Getting pregnant can be an exciting new journey, but for many women, it can bring about a state of confusion at first. Knowing your DPO symptoms is the first step to identifying that you might just be carrying a child in your womb.
What exactly is DPO?
DPO, or days past ovulation, is the likely period that you might know you’re pregnant. This is roughly about 15 days past the time when ovulation happens and an egg is released by one of your ovaries, joins with a male sperm and creates a fertilized egg.
A hormone known as hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is at work that causes most DPO symptoms that you may feel or experience. It is also the hormone that’s detected by a pregnancy test kit using your urine. If you have significant levels of hCG, you are most likely definitely pregnant, and you will also experience such DPO symptoms that we’re going to mention down below.
What are the Symptoms of DPO?
To know if you already have DPO, you should take note of the following symptoms:
- Breast tenderness
This usually happens because your body is preparing itself in producing milk that you will breastfeed to your baby when it comes out. This is also the effect of your hormones at work after fertilization. By this time, you can try to wear a much more comfortable bra if you need to go out often. Your breast tissue is filled with much more blood flow is responsible for this tenderness.
Aside from tenderness, it also becomes swollen, so you might also want to try a bigger bra. The sensitivity of your breasts can be overwhelming by this time, so it may be more advisable to go for bras that are specifically made for pregnant women.
- Gas or constipation
Like with breast tenderness, your hormones can also potentially alter your digestion, which can cause you to have stomach pains, irregular digestion, bloating, cramps and the like. You can avoid or alleviate this symptom by lessening carbonated drinks on your diet.
- Frequent headaches, dizziness, and vomiting
One of the most common symptoms of DPO would be vomiting and dizziness, which is also due to the sudden changes in your blood circulation. Some women may even faint, but it’s less likely to happen if you know you’re living a healthy lifestyle. Vomiting and dizziness are the cliché pop culture symptoms of a woman potentially being pregnant.
If you’re frequently getting headaches or vomiting, you should ask your doctor for some advice. Many women may not be eating enough healthy foods or there need to be some changes in their lifestyle, so you should consult your health expert for this.
- Bleeding after fertilization
This is also known as implantation bleeding and you might even mistake it for your period. To differentiate it, you’ll realize that you get a higher basal body temperature and it has a lighter feeling than a normal period. You can ask a health expert to check if you’re bleeding or it’s just a regular period. Implantation bleeding doesn’t last long, but if it does, you should go to your doctor and seek medical advice.
- Food cravings
Many pregnant women tend to crave a certain kind of food because their diet is somewhat altered with the fact that they have to supply nutrients to the baby they’re carrying. Food cravings are also one of the most common DPO symptoms, which can sound a little costly to your partner but is somewhat needed to help you get through a healthy pregnancy.
In fact, there are some superstitious beliefs in some Asian countries that whatever food a mother craves during pregnancy might affect their child at birth. For instance, eating lots of rice can make their children have a lighter skin color.
- Frequent urination
Again, much like with the blood flow increase, your urination can get affected during your first trimester, as frequent urination can happen due to the kidneys receiving more blood flow. Even if you’re cutting back on liquids most of the time, you can still feel like urinating, much like when you’re on your period. This can be quite unbearable, but it will subside quickly within the first trimester. Keep in mind, however, that it may return during your third trimester.
Why do I need to know about DPO symptoms?
Many women aren’t aware of their DPO symptoms, which can be helpful to tell if you might have an early pregnancy, so you can test right away. These different symptoms that you need to know about can help you identify if you need to have a pregnancy test or not.
What should I do?
The first thing you should do is to buy a pregnancy test kit to see if you’re pregnant or not. There are many pregnancy test kits available in your local drugstore, over the internet or on your local pharmacy. You can also buy one from your doctor or health practitioner.
Make sure that these pregnancy test kits are not expired (check the expiry date) and follow the instructions carefully. Always wait for the allotted time said on the instructions and don’t be tempted to take out the test strip when it’s still not time to do so.
You can also go to your doctor to be sure of your pregnancy test results. Your doctor will most likely give you a more accurate result so that you can truly confirm that you’re pregnant. Your doctor may also give you more advice on how to deal with those DPO symptoms, what foods to eat and avoid, what to change in your everyday lifestyle, the dos and don’ts of your first trimester, and the like.
DPO symptoms can be scary at first, but once you’ve gotten the hang of them, you’ll be doing just fine on your first trimester. If you experience any of these DPO symptoms then you might just need to go through a pregnancy test to confirm if you’re pregnant or not.