If you’re trying for a baby or you’ve already been on the journey for a while, you might want to know more about what to expect during the two-week wait (TWW) between ovulation and your missed period.
We’ll track all the changes you might see over the next few weeks – signs, symptoms, BFPs, BFNs, and what’s going on inside your body if you have conceived.
We’re starting right here at 1 DPO, or days past ovulation.
If you’re new to the TTC community, you can find a guide to more of these TTC acronyms in our complete glossary.
At 1 DPO, you’ve already done the, ahem, fun part.
An egg can be fertilized for up to 24 hours after it’s released, but now the waiting game is on.
In this article 📝
- How many DPO is implantation?
- At what DPO do symptoms start?
- Can you feel pregnant after two days?
How many DPO is implantation?
Every woman is different but, on average, ovulation happens around day 14 of your menstrual cycle.
The days following ovulation (about days 15-28) are the luteal phase.
During this second half of your cycle, two things can happen:
- If the egg met sperm and was fertilized, it heads down the fallopian tube to your uterus where it burrows into your uterine wall and grows into your baby.
- If the egg wasn’t fertilized, it’s reabsorbed into your body and you gear up for your period instead.
If you find yourself going through door number one this month, 6-12 DPO is prime time for implantation.
After implantation, your body starts releasing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone that pregnancy tests pick up.
You’ll still have to wait a few days before the levels are high enough to register on a test, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
At what DPO do symptoms start?
TTC can mean that we pay more attention to our bodies than we ever have before.
Every weird smell, every ache, every emotion starts to feel like a symptom, even if you’re only at the beginning of the TWW.
But can you have symptoms at 1 DPO?
There are some hormonal changes in your body after ovulation, the big one being a jump in your progesterone level.
There’s an uptick in this hormone at this time every month, whether the egg is fertilized or not, so it can be tough to distinguish early pregnancy symptoms from PMS.
Even though 1 DPO symptoms aren’t necessarily pregnancy symptoms, you might want to be on the lookout for:
- Breast and nipple tenderness – Often one of the first signs.
- Cramps – 1 DPO cramping and pain in your pelvis, abdomen, or lower back is normal and probably linked to ovulation itself.
- Headaches – After ovulation, your body sends more blood to your uterus, which can throw things out of balance and give you a headache.
- Mood swings – Euphoric one minute and angry the next? Rushing hormones don’t make for stable moods.
- Fatigue – Big changes are going on in your body and it’s hard work. Give yourself a break and rest if you need to.
- Changes in cervical mucus – After ovulation, your cervical mucus might go from a stretchy egg white consistency to thicker and stickier.
- Bloating, gas, and nausea – There’s a link between high progesterone levels and slower digestion.
Your true pregnancy symptoms won’t start until after implantation when your body recognizes that there’s something up and starts to make the unique cocktail of hormones that gets things ready for your little peanut.
But if it doesn’t make you anxious, it can be interesting to track your symptoms during the TWW.
Can you feel pregnant after two days?
If you’re noticing symptoms, it’s natural to wonder if you can feel pregnant after only a few days.
We’ll be honest: It’s really hard to say.
You might have the same symptoms every month and just not pay attention to them.
If they’re still hanging around in a week or so, there’s a higher chance that they mean you’re pregnant.
But the TTC community is also full of mamas who “just knew”, and it’s never a bad thing to trust your gut.
Your TTC journey is unique to you, but the only way you can be sure that you’re pregnant is to stick out the TWW and do a test in about 14 days.
Remember, even if there are times when the TWW feels lonely, you can find company in the Peanut community.
Read next: All You Need to Know About 2 DPO