If you want to get clarity about your possible pregnancy, taking a pregnancy test at the right time is essential for accurate results. 

Regardless of your test result, know that you are not alone, and confirming your pregnancy will bring you the confidence you need to move forward. Take one step at a time.

When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

The best time to take a test is at least one week after your missed period. 

Maybe you’re wondering why you should wait so long. It takes time for your body to produce detectable amounts of the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This hormone doubles every two to three days when you’re pregnant. 

If you take a test too early, the test may not be able to detect hCG, and could give you a false-negative result.

What Are the Common Pregnancy Symptoms?

In the meantime, here are some of the most common pregnancy symptoms women have in their first trimester, according to Mayo Clinic. Note that some women will experience many or all of these and some none at all. A missed period is a symptom that every woman will have when pregnant. Here are some other pregnancy symptoms:

  • Nausea with or without vomiting 
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Increased urination
  • Bloating

What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Take?

This step is often the most confusing part of the process, especially if it’s your first time taking a pregnancy test. If you haven’t already, an at-home test is your first step and is 99 percent accurate when used correctly. 

A lab-quality pregnancy test can confirm the result of your at-home test, as there is still a slight chance for user error with the at-home tests. These tests are similar to the at-home test, most of the time a simple urine test, but they are administered by a professional. Receive free and confidential pregnancy testing at our center today to be sure.

What If My Test Comes Back Positive?

If you receive a positive pregnancy test, don’t panic. You are not alone in your pregnancy journey. Our compassionate team at Pregnancy Help Center of South County is here to walk alongside you with free and confidential pregnancy services, support, and resources. We can share more information about your pregnancy options as well. 

Schedule a free and confidential pregnancy test appointment today.