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1) Everything I'm reading says that sperm "can" survive for "up to" 5 days. That makes it sound a bit like exceptional circumstances. How long can they be reasonably expected to survive?<br><br>
2) What's <i>the absolute soonest</i> dpo I could test?<br><br>
3) Is walking 6 miles in chilly weather at a normal pace about 5 times a week safe/healthy, in the event that I am pregnant?<br><br>
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1). Five days would be a really long time- probably the max. "Typical" (normal healthy sperm) survive about 48 hours - this can vary based on the fetility of of the CM and the sperm themselves.<br><br>
2). 10 DPO is the soonest I've seen people reporting reliable BFPs<br><br>
3). Walking should be fine IF it is something you were doing regularly BEFORE you got pregnant.<br><br>
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1) Everything I'm reading says that sperm "can" survive for "up to" 5 days. That makes it sound a bit like exceptional circumstances. How long can they be reasonably expected to survive? <b>Realistically I believe it is more like 2-3 days. They are only going to live 5 days if they have good EWCM to sustain them. I don't think many of us have 5 days of EWCM in a row.</b><br><br>
2) What's <i>the absolute soonest</i> dpo I could test? <b>It really depends on the person. With ds I got a BFP at only 8 dpo. It depends on the person because it really depends on when implantation takes place. Until then none of the pregnancy hormone, hcg, is going to be released and therefore not detected. The average time of implantation is 7-10 days and then you usually need to wait a day or two after that for the hcg to be detectable on a sensitive test. There are some really different ranges on different brands of tests. You can find the sensitivities of tons of HPTs on <a href="http://www.peeonastick.com" target="_blank">www.peeonastick.com</a></b><br><br>
3) Is walking 6 miles in chilly weather at a normal pace about 5 times a week safe/healthy, in the event that I am pregnant? <b>It's perfectly ok to keep doing an exercise that you've already been doing. What docs typically don't want you doing is starting a new exercise regimen when you are pregnant. So don't suddenly take up running 6 miles/day and you'll be fine. When I conceived ds I was in the military and we ran 3 miles every other day, did jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups, and lots of circuit training and I kept with it all until I got uncomfortable (around the end of my 2nd trimester), then I just started walking instead of running with everyone.</b>
 

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I started walking regularly only about a week before, but I'm not having any problems other than the occasional leg cramp or foot blister adjusting to it.
 
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