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All You Need to Know About 2 DPO

Team Peanut2 months ago4 min read

So you’re at 2 DPO (that’s two days past ovulation, by the way). Whether you’re feeling excited, nervous, or just plain tired, there’s no denying that these few days at the beginning of the TWW can feel like they go on forever. If it makes it any easier, here’s our guide to everything that’s going on with your body today.

2 DPO

In this article 📝

  • What to expect at 2 DPO
  • What happens 2 days after ovulation?
  • 2 DPO symptoms
  • 2 DPO cramping
  • Can you feel pregnant 2 days after ovulation?

What to expect at 2 DPO

At 2 DPO, you probably won’t feel anything different than you would on a normal day.

This doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot going on inside your body.

What happens 2 days after ovulation?

As soon as ovulation has taken place (usually between day 12 and day 16), your released egg begins traveling down the fallopian tube on its way to your uterus.

Here’s the difference from other months though.

If you’re not TTC, the egg will probably be reabsorbed into your body sometime around now.

But, if sperm was present at the time when the egg was released, one sperm cell might well have fertilized the egg to form what’s known as a zygote.

In this case, at 2 DPO, the zygote will be continuing its journey towards the uterus, the cells dividing every 15 hours or so.

Once it gets there, it will hopefully (fingers crossed) implant and settle in for the next nine months sometime between 6 and 10 DPO.

2 DPO symptoms

Can you have symptoms at 2 DPO?

If you do, the chances are they’ll be:

  • Tiredness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Back pain and pelvic pain

All of these can be early signs of pregnancy.

Unfortunately, they’re also signs that you’re in the normal luteal phase of your cycle, when your progesterone levels go up to thicken your uterus lining.

You might just be noticing them more because you’re paying more attention to your body than you ever have before.

There’s no harm in tracking your 2 DPO symptoms, especially if you’ve been TTC for a while and you know your body well.

On the other hand, at this early stage, you might find that it’s better for your mental health to go with the flow and try to distract yourself from every new feeling as you wait out the TWW, until you can finally take a test.

2 DPO cramping

Cramping can be one of the symptoms that worries every woman who’s TTC.

But at 2 DPO, it isn’t an indication that you are or aren’t pregnant, and it doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad.

In about a week’s time, you might experience implantation cramps, as the fertilized egg embeds itself in your uterine wall, but it would be pretty rare for this to happen before 3 DPO.

Can you feel pregnant 2 days after ovulation?

On paper, the frustrating waiting game is going to continue for at least another week.

You won’t experience true pregnancy symptoms until after implantation because, before that point, your body really has no idea whether it’s pregnant or not.

In fact, it’s the process of implantation that triggers your body to start secreting the hormones that cause the classic symptoms of pregnancy, like nausea, changes to your breasts, and fatigue.

Lots of women swear that they just knew long before a pregnancy test confirmed their suspicions.

After all, no one knows our own bodies better than us.

But basically, at 2 DPO, everything is still up in the air, and intuition or no, there’s still that seemingly endless TWW until you can know for sure.

Hang in there, be kind to yourself, and remember you can always talk all things TTC with other women in the Peanut community.

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