Taking a pregnancy test can be scary, especially if you’re hoping for a negative result. In this blog, we will be discussing how pregnancy tests work, when to consider taking one, and what to do after receiving a positive result.

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

As a fertilized egg implants in the wall of the uterus, the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is created. Pregnancy tests measure your urine sample for HCG in order to identify a pregnancy.

If the hormone is detected, you’ll receive a positive result, typically in the form of the words “Yes” or “Pregnant” or two lines on the test.

Do I Need to Take a Pregnancy Test?

If you think you may be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the only way to know for sure. However, there are a few physical symptoms that can tell you if it might be time to take a test.

Normal early pregnancy symptoms include…

  • A missed period

  • Changes in breasts or nipples

  • Tenderness of the breasts

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Cravings or heightened senses

  • Unexplained mood swings

Note that these symptoms can also indicate other health conditions, which is why it’s always necessary to take a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant.

How Can I Ensure an Accurate Pregnancy Test Result?

While at-home pregnancy tests seem pretty straightforward, we recommend taking the following steps in order to avoid inaccurate results:

  • Wait the recommended one week after a missed period

  • Test right when you wake up in the morning — prior to having any liquids

  • Ensure that your test has not expired

  • Read the instructions carefully

If you’re nervous about receiving an inaccurate test result, we recommend scheduling an appointment at your local pregnancy center for free and confidential medical-grade pregnancy testing!

I’m Pregnant! What’s Next?

After you receive a positive pregnancy test, you’ll want to schedule a free ultrasound scan through your local pregnancy center.

An ultrasound scan is the only way to confirm that you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy. These results will also provide you with important information such as the age and location of your pregnancy.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, an ultrasound is an important step in making an informed choice for your future. The ultrasound nurse and staff will provide valuable information about your options and answer any questions you may have before you make decisions concerning your pregnancy.

Are you ready to confirm your pregnancy and explore our other free services? Schedule your appointment with Alpha Omega Center today!