1 Week Missed Period

Submitted by Nic on January 24, 2012

Most women realize that they are pregnant 1 week after a missed period. The best way to confirm this is to take a pregnancy test. However it must be kept in mind that home pregnancy tests may not always produce accurate results. Many women may take a test 1 week after a missed period but obtain negative pregnancy test results. This can occur due to various reasons.

False pregnancy test results usually occur due to early detection attempts. A pregnancy test works by detecting the pregnancy hormone known...

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...as hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin.

This hormone is released by the placenta soon after pregnancy takes place. However the hormone is not produced instantly and hence it takes time for it to be detectable in the woman’s body. The body usually starts producing the hormone about 6 to 8 days after conception. If a pregnancy test is done too early, it will give negative results even though pregnancy may have occurred. False negative results may also occur when the test is not conducted properly. It is best to do the test in the morning when the urine contains a higher amount of the hormone. The test results must also be read within a specified period of time and if the results are read either before or after that time, false negative results may occur. Read more on 1 week pregnant symptoms.

Even before taking a pregnancy test, many women are able to know that they are pregnant due to certain signs and symptoms which occur. Signs of pregnancy after 1 week missed period include swelling and tenderness of the breasts. The rising levels of hormones in the body lead to certain changes such as increased sensitivity of the breasts. This usually subsides after the first three months as the body begins to adapt to the hormonal changes.

Fatigue and tiredness is also common during pregnancy. It could occur due to the high hormonal levels. Fatigue is high in the first trimester. It then subsides and the woman is likely to regain her energy during the second trimester. However, it returns later on in the pregnancy and may contribute to sleeping difficulties. About 10 to 12 days after conception, there may be slight bleeding. This is known as implantation bleeding and it is caused when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining. About a month after conception, nausea is also likely to set in. This may subside in the second trimester for some women.

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