How to check if you are Pregnant ?

Turning into a mother is the happiest thing in a woman's life. But, the journey heading towards it is doubtful and arduous, and thus is going through a pregnancy test. During taking a pregnancy test, it's obvious to get worried about the outcomes.

Despite the most efficient birth control procedures, the mistake is probable. It takes about only 1 sperm for egg fertilization. 

How does pregnancy happen?

Pregnancy happens when the sperm is successful in fertilizing an egg after its extraction from the ovary. Now, the fertilized egg goes all the way to the uterus, where implantation starts. Well-accomplished implantation leads to pregnancy.

How pregnancy is diagnosed?

Pregnancy is analyzed by assessing the body’s levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is known as the pregnancy hormone, hCG is formed upon implantation. Though, it may not be identified until after you miss a period.

The initial symptoms of pregnancy vary for every woman. On one hand, some have telltale signs like nausea and breast gentleness and on another hand, some aren't even aware whether they are expecting or not unless they get a positive pregnancy test.

There were about 3,855,500 births in 2017 and the standard age for women to have their first child was 26.8 in the United States. According to the U.S., September is called popularly the engaged month for births on average and it has remained constant for the last two decades.

For your information, 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women may not identify their pregnancy by testing on what they consider to be the initial day of their first missed period, as per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Speculating whether you've got a bun in the oven? Here are some tattletale methods to conclude whether you’re expecting a baby, from very premature symptoms to pregnancy tests.

Pregnancy Basic Symptoms:

14 Major Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • Missed period: If you are in the process of giving birth to child years and about a week and more has gone by without the initiation of a predictable menstrual cycle, you may get pregnant. Moreover, this symptom can be misunderstood with the non-periodical menstrual cycle. 
  • Gentle and .puffed-up breasts: During the early stage of pregnancy, there would be changes in hormone which will lead your breasts to susceptible and tender. This uneasiness will mostly reduce after some weeks as your body adapts to changes in hormones.
  • Sickness with or without vomiting: After one month of pregnancy, the sickness abruptly surrounds you during daytime or nighttime. Moreover, some women sense nausea at an early stage while some don't even get such sensations. As the reason behind the nausea is not known, it is mostly the role played by pregnancy hormones.
  • Increase in urine proportion: Pregnant women may find themselves urinating more than normal. The blood amount amplifies in the body which causes the kidney to proceed with extra fluid ending up in your bladder.
  • Tiredness: This is also high during the initial symptoms of pregnancy. The rank of hormone progesterone raises which makes the women sleepy.

Two major types of pregnancy tests: Blood tests and Urine tests:

Blood tests

Blood tests during pregnancy | Pregnancy Birth and Baby

You can get these tests done at the doctor's clinic, but these are not used as urine tests. These tests can identify pregnancy before home pregnancy tests, mostly 6 to 8 days after the ovulation period. 

Blood test results are about 99 percent precise and can sense lower amounts of hCG compared to urine pregnancy tests

The two kinds of blood pregnancy tests are:

Qualitative hCG test: It just checks for hCG. It responds as a "yes" or "no" reply to the query, "Are you pregnant?" Doctors mostly prefer these tests to validate pregnancy as early as 10 days after conception. Some can identify hCG much early.

Quantitative hCG test (beta hCG): It analyzes the proper amount of hCG in your blood. It can detect low levels of hCG. These tests may aid track difficulties during pregnancy. Your doctor may utilize them along with other tests to ruling out an ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg implants exterior to your uterus, or after a miscarriage when hCG levels drop rapidly.

Urine tests

Urine Tests During Pregnancy - Why Urine Analysis Is So Important

You can get these tests done at home or doctor's clinic.

Maintaining privacy and convenience, home pregnancy tests are easy and rapid to use. They are very precise if you go through the directions properly. 

  • Grasp the test stick in your urine stream
  • Gather pee in a cup and immerse the test stick into it
  • Gather pee in a cup and take the help of a dropper to put it into another container.

Toothpaste Tests:

Toothpaste Pregnancy Test (Green one) | How to do toothpaste pregnancy test  at home - YouTube

Pick up a normal toothpaste- any brand- and press a good amount into a container or an empty cup.

  • Urinate in a different cup.
  • Gradually pour the urine sample into the cup or container having the toothpaste.
  • Verify the pee-paste combo for a response.

Those who approve of this DIY process are persuaded that combining urine with toothpaste will bring a chemical reaction — a modification in color or a sparkle - that can show, “You’re pregnant!”


Natural/home pregnancy tests: 

According to United States’s Office on Women’s Health, home pregnancy tests are about 99 percent precise when used properly.

These tests are proficient as well as safe and are used for many years.

1. Salt Pregnancy Tests

a homemade pregnancy test with salt - YouTube

  Method :   First, take a urine sample in the glass and add a pinch or two of salt. Hold this reaction for about 3 minutes.

 Positive Sign: Creamy white clusters are generated from the reaction if you are pregnant.

 Negative Sign: If there is no reaction between salt and urine, then you aren't pregnant.

2. Sugar Pregnancy Test

Sugar Pregnancy Test At Home || Pregnancy Test At Home || Malayalam -  YouTube

  Method:   Take sugar in the bowl and add a urine sample into it.

 Positive Sign: As hCG being there in the urine, it does not let the sugar mix easily. Thus, sugar lumps are created which shows you are pregnant.

 Negative Sign: If the sugar mixes with the urine, it shows you are pregnant.


3. Baking Soda Pregnancy Test

Homemade Pregnancy Test with Baking Soda: Is it accurate?


Method: Take a cup and fill it with baking soda. After that, add a urine sample.

 Positive Sign: When you see the reaction of bleaching powder with urine, bubbles, and fizz indicates that you are pregnant.

 Negative Sign: If the solution resolves down and there is no reaction, you aren't pregnant.



4. Wheat & Barley Pregnancy Test

An ancient Egyptian Pregnancy Test – urinating on grains – withstood the  test of time because it worked | Innov8tiv

  Method: Fill the bowl with a urine sample by adding wheat and barley seeds in it. Let it rest for 2 days to germinate.

 Positive Sign: If seeds start germinating in few days, then you are pregnant.

 Negative Sign: If they have not sprouted, then you aren't pregnant.

5. Mustard Powder Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy test with mustard powder | Best Pregnancy Guide

  Method: Fill warm bathtub water with mustard powder and be engrossed in that for 20 minutes. Wait for the outcome for about 2-3 days.

 Positive Sign: If you catch periods after the wait, then you might be pregnant.

 Negative Sign: Moreover, if you catch your periods, then it will show that you are not yet pregnant.


Hope you are now aware of the testing of pregnancy. Stay healthy and check your pregnancy with the help of the above tests. Good luck with your journey of womanhood!

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