The most common signs of pregnancy include a late period, increased urination, breast tenderness, nausea, and vomiting. The only way to know if you’re pregnant is to get a pregnancy test. It is done to determine the presence of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in the blood. The body will start producing this hormone approximately 6 days after fertilization. If you are conducting the pregnancy test at home, you should check the instructions first because various tests have different requirements.
If the pregnancy test is positive and you wish to continue with the pregnancy, you have to continue monitoring this level to make sure that your hCG is increasing adequately. You can either be referred back to a general practitioner for further observation or manage your pregnancy in private with your chosen clinic. If you don’t want to continue your pregnancy, you can discuss your options with your GP.
A missed period is the most reliable and first sign of pregnancy. This is especially true if your period is quite regular. There’s also a good chance that you are pregnant if you’ve had sexual intercourse and your period is much shorter and lighter than usual. Sickness and nausea are other early signs of pregnancy. However, these symptoms don't usually start until 6 weeks or more after the last period.
A blood test can be used to determine the presence of beta HCG in your body. This test gives a conclusive negative result or a precise indication of how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the beta HCG level in your body doubles every few days. As such, some women prefer to be tested some times in early pregnancy.
It’s best to have the pregnancy test conducted with a doctor to ensure that it is accurate. Although a positive result in a test conducted at home is almost always precise, false negatives may also occur. Visit your doctor if your home test result is negative, but you still haven’t started your period.
Most pregnancy tests can be done on the first day you missed a period. If you’re not sure when your period will end, you should do the test at least twenty-one days after the last time you had unprotected intercourse. Your blood sample will be taken at the clinic during the test. Results will be sent to you via email as soon as the clinic gets it from the lab. The interpretation of the results by a GP isn’t included in the cost. The results are easy to understand, so you don’t need to worry.
The levels of hCG in the body can be detected through a blood test approximately eleven days after conception. The hCG levels double every 72 hours and reach their peak in the first eight to eleven weeks of pregnancy. It will decline and stabilize for the remainder of your pregnancy.
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