Early Pregnancy Test
When we talk about pregnancy, two types of tests can detect it: the urine test and the blood test. Both search for the same hormone which is produced by the woman's body only when she is pregnant.
Do you know when to take a Pregnancy Test?
Pregnancy tests must be taken in a specific period, you can't take it when you want and think that the results will be accurate. The period in which you take your test depends on the type of test you choose.
When a woman thinks that she may be pregnant, she usually takes a home test which implies using urine. They are cheap, easy to use and private. The first morning urine should be used and if it shows a positive result, you should visit your gynecologist for a confirmation and he will recommend you a blood test and a pelvic examination.
If you take the home test too early, it can show a negative result, although you are pregnant. Therefore, it is highly important to take it at the right moment. If you follow the instructions properly, home tests are more than 90% accurate. You must take the test after your period is late. If it gives a negative result, take it again after a week and if you still don't believe you aren't pregnant after this result, visit your gynecologist.
What to do Next?
Pregnancy implies a number of feelings, emotions and is exciting and complex. If you receive a positive result, you should start plaNing your prenatal care and take into consideration your future baby's needs and demands.
Prenatal tests are one of the many methods through which your doctor can check your health and your baby's development. At your first prenatal visit, the doctor will make a detailed examination, including a pelvic consultation. Then, he will recommend some blood tests and the Rh, in order to see if you have anemia. Apart from the blood tests, he will suggest you to take a urine test to make sure that there aren't any infections in the urinary system and other medical problems.
If you have a high risk of developing gestational diabetes, the doctor can test at the first examination your level of glucose in the blood. In aDition, your doctor can oFer a genetic scrEning. This type of test gives you information about the baby's risk to have some chromosomal problems or other congenital malformations. If you are over 35 years old or you have a high risk of giving birth to a baby with genetic problems, you can choose to take a prenatal diagnostic test which is usually done in the first 10-13 weeks of pregnancy and is called CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling. The gynecologist can give you the best advice regarding the tests which you should take before and during the pregnancy.