For couples who want to get pregnant, two weeks after ovulation seems very long and waiting for the day when you will be able to do a pregnancy test is infinitely far away. Especially if they’ve been working on getting pregnant for months. Mothers who have gone through a similar experience know that every day after ovulation is an opportunity to observe their own body, if anything happens, to be able to detect pregnancy before another test or plus appears on the test.

Do you also wonder if these are the first symptoms of pregnancy with every tingling in the abdomen or elsewhere in the body? Unfortunately, this is not so easy to assess, as the first signs of pregnancy are quite similar to the signs before menstruation. In addition, the cause of the symptoms may be completely different, you may be more tired because you have not slept enough or you are not hydrated enough. It also depends on each individual when she will detect the first signs, as you can be pregnant even if you have no symptoms for several more weeks (except for a positive pregnancy test).

First symptoms of pregnancy or PMS?

Days after ovulation (DPO): Symptoms by days

As already mentioned, some pregnant women notice the first symptoms immediately after conception, some do not even until the first examination by a gynecologist.

The initial symptoms are very similar to the symptoms during ovulation, before menstruation, or during the period of taking fertility-boosting medications. Symptoms alone are not enough to confirm the actual pregnancy, so by sharing the good news with family and friends, wait until at least a positive test.🙂 

0 to 7 days after ovulation

From the first day of menstruation to ovulation we talk about the so-called follicular phase, which determines the length of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation occurs when an egg is released from the ovary due to hormonal changes. From ovulation to the first day of menstruation, we are talking about the luteal phase, which lasts from 11 to 16 days.  

You will not notice any signs in the first days of the luteal phase, as pregnancy only occurs when a fertilized egg nests in the wall of the uterus. During the luteal phase, the level of progesterone, a hormone that helps maintain pregnancy in the early period, rises. Proterone levels peak at 6 to 8 days after ovulation, even if no pregnancy occurs.

Progesterone affects a woman's physical and mental well-being, which can lead to the same symptoms as before menstruation in about a week in case of pregnancy.

When a fertilized egg reaches the uterus, it nests on its wall. This process is called nesting and is considered the beginning of pregnancy. Nesting usually occurs 6 to 12 days after fertilization.

During this period, the expectant mother may notice the following symptoms of pregnancy in particular:  اعراض الحمل

  • sensitive breasts
  • bloating,
  • increased appetite (after certain foods or in general),
  • greater sensitivity of the nipples,
  • headaches
  • muscle pain.

It is worth mentioning that due to the increased level of progesterone, which is usually present towards the end of the menstrual cycle, these symptoms can be noticed these days even if you are not pregnant.

7 to 10 days after ovulation

When a fertilized egg nests on the wall of the uterus, about one-third of expectant mothers notice implantation bleeding. This lasts for a day or two, is usually light pink or brown, and the bleeding is mild (not comparable to menstruation).

It is considered one of the first more tangible signs of pregnancy, but it is possible that the pregnancy test will still be negative. In this case, it was most likely a chemical pregnancy, where we are talking about a miscarriage in a very early pregnancy, but the bleeding may have occurred for another reason as well.

When implanted, the body begins to produce the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and progesterone and estrogen, responsible for early pregnancy symptoms. hCG is the hormone that is detected by a pregnancy test and shows a positive result based on its presence. Just as symptoms do not appear all at once, sufficient levels of the hormone hCG are not created at the time of implantation, so it takes a few days for it to be enough in the body for a pregnancy test to detect it.

11 to 14 days after ovulation

A few days after implantation, the hCG hormone level is already high enough to feel the early signs of pregnancy. However, this is also the stage of the menstrual cycle when the usual symptoms appear before pregnancy, so you most likely cannot say with certainty that you are pregnant.

Women who know their body well enough can distinguish between the classic symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and the first symptoms of pregnancy.  اعراض الحمل المبكرة

If you are pregnant, you may notice the following:

  • darkening of the nipples or chest ring,
  • fatigue,
  • increased appetite (after certain foods or in general),
  • more frequent need to pee,
  • digestive changes such as cramps or diarrhea.

By the time you detect more early signs of pregnancy, the level of the hormone hCG in your body will already be high enough for the test to detect it. However, it is not necessary, as each body reacts a little differently, so after noticing the signs and the absence of menstruation, if the result was negative, perform the test again in a few days.