One of the happiest moments in the life of a woman is when she finds out that she is pregnant. The entire family rejoices in her happiness and starts to prepare for the arrival of the new member of the family. Whether it is an accidental pregnancy or one where you have been eagerly waiting to get pregnant, you cannot beat the happiness and joy that comes with the confirmation that announces to the world that a small bundle of joy is on the way. So when and how do find out that you are pregnant? Feeling heavy, early morning nausea, aversion to some smells are some signs. You might feel extremely tired and sleepy. You might crave or hate some strong smelling foods. You might gain or lose weight. But the real sign is when you miss a period and then you know that a little one might be arriving soon. If you have been sexually active, whether or not using preventive methods, there is always a chance that you might be pregnant. No preventive method is 100% secure.
So that’s the time you take a pregnancy test and confirm the signs. It is better to do the test as soon as you feel any of the symptoms given above especially if you are sexually active. This is helpful in many ways. A confirmed positive result helps you to decide the future course of action. You need to change your health regime, eating pattern and work schedule to make it healthier in order to have a healthy full term pregnancy. You do not want any complications along the way. The commonly available tests work on the basis of detection of a hormone called Human Chronic Namedropping in the urine. This hormone is secreted only once the embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. This process leads to the secretion of HCG and the menstruation process also stops. You can wait for some time though as tests were done too early, even before the hormone has had a chance to kick in, may not be accurate.
These tests are very simple to use at home in the privacy of your home, without any embarrassment. These test kits are available over the counter in your friendly neighborhood stores and pharmacies. They depict all the instructions clearly in the enclosed pamphlets. It involves using just a few drops of your urine on a test strip and then waits for a few moments. The instructions on some tests claim that they can detect the minutest amounts of this hormone in the urine, even before you miss a period but the results may not be very accurate. Medically endorsed test strips are very accurate. But do check its manufacturing date and use by date and above all, follow the instructions carefully. The test kits are fairly inexpensive. There are older women who swear by traditional and offbeat tests to check a pregnancy. These involve the use of sugar, wine, and bleach and dandelions etc. These things are easily available at home. But no one can guarantee the efficiency and accuracy of these tests.
Some people like to do these home tests just for fun. At other times they do it to check once before going to a health professional for diagnosis. The ingredients are cheap and the fun factor is there. Women always like this combination of mystery and comfort. So some do use these ‘do-it-yourself’ pregnancy test ideas. One thing is for sure, if you are alone at home and can’t go out to get a pregnancy test kit then there is no harm in trying any of these ideas at home. Whatever the tests that you use, take utmost care in selecting the process and its ingredients. You would not like to harm yourself in any way by using any harmful substance or its improper use. Some of these ingredients like bleach may not be safe for use. Last but the most significant step is to go to a medical professional to confirm your pregnancy. The process may involve another strip test, blood test, internal check-up by a gynecologist and sonography or ultrasound after some time. It does make sense to use the safest and the most accurate method of the pregnancy test.
The news about your little bundle of joy
If you are a woman and are sexually active, then this is for you. If you have been taking all the precautions not to get pregnant then you can use the prescribed pills to get pregnant, then also you need to remember that no method is hundred percent safe. On the other hand, if you have been trying for months to become pregnant then this might be the moment that you have been waiting for. So how do you know for certain that you are soon going to be amother?
There are many symptoms. Some of these are subtle like a little weight gain. The body of a woman undergoes many changes when it prepares itself to carry a small fetus inside it for nine months. The hormonal changes may also lead to mood swings. Pregnancy changes everything in the body even before you realize. It changes a woman emotionally and physically. Soon after conception, the embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. Then onwards it is a roller coaster ride for the woman. HCG hormone starts secreting soon after. There may be some bleeding, vomiting, nausea, light-headedness, imbalance, constipation and many more other symptoms. But many of these indicators are associated with some other disorders as well. Therefore, to confirm that any or more of these are due to pregnancy, it is important to check with the help of a test.
There are ultra-modern tests available now. There is a test now which can confirm pregnancy by detecting a factor in the blood within 48 hours of fertilization. But this test is still out of reach of common people due to cost, availability and other factors. There are many homemade tests to detect if you are pregnant. Now we cannot say with surety that these are safe and provide correct results. These ideas sound crazy to some and on the other hand, some women decide to use ingredients available at home to confirm their pregnancy while in the privacy of home. There are many women out there who vouch for these methods or try these with conviction. Whether it a homemade test or the commercially available test strip, both these work on the basis of the reaction of chemicals with the hormone HCG present in the urine of a pregnant woman. The homemade tests use chemicals or ingredients, like sugar, bleach, soda bicarbonate, wine, bleach, soap, Tylenol and many such commonly available ingredients. The first urine in the morning, of a pregnant woman, is supposed to have more concentration of HCG. It reacts with these ingredients in a certain way, different from that of a woman who is not pregnant and thereby gives a positive result.
On the other hand, there are medically and technically superior test strips. These do give more accurate results about pregnancy than the homemade ones. Anyway, you need to repeat the test many times before you get the same result every time. Then you need to go to a health center and get yourself examined by a medical professional to confirm the report. You have to understand the significance of proper medical testing and treatment and care. The traditionally followed tests may not always be correct. In fact, more often these could give a false report, thereby confusing or misleading the person undergoing these tests. This could be a health hazard as the woman may not take care of herself in spite of being pregnant. Or else she may be extremely happy to know that the result showed her as pregnant, but in reality, she was not. The hormone HCG may also be secreted in extreme conditions like treatment with certain medications or in some kind of illnesses. This detection might lead to a false confirmation of pregnancy. It may also lead to disappointment and may be delayed treatment of the real sickness.
Therefore, it is important to repeat the tests a few times. After getting repeated positive results also you should visit a health center and meet an OB. You must follow their instructions meticulously and undergo all the prenatal tests. The final confirmation may take a few minutes or a couple of hours. Patience will ultimately reward you with the sweet news of the pregnancy and the imminent arrival of your bundle of joy.
Pregnancy and Its Impact on Your Eyesight
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