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8DPO: Early Symptoms That Indicate Pregnancy

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8dpo or eight days post ovulation symptoms refer to the signs of early pregnancy. After conception, a woman’s body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone leads to several bodily changes causing headaches, morning sickness, and more. These signs may start to appear approximately eight days after ovulation or after the fertilized egg is implanted on the uterus lining (1), hence the term 8dpo.

However, not all women may experience these symptoms at the same time. Some may experience these early signs a couple of weeks after they missed their period, whereas others might experience these as soon as the implantation occurs.

[ Read: Symptoms Of Pregnancy After Missed Period]

So, what are these 8-day post ovulation symptoms?

What Are The 8dpo Symptoms?

Here are some of the 8dpo symptoms that you could look out for:

  1. Absence of menses is the first sign of pregnancy. Sometimes, Implantation bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy that usually occurs six to twelve days after conception. The implantation of an embryo into the uterine lining causes spotting or light bleeding. Most women consider it as menstruation spotting as it may occur before or around the time of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation bleeding or spotting is common and nothing to worry about, as the bleeding stops after a short period (2).
  1. Frequent or increased urination, even when you are not taking a lot of fluids, could be one of the symptoms of pregnancy that you may experience eight days after ovulation. Gravid uterus puts preesure on bladder, causes increase frequency of micturition (3).
  1. Increasing hormone levels after conception might slow down the process of digestion and lead to constipation or fewer bowel movements. This is another sign that you could watch out for 8dpo symptoms if you are trying to get pregnant(4).
  1. Morning sickness is the most common symptom at any stage of pregnancy. However, some women may start experiencing vomiting and nausea soon after implantation, making it an early sign of pregnancy.
  1. You may have headaches and dizziness due to the fluctuating hormone levels after ovulation. You may also experience a slight faintness, which is also a common and early symptom of pregnancy.
  1. Your senses may be heightened during early pregnancy, where you may develop cravings or aversions towards certain tastes and smells of food. You may even get hungrier during the early stages (5).
  1. An increase in the hCG levels after implantation could make your breasts sensitive, tender, and swollen just after one or two weeks of conception. Other symptoms you could experience eight days post ovulation include tingling and discomfort around the nipples (6).
  1. After a few days of ovulation, the progesterone levels go up and regulate your mood and make you feel sleepy during the day. This, in turn, could make your body tired or fatigued (6).

In the next section, we will see if it is possible to test 8dpo and confirm pregnancy.

Is 8dpo Too Early To Check For Pregnancy Symptoms?

Some women may show early pregnancy symptoms shortly after implantation, and some may not. But it is always advised to observe any subtle changes your body might show after implantation. So, it is good to learn about the 8dpo symptoms to help you identify the early signs of pregnancy.

Can You Test For Pregnancy Eight Days After Ovulation?

Yes, you can test for pregnancy after eight days of ovulation. Note that if you take the test within eight days, the results may be negative. This happens as hCG can be detected only eight to eleven days after ovulation, which is just after implantation (8). Also, in some women, the quantity of pregnancy hormones produced may not be sufficient to give a positive result eight days after ovulation.

[Read: Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy]

What Are The Next Steps?

In case the test results are negative, take the pregnancy test again after a few days or after your missed period. You can also visit the clinic and get a blood or urine test to confirm your pregnancy.

8dpo symptoms can be considered among the initial milestones of your pregnancy. If you are planning to become a mommy, watch out for these subtle changes in your body. Chances are you may not experience any of these signs even if you are pregnant, so there is no need to get disheartened about it. You can always go to your doctor and get more accurate results.

Did you experience any symptoms 8dpo? How did you test for pregnancy? Do share with us in the comment section.

References:

1. Prenatal Form and Function – The Making of an Earth Suit; The Endowment For Human Development; Unit 2: 1 to 2 weeks
2. Dr. Kalyani Singh; Assessment of First Trimester Vaginal Bleeding Using Ultrasound Sonography; Asian Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
3. Katie F Foxcroft, et al.; Development and validation of a pregnancy symptoms inventory; BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
4. Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period: Do you know them?; Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research (2018)
5. E. Leslie Cameron; Pregnancy and olfaction: a review; Frontiers Psychology
6. Deborah C. Davis; The Discomforts of Pregnancy; Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing
7. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D.; How early can home pregnancy tests show positive results?; UT Southwestern Medical Center
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