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Pregnancy Tests and Prenatal Testing

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A pregnancy test can let you know if you are pregnant or not. Pregnancy tests tell if your urine or blood contains a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is produced within days after implantation when the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a woman's uterus. 

This usually happens about nine days after fertilization, with a range between 6-12 days. If you are pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly, doubling early on every two to three days.

The most important questions when getting pregnant and during pregnancy are "Am I pregnant?" and "Is my pregnancy normal?" Most couples also want to have an answer to the question: When will the early pregnancy test be positive?

Like most moms and dads, you want the right tests and assurances about the health of you and your unborn child. That's where prenatal testing comes in. Many, though not all, conditions can be detected before and during pregnancy. Prenatal testing is part of prenatal care and it usually checks the health of the fetus as well as the mother. Knowing about your baby before birth can be helpful in making decisions before and after birth.



Here's a look at the most common prenatal and pregnancy tests that are available, and many that you can expect to undergo at some point during your pregnancy.

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