Do Pregnancy Tests Lie?


Dear Midwife,
My LMP was the 12th of January and my cycles are 28 days. Today is February 16th and I haven't had my period. I took a test the 12th of February and today. And both are positive for pregnancy.

The thing is that my husband is telling me that maybe I'm not pregnant, that we should wait and see the doctor one and a half week from now. He also says that the tests are not accurate and that we shouldn't trust them.

Is it possible that I am not pregnant? Does the pregnancy tests fail? I'm really scared and I don't know if I should be happy because this is what I want, or hide it because maybe this is not possible and the tests are wrong. Thank you very much for your help.


The tests are not wrong, you did conceive. But as you know, many pregnancies do not survive the first trimester, and I'm suspecting that your husband doesn't want to get too excited before he knows that everything is ok. Some people are like that, and that's just fine. Congratulations!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.