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Can You Check Your Miscarriage Risk With a Pregnancy Test?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I’ve already told you about the Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator—which has the ability to tell you how far along in your pregnancy you are (well, at least it tells you if you’re 1-2 weeks along, 2-3, or 3+). I thought that alone was amazingly cool, but it turns out the test also has a separate possible function for those who have a history of miscarriage, or those who are worried they might have one.

Of course the people over at Clearblue didn’t design this snazzy new test for this purpose—but it’s pretty cool that it could be used this way. Especially because the March of Dimes estimates that as many as half of all pregnancies end in miscarriage—many occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. The majority of miscarriages happen in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy with only 1 to 5 percent occurring between weeks 13 and 19.

One of the main warning signs of a miscarriage is that the pregnancy hormone, known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)—which can be measured in a woman’s urine—does not rapidly rise the way it should in early pregnancy. So for instance, if you were to take one of these pregnancy tests and you showed up as “1-2 week pregnant”, and a week later you were to take it again, you’re reading should now say “2-3 weeks” or “3+ weeks” If it does not, it’s cause for concern, and you should see your doctor immediately.

This bonus effect could put some women at ease—just another sign that their pregnancy is moving along as it should. What a relief! But please promise you won’t run out and buy a cartload of these and start obsessing over whether all is well with your pregnancy! And even if you do, the good news is once you get the “3+ weeks pregnant” sign, the tests can’t tell you any more info. So then you can return to relying on your doctor for updates, which is a much better plan in the long run. All those years of schooling weren’t for nothing!

TELL US: Would you use a pregnancy test to find out if you were at risk for a miscarriage?

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A New Home Pregnancy Test That Will Blow Your Mind!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Pregnancy Tests and FertilitySomething’s a little off. Your period is late; you’re feeling out of sorts. Could you be…? Time to take a trip to the drug store (or more often than not, time to send your guy)! The whole anxiety begins…are you pregnant? Are you not pregnant? If you are, how many weeks pregnant are you? So many questions swirling through your head!

Starting September 1, for the first time in the United States, an at-home pregnancy test will be able to tell you just how long you’ve been pregnant. Well, sort of. The new Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator— which has been available in Europe since 2008—will not only tell you if you are or aren’t pregnant, but with a new technology it will also estimate whether you are 1-2 weeks pregnant, 2-3 weeks or 3+ weeks.

The new test has two strips instead of one, and screens for the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone that appears in a woman’s urine stream after fertilization. Clearblue says the test is 99 percent accurate at detecting pregnancy from the day of a woman’s expected period, and about 93 percent accurate in estimating the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant.

What a great idea! Who doesn’t want more information when they first find out they’re pregnant? I know I was so nervous, that it took three positive pregnancy tests before I was sure I somehow didn’t screw up the test results, and even then I wanted to wait to see the doctor to confirm the results before I could fully let myself celebrate. But I think having something that would let me know how many weeks along I was, would have solidified in my head that it was truly real.

I think this is going to revolutionize pregnancy tests going forward. Now if only scientists could come up with a pregnancy test that could tell us from day one whether we were having a boy or girl—that would be a real breakthrough!

TELL US: Would you be more likely to buy a pregnancy test that would tell you how far along you are? Or would you prefer to wait to hear it from your doctor once you have your first ultrasound?

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