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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can you tell me exactly when is the latest someone can get a positive pregnancy test?

The latest?: It will still be positive when you deliver the baby, i don't understand? ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pregnancy test was positive but now negative!?

Can you tell me about pregnancy test was positive but now negative!?

Well if you let the: test sit out too long before reading it - it could like it is positive even though it is not. Or sometimes a woman has a chemical pregnancy - & might not have even been aware of it. ...Read more

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I am finishing up my IVF and I have taking a pregnancy test even though i know it's yo early to tell the pregnancy test was positive.Is this possible?

I am finishing up my IVF  and I have taking a pregnancy test even though i know it's yo early to tell the pregnancy test was positive.Is this possible?

Trigger shot gave +: The first pregnancy test you took, if too soon after the embryo transfer, was probably positive from the HCG 'trigger shot' that you took before your egg retrieval (hcg is pregnancy hormone). If you had a blastocyst-stage embryo transfer, wait 9 days post transfer before taking a pregnancy test. Talk to your clinic. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a pregnancy test be positive if i drink alcohol?

Please tell me, could a pregnancy test be positive if i drink alcohol?

If you are pregnant: Drinking alcohol won't give you a false-positive pregnancy test. Do yourself a favor and don't drink if you might be pregnant, period. I hope you get the result that you want. ...Read more

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I had sex 7 week ago. Did a pregnancy test and was positive. Then did USG which tell that I'm pregnant for 4 weeks so I'm feeling confused.

I had sex 7 week ago. Did a pregnancy test and was positive. Then did USG which tell that I'm pregnant for 4 weeks so I'm feeling confused.

Hmmm...: If she has not had any kind of sex since 7 weeks ago, and is now newly pregnant, then she is at least about 9 weeks pregnant (7 + 2 = 9, standard way of counting pregnancy dates). If she is 4 weeks pregnant, it means she got fertilized about 2 weeks ago (2 + 2 = 4). If nothing odd happened 2 weeks ago such as waking up with jeans off and underwear on backwards, she can repeat an ultrasound later. ...Read more

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Two faint positive pregnancy test one negative, how do you tell if ovulation happened earlier than expected? LMC 03/27/15 today faint positive.

Two faint positive pregnancy test one negative, how do you tell if ovulation happened earlier than expected? LMC 03/27/15 today faint positive.

Blood test: Did you have unprotected sex? Did you miss a period? If the answer to both is yes, you may re do the home test. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions carefully. Alternatively you could see your doctor for a blood test which is more sensitive. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a positive pregnancy test with a low, hard cervix? Or is that no way to tell at all? When does your cervix change in pregnancy?

Is it possible to get a positive pregnancy test with a low, hard cervix? Or is that no way to tell at all? When does your cervix change in pregnancy?

Yes yes and varies: It's possible to have a positive pregnancy test regardless of what the cervix feels like. The location and consistency of the cervix is no way to tell if there is a pregnancy. A pregnancy test is the way to tell if there is a pregnancy. The cervix can change right away or not until later. It's different for each woman. ...Read more

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I have taken a pregnancy test that came out positive my last period was the last week of march how can I tell when i conceived?

I have taken a pregnancy test that came out positive my last period was the last week of march how can I tell when i conceived?

Get an ultrasound: If our last period was the last week of march, you should be about 11 weeks pregnant. There is some variability in egg release, though, so, to be sure, you should get an ultrasound to confirm how far along you are. Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently had unprotected sex november 16 my last period was november 1st! i took 5 pregnancy test they said positive but how can it tell at 2 weeks?

I recently had unprotected sex november 16 my last period was november 1st! i took 5 pregnancy test they said positive but how can it tell at 2 weeks?

You are pregnant: One positive test tells you are pregnant. Five positive tests mean you are 100% pregnant. You had sex on your most fertile day in the cycle. This cannot be a surprise to you! please get to your OB soon. ...Read more

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Hi,i just had my pregnancy test whichshowed positive .my blood test showed hormone level 291 bt after 3 days it went down to 26 coz i was bleeding.i m waiting for my next blood test.now its my 5 weeks.can u plz tell me wats happening with me?

Hi,i just had my pregnancy test whichshowed positive .my blood test showed hormone level 291 bt after 3 days it went down to 26 coz i was bleeding.i m waiting for my next blood test.now its my 5 weeks.can u plz tell me wats happening with me?

Dropping hcg: If your hcg is really dropping then you don't have a viable pregnancy. It should go up by at least 15% every 3-4 days. However, in case it was a lab error, I would repeat the hcg a few days after that 26 to confirm it did indeed drop. this sounds like a miscarriage. ...Read more

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Pregnancy test still positive hospital gave me prenatal vitamins it's been a month since I misscarried they can't tell if it's a new pregnancy ?

Pregnancy test still positive hospital gave me prenatal vitamins it's been a month since I misscarried they can't tell if it's a new pregnancy ?

Vitamins ok: It takes several weeks for the pregnancy hormone to be undetectable after a miscarriage, so your positive test is not unusual. However, if there is a chance that you could be pregnant, I suggest continuing the vitamins, at least until everything is sorted out. ...Read more

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I had sex on feb 24th ovulated on feb 27th got a positive pregnancy test on march 14th. Why are the dr's saying they only see gestational sac and i'm too early to tell how many weeks i am?

I had sex on feb 24th ovulated on feb 27th got a positive pregnancy test on march 14th. Why are the dr's saying they only see gestational sac and i'm too early to tell how many weeks i am?

Not Here: This is significant and may be tragic. Please direct this question to your physician who now knows whether you have a variable pregnancy or not. It is unfair to ask us to tell you the bad news without sharing what your provider has told you directly. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex 8 28 12 with one night stand positive pregnancy test on 9 5 12 how can I tell when i conceived my live in partner and I have sex almost regularly so its hard for me to determine who the dad is please offer any advice when might i hav

I had unprotected sex 8 28 12 with one night stand positive pregnancy test on 9 5 12 how can I tell when i conceived my live in partner and I have sex almost regularly so its hard for me to determine who the dad is please offer any advice when might i hav

Old way or DNA way..: The father of an unborn baby is the person a woman had sex with. To avoid confusion, and many emotional, community, and societal problems, men and women can choose to have sex with one person in any time period (thus avoiding any confusion as to who the father is). Failing that, when the baby is born the mother may be able to tell who her baby looks like the most. Dna testing can be done, too. ...Read more

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I have been spotting for 5days pregnancy test is positive could i be having a misscarriage?

I have been spotting for 5days pregnancy test is positive could i be having a misscarriage?

No: There are many different causes of bleeding during pregnancy such as threatened miscarriage, partial separation of the placenta and even infection or inflammation of the cervix. This may mimic a menses but is not considered a period. If you have bleeding during pregnancy you should contact your md. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Pregnancy Test (Definition)

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as ...Read more