Home Pregnancy Tests 101
Learn how HPTs work, when to take them (accurately!), and when you'll get results
The Next Step
If you take a home pregnancy test and the result is negative, don’t be too discouraged. Watch to see if your period starts within the next five to seven days. If your period doesn’t start, consider testing again. If you still see a negative result yet don’t get your period, be sure to consult with your OB-GYN, nurse, or midwife.
If the test is positive, congratulations! Be sure to call your OB-GYN for an appointment and to schedule a blood test to confirm the pregnancy. Meanwhile, start watching out for toxins and medications that can harm you and your baby. If you’re taking a prescription or other daily medication, check with your OB-GYN and the prescribing physician to see if it is safe for you to continue taking during pregnancy.
If you’ve not already started, now is the time to begin taking a prenatal vitamin, getting moderate exercise, and eating well for both you and your baby-to-be. Enjoy the ride—your life as a new mama is just about to begin!
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