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Pregnancy Tests

Some pregnancy tests may look different, but all of them look for that special hormone in the urine or blood in women who are pregnant. This special hormone is known as the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which lets you know if you are pregnant or not. All pregnancy tests look for the presence of hCG and if it’s found then it means that you are pregnant and when it’s not then it means you are not pregnant.

Urine Vs. Blood Pregnancy Tests

A urine or home pregnancy test is easier to obtain, costs less, easy to use, and can be done in the privacy of your own home. A positive result means that you need to visit your doctor and have it confirmed in order to get appropriate care. Blood tests are given to identify the hCG hormone a lot earlier during the pregnancy than a urine test. Test results can verify if you are pregnant in about 6-8 days after ovulation, whereas, urine tests determine pregnancy in about 2 weeks after ovulation.

Home pregnancy tests are about 97% – 99% accurate depending on the band and how often you use it. If you test yourself too early then you can get a negative test result. It’s best to wait about 2 weeks after ovulation and perform the test immediately after waking up in the morning in order to get a more accurate result. Also, be aware of any drugs that contain the hCG hormone because it can produce a false positive test result. Most over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, birth control, and antibiotics should not affect the results of a home pregnancy test.

Can or Can Not Do During Pregnancy

Can Do’s

  • Always plan ahead
  • Take an active part in the healthcare of your pregnancy
  • Have regular prenatal visits
  • Start the intake of folic acids early on in the pregnancy. This reduces the risk of the baby developing spinal bifida.
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Notify your OB/GYN of any pre-existing conditions and family history
  • Try to eat healthy most of the time and include some type of physical activity
  • Do Kegel exercises
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Make sure the air in your home is pure and clean
  • Be cautious of yourself when traveling
Can Not Do
  • Limit or avoid certain foods such as:
    • Raw foods
    • Unpasteurized cheese and meats
    • Fish with a high mercury content
    • Junk food
    • Fast food
    • Taking extra vitamins other than what your doctor prescribed or recommended
    • Avoid harmful toxins or chemicals

Warning Signs

  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Decrease in baby activity
  • Severe or persistent abdominal pain or tenderness
  • An increase or change in vaginal discharge
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Chills or fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Double vision, blurring, dimming, or flashing lights
  • Severe swelling or headaches
  • Flu symptoms
  • Signs of early contractions in the 3rd trimester
  • You water breaks

Pregnancy calendar web link for moms to follow along as the child grows:
http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-calendar

 

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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