How soon do pregnancy symptoms start to appear?
The appearance of pregnancy symptoms will vary from one mother-to-be to the next. Some women have pregnancy symptoms almost immediately from conception and others don’t have symptoms at all. In some cases, women can even have symptoms throughout their entire pregnancy. The first symptom of pregnancy is often the missed period, although in some cases women continue to get their period for the first month or two. Early symptoms of pregnancy can include bleeding when the egg becomes fertilized and attaches to the wall of the uterus called implantation bleeding, sore or swollen breasts, nausea and vomiting otherwise known as morning sickness, headaches and peeing more frequently than usual. Symptoms will generally taper off after the end of the first trimester, around the 12-week mark, once the body’s hormones have leveled off and adapted to the new human growing inside.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
Pregnancy tests can produce a false negative if taken too early after conception. It is important to follow the instructions included in the pregnancy test that you purchase as these will tell you when the best time is to take your test. Typically, tests are going to be most accurate if you wait at least a week until after the start of your missed period. This gives the body time to kick up production of the pregnancy hormone, which is what the pregnancy test is measuring. This hormone usually needs about two weeks after conception to kick into gear and produce enough to be visible on a pregnancy test.
How much does a pregnancy test cost?
Pregnancy tests can vary widely in price, depending where you buy it and what kind you buy. Most drug stores and grocery stores sell at-home pregnancy tests that can be performed in the comfort of your home when it is convenient for you. An at-home pregnancy test can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 and can be completed in about 5 minutes. Drug store pregnancy tests are incredibly accurate so if you get a positive result from your at-home test, then you are very likely to be pregnant. Your doctor can confirm it with their own test, which may be a bit more accurate than a drug store test, but it will also be more expensive. If you want to confirm the results with your doctor, ensure you ask what the price will be up front and check with your insurance provider to see if the test will be covered. Having the test done at the doctor’s office will also give you the opportunity to ask all the questions you want about pregnancy, what to expect as far as symptoms go and what your options are for you and your baby.
How accurate is a pregnancy test?
The accuracy of a pregnancy test will be dependent on what type of test it is. There are at-home urine test pregnancy tests, similar urine pregnancy tests at the doctor’s office, a blood test and an ultrasound to see what, if anything, is in your uterus. While typically only performed once a pregnancy has been confirmed, an ultrasound could be used to check for a baby in the uterus. At-home pregnancy test accuracy will vary by brand as well, with many of them advertising an accuracy rate around 97%. Your doctor’s office will confirm if they are good with the drug store pregnancy test or if they want to perform their own pregnancy test. They may also want to do a blood test to confirm the pregnancy and get you started on your prenatal care program. An ultrasound will typically be planned around the end of the first trimester to ensure the baby is growing as it should and confirm the number of babies growing in the womb. This ultrasound can also be used to help determine the baby’s due date based on certain measurements taken of the bones at the time.