the most common signs of implantation:
- Light spotting
Some women continue to experience fatigue, breast tenderness, and swelling, or mood swings. During this time, you may be eager to take a home pregnancy test, but it may still be too early for the pregnancy test to show positive. After implantation occurs, the pregnancy hormone hCG takes a few days to get high enough to show positive on an at-home pregnancy test. We recommend waiting until you are 12-14 days post-ovulation or on the first day of your missed period.
11-14 Days Past Ovulation (11-14 DPO Symptoms)
After implantation, the cells that become the placenta start to produce the pregnancy hormone – hCG – which creates symptoms very similar to what you feel right before the start of a new period. PMS and pregnancy symptoms can be so similar that it can be hard to know which is the cause.
Common early pregnancy symptoms:
- Tender swollen breasts
- Nausea or vomiting
- Increased urination
- Missed period
The most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period, since this is not typically a sign of PMS. If your period is delayed and you experience some of the above symptoms, take an at-home pregnancy test!
While every woman and pregnancy is different, some start to experience pregnancy symptoms early on, while others may not feel any until that hCG hormone progresses further along in the first trimester. The best way to confirm pregnancy is through a pregnancy test, which you can take in the comfort of your own home. Once you see that BFP (Big Fat Positive), call your provider to set up an appointment for confirmation.
No Two Week Wait Symptoms After Ovulation? Are You Not Pregnant?
It’s common for women to see a variety of symptoms after ovulation as the body prepares for pregnancy or menstruation. However, the absence of symptoms does not mean you are not pregnant.
It’s important to remember not all women experience the same symptoms and some women experience no early pregnancy symptoms at all. It’s neither good nor bad if you do or don’t have symptoms. Additionally, some early pregnancy symptoms do look a lot like premenstrual symptoms making it difficult to differentiate between the two.
The most reliable way to know if you are pregnant is to take an at-home pregnancy test. This will provide the most accurate results for you to know if you are pregnant.
When To Take a Pregnancy Test
The best time to take a pregnancy test is 14 days past ovulation or the first day of your missed period. The pregnancy hormone, hCG, needs to be high enough to be detected in your urine, resulting in more accurate results the longer you wait after fertilization.
If you receive a negative pregnancy test, wait a few days before testing again as your hCG levels may not be high enough to be detected, giving you a false negative test result. If you see a positive pregnancy test, congratulations! Be sure to call your healthcare provider to set up a prenatal appointment to confirm your pregnancy.
Kacie Shrock is a registered nurse who specializes in fertility and reproductive health. She has always had a passion for women's health and she supports women and couples virtually across the world while on their journey to their dream families. Schedule a consultation with Nurse Kacie right through your Premom app!
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Patti Haebe, Senior Medical Advisor
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