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New Pregnancy Tests Estimate How Pregnant You Are

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WMDT 47 NEWS - If you've ever been pregnant, or tried getting pregnant, you probably spent a good amount of money purchasing home pregnancy tests. A new pregnancy test, made by ClearBlue easy, appears to show you how far along you are in your pregnancy.

But that estimate comes with an additional cost. On average, it costs about seven dollars more per test, over the regular kind.

Although some think it may be flushing money down the toilet, the majority of mothers we spoke to admit they'd pay the price. "I would really like to know from the beginning exactly where I am," admits local mom, Michelle Trimper.

"You get the coolest nicest one," explains mom, Ashton Donoway, "I mean, you're just not thinking about it. You want to be sure. And I mean, if it had a propeller on it and was five extra dollars, you're probably gonna buy it."

But some moms, like Lauren Hudson, disagree. Hudson says this about her past two pregnancies, "They're going to kind of come when they want to anyway. So, knowing the exact date? Eh."

Pregnancy tests measure a hormone in urine called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, also known as HCG.

Michell Jordan, Professor of Maternal Child Nursing at Salisbury University, tells us although this is an interesting idea, the accuracy of testing for gestational age of your unborn child with a test strip might be questionable. "HCG levels can vary so much between normal pregnancies," Jordan tells WMDT. "Someone could have a normal pregnancy with a very low HCG level. And someone could have a normal pregnancy with a high level."

If you're really interested in finding out how far along you are, early on in your pregnancy, blood tests can determine your child's gestational age. But experts say ultrasound is still the only confirmed way to tell how many days or weeks pregnant you are. And the earlier the ultrasound, the more accurate the due date is.

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