Your Pregnancy Test Is Positive…Now What?
So, you are “late” and thinking, “Could I be pregnant?” You go to the store, purchase a home pregnancy test, and sure enough it reads positive.
The home pregnancy test works by identifying a hormone in your urine referred to as hCG, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This hormone will appear in a pregnant woman’s urine approximately 20 days after her last period. The levels will rise quickly, reaching their peak between 60-80 days. We suggest taking a test after you have missed your period by at least 5 days.
It is extremely normal to feel a range of emotions once you find out you are pregnant. Whatever you may be feeling, take a deep breath. The best and healthiest decisions are made when we take time to gather accurate information and consult with trustworthy sources.
Once you receive a positive pregnancy test, there are some things you should do right away. First you should schedule a pregnancy test appointment with Carolina Pregnancy Center for another test to confirm your pregnancy. You can schedule your test online, here.
At your appointment, if you are pregnant, we will provide you with a proof of pregnancy. This is essential for applying for Medicaid and for access to some prenatal care. In addition, we will give you guidance and access to resources to help make the best decision for you and your baby. We will also give you information regarding our Earn While You Learn and Dad to Dad programs. These programs exist to help you become the best mom or dad you can be and allow you to earn items for your baby through different activities.
It is never too early to start learning all that you can about pregnancy. Even if you have had a baby before, you should brush up on the things you should do and things you should avoid for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
Lastly, take a time to yourself to reflect. What is happening is miraculous. Many decisions may lay ahead, but they shouldn’t be overwhelming at this point. Carolina Pregnancy Center is here to help you.