BALTIMORE (WMAR) - The decision to have a child is often filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. Women often buy at-home pregnancy tests, and they're not cheap, but do you really need to pay top dollar to find out if you're pregnant.
Like most first time moms, Traci Grasso was filled with excitement when she and her husband began trying to have their first baby.
Her son John is now 3, but she remembers those moments like they were yesterday.
"First time being prego I didn't know what to expect or anything like that so if I thought about it, maybe I'm pregnant, I'd get one and it could be up to five a week," says Traci. "When I did find out it was probably five a day to make sure it was right," she says about her pregnancy tests.
At the store, most pregnancy test kits cost between $10 and $15. For that price, some even give you two testers, but, you're still paying at least $5 per test.
How about paying just $1.
"I know a lot of people are probably skeptical about it, but there's a generic brand for everything," said Traci.
We found $1 pregnancy tests at Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Dollar General's "Baby" brand has an insert with instructions and details about how to test.
That was missing from the Dollar Tree's "New Choice" kit. All the instructions are right on the box.
Tracie didn't mind the simplicity.
"I feel it's the same thing and it's much more affordable," she says.
So, how do the dollar options stack up on the name brand?
We asked family medicine Doctor Christine Alexander to review the research from Dollar Tree's test kit.
"After looking at the studies, I really think there is no difference," said Dr. Alexander.
No difference in the lab, but you may get a different result if you don't do the testing right.
"Like anything it's only as food as the person who did the test and this one is a little bit more cumbersome to do so it puts a little more ownership on the patient and how they perform the test," said Dr. Alexander.
The other issue is when you perform the test.
Dr. Alexander says some women do it too early. "If you really think you are pregnant and get a negative test wait several days to a week to repeat your test," she says.
The doctor says testing at home is really a good first step, and she admits it's cheaper than going to the doctor, especially if you're just paying $1.