So here you are. You’ve waited for a whole 14 DPO. What should you expect at this point? If you’re pregnant, should you be feeling any symptoms?
If so, what would they be? And can you just take a test already? Yep, the TWW is stressful.
Okay. We’ve got you. Let’s check out what you might expect at this point.
(Oh, and if you’re wondering what all the acronyms are about, here’s a cheat sheet.)
In this article 📝
- What’s happening at 14 DPO?
- How many DPO is considered late?
- What is the average DPO for a positive pregnancy test?
- Is 14 DPO too early to test?
- 14 DPO symptoms
What’s happening at 14 DPO?
14 DPO is an important moment on the TTC journey.
If one of your eggs was fertilized, it may have implanted itself in the lining of your uterus by this stage.
Also, your next expected period is somewhere on the horizon—meaning the TWW is ending.
How many DPO is considered late?
In a 28-day cycle, 15 DPO would be about when you would expect your next period—so anything after that is late.
But all cycles are different, lasting anywhere from 21 to 40 days.
The bottom line? There’s no one specific DPO that’s considered late for everyone.
What is the average DPO for a positive pregnancy test?
While you can get a positive pregnancy test as early as 9 DPO, the average is closer to 14 DPO, or around the time of your next expected period.
That’s because pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called hCG (or human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in your pee.
HCG is released at implantation and usually doubles every two to three days until about the end of the first trimester. In very early pregnancy, there might not be enough hCG in your system for a pregnancy test to pick up.
That means that you might get a BFN, even if conception has taken place.
Is 14 DPO too early to test?
If you’re pregnant, you may have built up enough hCG by 14 DPO to get a BFP—but that doesn’t make a 14 DPO pregnancy test a surefire thing. (Sorry—the plot always seems to thicken.)
You may get a false negative if your hCG levels are not yet high enough to detect—but this is not the only reason.
The quality of some home pregnancy tests can also be a factor.
While the FDA has recently brought in stricter regulations, some home pregnancy tests are more likely to give a false negative, even when done weeks into pregnancy.
False positives are also possible for various reasons.
One of the most common is an early pregnancy loss, where an egg is fertilized but doesn’t implant in your uterus.
In this case, your body may still produce enough hCG to give a positive result.
Of course, if you’re TTC, this can be heartbreaking.
You don’t have to just push through it.
Talk to a counselor, your friends, your Peanut community.
You don’t have to navigate this alone.
14 DPO symptoms
There’s a whole lot going on in your body in early pregnancy.
Your progesterone levels are up, your blood volume is increasing, and your body is experiencing a host of physical changes.
Here’s some of what you might expect:
- 14 DPO spotting. 14 DPO implantation bleeding can be confusing because it happens around the time when you would expect your next period. So how do you tell the difference? Implantation bleeding is typically lighter in both color and flow, and rarely contains clots.
- Cramping. Also very easily confused with period pain, but typically milder, cramping at 14 DPO could also result from implantation.
- Vaginal discharge. It’s usually light in color (white or yellow) and sticky in texture. If the discharge is accompanied by other symptoms such as itching or burning, chat to your doctor as this could be a sign of infection.
- Mood changes. On a dime.
- Headaches and dizziness.
- The urgent (and frequent) need to pee.
- Tender breasts.
- Darker, bigger nipples.
- Food cravings.
- Food sensitivities and aversions.
But also, you may have a BFP and not have symptoms for weeks to come.
Wherever you’re at, we wish you all the best.
Read next: All You Need to Know About 15 DPO