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How long after giving birth would a pregnancy test still read positive?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (10154 points ) October 20th, 2011 from iPhone

After giving birth, if a woman were to take a pregnancy test, would it come out positive? I was just thinking and in my mind I would guess it’d come out positive for at least a day or so because I assume all the pregnancy hormones are still circulating for a bit. Right? I’m just curious. I think of random scenarios sometimes!

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I liked your question, it made me think. I’m guessing even longer than a few days. If the hormones are circulating through the body it’s going to take awhile for them to be filtered out.

njnyjobs's avatar

Some studies have shown that HCG (the hormone that triggers a postive test) disappears completely from the body within 3–4 weeks of giving birth, others say it’s between a week or 2, and still others say from 3 to 7 days. . . . of course, there is probably no definitive answer as conditions of childbirth differ from one woman to another and chemical formulation of OTC pregnancy tests may also provide various results

Judi's avatar

I know you just had a baby. Are you a little worried?

Hibernate's avatar

Well I’m not sure but I never heard of someone getting pregnant that fast after giving birth [yet].

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Judi Noooo! ;) It was just a random thought I had.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ItalianPrincess1217 They’re going to have you cranking out kids one after the other. He’s a cutey by the way. Congrats.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Thank you :) No more for me anytime soon! They say you forget the pain of child birth once the baby is born…well they lied. Maybe over time it fades? So once I “forget” the horrible labor experience, maybe I’ll be able to start thinking about more kids.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know the answer, but I do know after a miscarriage they verify your HCG, preggy hormone, goes back to zero. Parts of the placenta I think can keep that hormone going, so they want to make sure the miscarriage is complete. I wonder if they systematically test for it after giving birth at term?

Dutchess_III's avatar

You just had the baby???? But…you only told us you found out you were pregnant last month! Errr…well. Anyway. Other people’s pregnancies always go so much faster than mine did!

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JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III I think you are confusing pregnant jellies.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m just confusing period! It just seems like last week that @ItalianPrincess1217 was asking what the signs were if you were newly pregnant.

OK…who else is pregnant now????? Does it never END??!!

tranquilsea's avatar

I knew someone who had her second child 10 months after her first. It was not planned.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sounds like a very thoughtless husband to me.

selfe's avatar

I heard that, after giving birth, a woman can become pregnant even before she gets her first period. I don’t know though what a test would show if the woman is not pregnant again…

JLeslie's avatar

@selfe Typically a woman ovulates before she gets her period. It is the ovulation that triggers the period. So, obviously a woman can get pregnant before having a period after giving birth.

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