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How Can I Tell If I am Pregnant?

By Edited Nov 10, 2015 0 1

Each month, thousands of women ask the question "how can I tell if I am pregnant." There are several different ways to tell if you are pregnant, but some ways take longer than others. One thing to keep in mind is that several of these early pregnancy symptoms can also be the result of other things, such as the flu. Unfortunately, most ways to determine if you are pregnant require one common thing: time.

There is no quick and magical way to determine if you are pregnant. The easiest method is to wait until your period is due and then take a home pregnancy test. Why do you have to wait so long to take a home pregnancy test? The answer is simple. The body needs time to accumulate the pregnancy hormone which is not released until after the embryo successfully implants in the womb. From there, it may still take several days to accumulate enough of the hormone in your blood stream for a home pregnancy test to detect it.

If you like to start testing early, there are a few things you should do to improve the accuracy of your home pregnancy test. It is advisable to use your first morning urine as it will contain the highest concentration of the pregnancy hormone. You can also purchase highly sensitive pregnancy tests, such as First Response, that will detect the pregnancy hormone faster.

Home pregnancy tests are fairly expensive. If you enjoy the process of testing in advance of your missed period, you may go through multiple packs of the test. You can find home pregnancy test strips online for a greatly reduced price. While these tests may not be as sensitive as others, it is a great way to save money.

If you don't want to take a home pregnancy test, contact your doctor. You can have your blood drawn in order to test for the pregnancy hormone. Doctors will generally be able to tell you the amount of the hormone in your body.

In addition to a standard home pregnancy test, there are other things to look for that may indicate that you are pregnant. Early pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman. Some women may never experience any pregnancy symptoms at all!

Common early pregnancy symptoms include sore breasts. Keep in mind that many women regularly experience sore breasts shortly before their menstrual cycle begins. As a general rule of thumb, you should ignore sore breasts as a possible pregnancy symptom within the first 4 weeks of your cycle.

Other early pregnancy symptoms include nausea, morning sickness, headaches, and fatigue. Most women will not experience these pregnancy symptoms until after a missed period. This means that waiting for your menstrual cycle is still one of the easiest and most accurate ways to tell if you might be pregnant.


Aug 4, 2010 11:53pm
I remember morning sickness before anything else! Great article!
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