Welcome to 13 DPO- or 13 days past ovulation. The two-week wait (or wait until two weeks past ovulation) to finally find out if you are pregnant can feel like it is never-ending; thankfully, today is the last day of waiting!
If you are feeling very eager to find out if you are pregnant or not- checking whether or not you are presenting early pregnancy symptoms can be a good indicator of whether or not you are pregnant.
13 DPO Early Pregnancy Symptoms
At 13 DPO, many women do not experience any pregnancy symptoms, whilst others do. No symptoms at 13 DPO is perfectly normal, just as experiencing some pregnancy symptoms at 13 DPO is.
It is important to remember that, whilst the symptoms below are signs of pregnancy, they can also be signs of your usual, impending period or menstrual cycle.
The most accurate way to tell whether or not you are pregnant (without a scan) will always be to take a pregnancy test!
If you would like to maximise your chances of getting pregnant, we recommend using our fertility planner! Our fertility planner will help you to track your menstrual cycle and find your fertile window.
Nausea at 13 DPO could be a potential sign of pregnancy.
Morning sickness, or nausea, is a common symptom of pregnancy- with around 70% of women experiencing morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy.
This symptom is caused by the sudden changes in progesterone levels in your body. Despite the name, and popular belief, morning sickness does not only occur in the morning!
Implantation bleeding, or spotting, is another common sign of pregnancy- so if you are experiencing light bleeding or spotting at 13 DPO- it may be a sign that you are pregnant!
Implantation bleeding is much lighter than your usual menstrual bleeding- usually only being pink or brown in colour.
If you experience implantation bleeding, it is a positive sign that implantation has occurred. Implantation is where the fertilized egg implants onto the lining of the uterus.
Implantation typically occurs between 6 and 12 DPO- most commonly at around 10 DPO.
Another symptom that often comes with implantation is mild cramping.
If you are experiencing very heavy bleeding or painful cramps, you should consult your nearest healthcare provider.
Implantation cramping is a symptom of implantation that may accompany implantation bleeding, or appear on its own.
When the zygote attaches itself to the uterine wall- in order to have access to its nutrients and blood supply required to grow- it can cause the activation of prostaglandins. The prostaglandin hormones cause the uterine muscles to contract, which causes implantation cramps.
Implantation cramps can vary in feeling.
Implantation cramps may feel like a dull ache for some, and a mild stabbing pain for others. In terms of consistency, you may have implantation cramps that feel like minor twinges on and off over a duration of one to three days, or you may experience a constant dull ache.
As a general rule, implantation cramps should be much milder than menstrual cramps.
Implantation cramps should cause mild discomfort, as opposed to pain, unlike period cramps.
Fatigue is a common complaint amongst pregnant women. With all of the hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy, there is no wonder that you might be experiencing his particular symptom!
Breast pain or tenderness
Breast pain or breast tenderness occurs due to the sudden changes in progesterone during pregnancy.
If you find yourself craving a particular food that you’re not usually in the mood for- or food combinations that are just plain bizarre- you might be pregnant!
Change in Vaginal Discharge
At 13 DPO, you may begin experiencing more vaginal discharge (called leukorrhea) if you are pregnant.
Leukorrhea is white or whitish-yellow in colour and creamy in consistency.
You often experience the creamy discharge after ovulation.
Can I get a Big Fat Positive Pregnancy Test at 13 DPO?
Yes! It is possible to receive a positive result at 13 DPO- although it is still slightly early. If you receive a negative pregnancy test result at 13 DPO, do not worry! Try and retest in a couple of days.
A 13 DPO negative test result does not mean that you are not pregnant!
If your results change, you can read our article what causes a faint positive pregnancy test then negative next day?
What Causes A Positive Pregnancy Test?
Implantation- the process where the fertilised egg implants itself into the uterine lining- begins the production of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone, which is responsible for giving you a positive pregnancy test.
Implantation typically occurs at around 10 DPO and it takes a couple of days for the hCG hormone levels to be high enough to show a positive test result.
When Can I Receive A Positive Result on a Pregnancy Test?
On most standard pregnancy tests, in order to get a positive pregnancy test result, your hCG hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone) levels must be at least around 25 IU/L or above- which is typically true at around 12-14 DPO.
Clear Blue First Response pregnancy tests are much more sensitive- with an analytical sensitivity of 6.3miU/mL- allowing you to test as early as 6 days before the date of your missed period.
You can receive a positive pregnancy test result at 13 DPO- but it is recommended that you wait until at least around 14 DPO (if you have a regular 28-day menstrual cycle) when using home pregnancy tests to receive the most accurate result.
If you receive a BFN (big fat negative) pregnancy test result at this point- don’t worry; it may not be accurate. You should test again when you are at 14 DPO- or later- and you may find that you get a positive result.
More from MyBump2Baby
To read about pregnancy symptoms at each day past ovulation, click the links below:
- 1DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 2 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 3 DPO Symptoms
- 4 DPO – Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- 5 DPO – Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- 6DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 7 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 8 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 9 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 10 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 11DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 12 dpo – Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- 14 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
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