Do You Have Pregnancy Symptoms? Here’s How To Use A Pregnancy Test
Do you have symptoms of early pregnancy? Here’s how to use a pregnancy test to find out if you’re really pregnant.
Pregnancy is defined as ‘the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus’. Here are some of the common symptoms of pregnancies among women.
Missing your period is the most common sign and an indication of pregnancy. But there are a number of early pregnancy symptoms that you may notice even before a missed period.
However, a variety of other reasons such as stress, illness, and weight fluctuations etc also can cause the late or missed periods. Missing periods normally can also be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in which periods can occur months apart.
Hence one has to observe rather examine the other symptoms to confirm the pregnancy. Another important symptom of pregnancy is the change in the size and feel of the breast immediately after the conception.
Breasts begin to enlarge to get ready for breastfeeding and women claim that the breasts become sensitive and they experience a very sharp and twinkling sensation.
Another most common symptom of pregnancy is nausea and vomiting normally seen among women. This is also known as morning sickness. A feeling of sickness is also being experienced by most women from the fifth and sixth week of the pregnancy.
The morning sickness can start as early as 2 weeks of pregnancy. The degree of nausea and vomiting differs from person to person. Mostly this symptom may disappear after a period of 3 to 4 months. Most pregnant women experience tiredness and fatigue.
Frequent urination is also a common feature among pregnant women within 2–3 weeks after consumption due to the reduction in the size of the bladder.
A drastic change in sensitivity of taste and smell is also another factor resulting in a craving for certain foods and start hating certain other types of food. All the above symptoms may be indicative of pregnancy, but a clinical test is an ultimate proof.
One can confirm pregnancy by conducting a small home pregnancy test by detecting the level of HCG in the urine and if the result is positive one may need to make an appointment with a family doctor to confirm the pregnancy and to start the follow-up.
Like the home pregnancy test, the office urine test also confirms pregnancy by detecting the level of HCG in the urine.
Similarly, a blood test can also be made that may give positive or negative results normally conducted when there are apprehensions of miscarriage or unusual pregnancy.
After a period of 4 to 6 weeks, the obstetrician can confirm the pregnancy by a physical examination. The thickening of the vaginal tissues and softening uterus confirms the pregnancy.
A pregnancy test, as the name implies, is simply a test used to determine whether or not a woman is pregnant. Often used early in the form of a home pregnancy test, this process is helpful in making an early determination.
The question of whether or not you are pregnant is often one of the most exciting, anxious, and stressful queries that affect not only your health but your life.
For working moms especially, concerns of whether they are entitled to maternity leave benefits in India may be topmost in their minds.
There are different types of pregnancy tests on the market or available through your primary health care provider. Typically, the actual steps for using a pregnancy test are quite easy and can be performed in the comfort of your own home.
However, the results of a home pregnancy test should always be confirmed with a blood test performed by your primary health care provider. By far, the most commonly used method of pregnancy test is those that use urine to detect the hormone associated with pregnancy.
This hormone is triggered when an embryo implants in the uterine wall, but it can also be produced if an embryo mistakenly implants in the Fallopian tubes, which is known as an ectopic tubal pregnancy.
There are two different types of pregnancy tests. The first type can produce more accurate results but may prove to be too messy. A cup is provided to catch urine, after which the urine is collected and a special stick or other device is inserted in the urine.
Sometimes, the stick or device provided in the pregnancy test kit is to be dipped directly into the urine-filled cup for a certain amount of time. At other times, a small eye dropper is provided to perform a more accurate version of the same test.
Although this method of urine testing may be more accurate, the devices meant to collect urine in midstream are the most popular. You can either buy these pregnancy test kits online or over the counter at your local drug store or grocery store and can be completed within seconds.
Some types of urine-based pregnancy test kits are preferred by women because of the lack of steps as they simply need to hold the stick in a stream of urine for a specific amount of time — usually a few seconds — and then wait for the results.
As opposed to sticks that are more difficult to read, there are a couple of companies that now have models on the market that have a digital readout system. Also, there are models available that allow you to determine whether or not you are pregnant much sooner than traditional home-based pregnancy tests.
For a more accurate test that can detect whether or not you are pregnant before a urine-based test. This test must be performed in your physician’s office and will require a few vials of blood drawn.
After the blood is drawn, tests are performed to detect the presence and the amount of the hormone associated with pregnancy. Keep in mind that you should always have a blood test performed after you have received a positive reading for a home pregnancy urine-based test.
An unborn child will require care even before they arrive and an early diagnosis is important so that the mom-to-be can learn the best types of food to consume in her pregnancy diet, begin pregnancy classes and prepare for the family’s new addition.
The most popular type of pregnancy test, which is used for early detection, is a home pregnancy test. These can be found at most major retail and/or drug stores and can provide quick results.
Because these are amateur tests, meaning they are not performed by a licensed medical doctor, there is always the possibility of a false reading. If the directions are followed correctly, however, the accuracy rate is quite respectable.
Before seeing a doctor, many women want to have an idea as to whether or not they are pregnant, which is why an at-home pregnancy test is very popular.
Depending on the results of your home pregnancy test, you should still consult a physician to ensure certainty. During the visit, a physician will relay the determination of pregnancy or the absence thereof and, if necessary, will provide additional information for expectant moms.
It can be difficult to realize the symptoms of pregnancy for first-time moms-to-be, which is why it is important to learn about the possible signs of early pregnancy — among them, increased sensitivity to certain foods and/or smells, recurring morning sickness, fatigue, exhaustion and mood swings.
It is important to have a pregnancy test following the onset of any or all of these symptoms because a positive result means that a new change in lifestyle may be in order.
Some common precautions for pregnant women include avoiding air travel, smoking or being near secondhand smoke and the consumption of alcohol. Any and all of these can be harmful to a child and should therefore be avoided.
It is very important that pregnant women speak with their doctor about the best ways to ensure the development of a healthy child. If you’re over 35, your doctor may recommend doing the double marker test for Down’s syndrome.
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Disclaimer: This article is to be used for informational purposes only. It is not designed to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice and/or recommendations. A woman who believes that she may be pregnant should consult a licensed medical doctor for a pregnancy test and the best method of ensuring the health of her unborn child.
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