Others experience a variety of symptoms, adding to the list things like acne, or nasal congestion. Home Pregnancy Test Accuracy If used correctly and at the right time, home pregnancy tests are fairly accurate at detecting pregnancy. Used correctly means that you read the directions and follow them. Each test has slightly different directions, so if using different brands, it's important to read the directions.
Also, using the test at the right time makes a difference in 'accuracy'. Women who test too early and even sometimes too late will get inaccurate results. The absolute best time to take any pregnancy test is a few days after a missed period. This is when the hormone hCG, the pregnancy hormone produced by the growing balls of cells if there is indeed a pregnancy, is most easily detected by home pregnancy tests. Too soon before that and you may get a false negative as your body has not produced enough hCG.
Some tests do claim that they can get you early results, meaning results before your next expected period. If you truly read their statements, however, you'll find that the early results are only possible for a small percentage of women, not every woman.
It's most likely a marketing ploy to encourage you to take more tests and hence spend more money. I have had three different experiences with home pregnancy tests. With my first pregnancy, I saw a positive result on the day of my expected period.
With my second pregnancy, I didn't get a positive result until almost my sixth week of pregnancy two weeks after the expected period. With my third, I was able to test two days before my expected period and get a positive result. I have used First Response home pregnancy tests and found them quite easy to use and accurate!
Bottom line, testing with a home pregnancy test is different for every woman and every pregnancy. If you can wait until your next expected period, do so and save your money.
If you can't wait, contact your health care provider and ask when it would be possible to have a blood test. Faint Line on Pregnancy Test Did you see two lines on the pregnancy test, but one of them was faint?
That's a positive result. It's possible that your levels of hCG aren't strong enough yet to produce a stronger colored line. If you're concerned about it, take a second test in a few days or ask for a blood test to determine pregnancy.
If you get a positive result on the test s , you're pregnant! Your next step is to contact your healthcare provider and set up your first prenatal appointment. It's so important to make sure that you and your baby get the best possible care during this pregnancy.
It's also important that you start taking prenatal vitamins to ensure that you and the baby will get the proper nutrients needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy. The most important vitamin to have right now is called folic acid, which is a B vitamin that helps to prevent neural tubal defects i. Having a healthy diet during pregnancy will help you gain the right amount of weight and help with ailments like pregnancy fatigue and pregnancy constipation. For most normal-weight pregnant women, the right amount of calories about 1, calories per day during the first trimester, about 2, calories per day during the second trimester, and about 2, calories per day during the third trimester.
Make sure those extra calories are from healthy sources or you could gain too much weight during pregnancy. Pregnancy Scare Find out that you're not pregnant? Sometimes a pregnancy scare can be stressful, especially if you are not planning on having children anytime soon. If this is the case, it would be wise for you to refrain from having unprotected sex, use protection, and find out about birth control options.
Simple birth control options like the Pill or patch can be used on a monthly basis. Other methods of birth control like the shot Depo Provera or an IUD have longer lasting effects and are better for those who wish not to get pregnant for a long time or ever. Speak with a healthcare professional who can help you decide what is right for you.
The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant would be to get a positive pregnancy test, whether it be a home pregnancy test or a blood test. Symptoms may show up prior to taking a test, but they could be a sign of impending menstruation, so it's best to wait and see if you miss your period.
Best of luck to you!