Tammy (age 22) writes, “Dear Hannah, My husband and I have been trying to have another baby for a year now. My last period was April 30, 2010. I took an online pregnancy test, and it stated that if i was pregnant that im 4 weesk. I took the online test because my breast or sore to the touch, and my daughter has been under me more then usual, and everyone around me have been dreaming about fish. (I know they are old tails but thats how I found out about my first pregnancy). My question to you is, since its June, When should I take a home pregnancy test? or should I just make an appointment to see my ob/gyn?“
While some people can get positive HPT readings even before their next expected period should begin, I personally find that waiting until the next expected period should end and taking an HPT then is most accurate. Home pregnancy tests rely on enough hCG in your urine in order for them to give you a positive result. Whether there is enough hCG or not is going to depend on when you ovulated, when implantation occurred (assuming it did occur), etc.
If you’ve got lots of money to “invest” in HPTs, then, sure, you could take one now. We have the Dollar Tree around us, and they usually sell accurate HPTs for just a buck which is pretty cool. Other places around us (including Walmart) charge several dollars.
If you don’t want to keep needlessly adding to the checking accounts of the HPT manufacturers, then I’d probably wait a full week, if I was you (well, a week after May 30) and take an HPT then. I guess that would mean waiting until this Sunday (June 6). When you do take one then, be sure to take it first thing in the morning with your super-concentrated-post-sleep urine as that will give you best results in the event that there is hCG in your system.