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Detecting a Pregnancy

Over-the-counter home pregnancy kits provide privacy and fast results, and can detect pregnancy as early as six days after conception , or one day after a missed menstrual period . This gives an early advantage for vital prenatal care. All pregnancy tests are based on the presence of a hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), that the pregnant woman produces after conception. [ 1 ]
The signs of pregnancy can vary from person to person. A woman may have none, some, or all of the following signs of pregnancy:

  • A missed period, spotting, or a period with less bleeding than normal
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tender, swollen, or tingling breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite or digestion
  • Frequent urination and urgency [ 2 ]

See also, prenatal tests .

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) FAQs:
2. EngenderHealth :

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