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What does a Negative Pregnancy Test Mean?

What to do if you have a negative pregnancy test

If you have a negative pregnancy test, it’s certainly possible that you’re not really pregnant.  Some pregnancy tests come in two packs so you can recheck the results of a negative pregnancy test.  If you get one positive one negative pregnancy test in a two pack, you may be so early in the pregnancy that you are right on the border of the level required to have a strongly positive pregnancy test.  Don’t wait until you’re 8 days late or 9 days late before rechecking the test.  Get a blood pregnancy test from your doctor, which is much more sensitive than a urine pregnancy test.  By the time you are 10 days late or 12 days late, the HCG levels in the blood will be sky high and there will be no question that you are pregnant.

By the time you are 13 days late or 15 days late, you will begin to have unmistakable signs of pregnancy, such as nausea, sore breasts, sore nipples, and morning sickness.  While you can have these symptoms for other reasons, pregnancy is the most likely cause of the symptoms.  Don’t be alarmed if you experience some spotting as spotting doesn’t necessarily mean you are having a miscarriage.  Spotting during the first month of pregnancy can represent implantation bleeding (when the zygote implants in the uterine lining) or decidual bleeding (from the edge of the placenta).  Usually, the zygote is completely safe and you won’t have any more bleeding while pregnant.

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