How Soon Can a Pregnancy Be Detected?

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A pregnancy can usually be detected by a blood test six to eight days after conception, and a home pregnancy test will usually detect the HCG hormone a week after a missed menstrual cycle. Learn about the symptoms that lead up to pregnancy with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and obstetrics.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm here to talk about how soon can a pregnancy be detected. So, there are symptoms leading up to pregnancy, so that can be nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sore or tender breasts, darkening of the aureole's, a backache, headache, food cravings, crazy mood swings. Then you can test your blood to determine if you're pregnant and that Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone will show up that determines if you're pregnant or not. So, six to eight days after conception, in a blood test, will determine if you're pregant or a week after your first missed menstrual cycle will pregnancy be detected in a home pregnancy test, which is, at that time, it's most accurate, because it has the most HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone in your blood or your urine. And that is how a pregnancy can be detected.

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