New pregnancy test may help determine miscarriage risk

There are many pregnancy tests on the market that claim to provide almost flawless results to women trying to conceive, but one new product can now help address the flip side of the matter. WBUR-FM recently reported on a new test that can potentially let women know what their risk is of having a miscarriage, in addition to confirming their pregnancy.

The Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test With Weeks Estimator tells women how far into their pregnancy calendar they are if they're expecting. As a result, it can also give them a better idea of what their chances are of losing the baby.

It's critical to note that the Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test With Weeks Estimator doesn't specifically give an estimate for miscarriages. However, its "1, 2 and 3+ weeks" pregnancy rating can help women find out how their unborn children are progressing.

"A week later after your missed menses, you would expect that this test is going to show - in normal pregnancies - a rising titer," Michael Zinaman, M.D., who is on the Clearblue advisory board, told the news source. "Your result will be two to three [weeks] - it will be the next result. So, to the degree you do not see that, women should take caution and suggest that maybe 'my pregnancy is not progressing as expected,' and perhaps notify their doctor."

Am I at risk of having a miscarriage?
While you may be eager to begin decorating your nursery as soon as you find out that you're pregnant, the fact of the matter is that between 15 and 20 percent of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to Discovery Health. In most instances, these situations occur within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Confirming that you're expecting through both an at-home test and your doctor is critical to maintaining the health of your child. Finding out that you have a baby in tow can encourage you to make changes to your lifestyle to ensure the well-being of your son or daughter. It's also worth noting that certain diseases may increase the chances of having a miscarriage once you conceive. Consult your physician to make sure you're up to speed on your vaccinations and healthy enough to carry a baby to full term.

How did you first find out that you were pregnant? Did you try multiple at-home pregnancy tests to confirm that you were expecting? Leave your feedback in the comments section!