Is it possible to let your baby know you are pregnant as soon as possible?

Are you late for your period? You are curious to know if the bread is in fact baking?

Some people find it difficult to get pregnant. Others just get pregnant.

You may wonder how long you will be able to tell if you are pregnant if you have had unprotected sexual relations in the past.

These tests are 99% accurate. But with something so important like whether or not you will have a child, how can you rely on plastic from the grocery store's health and beauty section?


According to Joi Robinson Tidmore MD, home pregnancy tests are the most common way for people to find out if they are pregnant. These tests are safe and accurate, as well as being almost as fast to identify early pregnancy than a blood test.

Dr. Robinson Tidmore explains the process of pregnancy, and when you should find out if you are pregnant.

Here's a Timeline of Conception and Implantation

There are many steps in your body that lead to new life. These phases can help you understand the timing of pregnancy and how to detect it.

Ovulation: 2 weeks before your Period

You have a window of opportunity to get pregnant. You ovulate approximately two weeks after you last period. This is right in the middle a 28-day cycle. It means your ovary released an egg, and the egg is now waiting in your fallopian tube for sperm. You will ovulate between 12-24 hours. Your body will absorb the egg if it is not fertilized.

Conception Time: 24 hours after Unprotected Sexual Sex

Unprotected intercourse can lead to sperm swimming fast in an attempt to reach the egg. If a sperm makes its way into the egg to fertilize it, then conception occurs.

Injection: Within 6 Days of Unprotected Sexual Sex

Once an egg has been fertilized, it will attach itself to your uterus' lining. This triggers the formation of a placenta.

Birth Hormones Released 11 Days after Unprotected Sex

When the placenta is formed, it releases human Chorionic Gonadotropin ("hCG") also known as the pregnancy hormonal.

Early pregnancy detection

To detect pregnancy, pregnant tests include home and office tests. These levels will quickly rise and then continue to increase for the first 2 to 3 months. Your levels of hCG may then start to decline again, but you will continue to have them throughout the pregnancy.

Home Pregnancy Tests

Most people use home pregnancy tests, which are strips that test for hCG in their urine. They're the best way to find out if they're pregnant. One study says they're the go-to for 76% of people seeking to detect pregnancy.

Home pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy for women with regular menstrual periods. They are generally available within four weeks of the beginning of their last period. If you are on a 28-day cycle, this is two weeks from ovulation. This also marks the start of your next period.

Dr. Robinson Tidmore advises you to take a home pregnancy check two weeks after your unprotected sex.

Yes, the results of the stick can be trusted.

Dr. Robinson Tidmore states that home pregnancy tests can be sensitive and precise. Although some tests can detect pregnancy before missed periods, the effectiveness of others can be variable. The home-based test results will still be reliable if you have a regular period and are not more than a day late.

Blood testing

A healthcare provider might order a test for pregnancy to confirm your suspicions. It is usually done to determine if you are pregnant, if you have fertility treatment, or a situation where you need to know if you are.

An ultrasound can confirm pregnancy if it is done by a doctor. It usually takes around 10 days for a home-test to show results.

Early pregnancy symptoms

You may start to notice changes in your cycles if yours isn't consistent with the calendar.

One tip: There is no one way to feel or look the same during pregnancy. Dr. Robinson Tidmore recommends that you don't rely on your symptoms to tell if you are pregnant.

The majority of early signs and symptoms of pregnancy don't show up until eight weeks after your period. But, it is possible for them to appear earlier. Some symptoms can appear at the same time as your last period.

Some people may experience light spotting (also known as implantation spotting), which can indicate early pregnancy. It occurs when the embryo attaches itself to your uterus. According to Dr. Robinson Tidmore, implantation spotting can sometimes be overlooked because it might occur around when you are expecting your period. However, implantation spotting won't be as severe and likely last less than the duration of your period.

Other common signs of early pregnancy include:

You should be cautious about pain in your abdomen that is only one side, particularly if you experience dizziness and bleeding. You should immediately contact a healthcare professional if you feel this way. You could have an ectopic pregnancy (tubal). It occurs when an egg fertilized by another person implants into your fallopian tube. This could be dangerous.

Talking with a doctor

You should make your first call to the doctor. However, don't assume that they will need to see you immediately.

"Some people assume that because they had a positive pregnancy test at home, it is necessary to have the results in person," says Dr. Robinson Tidmore. Home tests can be so precise that most health care providers accept it as confirmation of pregnancy. They will schedule you for a visit several weeks later.

Your healthcare provider will conduct tests such as an ultrasound to verify that you are having a normal pregnancy.

There are some things that you can do before your first appointment to help get your pregnancy started healthy.

It can be thrilling and terrifying, nerve-wracking and frightening to find out that you are pregnant. You can keep your baby and yourself safe by knowing that you are pregnant right away.