Being a mother of two toddlers only 18 months apart, I’ve had my fair share of diapers over the past couple years! By no means am I an expert, but I have learned a lot over the past four years and it is something I am passionate about. Insha’Allah, let’s start at the beginning!
Whether your pregnancy is a surprise, planned, or something you have been hoping for, taking the tell-all test can be unnerving. You might feel worried or anxious. You’re probably excited, but at the same time you don’t want to get your hopes up prematurely. And it is without a doubt the longest two minutes you will ever endure in your life.
Over the counter pregnancy tests are incredibly accurate, however the validity of the results can vary depending on when you take it. Taking it too early could cause a false negative. That means you might actually be pregnant, but the test was not able to detect it. So let’s take a moment to see how these tests really work and when the ideal time would be to take one.
Pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence (or absence) of a pregnancy hormone know as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG. This hormone is emitted into the body once the egg is fertilized and the amount of hCG in your body grows the farther along in the pregnancy you get. Approximately a week after the egg is fertilized there is enough hCG in your body to be detected in your urine. That’s why some test claim to be sensitive enough to detect a pregnancy even before your missed period!
However, this claim is only valid if you have a 14-day luteal phase. A luteal phase is the time between your ovulation and period. If you are not extremely regular, there is a good chance that it will be harder for the test to detect a pregnancy before a missed period.
Another thing to take into consideration is if there are other reasons your period could be a bit late this month. Is it possible that you miscalculated it? Are you overly stressed over a work or family issue? Have you been sick? All of these could factor into a late period.
While other early signs of pregnancy can easily be mistaken for pre-menstrual symptoms they should also be considered. Here are a few of the most noteworthy:
- Sensitive to smells
- Food aversion
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Lower back pain
- Frequent urination
If your month has been normal, you are experiencing one or more of the above and your period is late then it is the ideal time to take a pregnancy test. But remember that everything that happens is the will of Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala, and if it is good for us He will bless us with it and if it is not meant for us at the time then we can turn to Him in asking.
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