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If you just took a pregnancy test at home and you’ve gotten a positive line, then congratulations. You are pregnant. Despite what others may say, a positive pregnancy test is a positive pregnancy.

What a positive line means

Once you get a positive line, you have enough hCG in your urine. hCG is the pregnancy hormone, and while it is first detected in the blood, it will show up in your urine once you are further along. About 10 to 14 days after ovulation, the levels may be high enough for a home pregnancy test.

Growing hormones

Throughout your early pregnancy, your hCG levels are supposed to rise. If your levels rise normally, it’s important to understand that you are not completely out of the woods. The first 12 weeks are usually uncertain. Below, you can find a chart that shows where your levels should be during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

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Chemical pregnancy

If you suffer a chemical pregnancy, you will still get a positive line. A chemical pregnancy happens when you miscarry before the 5th week of pregnancy. When a chemical pregnancy happens, your hCG levels will drop fast. You can see this on your pregnancy test, but bloodwork is the best way to get this confirmed.


If you got a positive line on a pregnancy test, you should call your doctor. Your doctor may ask for bloodwork to not only confirm the pregnancy but also to test your hCG levels. Don’t be surprised if you have to do two tests in a row over 48 hours to ensure your levels are rising. This is common for women who have previously miscarried.

What are your experiences with faint lines on pregnancy tests? Please share your experiences with a positive line on a pregnancy test to help those who are trying to conceive.

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