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When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

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If you want to get clarity about your possible pregnancy, taking a pregnancy test at the right time is essential for accurate results.

Regardless of the result, know that you are not alone, and confirming your pregnancy will bring you the confidence you need to move forward. Take one step at a time.

When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

The best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after your missed period.

Maybe you’re wondering why you should wait so long? It takes time for your body to produce detectable amounts of the pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This hormone doubles every two to three days when you’re pregnant!

If you take a pregnancy test too early, HCG levels may go undetected, giving you less accurate results.

What Are the Common Pregnancy Symptoms?

In the meantime, here are some of the most common symptoms (Mayo Clinic) women have in their first trimester. Note that some women will experience many or all of these and some none at all. A missed period is a symptom that every woman will have when pregnant.

Here are some other pregnancy symptoms:

  1. Nausea with or without vomiting

  2. Moodiness

  3. Fatigue

  4. Tender, swollen breasts

  5. Increased urination

  6. Bloating

What Kind of Test Should I Take?

This step is often the most confusing part of the process, especially if it’s your first time. If you haven’t already, an at-home pregnancy test is your first step and is 99 percent accurate when used correctly.

A lab-quality pregnancy test is slightly more accurate, but there is still a chance for user error with the at-home tests. These tests are similar to the at-home pregnancy test. Receive free and confidential pregnancy testing at our center today to be sure.

What If My Test Comes Back Positive?

If you receive a positive result, don’t panic. You are not alone in this journey. Our compassionate team at Mosaic Health is here to walk alongside you with free and confidential pregnancy services, support, and advice. We can share more information about your pregnancy options as well.


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