Whether you’ve been planning and trying for years or enjoying the sudden surprise, the suspicion that you could be pregnant is an exciting journey. Before you begin planning your shower registry, however, you need to test to determine that your pregnancy is indeed official. There are a few simple methods to check for pregnancy. Many eager moms-to-be use every method to be as sure as possible!
Urine and blood tests both check for the presence of hCG, a hormone produced by the placenta after the embryo has been established in your uterine lining. Since hCG is rapidly generated after the embryo attaches, it’s best to wait to test until a few weeks after you suspect you’ve conceived. Testing too early can cause a negative result because the hCG wouldn’t have been released yet.
You can easily purchase a urine pregnancy test at any drug store or grocery store. Most involve catching your urine mid-stream onto a stick which then checks for the presence of hCG. You can also complete a urine test at a doctor’s office or clinic; they will have you dip a stick into your urine instead. Either of these urine tests are about 97 percent accurate as long as they are done correctly. It’s vital that you read the instructions carefully to avoid a false result. The biggest perks of a urine test are affordability and privacy.
Even if a urine test confirms your pregnancy six times in a row, you still need a blood test to medically confirm the pregnancy and schedule your first visit with an OB-GYN. A blood test is a very simple process that can definitively identify whether or not you are pregnant. One type of blood test measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood, while the other type simply samples whether the hCG is present at all. It will be up to your Port Richey doctor’s office or walk in clinic to determine which type of test is best in your situation.
If you are indeed pregnant, it’s time to schedule your first prenatal appointment and start all of the exciting planning that a baby brings about!