How far along do you have to be to take a home pregnancy test?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions.

I would generally say you’d want to wait at least a day after you’d be expecting your period. If you take it too soon, you could get a “false negative.” That can be discouraging when you’re eager to know if you’re having a baby!

The tests detect the level of a pregnancy hormone in your urine, and your hormone has to increase to a certain level before a home pregnancy test can pick it up.

It’s called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).You’re not going to make it immediately. You’re going to need time after your fertilized egg implants itself in your uterus for your body to start making that hormone. Then it will double about every two days.

So give your body time to start producing that hormone and doubling to give a true result. 


Jessica Torres, certified nurse midwife, 
Fairview Center for Women – Edina

To learn more: Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.

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