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Is she pregnant?

By July 2, 2015 - 7:52am
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My baby-sister is 18 years old.
Yesterday she came out clean with me that she thinks she is pregnant.
She had unprotected sex 24th Dec 2014, she had he periods in Jan and Feb, but then it stopped.
I advised her to take a home test and it came out positive.
Could she be really pregnant or maybe something else?

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Hello Christo,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about your younger sister being pregnant.

Has she admitted to having unprotected intercourse since her last period in February?
If so, then you can believe the home pregnancy test result.

Although it is rare, a false-positive pregnancy test can happen. She may want to retest.

One of the most common reasons at-home urine tests return false positives is that they were not done properly, usually because the instructions were misunderstood. It is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before taking a pregnancy test.

You must read pregnancy test results within the time frame specified on the test. It is not at all unusual for evaporation lines to appear on the test strip as your urine dries. If you read the results after the recommended time has elapsed, you may confuse the appearance of urine evaporation lines with a faintly positive test line.

Always check the expiration date of the test before use. An expired test can yield false results.

Hope this helps,

July 2, 2015 - 8:28am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann
Thank you for your responds and advice.
She admitted having unprotected sex around the 24th Dec, and she said she never had sex after that. She usually get her periods on the 17th (+5 days). Jan and Feb she got her periods as normal, only that it was 1 day less (4 days). She never got them since March until this day.
She said Feb around the 17th, she felt nauseous for about 2 days, but it was not that bad to a point of throwing-up.
I expect the pregnancy to show by now, but before she told me, i couldn't see nothing. No-one at home is suspecting anything, i guess i can see it because now i know.
the thing is, she very small build maybe that is what is hiding it for now.

Pregnancy test was still in-date. i explained to her how to do it, i can only assume she did exactly that.
I was thinking of taking her to the Dr to do a proper test, but she is scared and cries everytime we talk about it, and it is going to be impossible without her parents knowing.
I am really hoping that she is not pregnant for her sake and her mother (very sickly), but if she is, we need to know now so that we can do what is right and needs to be done with regard to making sure the baby is taking care of, supplemented with iron, vitamins, etc.
But again is she is not, at least take her to the Dr and get her checked out.

I just wanted to know for sure before I approach her parents and tell them. i wouldn't want to get everyone excited over something that we are unsure of.


July 2, 2015 - 11:56pm
Guide (reply to Christo)

Hi Christo,

Your sister is very lucky to have you as a sibling. You are doing all that you can. You are absolutely correct with your thoughts and plan. Maybe you can convince her to go see a doctor. It will give everyone some peace of mind.


July 3, 2015 - 8:40am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann

Thank you for your support.
She is actually my sister-in-law. i am married to her big sister.
We told her mother on Friday, and set an appointment for today, Monday.
Her mother is really broken by this.
We will know later today and i am sure we ill find a way through this as a family.

again, thank you for your advice.


July 5, 2015 - 11:39pm
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