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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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I took an pregnancy test this morning with fmu it has the control line then there is a lighter line and then a almost colorless line?? Is it positive?

I took an pregnancy test this morning with fmu it has the control line then there is a lighter line and then a almost colorless line?? Is it positive?

Can retest later: If a pregnancy test result is uncertain, one can retest one week later. It is not necessary to retest any sooner than that. Pregnancy tests should have a Control Line (one line) and then no other lines if NEGATIVE. If there is one other line in addition to the Control Line, then the result is POSITIVE. Haven't seen a 3-lined home pregnancy test, but if you have one, double-check the instructions. ...Read more

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I took four pregnancy test and on two of them the possitive line showed up but they are not as dark as the others the other two were a little lighter?

I took four pregnancy test and on two of them the possitive line showed up but they are not as dark as the others the other two were a little lighter?

Positive: This means you have hcg, hormone that is detected with these tests. Most often (unless you have some rare tumors) this means you are pregnant. However, only 100% sensitive test is blood test. ...Read more

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In the last few days my already light positive pregnancy test are getting even lighter now my temp dropped dramaticly what's going on?

In the last few days my already light positive pregnancy test are getting even lighter now my temp dropped dramaticly what's going on?

Talk to your gyn: It sounds like you're having some stress about a possible pregnancy. There are no gradations of pregnancy tests. They are either positive or negative. Your temperature is not predictive of pregnancy, but can be used to predict ovulation mid-cycle. If you are over 30 days from your last period and your preg test is positive, you are pregnant. ...Read more

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I took a second home pregnancy test the next day an the line was much lighter! 2 prev. Mc. Bad sign?

I took a second home pregnancy test the next day an the line was much lighter! 2 prev. Mc. Bad sign?

Not necessarily: Best to get a series of quantitative pregnancy blood tests to determine the course of the pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im 23 years old. For the past two months i have had a one day period which was lighter than normal. Usely i last 5 days but for past two months i have a one day period i have taken three pregnancy test all saying negative. Could i be pregnant if not what

Im 23 years old. For the past two months i have had a one day period which was lighter than normal. Usely i last 5 days but for past two months i have a one day period i have taken three pregnancy test all saying negative. Could i be pregnant if not what

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx ...Read more

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Pregnancy test is positive but gets lighter each time i take a test. Could it mean miscarriage?

Pregnancy test is positive but gets lighter each time i take a test. Could it mean miscarriage?

Pregnancy: The test is a yes or no question. It does not tell you how much hormone is in your body. So the color change has nothing to do with the viability of the pregnancy. ...Read more

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I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. Two days later I started bleeding. It's not heavier nor lighter than usual. Should I be worried?

I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. Two days later I started bleeding. It's not heavier nor lighter than usual. Should I be worried?

Need to be seen: While half of all pregnancies have some bleeding in the first trimester , bleeding like a period is not normal and could indicate a problem so you should see an obstetrician. Take care. ...Read more

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I tried using home pregnancy test , 2 line appeared but the other line was lighter in color, am i pregnant?

I tried using home pregnancy test , 2 line appeared but the other line was lighter in color, am i pregnant?

Most likely: Most home pregnancy tests will have a line as a "control" meaning it should always show up. The second line is a test line and will show up if you're pregnant. If it showed up, that means there is HCG (pregnancy hormone) in the urine. A lighter line still counts. ...Read more

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I be getting my period on time even is if shorter And lighter than before had already a pregnancy test it came out negative can I still be pregnant ?

I be getting my period on time even is if shorter And lighter than before had already a pregnancy test it came out negative can I still be pregnant ?

Unlikely: If you did not have unprotected sex since your last period, you are not likely to be pregnant. What you described seems a natural variation on menstrual bleeding pattern. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I had a surgical abortion about 5 weeks back and i took a pregnancy test on week four tested positive, however the other line was lighter.am i preg?

I had a surgical abortion about 5 weeks back and i took a pregnancy test on week four  tested positive, however the other line was lighter.am i preg?

Are you?: If you had a termination of pregnancy 5 weeks ago, why would you need a pregnancy test on week 4? If you have been having unprotected sex immediately after your termination then, yes, it is possible that you are pregnant again. If you are worried that the surgery did not go well and that you might still be pregnant, that has been known to happen. See a doctor to examine you. ...Read more

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Lighter shorter period than normal pregnancy test negative, when to recheck?

Lighter shorter period than normal pregnancy test negative, when to recheck?

Check w missed: Period ; can repeat in a week. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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2 periods not even 2 weeks apart, 2nd one lighter and shorter!! Positive pregnancy test, what date do I use to calculate due date??

2 periods not even 2 weeks apart, 2nd one lighter and shorter!! Positive pregnancy test, what date do I use to calculate due date??

Calculating dates: Last NORMAL menstrual period is what dates are calculated from (although it is not an exact science). It is not at all unusual to have a light or irregualr period early in pregnancy. Early ultrasound is very reliable for dates. ...Read more

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My periods are lighter and shorter than usual, lactating, pregnancy test was negative. I do have an enlarged pituitary. What is going on?

My periods are lighter and shorter than usual, lactating, pregnancy test was negative. I do have an enlarged pituitary. What is going on?

Pituitary tumor?: The pituitary gland is very important in controlling many bodily hormone functions. These include lh, fsh, tsh, gh and prolactin. The latter is the one that may be involved in lactation. Lh and fsh are involved in controlling menstrual cycle. Therefore, it is possible you have a pituitary tumor. Almost all are benign tumors. They can be managed by surgery, medical manipulation, or radiation. ...Read more

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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