A bizarre new trend has taken off online, which sees women 'tweaking' images of their pregnancy tests in order to try and find out whether they are expecting a baby weeks before the test suggests – and it’s proving so popular, someone has even created an app to help make the process even easier.The impatient practice is not about faking results.
These tests detect the h CG hormone in a woman's urine, which is produced when she is carrying a fertilized egg.
If the hormone is present in high enough levels, the test's 'positive' symbol - whether a plus sign, a second line, or the word 'pregnant' - becomes visible.
So, in an attempt to find out sooner whether they have a little one on the way, some women are taking their tests early, then posting photos of them on sites like Babycenter where they can ask other users to help them edit the images and hopefully get their results earlier. Using photo-editing tools like Photoshop - or the Early HPT+ app - people then change qualities of the photo in an attempt to distinguish whether or not there is a faint, barely-visible positive symbol. The unscientific method involves editing photos of pregnancy tests to determine whether there is a faint positive symbol - unlike in a true positive test (pictured), where the positive symbol is clear Many of the forums warn that the results aren't guaranteed - and advise women to follow up the tweaked test with another one by a doctor - but putting stock in these early indicators can also have emotional drawbacks. Denise Jagroo told Daily Mail Online that finding out about a pregnancy so early on can also do more emotional harm than good.
A high percentage of miscarriages occur during those early weeks, when most women do not yet know they are pregnant.'Perhaps learning even earlier of such a precarious and unreliable answer can potentially be more of a disappointment,' she said.
A small amount of ultrasound gel is put on the skin of the lower abdomen, with the ultrasound probe then scanning through this gel.
The gel helps improve contact between the probe and your skin. It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe lying in the vagina.Transvaginal ultrasound usually produces better and clearer images of the female pelvic organs including the developing pregnancy, because the ultrasound probe lies closer to these structures.Pregnancy ultrasounds are performed mainly using transabdominal ultrasound.For many women, especially after 8 weeks gestation, sufficient information about the baby may be obtained with transabdominal ultrasound only.However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.Transvaginal ultrasound is safe and commonly performed during all stages of pregnancy, including the first trimester. Transabdominal ultrasound involves scanning through your lower abdomen.