Get Informed Topics Birth Control & Pregnancy Pregnant! Now What? ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE PREGNANT?


This might seem like a silly question, but when a pregnancy is totally unexpected or, even worse, unwanted, fear can play tricks on your mind.

It wouldn’t be the first time that somebody who is scared of being pregnant and has only a general understanding of how pregnancy works has been mistaken about her state.

So before you start panicking too much, let’s makes sure you really are pregnant.

  • If you are reading this, it probably means that your period is very late. But there are several reasons apart from pregnancy that your period could be late or even absent.
  • Perhaps you are experiencing some of the symptoms of pregnancy, such as swollen or tender breasts, nausea, frequent urination, or fatigue. These are signs that cannot be ignored, but once again, they’re not enough to draw a definitive conclusion.

Never underestimate the power of self-suggestion.

  • If you have also taken a pregnancy test and the result has confirmed your fears, pregnancy is very likely.

But although false positives (test results that say you are pregnant when you actually aren’t) are less likely than false negatives, they do happen. So there is still a very small chance that you aren’t pregnant.

  • Wait a few more days and then take another pregnancy test.

If you already own a second pregnancy test, don’t use it. Instead, buy a new one. 

This way, if you stored your pregnancy tests in the wrong place and caused them to malfunction, the new one won’t have the same problem.

If the second test says that you are pregnant, then pregnancy is almost certain. 

There is still a very small chance that a condition you have or a medication you are taking has affected both tests, but chances are very low.

  • To remove this small uncertainty, make an appointment with your doctor or another medical professional. 

The doctor will run a blood pregnancy test and rule out any potential factor that could alter the result of your test.

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