3 DPO: Are There Any Pregnancy Symptoms 3 Days Past Ovulation?

If you are trying to conceive, the waiting period following ovulation can seem interminable. Regardless of whether you’re pregnant or not, 3 DPO will likely make little to no difference. This is due to hormonal changes occurring regardless of whether or not an egg has been fertilized. Let’s look at these changes and see what you can expect. The reason for this article is to support you in preparation whether you are ready to be a single mom!

What Is Happening To Your Body during 3 DPO?

3 DPO ovulation

You ovulate when you begin the luteal stage of your menstrual cycles. This continues until your period arrives or fertilized eggs are implanted in your uterine lining. A mature egg is released by the ovary at 3 DPO and has passed through the uterine tubes. The egg stays in the tube for 12-24 hours before fertilizing. There is a window of time for fertilization.

These hormone levels change to prepare for fertilized eggs. After ovulation, progesterone levels rise and peak around 6-8 days later. Your body’s changes and moods can be due to Progesterone.

Symptoms during 3 DPO

Your body’s changes when you are 3DPO are directly linked to your hormone levels. These hormone changes can cause symptoms that may be due PMS or early pregnancy. It can be difficult to tell if you are pregnant or have conceived. These symptoms can include breast tenderness and bloating, headaches as well as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, nausea, backaches, and fatigue. These symptoms are secondary symptoms of ovulation. Besides, they may not be present in every cycle.


3 DPO fatigue Pregnancy Symptoms

Fatigue is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Many people experience it throughout their menstrual cycles. Many people also experience fatigue during the luteal phase’s 3 DPO symptoms. Women who have high levels of progesterone (luteal) report lower levels of fatigue and irritability during their cycles. 

It is better to consult your doctor if you feel tired all the time, no matter what stage you are in your cycle, or if you are pregnant. Sometimes, persistent fatigue can be an indication of a medical condition such as hypothyroidism, low thyroid function, or anemia, which is low hemoglobin and/or erythrocyte, i.e. red blood cells.


Ovulation usually occurs around halfway through your menstrual cycle. You may feel bloated at this time. This feeling will likely continue after you reach 3 DPO. There is an increase of estrogen and luteinizing hormone just before you ovulate. Studies have shown that fluid regulation can be controlled by variations in female hormones.


Some people experience back pain during periods, while others feel it just before. This pain is quite common and can be very severe. This pain is often relieved by the start of a period. The contraction of the smooth muscles in the uterine wall is what causes this pain. This could also indicate early pregnancy.


Nausea can often be a sign that you are in the beginning stages of pregnancy. It is a good idea to keep track of this symptom if you are trying to conceive but feel nauseated around 3 DPO.

Tender breasts

Breast tenderness may be caused by a number of factors including caffeine intake, ill-fitting bras, hormonal changes during menstruation or pregnancy, as well as hormonal changes. Breast tenderness can develop during ovulation and continue until the beginning of the period. No matter when breast tenderness occurs, you may be able to reduce your caffeine intake or wear looser clothes.

Although research is ongoing on this topic, there are several theories as to why breast tenderness can occur at different stages of the menstrual cycle. A few studies have shown that certain women experience breast tenderness during the second half of their menstrual cycle. Some believe that the pain could be caused by an abnormality of the hormone prolactin.

3 DPO symptoms leading to BFP?

At 3 DPO, it is unlikely that you will experience pregnancy symptoms. The luteal stage begins the day you ovulate, and continues until your first day (not spotting). The luteal stage typically lasts between 10 and 16 days. You may be experiencing pregnancy symptoms at 3 DPO. This could indicate that you have miscalculated your cycle or that you have a hormonal imbalance. Your health care provider can help you to determine the best course of action.

3 DPO and Cramping: Are You Pregnant?

3 DPO cramping in early pregnancy

Although it is possible to cramp at 3 DPO in early pregnancy, it is not common for most women. Because a fertilized egg does not usually implant in the uterine line until 6-10 days after ovulation. The cramping is usually mild and may be accompanied by some light spotting.

These symptoms are more likely to be caused by hormonal changes. If the symptoms persist beyond the normal time you would get your period, or if they are unusual, it could be a sign you are pregnant. A majority of doctors recommend waiting until you miss the first or second day of your period to test for pregnancy. This will ensure that hormone levels that indicate positive pregnancy are high enough for testing.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!