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All You Need to Know About 20 DPO

Team Peanutabout 2 months ago4 min read

What’s going on with you today? Are you still sitting out an extended two week wait or is your long-awaited BFP already here? Whatever the tests are saying, we’ve got you.

20 DPO

Here’s your guide to your body at 20 DPO.

In this article 📝

  • What’s happening at 20 DPO?
  • How many DPO is considered late?
  • Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 20 DPO?
  • 20 DPO Symptoms
  • What about a BFN at 20 DPO?

What’s happening at 20 DPO?

So how many weeks pregnant is 20 DPO?

Would you believe us when we say that you’re at almost five weeks?

If you’re pregnant, you’re four weeks and six days in, because pregnancy isn’t measured from the moment you conceive but from the first day of your last period (which, let’s face it, is much easier to track).

If you’re pregnant, your body needs a lot of energy to support your little peanut.

From growing the placenta that’s going to support them for the next eight months to getting your boobs ready for breastfeeding, there’s a lot to do.

How many DPO is considered late?

Some women find out that they’re pregnant as early as 7-10 DPO.

At that point, they’re not even technically late. But when is late?

If you have a 28-day cycle, your period should arrive about 14 days after you ovulate.

Everyone’s cycle is unique, and there are those of us with irregular or longer cycles, but 14-17 DPO is when a lot of women would start to wonder why Aunt Flo was taking her sweet time.

Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 20 DPO?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Most home pregnancy tests are so sensitive that they claim to detect the hCG hormone in your urine before your period is due.

If 20 DPO with no period is almost a week late for you, you should be able to get your BFP.

If it’s still a 20 DPO BFN, though, hang in there.

Your body might just need a few more days, so keep testing regularly if you feel happy to.

20 DPO Symptoms

Aside from a missed period, what other symptoms might you be experiencing at 20 DPO?

A lot of early pregnancy symptoms like mood swings, tiredness, and headaches can be confusing because they overlap with PMS symptoms.

But by 20 DPO, you might also notice some symptoms that you haven’t experienced before:

  • Tender and sensitive breasts – Is your favorite bra your new worst nightmare? Early pregnancy can make your boobs feel sore and even make them a cup size bigger.
  • Sensitive nipples – The same changes that cause breast tenderness can make your nipples feel painful. Don’t be surprised if the areola (the area around your nipple) also looks larger and darker than it used to. It’s all part of getting ready for breastfeeding.
  • Heightened sense of smell – Can’t stand the smell of your morning coffee? Changes to your sense of smell can take you by surprise. They’re usually related to estrogen and hCG.

What about a BFN at 20 DPO?

We know we say it all the time, but you’re unique and so is your TTC journey.

This is a good thing, but we’ll admit that when you’re in the small group of women who get to 20 DPO without a BFP, it’s not a great feeling.

What does 20 DPO and no period mean?

Everything in your body is connected, and lots of things can throw your period off its normal rhythm.

There’s still a chance of a BFP until your period arrives, but sadly there’s not much to do at this stage other than being kind to yourself and testing every few days.

If anything concerns you, especially if you’ve had a BFP that turned fainter when you tested again or you’re having clear pregnancy symptoms without a positive result, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.

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