Taking a pregnancy test might be one of the most exciting or nerve-wracking moments for any prospective parent. And, it looks simple on the TV, right? You just have to pee on a stick and wait for the result. Sadly, taking a home pregnancy test can be a little bit more tricky than that. Remember that no test is infallible! So, to help you make sure that your result is as accurate as it can be, here are 5 interesting facts and tips for home pregnancy tests.
Choose The Suitable Time
Pregnancy tests work by recording the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that’s released after implantation. The problem is that, if you have recently had a miscarriage or another pregnancy, the hormone may still be present in your blood. Therefore, any test taken at this time might end up with a false positive. On top of that, some women can have a very high level of hCG, which can also confuse the pregnancy test. That is called the hook effect, it’s not common but sometimes this effect leads to urine and blood tests giving the wrong result.
Make it the First Thing You Do in The Morning
It is highly recommended for moms to take a pregnancy test in the morning. Urine is more concentrated in the morning before you’ve had anything to drink. That means your hCG level is more significant, therefore, it’s easier for the pregnancy test to detect. So, to get a really accurate result, do your test right after you get out of the bed.
Don’t be too Eager
Well, we know that patience isn’t really a thing when you’ve been trying to get pregnant. The temptation to take a test if your period is even one day late is understandable. But, the problem is that doing so might give you a false negative. Even if the producer of the pregnancy test you are using claims to be able to give results in just three days after you were due. It’s best to wait at least one week until the date that your period was supposed to start. And, whatever the result is, just take another test a few days later.
Check Your Pregnancy Test Expiration Date
It turns out that pregnancy tests can go off. Well, not really! But, they can lose efficacy if they’re not new, especially if they’ve been kept in a warm and moist condition. This is because the chemical that reads hCG levels tends to deteriorate over time. So, the bathroom might not be the ideal place to keep your pregnancy test. It’s worth the expense to buy a new kit every time you want to test, rather than stocking up. And, when you do, double-check the details on the box to make sure it’s still valid.
Remember to Read the Instructions
There are a variety of home pregnancy tests on the market and not all of them work in the same way. Whether it’s a urine test or blood test, you should read and follow the instructions carefully. For example, while some give results in seconds, others can take as long as 10 minutes to develop.
We hope these facts can answer all of your questions about taking a pregnancy test at home. In case you have the result that you are looking for, congratulations! And, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments!