(Closed) How do you know?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
5373 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Commenting to follow – I was wondering this too! ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: My midwife doesn’t schedule the first prenatal appointment until between 8 and 12 weeks. I’m assuming most people just check for blood and don’t keep testing until they’re past 8 weeks, but you never know aha ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 3
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Count yourself lucky! I wasn’t seen until 10 weeks with both of my pregnancies. You could continue to test, but I’ve seen people drive themselves crazy like that. I would say to just check for blood when you use the restroom, and try to remain as calm as possible.

Post # 4
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Unfortunately theres no way to really know how/if the pregnancy is progressing Without blood tests. This stage sucks. Basically if you’re not bleeding then you’re doing good. Sorry, not any easy news. :/

Post # 5
1341 posts
Bumble bee

you could go to a GP I get your hcg levels checked? That’s our first step here. Positive hpt, gp for blood then ob/midwife eyc. 

Post # 6
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

You wait, pray, and hope. I wouldn’t take tests because they don’t necessarily get darker (Google hook effect). Plus, even after a baby dies you get positive tests.

There’s really nothing that can prevent that awful news (I’ve been there), just assume all is well. Good luck and congrats!

Post # 7
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

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savealife:  I actually went and had an appointment with my GP and he confirmed then (not long after I got my positive). I am not sure I would have been able to get in with the OB without seeing my GP. My OB won’t see most patients until 8 weeks and I didn’t start seeing him until 16 Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ (BTW I am now 34 weeks and never had any HCG levels tested)

Post # 8
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


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Pollywog said — by continuing to test regularly as a stand-in for hCG data, you could wind up stressing yourself out. Past a certain point, the lines do not progressively darken and might actually lighten in weird ways. 

Hard as it is to embrace, there is not much you can do at this stage. Take your prenatals, keep an eye out for bleeding, and try not to worry too much. Everything is very likely going to be just fine, mama ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
4424 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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savealife:  That’s actually really early to be seen. It’s usually between 8-12 weeks and in many places no OB will see you before 12 weeks because there is nothing they could do to prevent anything from happening. I learned in my first pregnancy that constantly testing and seeing darkening lines does not mean the pregnancy will be successful. With this pregnancy, I tested to confirm things were progressing and then just had to wait and hope. 

Post # 11
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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savealife:  I took 6 pregnancy tests within a week.  Had my first appointment at appx 5.5 weeks.  It made me feel better and it got me through my first appt.  Thank goodness the dollar store sells them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t have my pregnancy confirmed until my scan at 12 weeks. I agree with others and wouldn’t keep taking tests because it will just make you paranoid if one day the line is slightly lighter than the day before. I would just keep myself busy, enjoy those days before any potential pregnancy symptoms come in (if they haven’t already!) and take folic acid.

congratulations by the way!

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