It is 8 DPO (8 days past ovulation) and you are wondering if you could be pregnant.. maybe something feels different this month? perhaps you are a coffee drinker and all of a sudden you can’t stand the smell…?
We know that the two-week wait can feel like an eternity, and you might be wondering, whilst it is too early to take an early pregnancy test, is it too early to start with early pregnancy symptoms? Not necessarily.
Alternatively, if you are at 7 DPO and wondering if you could be pregnant, you can read our article: 7 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms.
8 Days Past Ovulation – Am I Pregnant?
Since implantation can take place anytime from around 6 days past ovulation (6 DPO) you could be now producing the pregnancy hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG) the pregnancy hormone can start to make you feel different and early pregnancy symptoms are very common to people looking out for pregnancy.
Early Pregnancy Signs at 8DPO
So, with the fact that implantation may have already occurred, let’s look at some of the earliest pregnancy symptoms that have ended up with a positive pregnancy test at 8 DPO:
- Cervical mucus changes
- Morning Sickness
- Dizziness caused by increased blood flow
- Nipple sensitivity (nipple zingers)
- Changes to the breasts
- A rise in body temperature
- Cold and flu-type symptoms
- Increased urination
- Mild cramping at 8 DPO
- Sensitivity to smells
- Cramps around your uterus (Whilst having cramps at 8DPO may feel discouraging- cramping at 8 DPO may be a sign that implantation has successfully occurred! It can occur between 6 DPO and 12 DPO. This is called implantation cramping).
- Bloated uterus
- Low mood
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify if conception has occurred because PMT symptoms are very similar to pregnancy symptoms and when trying for a baby, as a woman we can sometimes be overly sensitive to any changes during our cycle and we can begin to question anything and everything.
Early pregnancy symptoms are common but many experts advise waiting for the positive pregnancy test (BFP) before getting your hopes up.
Does Implantation Take Place at 8DPO?
As previously mentioned, at 8 days after conception, implantation could have already taken place or it may not have taken place yet. Implantation can take place as early as 6dpo or as late as 12 DPO.
From ovulation day, it takes the egg days to get to the point where implantation takes place.
Signs of Implantation at 8 DPO include:
- 8 DPO Implantation bleeding (also called 8 DPO spotting)
- Cramps at 8 DPO
- Nausea at 8 DPO
- Breast tenderness (You can read more about how breast pain and ovulation relate in do breasts hurt during ovulation?)
- Heightened sense of smell
- Mood swings
It is completely normal to experience no symptoms at 8 DPO too- in fact only 25 percent of women notice a small amount of bleeding (implantation bleeding) around implantation.
Am I Experiencing Implantation at 8DPO?
A big clue that you have in fact experienced implantation is if you have had implantation bleeding, this is often a few spots of blood and not as heavy as a period, depending on when you ovulated and where you are in your cycle.
Some people have implantation bleeding around the time of their period and that can sometimes get mistaken for a period when in fact they are pregnant.
You may also find that you get cramps at around 8 DPO, this can also be an indication of implantation and conception, cramps are a common pregnancy symptom and can be quite worrying as for some women it feels like their period (AF) is on its way.
Can You Get a Positive Pregnancy Test at 8 DPO?
Since you are only 8 DPO (8 days post ovulation), we would not recommend taking home pregnancy tests at this time because even if your egg implants today or has been implanted 2 days ago, at this stage you will not have produced enough pregnancy hormone to be detected on a home pregnancy test.
Some women have received a positive pregnancy test at 8 DPO- but this is very uncommon.
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.
Let’s read some reviews from other mybump2baby mums who had a positive pregnancy test after early pregnancy symptoms at 8 DPO:
I did a pregnancy test at 8 DPO as I just knew I was pregnant, at 6 days post ovulation I had implantation bleeding, of course, my pregnancy test was negative, I knew it was probably too early but I decided to make a note of some of my symptoms to help others
6 DPO I had implantation bleeding
7 DPO I was really dizzy every time I stood up
8 DPO I did a pregnancy test and it was negative
9 DPO I had reduced bowel movements
10 DPO my breast tissue felt really sensitive
11 DPO I did another pregnancy test but it was negative – I was convinced
12 DPO my breasts got more sensitive and I had cramps this was similar to my usual PMS so this did make me think maybe it was all in my head.
13 DPO Cramps continued but I decided with all the changes I was going to get another pregnancy test and lo and behold I got my BFP (positive pregnancy test) at 13 DPO
” At 8 DPO I knew I was pregnant, all the signs were there, I got a cold and I felt really flu-ish, I was looking at pregnancy test progression posts, searching article for information and answers. I knew that although I would get negative pregnancy tests at 8 DPO I knew that 8 DPO symptoms were similar to what I was experiencing. I was definitely looking out for any symptoms as my partner and I had been trying for a baby for over a year so I was always on the lookout for changes and signs in my body that I was pregnant but this time did feel different and lo and behold I was right.
If you need extra help trying to conceive, ovulation strips are a fantastic tool to show you when you are at your most fertile. You can get some fantastic ones here.
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
- 9 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 10 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 11DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 12 dpo – Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- 13 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
- 14 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
Or, why not read our next article: what causes a faint positive pregnancy test then negative next day?
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