If you think you may be pregnant and are wondering when to take a pregnancy test, you’re in the right place! Waiting to take a pregnancy test can cause feelings of stress and anxiety. However, taking a test too soon could result in inaccurate results.
In today’s blog, we will be discussing when to take a pregnancy test, how to get the most accurate results, and what to look out for in early pregnancy.
When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
In order to get accurate results when taking a pregnancy test, it’s recommended you wait at least one week until after a missed period.
Pregnancy tests use the hormone hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) to identify pregnancy. It’s important to wait until there is a detectable amount of hCG in your urine sample, otherwise, you may receive a false negative result.
It is also recommended that you take an at-home pregnancy test first thing in the morning before drinking any fluids, including water. This will ensure that your urine sample has not been watered down.
Common Signs of Early Pregnancy
If you think you may be pregnant, be on the lookout for these common symptoms of early pregnancy:
– A missed period
– Breast tenderness
– Unexplained exhaustion
– Nausea and vomiting
– Unusual food cravings or aversions
– Sensitivity to smells
– Mood swings
While these symptoms can be signs of pregnancy, they can also indicate other health issues. Because of this, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy in a professional setting through pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan.
Where Can I Find Free, Professional Pregnancy Testing?
For the most accurate pregnancy test result, we recommend visiting your local pregnancy center. Pregnancy centers, like Assure Women’s Center, provide free pregnancy testing administered by a healthcare professional. Our tests are free, accurate, and confidential.
If you receive a positive pregnancy test, our staff will help you plan your next steps and explore your pregnancy options. We provide free ultrasound scans, options counseling, resources, and more!
Schedule your appointment today!