The home pregnancy test can be exciting or disappointing when trying to conceive. Some women are hopeful that they'll get their baby dream while others feel let down by the result of taking one step forward only two steps back from where you were before starting this process but all hope seems lost for many who find out there isn't a confirmed answer as what comes next? How does one tell partners about testing without breaking confidentiality if things turnouts differently than expected--will either person rejoice too soon at finally knowing whether mommy-or daddy+isisisn't going undefeated and this time it’s up to the “teammate” for a win. Some people think you replay pregnancy tests then call their family and friends with the good news, others might tell their partner then play the waiting game. I believe that we should celebrate our life and live in the moment so if you find out you're not pregnant don't let your heartbreak come from what could've been rather than what is... You never know what needs changing or adding but everyone can agree on one thing, there's no need to take love for granted
Positive result: Hard to believe
When you get your first positive pregnancy test, it's hard not to feel like everything is going to be okay. But according to 2 women who took the time and money spent on those unnecessary follow-ups; 62% of them didn't trust what was shown by their home pee tests so they did at least one more verification just because! How many times do you think they played that scenario in their heads? It would be a shame to leave any room for that kind of thinking because the results were really accurate.
Every woman's body can detect its own hormone changes within 4 days after ovulation so why not use your menstrual calendar dates to confirm if possible, then take an early detection test since 1 out of 2 pregnancies are conceived just 1 day before ovulation. This is why it's important to get pre-conception care prior to becoming pregnant! Every pregnancy may or may not have different signs and symptoms depending on where you're at but testing positive for pregnancy isn't one if them. The only way you'll know for sure is by using another early detection brand like First Response and the same instructions apply: Wait to test until 1 minute after you are done peeing and read results in 3 minutes.
If you do get a positive result, congratulations! It's time to be happy, healthy, and spoil yourself because it's not always about what others think but rather what YOU believe in...
Negative result: Let down by doubt
25% of women who take pregnancy tests read their results within 10 seconds and find out they're not pregnant. The most common reason was that at least one or more of the pregnancy tests taken were expired even though there was enough time before testing. This is why it's important to look at them when buying at your local pharmacy, superstore, or online, and remember only if the expiration date has not passed can you trust what it tells you.
What do some others do to make sure the test they've taken has not expired? What if someone took a pregnancy test and it looked like it had some faint line (s) ... would this be considered a negative result even though some people will disagree with me on that idea? The answer is yes...it could be too soon to tell and everyone's body is different. If you get a negative result but it doesn't look like one, try another test and don't worry because if it doesn't take another chance on you then your negative pregnancy test wasn't giving you the right results in which case it's time to see someone who can help.
How do home pregnancy tests work?
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. When a woman becomes pregnant, the placenta begins to produce HCG as soon as it implants into the uterine lining and continues to do so until about 10-12 weeks gestation when its production levels off. There is no set level were testing positive for HCG outside of a laboratory setting is considered a false or true result, but women who become pregnant can expect their HCG levels to double every 2-3 days during early development.
The key to getting accurate results from home pregnancy tests is to use them correctly within the time-frame indicated on the package insert. If you're not going to use them correctly, either ask someone else such as a boyfriend or friend to do it for you (Don't get mad at them if they make a mistake because this is YOUR test and responsibility). If however its already past the indicated time frame which can be anywhere from 2-5 minutes within testing; there could be several reasons why results may appear faint and/or "evaporated" looking:
- A. Urine wasn't properly collected by catching midstream in toilet
- B. Pregnancy hormone levels are too low
- C. Insufficient quantity of urine used
- D. Test was defective or expired
- E. Improperly stored test leading up to the time of taking it
If any one of these reasons is why the test results appear as such, some suggest taking another home pregnancy test to make sure...but what if after doing so and receiving a negative result (s)? Meaning your period still hasn't come yet but you're either late or missed it entirely which has been normal for you in the past? This is where things can get tricky because even though home pregnancy tests are highly accurate they aren't always right every time. Because there isn't a way to tell how far along a woman was when she conceived without gaining access to medical records from her doctor/midwife who knows their patient's complete history of birth, ultrasounds, and blood work; there's no telling how long it could take before menstruation returns normally again. In this case, it's best to either wait until the date where your period was expected to show up (even if it didn't) or go ahead and schedule an appointment with your doctor or midwife for further information.
If after seeing a doctor about this problem they agree that there could be something wrong, they will probably do one of two things (if not more). They may choose to perform an ultrasound which is great, but only if you haven't already done so yourself without their permission. If you have performed an ultrasound then there should be no reason why another one can't be performed by them just to make sure everything looks alright within your uterus. The other option would most likely be a blood test which also has its pros and cons both from the views of the patient and the medical professional.
A-line doesn't form
Having blood work done is also great, but only if it's something you haven't already done yourself without their consent. If you have had your own blood work done then there should be no reason why another can't be performed by them just to make sure everything looks alright within your system. Some doctors' might say that they've already tested you for whatever problem might be occurring so there's no need in taking more blood unless told otherwise by them or other professionals who are looking into the same thing because what one doctor knows won't necessarily get shared with other physicians too quickly. Blood tests can reveal many things including pregnancy hormones (which come back positive) but if no pregnancy hormones are detected then chances are there's not a baby within you which should be the case if other less invasive tests have already agreed with this diagnosis. How can one know for sure? Sometimes ultrasounds can miss things so it's best to be proactive and thorough in your approach for potentially solving certain problems.
Creative ways to share your news
Here are some creative ways to reveal your pregnancy news.
- Nude photos in a bathtub or pool with an arrow pointing to your stomach/bump are great ways to let the world know you're expecting without saying a word...or even if you want to say something, it can be done through photo editing software
- Greeting cards that have the "We've got some big news" phrase or similar wording inside of them can also be used when telling friends and family about your future bundle of joy. They're always well appreciated by everyone who receives them which will bring a smile to their faces when they read what's printed on them
- Creative home pregnancy test ideas are also fun little tips for parents-to-be who don't mind being shirtless or having their likeness printed on something they can share with others. You might want to keep this one for your family only, though!
- Having a pregnancy announcement pillow is shows how loved the baby will be by all who are given this creative gift which can also be used in everyday life to let everyone know that their favorite pregnant person is carrying someone inside of them who's wrapped up in love. Parents-to-be usually shares these with family members and friends who want to support them before, during, and after birth so why not grab one for everyone you know?
- Pregnancy artwork is actually pretty creative in the sense that it's being used in many different ways people find original when sharing their news with others because oftentimes it comes back with an "aww" which makes everyone feel good including the parents-to-be! There are plenty out there to choose from so don't be afraid of asking your doctor for examples or suggestions of where to look online if you're having trouble finding any.
- The pregnancy announcement pillow idea is very creative and unique because bed pillows can be used in many different ways including not just getting comfy at night but also letting others know that you're expecting which will put a smile on their face when they find out your good news. There are plenty out there to choose from so don't be afraid of asking your doctor for examples or suggestions of where to look online if you're having trouble finding any.
Here are some great things you can do when you've tested positive for pregnancy:
- Make an appointment with your doctor/midwife who has helped you along the way during your pregnancy journey just to check-up and make sure everything around your uterus looks okay -including the baby within it- because sometimes ultrasound readings aren't always 100% accurate which means if there are any red flags being raised by them then more tests will need to be performed in order to make the safest decision possible regarding what needs to be done next
- You can also use a fetal doppler to find your baby's heartbeat because even if ultrasounds can be wrong you'll still get a sweet sound of your baby's heart which is always comforting to hear [especially for first-time parents]
- Talk with other people who are going through the same thing and their experiences so they know they're not alone in this and that you care about what's happening in their lives too
- Make an appointment with your midwife/doctor so they can begin doing regular prenatal visits every 4-6 weeks which will surely bring peace of mind when something doesn't feel quite right physically or emotionally without having to wait for another week or two before being able to see them again
- There sometimes may be a need to have a cesarean section if the baby is still breech or there are other complications with mother and child which could lead to having a c-section as the least invasive way out of those possibilities
- There also may be a need for you to have bed rest during your pregnancy if there's any more pressure being placed on either your cervix, uterus, or both which will continue to cause discomfort before it becomes unbearable
- Discuss options about what needs to be done next if anything might happen that means going into labor isn't possible at this time because you're going to want to have a plan just in case things don't go according to how you imagined they would so everyone feels calm and reassured instead of panicking
- Remember you're not alone in this because there are women out there who've gone through what you're going through now so they can let you know how they coped with their situations and what helped them get through it all the other side which means no matter what happens at least you have someone to look back on when things are over for comfort, support & encouragement
- Remember that this is a memorable moment in your life because you'll look back on it for years to come which means don't let anything bring you down or make you feel like things won't get better after seeing the baby grow into their own person but instead find something positive about having them there with you and what they're teaching you about love, patience & understanding family ties
- Create a scrapbook of all your pregnancy memories which includes photos of how big your belly got along with other elements including ultrasound pictures, cards received from friends & family members, quotes written by others etc. so one day whenever you go through it again (if there's another pregnancy) then it will be easy to compare the two journeys at once and how much you've grown since going through this the first time around
One of the most important things to keep in mind while going through a pregnancy is that it's okay to take care of yourself and not feel guilty about doing so because one day when you hold your baby for the very first time then everything else will go out the window and all that matters is them.