Pregnancy Testing

If you think that you might be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the most reliable way to confirm you are pregnant.

 

You can confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test at the Limerick Family Planning Clinic.  Pregnancy tests work by detecting pregnancy hormones in your urine.

 

For the most reliable results, test one week or more after you miss a period. Results are fairly accurate, but if you have a negative test result and are still experiencing pregnancy symptoms (see signs below), you may need to take a second test or talk to your GP or Limerick Family Planning Clinic.

 

If your pregnancy test is positive – the family planning nurse will give you advice regarding the expected date of delivery and options.

 

If you think you might be pregnant, have a test – the sooner you confirm your pregnancy, the sooner you can get the medical care and the emotional support you need.

 

 

 

SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE PREGNANT:

  • Missed period
  • Missing a period is often the first sign of pregnancy that women notice.
  • Morning sickness
  • Feeling sick or vomiting is on of the classic symptoms of pregnancy.
    It can happen at any time of the day and can start as early as two weeks after conception.
  • Heightened sense of smell.
    Some pregnant women also have a heightened sense of smell, so that smells such as smoke or cooking may make them feel sick.
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Changes in your hormones, caused by pregnancy, may make your breasts swollen or sore.
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue).
    Pregnancy can cause extreme tiredness in some women.

All these signs can have causes other than pregnancy, so you will need to do a pregnancy test to be sure.