Is it possible to get a false positive?

Liana - posted on 02/20/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Hi

I did a home pregnancy test yesterday and today and both times there was a faint positive, i have just been to docs to have a blood test so hoping it comes back positive as well. Is there any chance the home pregnancy test was a false positive?



also i have a 13 month old little girl at the moment and was wondering how hard other mums found having two this close in age





Just to let everyone know, I got the bloods back last night and I am pregnant. Its very early, only four weeks tomorrow but pregnant. my HCG level was 71, im not sure if this was good or not?

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Karen - posted on 02/20/2011

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my dr told me that it's absolutely NOT possible for a false positive test because the test will only be positive if there's hcg in your system..and that's only in your system if you're pregnant...false negatives are completely possible though.

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Marie - posted on 03/04/2011

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you can get a false positive if your are taking any fertility drugs or if you have had a misscarage but your are more likely to get false negatives

Belinda - posted on 03/04/2011

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With my first child i had taken 3 home pregnancy tests with all coming back negative and then i ended up going to the doctor's and the test i took there came back positive. I think maybe it has a lot to do with how far along you are. I might of only been a week or 2 overdue which is why the home tests kept coming back negative.

Gizzy - posted on 02/25/2011

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Congrats! I have two, 21 months apart. My oldest is two and my youngest turned one last week. It was crazy for the first few weeks as I was bf. I tried my best to give the older one huge amounts of attention but it was hard to do so when it was feed, burp, change, rock etc with number 2. Now it's a completely different story. They're great together and are playing together. My youngest looks up to my oldest who delights in entertaining and making number 2 laugh. She also looks out for him and warns me when he's up to something he's not supposed to be at! I wouldn't have it any other way. Enjoy your pregnancy, it will go so fast this time and also enjoy your precious time with number 1!

Liana - posted on 02/23/2011

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We were planning this baby so I havnt been using contraceptives, but I know all about them for when I need them again
Thanks

Janet - posted on 02/23/2011

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good luck - and having two or three children is a challenge especially close together - have u tried contraceptives?? i have implanon which is a chip in my arm, so i don't forget to take the pill - check it out

Marea - posted on 02/23/2011

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no you can not have a fasle positive you must be just very early stages if you done the test right n it is hard wit 2 but i hav worked out how to cope n hings i changed to make it much easyer for mevn nit workes good luck .

Tina - posted on 02/22/2011

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the only reason i would know of for having a false positive is if maybe you'd recently had a miscarriage or something. Otherwise a faint line means your pregnant. Congratulations. I'm pregnant and i have a son they will be pretty well right on 12 months apart. I'm happy about it though i bet they'll be a handful.

Cheryl - posted on 02/22/2011

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congradulations!!! Parenting is hard no matter what ages and how far apart...there is positives and negatives...it is just harder in different ways but as you know rewarding as well.. I have kids from 32 to 5 plus 9 grandkids that we often are "other parents" for as a couple of the daughters are single parents... none of mine were that close in age and it has to be hard as can be when they are little but on the up side they are in similar stages and you will have more freedom at an earlier time. At the strong "activities" stage they will be there at the same time plus on the up side when they are teenagers they only jump your car insurance for having a teenage driver not per driver...me I paid for teenage drivers on my policy for what was ever. Personally, I have found the old saying to be true that we are not given more then we can handle" but I definately found that preparing, getting support and making time for myself to be major elements to helping me "handle" it. Along with knowing that what ever difficulty there is "it will pass" and we will move into a different stage. All in all the blessing and joy have outweighted the difficulties.

Sandra - posted on 02/22/2011

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Congratulations, FYI I have heard a false positive is not possible, because the HCG has to be there to get that reading, false negatives, however happen sometimes very early on with low HCG levels.

Rachel - posted on 02/22/2011

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I have two ... 11 months apart (16 mo and 5 mo) It is VERY difficult for me - but you learn to manage. I'm lucky enough to have an amazing support system with my husband and other family members. At least you'll have over a year apart between them and your little girl should be a lot easier than my older one was when I first brought her baby brother home.

Julia - posted on 02/22/2011

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Congratulations!
For future reference, false positives are much more rare than false negatives.
My oldest 2 are only 19 months apart, I got pregnant when my daughter was 10 months old. I won't lie to you, it was very hard at times, but as they got older they have been very close, and it was kind of convenient in a way to have them at similar stages of development most of the time.
I also have 2 sisters (close to my daughter's age) who are 13 months apart. They looked out for each other almost from day 1 and consider themselves twins. They got into lots of trouble together, too, and the younger one only spoke "twin talk" until she was about 2 and a half.
In neither case was there any trouble with the older baby being mean to the younger one, but that is something to watch for, as it's not unheard of. Make sure to give her lots of attention, talk to her about her brother/sister, and show her pictures of developing babies and newborns, explaining what's going on with your big belly (there's no advantage in telling her before you start to show, 9 months might as well be an eternity for a kid that age). You might want to have a gift for her ready to bring home from the hospital, to get off on the right foot with the new baby.

Allison - posted on 02/22/2011

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False positives are possible, but the technology with home pregnancy tests has gotten so much better over the years that it's the same stuff OB/GYNs and other healthcare facilities use when they do a simple urine pregnancy test. My husband saw 2 faint positives when I took 3 pregnancy tests and while he believes that I am pregnant he still wants the confirmation from the doctor even with the sore breasts and no period for almost 2 months. My daughter will be almost 3 or have just turned 3 when this one is due so I'm in the same boat on having 2 kids.

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2011

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I've had a false negative and it turned out I was pregnant. This was from a blood test. Congrads!

Eileen - posted on 02/22/2011

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False negatives are possible. False positives aren't. The test looks for a particular hormone and won't find it if it isn't there.

Sammerah - posted on 02/21/2011

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My son was only a few months when I got pregnant again, I had a pregnancy test done at our health department before getting a shot, and it was negative. I found out a week later I was pregnant. My son was 13 months when our second son was born, and I was so scared the whole time i was pregnant. But its much better than I expected. I learned not to jump so quickly and cater to everything, put them on the same feeding and eating schedule, my oldest adapted very well. I think he was too young to feel resentment, and now at 1 and 2 they play wonderfully together.

Pamela - posted on 02/21/2011

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My 2nd and 3rd sons were born 22 months apart. So both were in diapers for a short while only. I didn't find it particularly difficult having children that close and so many other women have had babies only one year apart, so I felt that I was blessed.

The great thing is that the older of the two has always felt very protective of his younger brother, even today when there is absolutely no need as both are in their 30's.

Enjoy your babies because they grow up faster than you can even imagine. One day you will look back and think nothing of the 22 months difference in age.

Becky - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have a 15mth old daughter and am currently 16 weeks pregnant. I did home tests at 3weeks with both pregnancies. The tests with my daughter were all very strong straight away but my 2nd pregnancy was very faint. The blood tests came back very low too so I had to repeat the tests 3 weeks later & the results were stronger. My doctor told me it was probably just cos it was so early on in the pregnancy but to take extra care as there was a chance I might miscarry. He said that home tests can be quite faint til 5 or 6 weeks as the hormone levels are low. My 12 week scan showed a very healthy, active, perfect little boy & apart from having different cravings this pregnancy feels just like my 1st one.

Emily - posted on 02/21/2011

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I would doubt it's a false positive... did the lines stick? I have had evap lines on tests and at first thought they were positive.. but then the second line faded away within a few minutes.

Tinker1987 - posted on 02/21/2011

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I think the only way you can get a false positive is if you recently could have miscarried and the hormone is still in your system,but other than that when i found out i was pregnant i had a very faint line and the dr office test was negative but the blood work confirmed positve,my dr said its rare to get a false positive :)

Blackwood - posted on 02/21/2011

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Very, very, very unlikely. From my understanding and research (becuz I came up with a very faint line not even 2 weeks ago and am currently pregos). The only way too get a false positive is if you recently had a miscarriage and your HCG levels are still up a bit. An expired test or if you walk away and leave a test sitting there for more then 10 mins and see a line. So I really hope your blood test comes back positive. My son is 18 months old and from my understanding it's hard and tough to raise 2 children under the age of 2, however of course it's worth it. Best of luck

Helen - posted on 02/21/2011

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yes you can get false positives on home tests - and suprisingly on blood tests too. Last year I did a home test that was positive, followed by a blood test that was positive but when we had the first scan there was no pregnancy. It was one of the worst moments of my life when the OB quite simply said there's nothing there

Louise - posted on 02/21/2011

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If there is a faint line to stipulate you are pregnant then you are pregnant, but if there is no line there is still a chance you are pregnant and you need to test again a few days later. Both my sons did not register on a pregnancy test until I was nearly 6 weeks pregnant. My daughter registered as a very faint line at 5 weeks. If you have seen a line then yes you are pregnant congratulations.

Having children 20 months apart is ok any earlier and you would have a job on your hands. Your eldest child will be old enough to understand what is happening by the time the baby comes. One tip is to buy a special present for the eldest child and say it is from the baby and ask family to bring a small present for the eldest like some chocolate buttons as well as a gift for the baby. This stops any jealousy.

Colleen - posted on 02/20/2011

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It is possible to get a false positive but it is rare. If both tests came back positive and your blood test probably will too. I'd also give it a couple more weeks before you do another home test if you were planing on one.



I forgot to add that my daughter only took one test for me to know and this pregnancy took about three at homes and one in the doctors office. 34 weeks with a boy now

Sharon - posted on 02/20/2011

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I was told it is possible to have a false positive, but highly unlikely and is generally due to a chemical error in the test. I found out I was pregnant with this baby when I was 3wks 4days, very very faint line. While the test at the dr still came up negative he said to me, "congratulations, a line is a line so in my book your up the duff" :-)
As for the kiddies being close, I'm not sure, baby #2 is due when our son will be 17.5mths so we'll see.

Jeannette - posted on 02/20/2011

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i have 2 girls and they are close in age like my oldest was 17 months old when my other daughter was born. In the beginning it was hard because my oldest was so use to having all of mommy's attention.But it did get easy just let your oldest child help like let her get a diaper for you or let her hold the bottle while you are feeding her if you chose to bottle feed. i also gave my oldest one on one time too and that helped her out too because then she didnt feel like she was being left out.

Corinne - posted on 02/20/2011

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yes, false positives are possible! ive also had friends that had negative home and dr tests but still ended up being pregnant...

as for the other question, i dont know! im due in june and my daughter will be 2 and a half by then... its still a scary thought and im nervous to have two kids but i know itll all be worth it!

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