Before you decide to terminate…Hurricane, WV
Did you know you can have a positive pregnancy test but not have a viable pregnancy? What does that even mean, you may be asking. Well…
Pregnancy tests are positive by measuring the amount of HcG in your urine or blood. If it detects any trace of this pregnancy hormone, it will result in a positive test. Seems simple, right? Not completely.
The only way to determine if a pregnancy is actually VIABLE is through an ultrasound. What does viable mean?
- Is your baby growing in the right location (the uterus)? Pregnancies can occur outside the uterus making a successful pregnancy impossible (and this requires emergency care!)
- Does your baby have a heartbeat? Fetal heartbeats cannot be detected until nearly 6 weeks from the first day of your last period. You can have a positive pregnancy test while still carrying a baby who does not have a heartbeat. This results in miscarriage.
- Is your baby growing in the proper timeframe? Sometimes babies measure much smaller than what they should depending on what the first day of your last period is. This could indicate that you may be in the process of miscarrying.
You could still have a positive pregnancy test while experiencing any of the above circumstances. That’s why we strongly recommend that you have an ultrasound BEFORE YOU DECIDE. Miscarriages are much more common than you think. According to the Mayo Clinic, miscarriages occur in 10%-20% of all known pregnancies.
Know before you decide. Contact us for a free and confidential ultrasound today. You’ll never regret knowing all the facts.
*All medical information for this blog was given from a Cross Roads Pregnancy Center medical professional.