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The P-Test: Pregnancy Probability

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Something is amiss – could I be pregnant?

Some women have a sixth sense about these things. Most of us mere mortals, however, need to rely on Google or Wikipedia to inform us about those prime biological tells: a missed period; retching at the smell of our favorite foods; feeling like a heavy metal band is holding its annual rock fest in our stomachs; or crying uncontrollably because the two kids in Glee just don't get together.

But the problem with all these symptoms is that they could be indicating issues other than pregnancy. A missed period could be due to stress, weight gain/loss, a new type of birth control, new medications, or a simple mathematical miscalculation. The nausea or an upset stomach could simply be the pizza ordered from the sketchy corner pizzeria that pompously advertises "the best pizza in town". Mood swings could be due to any number of things: a monotonous lifestyle, PMS, an aggravating boss, the need to get out of the house and stop watching shows about rambunctious teenagers who spontaneously break out into song and dance.

In short, stop Googling your symptoms. Instead make a quick run to your nearest drug store, buy a pregnancy test, pee on the stick and wait for the stick to turn+ or -. Just be careful that you are not brushing your teeth or using mouthwash at that time lest the test comes out positive and you end up choking due to sheer shock (yes, I know that sounds like very oddly specific advice).

If the test does come out positive, tell your significant other. However, do consider waiting to consult your doctor before telling others as sometimes (though very rarely) you can get a false positive on a pregnancy test. This could be due to a variety of reason like chemical pregnancies, inaccurate use of the pregnancy test, or interference by other hormones in your body (specifically Human Chorionic Gonadotropin).

On the other hand, if the test comes out negative but something still seems amiss (and you have ruled out any other medical issues), take another pregnancy test after a few days. Sometimes one can get a false negative result (where the test says you are not pregnant but you are). Some of the reasons why that might happen are the test was taken too early; or the home pregnancy test strip was not dipped well or was not held properly under the urine stream; or maybe the test results were not read in the stipulated reaction time.

If you find out you are pregnant, breathe, gather your wits and hold on tight- you are in for the wildest ride of your life.






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Contributed by saimaismail

Saima is the Editor-in-Chief, and co-founder of Bright Babyhood. She is a management consultant and a Columbia University alumni. She currently spends her days managing and writing for Bright Babyhood, and brainstorming ways to convince her toddler to eat. You can find her writings at www.BrightBabyhood.com.

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