Pregnancy is truly a life-changing event. Knowing earlier if you are pregnant or not allows you to make important decisions such as adopting healthier lifestyle choices. You can begin taking better care of yourself and your baby sooner, in the critical first stages of your baby’s development.
Early pregnancy detection is better for you – and better for baby
- The first few weeks of pregnancy are critical to fetal development, so early prenatal care is important to healthy birth weight and baby survival.
- The sooner you know you’re pregnant, the sooner you can begin making healthy choices for yourself and your baby that include diet, nutrition and limiting your exposure to hazards.
Every month, as a part of a normal menstrual cycle, a woman ovulates (ovary releases a mature egg). After intercourse, sperm travels through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes towards the egg. If a sperm successfully enters and fertilises a mature egg, conception occurs. At this instant, characteristics such as gender, skin, and hair colour are determined from the parent’s genes.
Fetal Development Begins
Once the egg is fertilised (unites with the sperm) it takes a few days for it to travel down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. During this critical time, several important stages of development occur.
Pregnancy Hormone is Released
About one week after conception, this developing embryo will implant into the wall of the uterus, connecting to the mother’s blood supply. When it implants, the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is produced to progress the pregnancy.
The amount of HCG in a woman’s body doubles every 36 to 48 hours as the pregnancy progresses. The most sensitive pregnancy tests are able to detect smaller amounts of HCG in urine, which happens early in the pregnancy.
Let Us Tell You First
6 days before a woman misses her menstrual period, the FIRST RESPONSE™ Early Result In-Stream Pregnancy Test or the FIRST RESPONSE™ Digital Pregnancy Test can detect whether HCG is present.
Take Action Sooner By Testing Sooner
Two pink lines in the Results Window or a ‘YES+’ means a woman is pregnant and she should consult with a health care professional immediately. One pink line or a ‘NO-‘ means she is not pregnant. If a woman still believes she may be pregnant, she should retest in a few days because HCG levels vary between women and some women have difficulty calculating the exact date of their next period.
Make Healthy Choices Sooner
Detecting HCG in the urine as early as possible allows a woman to begin to make healthy choices for herself and her unborn baby, including seeking prenatal care sooner; changing diet and nutrition; and avoiding smoking, alcohol, certain medications, herbal remedies, and exposure to certain chemicals.
Empowering Women to Know Sooner
When a woman wants to know if she is pregnant, everyday can be a lifetime. The sooner a woman knows she is pregnant, the sooner she can consult with a health care provider for early prenatal care and begin making healthy choices. The makers of FIRST RESPONSE™ understand that knowing sooner can relieve the anxiety of not knowing and increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy. FIRST RESPONSE™ - let us tell you first.