by Missy Jaramillo
When it comes to the baby-making process, couples want to know as soon as they conceive. However, not all pregnancy tests can guarantee 100-percent accuracy. As technology advances, the hope for making these determinations continues to grow. Now, a home pregnancy test has been developed to not only confirm conception, but let women know how far along they are, according to Time magazine.
The Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test now has a "weeks estimator," which tells users where in the pregnancy calendar they happen to be. The test works by measuring the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in a woman's body, which can identify conception. The levels of this hormone greatly increase during the first few weeks of pregnancy, but decrease after the 11th week. When utilized, the testing sticks can potentially say "Pregnant," along with "1-2, 2-3 or 3+ weeks." Women in the U.K. already have access to the test, and it will be distributed widely in the U.S. over the coming months.
"Through our consumer research, we found consumers were really wanting more information at the beginning of pregnancy," Ryan Daly, the marketing director at Procter & Gamble, which makes the test, told the news source. "In fact, 78 percent of women in our research study feel that knowing how far along you are at the beginning of pregnancy is very important. We're excited to bring this to the U.S. because there is nothing else like it."
Could I be pregnant?
The only way to know for sure if you're pregnant is to confirm the results of your at-home pregnancy test with your physician. However, there may already be a few signs that your body is showing you if you think that you've conceived. For instance, you may start to feel cramps in your abdomen, similar to what you experience during the menstrual cycle. You might also start to see more white discharge, which will continue during the pregnancy.
Your breasts can potentially become tender or feature a tingly sensation if you're pregnant. These feelings will subside with time, but it's worth taking note when you experience them and contacting your doctor. He or she can let you know for sure if you have a little bundle of joy on the way!
How did you know you were pregnant for the first time? What key symptoms did you experience? Leave your feedback in the comments section!