Sometime this week, you may be able to find out whether you’re pregnant. For the most accurate results, wait until the end of the week to take a home pregnancy test. (You can try one now if you like, but you’re more likely to get a correct result a week past your expected period.)
If the test is positive, call your practitioner’s office and schedule your first prenatal appointment. Most practitioners won’t see you until you’re about eight weeks along, unless you have a medical condition, had problems with a previous pregnancy, or are having symptoms that need to be checked out.
Sex is set at conception, but boys’ and girls’ genitals look the same until around 9 weeks.
If you’re taking any medications — prescription or over-the-counter — ask now whether it’s safe to keep taking them. And be sure to alert your caregiver to any other issues of concern.
You should already be taking a multivitamin that contains at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid. Once you’re pregnant, you’ll need a bit more — 600 mcg a day — so switch to a prenatal vitamin if you haven’t already.
The next six weeks are critical to your baby’s development. The rudimentary versions of the placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already functioning. Through the placenta, your baby is exposed to what you take into your body, so make sure it’s good for both of you.
If your home pregnancy test is negative, take another at five weeks if you still haven’t gotten your period. Many urine tests are not sensitive enough to detect a pregnancy at four weeks.
If you’ve been trying to conceive with no success for a year or more (or for six months if you’re over 35), talk to your healthcare provider about a workup exam for you and your partner to spot possible fertility problems. While the results may be upsetting, finding out about a problem sooner rather than later will get you started on the road to treatment — and to your ultimate goal: having a baby.
Pregnancy test re-do “I took a home pregnancy test and got a negative result, but I just knew I was pregnant. I felt it, somehow. So I waited a few days and took another test, first thing in the morning. Sure enough, I was right — this time it was positive.”