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Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

I just took a home pregnancy test. What are the chances it’s wrong?

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I just took a home pregnancy test. What are the chances it’s wrong?

The Bump Expert

If it was positive, the test was probably right. That’s because pregnancy tests measure HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone that gets into your urine about 6 to 12 days after conception. If you weren’t pregnant, you wouldn’t have HCG in your bod at all. So congrats! (Be sure to call your doctor.)

If the test was negative, there’s a chance you could still be pregnant. The biggest factor that could affect your result is when you took the test, since it’s more likely to pick up the HCG in your urine the longer you wait to take it. That’s right: Some tests claim to be 99 percent accurate on the day you miss your period, but that’s probably not true. You’re most likely to get an accurate result if you wait until about a week after you were supposed to get Aunt Flo.

If it’s been that long, you can trust its accuracy, but if it hasn’t and you got a negative result, be sure to take another test again in a few days.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Quiz: Am I Pregnant?

How to Tell Your Partner You’re Pregnant

What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit

Source: Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The Bump Editors

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

The following is a great answer. The only thing I can add to it is that you can't really view as accurate the home pregnancy test statistics of the days before your period is due. Many tests will say you can get an accurate result up to 5 days before your expected period. I was tracking my cycle religiously (so I knew the exact day when my period was suppose to come) and still received a false negative ONE day before my missed period. According to the brands statistics, that test should have been 80% accurate if taken correctly. Two days later, a day after my expected period, the HCG in my body was finally strong enough to be picked up by the same test: the digital first response said to be the most accurate outside of a doctors test. So, as the other answer mentioned, testing on the day of your expected period or especially after are really the MOST accurate way to avoid false negatives.

katsnyder86 |

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

Home pregnancy tests are statistically very accurate, especially if the test is positive. But nothing is completely accurate. I had three negative pregnancy tests before my doctor caught that I was pregnant during a routine physical. So yeah, when in doubt, get a professional to check it out.

footnotegirl |

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

I think it will be a matter of time where home testing kits will become so accurate that it will reach an almost 100% accuracy. In the future, we might even get kits that will tell us the gender of the child, though, I believe many rights groups will be violently against that.

Htaylor12345 |

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

On Saturday I was negative. I was due for my period on Tuesday but held out until Wednesday (today) to test. I got a faint second line this morning and I hoping that it was 100% accurate. According to the box of the certain "6 days before your missed period" test, it said that "in 1 study pregnancy was detected 68% of the time." That is not that high. Just something I thought about while I was waiting to test.

mrshatcher519 |

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

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