How to Really Know if I’m Pregnant

If you are trying to conceive a baby, waiting for a missed period can seem forever.

While pregnancy signs are different between women, most of us experience tender breasts, bloating, fatigue, frequent urination, and a missed period.

Some of the signs may arrive very soon after conception, while others take a month to have a noticeable effect. If you think you are pregnant, start prenatal care like eating healthy foods or avoiding alcohol and smokes.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Early pregnancy symptoms are:

  • Swollen breasts
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Aversion to certain foods and smells
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Missed period

These symptoms may indicate pregnancy, but they are not 100% correct.
Some women said that they didn’t have any signs in their pregnancy.

Home pregnancy test

A pregnancy test kit is more reliable if it has a lower mIU/L measurement listed on the label.

Pregnancy test kits detect the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in urine. Your body starts producing this hCG once a fertilized egg implants in your uterus.

The best time to take a home pregnancy test is a week after your missed period.

Since it can take some days for hCG to be detectable with a pregnancy test kit, waiting until after missed period yields more reliable results. Remember that a home pregnancy test kit is not 100% accurate and may show a negative result if you’ve tested too early.

Meet an obstetrician

Obstetricians can perform blood tests that yield more precise results than a pregnancy test kit. 85% of pregnancies have an hCG level that doubles every three days. The hCG levels keep the increase as your pregnancy progresses, doubling about every 96 hours.

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