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What are the Signs That you Should Take a Pregnancy Test?

by Gauri Kolhe

In between the regular life sometimes you get confuse that you might be pregnant. In this type of situation how do you know and what are the various signs that tell you to take pregnancy test. Pregnancy can be tested by the Over the counter pregnancy kits.

In this article some signs for pregnancy test are mentioned.

Missing of Period

Missing of Period

Signs for pregnancy test include missing of period as first and most reliable sign. This is very necessary to track your cycle closely so that you can easily notice the missing of period otherwise it is hard to determine periods are on right time or late.

Scientifically menstrual cycle is o 28 days.  Most of the women have menstrual cycle of 28 days. So if it’s been late than 28 days than consider to take pregnancy test. You might be going to have good news.

Make sure to be mindful of that time of menstrual cycle could be more thn 28 days or could be less or sometime get skipped due to stress, exercise, variation in diet or any other medical condition. Long term use of medicine also affects your periods and get worsen.

So if you suspect pregnancy than pay attention to the flow. Experiencing light bleeding or spotting in early weeks of pregnancy is too common as egg goes deeper into the uterine lining during implantation. So notice if there is any difference in the color, texture or amount of blood.

Go for a pregnancy test and after getting positive consult your doctor.

Cramps similar to menstrual cycle cramps

Cramps are one of the signs for pregnancy. During implantation cramps can also be produced which are similar to cramps of menstrual cycle. In early days of pregnancy you can feel similar cramps and discomfort.

You can also feel like your periods are just coming but they never comes. If this kind for experience you are getting than go for test and doctor for further.

Feel like Breast Pain

breast pain

As egg implanted and your pregnancy goes day by day production if estrogen and progesterone increases. These hormones are responsible for the various changes in the body during the pregnancy and support the baby’s growth.

These changes can be seen in your body as well as in your behavior. Due to these changes your breasts hurt and this indicates your pregnancy. Breast may appear big and tender due to increased floe of blood.

Veins under the skin might look darker than normal and nipples might hurt. This makes you feel discomforts and mood swings. Because many of the women feel this kind of pain during their menstrual cycle so getting hurt every time in every case cannot be the sign of pregnancy.

Feeling Different

As mentioned earlier early pregnancy includes cramps and sore breasts. This also makes you feel different than normal days. You you may feel Nausea, exhaustion and frequent urination during early pregnancy. Food aversions also can be seen in many of the women.

As the days goes on these symptoms get stronger than previous days as HCH levels is lower in early trimester than second or third trimester.

The best observer to your body is you and you know yourself very well so if you feeling different than pay attention to your behavior. Seeing unusual physical changes go for the doctor.

Contraception failed

There are many methods are available in the market. But birth control pills, condoms and other contraceptive devices are not 100 % successful in protecting pregnancy. No matter how carefully you are using these method, there is always a change of failure and pregnancy.

In spite of using these birth control methods, be mindful to take pregnancy test if you are feeling any of the above signs.   

Sometimes Human defects results in unplanned pregnancy. Human error such as forget taking birth control pills daily leads unwanted pregnancy. It has been seen that 9 out of every 100 women who takes pills wwill get pregnant if they don’t follow the instructions.          

Breaking of Condoms, tear or sometimes incorrect use of condoms is another human error.  According to Planned Parenthood, it’s been that women who relies on the condoms , 18 out of 100 women get pregnant each year. 

In case of failure of intrauterine device (IUD), consult your doctor. Less than 1 out of 100 women depending IUD get pregnant, according to Planned Parenthood.       

Test when you are in doubt

Sexually active women have the higher chance of pregnancy every month despite using contraceptive methods. In this case your body sends you some signals that make you consider take pregnancy test.

If you are in doubt on missing period that go for pregnancy test. HCG hormone concentration increase during morning hours so test during your first bathroom visit. Early testing of pregnancy helps you to ensure get proper care for yourself as well as your baby. So consult your doctor as soon as possible.    

Working of Pregnancy Test

Generally OTC pregnancy tests presence of human chronic gonadotropin (HCG) in the urine. This hormone is present only in case of pregnancy. This hormone releases When fertilized eggs attaches outside the uterus or uterine lining.

To test pregnancy collects urine in cup or place drop on stick or directly place stick to urine stream.

Most of them are 99 % effective after taking missed period, according to Cleveland clinic. The best thing about this is that this can be done at home with full privacy. Simply open kit and follow the instructions, wait for the result.

As a result any of the signs of following indicates pregnancy

Change in color line symbol such as plus and minus word “pregnant” or “not pregnant”

When you should take pregnancy test

Pregnancy test should take after week of missing period. Don’t take test after missing period if it’s only 1 pr 2 days. You should wait for 7-8 days than take test.  

If you don’t like to wait for the period or be in doubt for pregnancy, than take test after 2 weeks having sex.

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