So, you’ve been trying to conceive, and you think you may be pregnant! So what’s next?

Well, if it really has been nine days past ovulation (9 DPO), you may want to test for pregnancy.

But what is nine days past ovulation? Let’s find out together!

What Is Happening 9 DPO and What to Expect?

Nine days past ovulation (abbreviated as 9 DPO) is the ninth day after you’ve ovulated. If you have a 28 days cycle, this would be the 23rd day past the first day of your last menstrual period.

There are a lot of things going on inside your body right now. Here are some of the things that may be happening to you:

Sore/Tender Breasts

Because your body is producing more hormones, it’s not surprising that your chest may become sore or tender to touch. If this becomes bothersome, find ways to ease the discomfort!

This could mean trying a softer bra like a sports bra, using heat/cold (a warm compress or heating pad vs. an ice pack), or even finding ways to rest your arms that don’t put pressure on your chest.

Mild Cramps

Cramping is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy and shouldn’t be cause for alarm unless it becomes severe, uncomfortable, or very painful.

If you experience cramping, it’s best to lie down, or do some light exercises or yoga.

Fatigue

Your body will begin producing extra progesterone to maintain the pregnancy once the fertilized egg implants in the uterine lining — usually between 6 and 10 DPO.

This can cause fatigue and an increase in sleep until your body adjusts to this hormone spike.

Your fatigue may also result from stress or anxiety at learning that you’re pregnant. Try to take care of yourself and relax to help support your growing baby.

Nausea and Vomiting

Morning sickness or nausea is common in the first trimester of pregnancy. Most pregnant women do not experience morning sickness, while others feel sick every day.

Getting enough sleep and eating five small meals a day or healthy snacks between meals can help ease some of your nausea.

You should always contact your doctor if you begin vomiting repeatedly, cannot keep down liquids, become dehydrated, or experience diarrhea.

Mild Backache

Although you may not experience backaches until later in your pregnancy, your body is preparing to make space for the baby. Your uterus is contracting many times a day which is normal. The ligaments around your back are also being stretched, which can cause some aches and pains.

Gastrointestinal Issues

As mentioned earlier, your body is doing a lot of work at the moment, and it’s not surprising that you may experience some gastrointestinal issues.

This could include constipation, heartburn, nausea, or even vomiting, depending on what is going on internally.

Try to get in as many vitamins and minerals as you can from your diet while also resting as much as you need to.

Can You Test at 9 DPO?

Yes, you can test at 9DPO, but it is unlikely that you will get a positive result. This is because ovulation has already occurred, and implantation usually occurs 6 to 10 days after ovulation (between DPO 6 and 10). However, if an early pregnancy test has been known to work for you or if you just want to play it safe, then go ahead and test your urine.

The most common way to determine whether or not you’re pregnant is with a home pregnancy test. Here’s how most home pregnancy tests work:

  1. Urine is collected in a sterile cup and then it is dipped into the test strip.
  2. A chemical reaction takes place when the pregnancy hormone (hCG) is detected by the test.
  3. If two lines appear, then the test is positive (BFP—Big Fat Positive). If one line appears, then the test is negative for pregnancy (BFN—Big Fat Negative).

Results are ready in about 3 minutes after dipping your urine sample into the strip. It’s important to read the test within the time frame stated on the box. After that, it will be too late and you will only receive a false negative result.

What If I Don’t See a Line?

If you don’t see a second line after 3 minutes, even the slightest one, then the test is negative. If there are no lines at all, then the test is useless, and you will need to take another test.

Average DPO for a Positive Pregnancy Test

Implantation usually occurs 6 to 10 days after ovulation (between DPO 6 and 10) and, after that time, HCG hormone levels will increase leading to positive results. So, it  is best to wait until around 14 DPO if possible.

Some of the common early pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing at 9 DPO may be related to the second half of the menstrual cycle.

Symptoms such as abdominal cramps, bloating, bleeding gums, diarrhea, dizziness/fainting, headache/migraine, indigestion/heartburn, leg cramps, nausea/vomiting, lower backache, muscle pain/soreness, nasal congestion, sleepiness, or fatigue can be attributed to the luteal phase of the cycle.

Always consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms at 9DPO.

Conclusion

Remember, nine days past ovulation is not the best time to take a pregnancy test.

If you are really worried though, wait until your period is late and try testing again.

If you do find out that you’re pregnant, congratulations!