Pregnancy Overview

If you’re wondering if you’re pregnant, you probably have a lot of things swirling around in your head right now. You might be happy, excited, scared, angry, or some mix of those.

That’s totally normal, and how you feel today isn’t necessarily how you’ll feel in a day or two. The realization that your whole life could be about to change is overwhelming!

So what now? The first step is to find out if you’re pregnant. A woman might miss her period for many reasons. A change in diet, exercise, or stress level could cause a late period. Sometimes, women have late periods for reasons they’re never able to trace.

A good first step is to take a pregnancy test. You can get a test at the Hope Clinic free of charge.

If you’re wondering if it’s too early to test, a good rule of thumb is that a pregnancy test should be accurate right around the first day after a missed period. If your period is irregular, or you don’t know when to expect it, waiting 17 days after you had sex to take the test can usually give you an accurate reading.

The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.  If you have any questions please come in, where a nurse will be happy to sit down and talk with you.

Related Pregnancy FAQs

When I have my ultrasound at THC can I learn the sex of my baby?

The sex of a baby is determined at the time of conception, but you'll have to wait until your 18-20 week ultrasound before the sonographer can predict what it will be. The ultrasound we perform at THC is too early to determine the baby's sex.  To read about baby gender prediction myths, click here.

Can I bring family, friends, or the father of my baby to my ultrasound appointment?

Yes. We encourage you to bring the people in your life who are supporting you in your pregnancy journey. To protect your confidentiality, a brief history will be taken and initial ultrasound measurements will be done in private. Then your support persons will be invited to join you in the ultrasound room.

Why does THC recommend I have an early ultrasound if I have a positive pregnancy test? or Why do I need an early ultrasound if I don't plan to continue the pregnancy?

A positive pregnancy test means you have the pregnancy hormone in your body, but does not tell you how the pregnancy is progressing. Learning as much information as possible about your pregnancy can help you make an informed decision about your body. An early ultrasound answers these questions: Is the pregnancy growing in the right place? Does the fetus/baby have a heartbeat? What is my estimated due date? and How far along am I?

Why do I have to drink so much water before my ultrasound appointment?

Having a full bladder during your abdominal ultrasound allows us to obtain the best ultrasound "picture" images of your pregnancy.

Can I retake the test if I get a negative and I still don't get my period?

Yes, you can schedule another free test. Your hCG levels double every 48 hours during the early part of your pregnancy.

Can I get a false positive or negative?

Yes. Some medications and substances can potentially interfere with the results such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Acetylsalicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Atropine, Caffeine, Gentisic Acid, Glucose, Hemoglobin.

How accurate is the test?

Our test is the same kind used by a doctor or medical office. It can detect your hCG level about 7 days after conception or 21-24 days after the first day of your last period.

Pregnancy symptoms? We'll give you a FREE pregnancy test.

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