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Can I take a home pregnancy test during the 1st trimester of pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
You can take a home pregnancy test during the 1st trimester, but may want to wait till the end of week 4 to take it. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends waiting 1-2 weeks after the missed period for the most reliable results, in fact. Many people initially take a home pregnancy test because most doctors will not test you until at least week 6. These tests are more accurate if you take them 1st thing in the morning, since that's when your urine is most concentrated. If you get a negative result but still suspect that you're pregnant, wait another week and then take another test

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