3 Best Ways To Confirm Your Pregnancy

Nov 20, 2010 No Comments by

Aside from the most remarkable of diagnostic tools, a woman’s intuition (some women “feel” they’re pregnant within moments of conception), modern medical science to diagnosing a pregnancy accurately. Luckily, these days there are many ways to find out for sure that you’ve got a baby on board:

1.The home pregnancy test. It’s as easy as one-two-pee, and you can do it all in the privacy and comfort of your own bathroom. Home pregnancy tests (HPTs) are not only quick and accurate, but you can even start using some brands before you’ve missed your period (though accuracy will get better as you get closer to P-day).

All HPTs measure urinary levels of human chorionic  gonadotropin (hCG), a (developing) placenta-produced hormone of pregnancy. HCG finds its way into your bloodstream and urine almost immediately after an embryo begins implanting in the uterus, between 6 and 12 days after fertilization. As soon as hCG can be detected in your urine, you can get a positive reading. But there is a limit to how soon these HPTs can work – they’re sensitive, but not always that sensitive. One week after conception there’s hCG in your urine, but it’s not enough for the HPT to pick up – which means that if you test seven days before your expected period, you’re likely to get a false negative even if  you’re pregnant.

2.The blood test.  The more sophisticated blood pregnancy test can detect pregnancy with virtually 100 percent accuracy as early as one week after conception, using just a few drops of blood. It can also help date the pregnancy by measuring the exact amount of hCG in the blood, since hCG values change as pregnancy progresses. Many practitioners order both a urine and a blood test to be doubly certain of the diagnosis.

3.The medical exam. Though a medical exam can be performed to confirm the diagnosis of a pregnancy, with today’s accurate HPTs and blood tests, the medical exam – which looks for physical signs of pregnancy such as enlargement of the uterus, color changes in the vagina and cervix, and a change in the texture of the cervix – is almost beside the point. Still, getting that first exam and beginning regular prenatal care isn’t.

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