Are Pre Pregnancy Test Jitters Common?
At the point when you’re effectively attempting to get pregnant, some things are more anguishing for wannabees mothers. Read our article below. For more information, call us or simply schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL and Bedford Park IL.
When you’re actively trying to get pregnant, few things are more agonizing for wannabe mommies than the waiting for the results of your pregnancy test … is this the month? Do we need to wait again?
Technically, a woman’s egg can begin a successful journey toward baby-time anytime between a few hours after fertilization and up to five days later. However, it may take a couple of weeks before the pregnancy hormone – HCG, which most home pregnancy tests measure – becomes detectable.
“Taking a home pregnancy test is the fastest way to confirm you’re in the early stage of pregnancy,” said Beth Helm-Smith, the award-winning midwife director at Women’s Healthcare of Illinois in Mokena and Evergreen Park, Illinois. “But taking the test too soon could produce a false-positive result. To get the most reliable results from a home pregnancy test, you should wait until at least a week after your first missed period.”
So, depending on your ovulation cycle and a variety of other factors, you could have to wait up to three weeks for an accurate test result. And then there’s the emotional roller coaster that comes with not knowing.
Helme-Smith said women can experience emotions ranging from happy anticipation, to anxiety about the future, to fears of disappointment – “all within minutes of each other.” In fact, she said, it’s common to cycle through the following stages while waiting for the right time to pee on a stick:
- Fingers crossed: Healthy doses of hope and positive thinking fuel this stage. You acknowledge there’s nothing you can do but wait and find peace in knowing whatever is meant to be will be.
- I’ve got a feeling: When an overwhelming feeling of certainty pushes hopeful thinking aside, you’ve arrived at this stage. Even though some early pregnancy signs are similar to symptoms of menstruation, your gut instinct screams (rightly or wrongly) that any and every small change in your body, mood, and general feeling of wellbeing means a baby is definitely on-board.
- Wait! The feeling’s gone: How could you have been so confident about being pregnant when it’s too early to take a test and you aren’t experiencing symptoms? Welcome to Stage 3.
- What Google says: It’s too early to take a pregnancy test, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to the internet to learn everything there is to know … and more.
Helme-Smith said the best thing to do during the waiting period is think positive, stay busy, and focus on getting healthy. And, if you haven’t seen a nurse midwife or obstetrician within the past year, it’s a good time to make an appointment. “If it turns out that you are expecting, your health provider will be able to confirm the result with a blood test and start prenatal care, immediately,” she said. “Otherwise, if you’ve had multiple disappointing pregnancy results, your health provider may be able to help.”
Now … anyone have to pee?