When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

when should i take a pregnancy test

Do you think you may be pregnant, but aren’t sure if you should take a pregnancy test? Let’s look at some common pregnancy symptoms that may lead you to take a pregnancy test.

  1. Missed period – A late or missed period is the most common reason why women take a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, you will miss your next period. However, some women may experience some light bleeding during the early stages of pregnancy and may mistake it for their period. If your period is several days later than normal, or you miss one altogether, it is recommended to take a pregnancy test.
  2. Spotting or light bleeding – This can be what is called implantation bleeding and can occur when the embryo is attaching itself to the wall of the uterus. It usually happens about six to 12 days after conception has occurred. If you experience spotting or light bleeding outside of your period, it could be a sign of pregnancy.
  3. Frequent urination – While many only associate this with the end of pregnancy as the baby is larger, using the restroom more frequently actually begins in the first trimester.
  4. Swollen or painful breasts – An early sign of pregnancy can be swollen or tender breasts. This can begin as early as one week after conception. If your breasts appear swollen or are painful to the touch, it could be an indication of pregnancy.
  5. Fatigue – Early pregnancy and the hormonal changes that accompany it can lead to a feeling of being tired all the time.
  6. Nausea – also referred to as morning sickness, nausea is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Increased hormones, sensitivity to smells, and overall heightened senses can lead to nausea during pregnancy.

So, if you experience any of these symptoms, when should you take a pregnancy test?

It is recommended to wait to take a pregnancy test until you miss your period. Other pregnancy symptoms could be associated with something else, such as illness, stress, or PMS. This is one reason why tracking your cycle is important – if you know you typically start your period around the same time each month, it will be easier to tell if you are late.

Home pregnancy tests are the most accurate a few days after you’ve missed your period. To avoid a false-negative test (a test that shows you are not pregnant even though you are), wait a few days after you believe your period should have started. This will ensure your body is creating enough of the pregnancy hormones needed to create a positive. Five to seven days after you believe your period should have started is the best time to take a test.

Every brand of pregnancy test that you can buy at a store will require different levels of the pregnancy hormone to provide an accurate reading. If you are worried that your test may not be accurate, Options for Women provides free pregnancy tests, as well as ultrasounds to confirm viable pregnancies.

If you believe you may be pregnant, call Options for Women for a free pregnancy test, ultrasound and other resources – 863-393-6988.