Pregnancy and childbirth

Are You Pregnant? 5 Tips For Taking Pregnancy Tests

A pregnancy test attempts to determine whether a woman is pregnant. Markers that indicate pregnancy are found in urine and blood, and pregnancy tests require sampling one of these substances. The first of these markers to be discovered, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), was discovered in 1930 to be produced by the trophoblast cells of the fertilized ova (eggs). While hCG is a reliable marker of pregnancy, it cannot be detected until after implantation:[1] this results in false negatives if the test is performed during the very early stages of pregnancy. Here are 3 tips to help you deal with reading the test, regardless of your emotions.
Use first morning urine (FMU).
By using urine from the first thing in the morning you actually have more of the hormone (hCG) that the test is looking for built up in your urine. This makes it more likely to get an accurate test reading. If you’re worried you’ll forget to collect it when you first get up, close the lid to your toilet and sit the pregnancy test on top. Some say that if you hold your urine for more than four hours it is the same as first morning urine. The key is to not overload yourself on fluids to make your urine more diluted.
Really read the instructions first.
I know you’re anxious, we all are when faced with the small pregnancy test that has the potential to change our lives forever. But, before you even enter the bathroom, pull out the instructions and read them thoroughly. Be sure you know what you’re doing, don’t assume you remember from previous tests. It will also give you information on time limits, both in how long you need to wait and when the test is no longer valid to be read.
Don’t be afraid to use a cup.
Even if the directions tell you to hold a pregnancy test in your urine stream, don’t panic. If you’re not a good aim or you’ll make a huge mess, don’t fear. Collect the urine in a cup. Then simply hold the absorbent end of the pregnancy test into the urine in the cup for the amount of time you were supposed to hold it in your urine stream.
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