Am I really pregnant?
Every woman is different and so are her experiences of pregnancy. If you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms or suspect you might be pregnant, we can help you with free medical grade urine pregnancy testing. Request your visit today!
When Can i take a pregnancy test?
Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception, you may schedule an appointment 10 days after the day you might have gotten pregnant. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. In this case, we recommend taking a pregnancy test as soon as your period is late.
What are some early pregnancy Symptoms?
Below is a list of some of the most common pregnancy signs and symptoms. Some women do not experience any pregnancy symptoms for a few weeks. If you have been sexually active and are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, we can help you with a free and confidential urine pregnancy test.
+ Missed Period
A missed period is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Many women can experience bleeding while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.
+ Spotting/Implantation Bleeding
About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants into the uterine wall. This can cause implantation bleeding, one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. Some women will experience spotting as well as some slight cramping.
+ Nausea/Morning Sickness
Nausea during pregnancy may occur at any time of the day but most commonly in the morning. Though not every pregnant woman gets it, it often shows up between 2-8 weeks after conception.
+ Fatigue or Tiredness
Feeling fatigued or more tired is normal in pregnancy. This pregnancy symptom may start as early as the first week after conception.
+ Food Cravings
Many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. It could be foods that you normally don't eat. Or, you might find that some of your "usual" favorites are no longer appetizing to you. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy.
What does a urine pregnancy test detect?
When the sperm penetrates an egg during conception, your body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) also known as the “pregnancy hormone.” Urine-based pregnancy tests detect the presence of hCG in your body.
+ What If I Took A Pregnancy Test At Home?
If you've already taken a home pregnancy test and it came out positive, it is important to verify it with a medical grade urine pregnancy test. The pregnancy testing provided by Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic may provide more accurate results than the home test you have already taken. However, a positive pregnancy test is only an indication of a possible pregnancy. It is not an actual confirmation. The only way to confirm a viable pregnancy is through an ultrasound exam. We offer this service free of charge pending an assessment with the nurse.
+ Do I Need A Blood Test?
The difference between a blood test and a urine test is that urine pregnancy testing detects hCG in the urine, while the blood test detects hCG in the bloodstream. However in most cases, urine-based pregnancy testing is preferred. At the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic we perform free urine pregnancy testing. Our pregnancy testing can detect pregnancy as early as 1 day after a missed period. Depending on the time of implantation and the level of hCG hormone, our pregnancy testing may pick up a positive result as early as ten days post conception.
But I took the “Morning After Pill”?
Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) are often called the “morning after pill.” In the United States, there are two kinds of ECPs. One is called Plan B One-Step. The other is called Next Choice. The “morning after pill” might work before pregnancy begins, but if you suspect you might be pregnant the FDA recommends taking a pregnancy test.
According to WomensHealth.gov after you have taken ECPs, your next period may come sooner or later than normal. Most women will get their period within 7 days of the expected date. Your period also may be heavier, lighter, or more spotty than normal. If you do not get your period in 3 weeks or if you think you might be pregnant after taking ECPs, get a pregnancy test.