Hpt False Positives?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I recently was having flu-like vomiting for about 3 days. My mother suggested I take a home pregnancy test and it came out pregnant! I was so excited I though it was too good to be true so I took two more. They all came out with the pregnant results and my husband and I couldn't be happier.

However I hadn't missed my period yet I was 5 days away from missing it. When I called the Dr. to set up an appointment the nurse told me that I had to wait until I missed my period and basically inferred I got a false positive result.

I do have a history of ovarian cysts and I know that supposedly they can produce the hormone found in pregnant women.

My question is that after 5 total tests 3 of one name brand and 2 of another they all read pregnant. Can I relax and assume I am pregnant until I finally miss my period to call the Dr? Or do I need to keep stressing about it until Saturday and then until I can make it into the Dr?

Sorry it was so long but I really believe I am pregnant and needed someone to be straight with. This would be our first child.

ANSWER

Even if you have conceived, it is too soon to know if the pregnancy is viable. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than half of the conceptions do not result in implantation (which usually occurs after you miss a period) or successful pregnancies.

One of the first jobs of pregnancy is to learn to be patient. Great preparation for parenthood!!! but no fun in the meantime.

Sorry I had to agree with your provider. Good luck!

--Cynthia Flynn, 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.