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Confirming that you're pregnant

Is your pregnancy test result right?

Confirming pregnancy
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  • If urine is incorrectly collected or stored there can be errors.
  • If the test is performed too early, the concentration of hCG will be too low to detect. It's important to know when your period was due. If your periods are usually irregular or infrequent this can make it harder to confirm pregnancy.
  • If you've taken fertility drugs containing hCG these can change the results. Contraceptive pills, antibiotics, and painkillers shouldn't have any effect.
  • If the equipment used for a urine test is too hot, the result may be false. Urine must be room temperature at the time of the test.
  • Follow the kit's instructions very carefully and don't use the test if it's been damaged in any way or is past its use-by date.

Telling the world that you're pregnant

You'll want your partner, and possibly close family, to know the news as soon as you find out.

  • Doctor: Your doctor may confirm your pregnancy, so will know immediately. If not, it's important to get in touch with your doctor as soon as you can to talk about birth options and antenatal care.
  • Employer: You may want to talk to your employer before you go to your antenatal clinic for your first visit, probably when you're about three months pregnant. You don't have to tell your employer this early though.
  • Friends and acquaintances: Many women put off telling people they're pregnant until the end of the first trimester. This is understandable, but it's probably fine to spread the news once your pregnancy's confirmed, although miscarriages can happen up to 14 weeks (or unusually, beyond).

You may want to talk to your employer before you go to your antenatal clinic for your first visit, probably when you're about three months pregnant. You don't have to tell your employer this early though.

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Posted 16.11.2010

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