Trying to Conceive

All You Need to Know About 7 DPO

Team Peanut2 months ago4 min read

If you’re 7 DPO and TTC, you may have just gone through the longest week of your life.

7 DPO Symptoms

Your period isn’t due for another week. You’re not sure if a pregnancy test is worth taking.

And you’re wondering if the symptoms you are feeling are because of pregnancy or last night’s dinner.

No nail-biting sports game, no series cliffhanger, no intense game of chess could induce this amount of dramatic tension.

So, knowing that there’s no one way to travel the TTC road, here’s the lowdown on what you might expect at this point.

In this article 📝

  • What can I expect 7 days after ovulation?
  • Can implantation happen 7 days after ovulation?
  • Is a 7 DPO pregnancy test worth taking?
  • 7 DPO symptoms

What can I expect 7 days after ovulation?

Let’s recap what’s happened so far this cycle.

About two weeks after your last period, one of your ovaries releases at least one egg into your fallopian tube.

Great news if you want to become pregnant, because if that egg is fertilized by a visiting sperm, well, let’s just say: 🎉

From there, the fertilized egg—now bearing the proud name of zygote—heads off to implant in the lining of your uterus.

While this all seems simple enough, as many as half of all zygotes don’t get to the implantation phase.

(There’s no doubting it: the TTC process can be stressful, heartbreaking, and taxing on relationships. Be gentle with yourself.)

Can implantation happen 7 days after ovulation?

Implantation happens somewhere between in the 6 DPO and 12 DPO window, so yes, it’s possible that implantation can occur by 7 DPO.

It is on the early end of the spectrum though.

So without a missed period to give you clues, how are you supposed to get the intel on what’s going on inside you? Would a test help?

Is a 7 DPO pregnancy test worth taking?

Ah, the infamous peeing on the stick routine.

Is it time for it? Well, maybe not.

Most pregnancy tests work by testing for the presence of a hormone called hCG that your body makes when you are pregnant.

At 7 DPO, the result you get may not be totally accurate.

Can you get a positive pregnancy test 7 DPO?

It’s possible, but unlikely. That’s because your hCG levels have probably not risen to the levels where they might be detected in your pee.

Some pregnancy tests are more sensitive than others—but if you want to know if it’s a surefire thing, it’s best to wait one more week.

So while it may be hard to get external signs, are there internal ones that you should be on the lookout for?

Every rumble, ache, and sniff of food may feel like a sign. So, the big question: Is 7DPO too early for symptoms?

Can you feel pregnancy symptoms 7 DPO?

While 7 DPO is still very early days, you may be experiencing some symptoms. (You also may be experiencing nothing at all, so don’t worry if that’s you.)

Here are some possible early bird symptoms:

7 DPO symptoms

Implantation, hormonal changes and increased blood flow all contribute to symptoms you might feel right now.

  • 7DPO cramping. You may experience mild cramping (think period pain lite) when implantation takes place.
  • 7DPO spotting. Implantation may be the cause here, too. Implantation bleeding is usually brownish or pinkish in color. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding that you are not used to, check in with your doctor.
  • Super sensitive breasts. Increased blood flow and hormonal changes might be making your breasts feel different—painful, sensitive, tender, swollen. There’s no one way to have early pregnancy boobs.
  • Emotional upheaval. Moods feel like they are swinging quite dramatically right now? That’s a possible pregnancy sign.

And then, increased progesterone can do a number on many parts of your body. Some common symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Gassiness
  • Constipation

One more week left of the TWW. Almost there.

Further reading All You Need to Know About 8 DPO