The waiting can be so scary. You’ve been sexually active, and now your period is late. Did you know a late period isn’t always a sign of pregnancy? At Life Light, we offer free and confidential pregnancy tests. There’s no reason to wait and worry. Schedule your appointment today.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
It’s true. A missed period is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. There are other reasons your period could be late, though. Emotional stress, rapid weight gain or loss, hormone problems, or eating disorders are just some of the reasons for a missed period.
It is even possible you are experiencing a natural miscarriage. The Mayo Clinic suggests that as many as 1 in 4 known pregnancies end in a miscarriage. You might experience certain symptoms for days afterward. Take a look at some of the other symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these, it is time to come to Life Light for your free and confidential pregnancy test.
- A late or missed period
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Increased urination
- Sick to your stomach (Morning Sickness) and possible vomiting
- Can’t stand the smell of certain foods
- Tired or dizzy
The Way a Pregnancy Test Works
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to produce hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This hCG hormone is known as the “pregnancy hormone.” It’s produced after the embryo has attached to the uterine wall. This process usually happens about seven days after fertilization. The levels of hCG rise quickly, doubling every 2 to 3 days.
Pregnancy tests work by detecting levels of the hCG hormone in your urine. If it is present, the test will be positive because you are pregnant. For more information, check here.
When to Take a Pregnancy Test
The timing of a pregnancy test is often based on your regular menstrual cycle. If it is like clockwork (every 28 to 30 days), you will want to take your test a day or two after your missed period. If your cycle is irregular, we suggest waiting 5 to 7 days before taking a pregnancy test. By waiting longer, you will be able to get a more accurate urine sample.
You may have already taken an at-home pregnancy test. Regardless of the results, you will still want to take a pregnancy test from us. Often, women take an over-the-counter test too early or they don’t read the instructions completely. To get the most accurate test result possible, let us assist you. We’ve had years of experience and can make sure your test is administered correctly. Besides, our pregnancy tests are free and confidential so you have nothing to lose.
What to Do if the Test is Positive
If you receive a positive pregnancy test, there is more information you need to know about your pregnancy. During your early pregnancy, seeking prenatal care is important for your pregnancy health. Prenatal care is a great next step where you can talk with a health professional to examine how your pregnancy is going and ways to help. Be informed of any health issues you should be aware of.
We at Life Light offer referrals to assist with this step! Talk with us today to learn more about prenatal care and receive a free referral. We are here to help and offer you resources.
You Are Not Alone
A positive pregnancy test is not the end of your world, it’s just taking you down a different path. We want to walk this life journey with you. Let us show you the options you have. You might be surprised at the answer!