Pregnant, yes or no?

Are you pregnant, yes or no? When you want to have children, it is exciting every month. Could it happen this month? A pregnancy test can provide clarity about this. Sometimes the test is negative, but later it turns out to be a pregnancy. Even before the test can be done, a number of symptoms can already indicate that there is a pregnancy. For example, the breasts can change early and pain in the uterus can be felt.

Pregnant, when to test?

A traditional pregnancy test measures the amount of HCG in the urine. HCG is a pregnancy hormone produced by the placenta. The production of the hormone starts immediately after implantation, but is still at a low level. About 7 days after implantation, enough HCG has been produced to measure this with a pregnancy test. You are then 4 weeks pregnant and you are at the point when your period should actually come. It is recommended to test only after the expected menstruation. This has two different reasons:

  • Some women have much less HCG in their bodies, which means that testing too early can give a negative result.
  • Half of all pregnancies end before 4 weeks of pregnancy. A positive test would then cause a major disappointment.


Pregnancy test in text

The old and cheaper pregnancy tests display the result in dashes. One test line indicates that the test was performed correctly. A second line indicates that you are pregnant. The more expensive brands also sell tests that display the result in text. It will then say ‘pregnant’ if you are pregnant. Is this more reliable? No, it doesn’t make much difference for reliability. The cheaper tests work just as well. It is nice to keep a pregnancy test with this text on it or to show it to your partner, family or friends.

Pregnancy symptoms

Even before testing can take place, there are a number of symptoms that may indicate a pregnancy. Be careful with this, because many women think they have pregnancy symptoms even though they are not pregnant. The following applies: the wish is the father of the thought, in other words you believe something because you want it to be that way. The more pregnancy symptoms, the greater the chance of pregnancy.

Breasts change

One of the first characteristics that show that there is a pregnancy. In some women, the breasts change during the menstrual cycle. It is therefore important to recognize this and be able to make a distinction. The breasts go through the following changes during early pregnancy:

  • Bigger breasts
  • Tense breasts, feeling as if they are ‘full’
  • Pain or tenderness in the breasts
  • Pain or tenderness in the nipples
  • A darker areola
  • More bumps around the nipples


Abdomen and uterus

The uterus is located at the bottom of the abdominal cavity. The uterus can cause complaints. early in pregnancy. The hormones can also cause other changes in the abdomen, such as the intestines. Keep in mind that not every woman has the same complaints, and that most complaints only arise from four weeks of pregnancy:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Pain in the uterus
  • Feeling as if the uterus is low
  • Rumbling intestines
  • Swollen stomach, sometimes the pants no longer close

In addition, discharge or bleeding may occur from the uterus:

  • Pink discharge
  • More white discharge/discharge
  • Red or brown bleeding


You feel different

You may feel sandier during pregnancy. This is caused by the change in hormones in your body. You also often look a bit different in appearance, which also makes you feel different:

  • Radiating skin
  • Full and shiny hair
  • Emotional, easy to cry
  • Happy
  • Fatigue
  • Very hungry
  • Craving things that you normally wouldn’t eat

Some of these symptoms may occur very early in pregnancy, others may occur later or never at all. If you really want to know if you are pregnant, you will have to take a pregnancy test. But even a test is not one hundred percent reliable. Most tests guarantee a reliability of 99 percent. This is quite a lot, but nevertheless there remains a small group of women who test falsely positive or negative.
The reliability of a test depends on its use: only when used correctly can the test work properly. The test line indicates whether the test has been used correctly. If the test is negative and you still suspect pregnancy, take the test again three days later. Use a new test for this: each pregnancy test can only be used once. Does the test still remain negative, but do you really feel pregnant, and does your period not occur? Then visit your doctor. This person can possibly do a blood test.

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