If you think you might be pregnant, choosing when to take a pregnancy test to get the most accurate results is important – especially if you are using a home pregnancy test.
The most accurate indicator that you might be pregnant is usually a missed period – but there could be many other reasons that your period is late or doesn’t come:
- Emotional stress
- Severe weight loss
- The effect of the menopause
- Certain drugs
There are different types of pregnancy tests that you can use, and they have different levels of accuracy.
How do Pregnancy Tests Work?
Pregnancy tests accurately check for a hormone that is made by the placenta. The placenta is responsible for providing nourishment for the developing baby from the mother’s bloodstream, including nutrients and oxygen.
This hormone from the placenta is called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and it is present in the early stages of pregnancy at rising levels until the end of the first trimester, when it returns to a lower level. This means that choosing the right time to take the pregnancy test is important – too early and the hormones might not be strong enough to register, and too late they might have returned to undetectable levels.
hCG can be detected in the blood and urine – and with more sensitive home pregnancy tests, this can be 97% accurate as early as a few days before the missed period.
Best Type of Pregnancy Test
A home pregnancy test kit has strict instructions that need to be followed to be accurate. Usually, this involves dipping the test strip into urine, either collected in a clean pot or directly from the stream. The test result is shown through coloured lines or a dot.
The 97% accuracy of a home pregnancy test is reliant on following the instructions properly, and it is usually better to use first thing in the morning urine.
Even if you have used a home pregnancy test, it is best practice to get the pregnancy confirmed with a doctor.
At the doctors, there are two types of pregnancy tests that might be performed. An instant result comes from urine strip tests that are similar to home tests, but for more accurate results a blood test can be performed. The blood sample is sent to a laboratory and although results can take a few days, they are accurate much earlier than other tests – even as early as 11-14 days after ovulation.
Preparing for Pregnancy
Becoming a parent is an exciting time, and for those who are actively trying to become parents there are many things to be thinking about to make sure that you are truly ready.
One of the best things that can be done is to create the perfect conditions for pregnancy, and that includes the right prebiotics, vitamins and minerals for support. NutraCare PregmaPlus+ 1 – a combination of 21 vital essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support your body ready for pregnancy and during the vital first trimester.
NutraCare is based on the idea that a stronger mum helps make a stronger baby, and the unique and symbiotic relationship needs to be nurtured. We are an Australian owned and managed business that is made specifically to help expectant mothers to manage their nutrient needs in a soluble formula – no more struggling to take pills when you can mix your PregmaPlus+ into your favourite smoothies or desserts.
Making sure that you body is fully prepared for pregnancy is the best thing to do, even when you are waiting for the right time to take a pregnancy test.