How to Tell You Are Pregnant

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The best way to determine if a woman is pregnant is by having her blood tested, or she can take a home pregnancy test and look for first trimester symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache and hormonal changes. Wait a week after a missed menstrual period to take a pregnancy test with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and obstetrics.

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Video Transcript

My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm here to talk about ways to know that you are pregnant. Well, there's the test. You can go to your doctor and get a blood test or you can take a home pregnancy test that says positive yes, you're pregnant, or negative, you're not pregnant. Or you can, have, there are symptoms of pregnancy in your first trimester such as nausea and vomiting, or fatigue, or backache or a headache, due to the hormonal changes. Or swollen or tender breasts. Sometimes you can have spotting. It's difficult to tell if you're pregnant by these symptoms 'cause often these symptoms are the same as having a menstrual period and so, more definitive would be a blood test or home pregnancy test. And home pregnancy tests can can occasionally be inaccurate and so it's recommended that you wait a week after your first missed period 'cause that is when you have the most human chorionic gonadotropin or hormone that is present during pregnancy and so when you, the more days that you wait to take that home pregnancy test, the more of that hormone there is present to determine if it's accurate or not in that home pregnancy test. So these are ways to determine if you're pregnant or not.


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