Trying to Conceive

All You Need to Know About 22 DPO

Team Peanutabout 2 months ago4 min read

So are you five weeks pregnant or just quite late for your period?

22 DPO

If you’ve got to 22 DPO without your BFP, any frustration you’re feeling is justified.

But you’re not alone, and if it helps you to know more about what might be going on today, read on.

In this article 📝

  • What’s happening at 22 DPO?
  • Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 22 DPO?
  • 22 DPO Symptoms
  • What about a 22 DPO BFN?

What’s happening at 22 DPO?

How many weeks pregnant is 22 DPO?

If you’re pregnant, you’re already five weeks into the first trimester.

This is an important time for fetal development.

Your baby has the beginnings of their brain and spinal cord.

In the next few days, the first electrical signals that will become their heartbeat might also start to flicker.

As for you, your pregnancy hormone levels (especially hCG, aka human chorionic gonadotropin) are rising every day, your blood volume is increasing to support your little peanut, and everything else is adjusting around these big changes.

Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 22 DPO?

If you haven’t tested yet, what are you waiting for?

Home pregnancy tests can give you an accurate result from about day 14 DPO.

However, if the result is a disappointing BFN, keep testing every few days.

It probably seems like you’ve been waiting forever, but everyone’s cycle is different and varied and there are lots of reasons why your hCG levels at 22 DPO might not be high enough to show up on a home test.

What’s the latest DPO you can get a BFP?

Your body is unique and women get their BFP at different times.

If you spend long enough on TTC forums, you’ll notice that some women see the second line as early as 9 DPO, but others have to hang in there until 30 DPO.

It’s fairly common to get a BFP about a week after implantation, which is between 10 and 14 days DPO. But if you ovulated later than you thought this month, it might take longer than you’d hoped for your BFP to appear.

22 DPO Symptoms

Are there symptoms that you can spot at 22 DPO?

You can find the lowdown on lots of common early pregnancy symptoms here, but since lots of them overlap with the PMS symptoms we know and love, they’re not always a conclusive sign.

You can also look out for these more unfamiliar symptoms which might be appearing this week.

  • Dizziness – A growing baby can throw your normal blood pressure and circulation off balance, and pregnancy nausea can lead to low blood sugar. All of this can mean the room starts spinning.
  • Strange taste in your mouth – This dysgeusia (an excellent word for an unpleasant thing) can taste metallic or sour, and no amount of toothbrushing can shake it.
  • Heartburn and indigestion – aka acid reflux, heartburn is a common complaint in later pregnancy when your growing uterus presses on your stomach, but it can also strike in the first trimester.
  • Constipation and bloating – Finding it harder than usual to go? Progesterone can slow down your whole digestive system.

What about a 22 DPO BFN?

Can you miss a period without being pregnant?

Unfortunately, yes.

Sometimes a UTI can mimic early pregnancy symptoms.

Stress, changes in diet, and your exercise routine can also shift your cycle.

If you still don’t have your BFP but Aunt Flo is MIA, it’s worth booking an appointment with your doctor for a blood test or maybe a 22 DPO ultrasound.

An ultrasound at this stage can often detect pregnancy.

It’s probably still too early to find the heartbeat, but your ultrasound tech might be able to pick out a small collection of fluid within the lining of the uterus that indicates a young gestational sac.

It’s nothing more than a three to five-millimeter shadow on the ultrasound, but your little one is hiding inside that little bubble.

Why not share your progress with other mamas-to-be in the Peanut TTC community?