You maybe looking at this article because you might have missed your period and are suspecting that you might be pregnant. Some women might suspect that they might be pregnant even before they miss their period. In case you suspect you are pregnant, first do a home pregnancy test and then call and schedule an appointment with your doctor (Gynaecologist).
Get a Home Pregnancy Test kit. A top-selling brand in India is Velocit (manufactured by Dr. Reddy). Some other reliable brands are ClearView, Acutest and Pregcolor. These kits are inexpensive (around Rs 45-50). Then follow the instructions in these kits.
Most of these tests have a stick that you have to dip in your urine. If it changes color (mostly these turn blue), then it means that you have tested positive and are pregnant. That is why a positive home pregnancy test is also referred to as the "stick turning blue".
You can test positive for pregnancy, using these tests, 8-10 days after you conceive. Sometimes you can test positive even before you miss your period.
If you test too early, the test may show a negative, though you could be pregnant. So if it is negative, wait a couple of days and test again.
These tests measure the pregnancy hormone hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in your urine and and usually claim to be be 99% accurate. But research has shown that typical test kits missed 85% of pregnancies on the first day after the missed period. Another week had to pass before the accuracy improves to the claimed levels1 . So do not be disappointed with a negative result. You may have tested too early. Test again after a few days.
If you have not already, select a good gynaecologist.
Schedule an appointment with the doctor. The doctor will confirm your pregnancy by examining you and by conducting a blood test.
Confirmed that you are pregnant? Congratulations!! Now you are ready to move to the Pregnancy area of Parentree.
Some women experience all, one or some of these symptoms. Also, these symptoms are not necessarily pregnancy specific and there can be other explanations of these symptoms. That is why it is important to do a home pregnancy test and consult the doctor before jumping to the conclusion that you are pregnant.
For some women, a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, spottier and lighter in color than a normal period and doesn't last as long.
Some women also experience abdominal cramping early in pregnancy. These cramps are similar to your menstrual cramps.
But if the bleeding is heavy and bright red or/and the pain is too much, then it could be signs of a miscarriage and you should call a doctor as soon as possible.
1. Laurence A Cole, Sarah A Khanlian, Jaime M Sutton, Suzy Davies, William F Rayburn, "Accuracy of home pregnancy tests at the time of missed menses", American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology - January 2004 Vol. 190, Issue 1, Pages 100-105
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