If you have been planning to get pregnant, you probably want to know as soon as possible! But, even people who are not planning to have a baby, may find themselves waiting anxiously to find out at the earliest
For both the groups here are the details:
The most common symptoms of pregnancy are nausea/vomiting, breast tenderness, urine frequency, and tiredness. But in surveys of pregnant women, only 60 percent of women experienced some symptoms of pregnancy at five to six weeks after the first day of their last menstrual period (LMP). 90 percent women had some symptoms by eight weeks of LMP.
On the first day after a missed period, as many as 46 percent of pregnant women will have a negative test. But, almost all pregnant women will have a positive urine pregnancy test one week after the first day of a missed menstrual period
Therefore one should repeat the UPT after one week to rule out pregnancy
Women with irregular cycles or an uncertain LMP generally should wait at least 14 days from a sexual act before obtaining a pregnancy test.
The most sensitive method of detecting hCG is a blood (serum) pregnancy test. Therefore, if you must find out within a week of your missed date, you should get serum hCG (blood test)
For early pregnancy a TransVaginal (TV) ultrasound is done in which the probe is placed in patients vagina instead of on the abdominal wall. By this technique, earliest sign of pregnancy appear at nearly 5 weeks (a gestational sac). A fetal pole with fetal heart activity can be detected at 5.5 to 6 weeks
We recommend early pregnancy ultrasound for two reasons:
If you are indeed pregnant you can find concise overview article on pregnancy by us. Read : Pregnancy: how your baby grows and your body changes, diet in pregnancy, exercise in pregnancy
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