Peeing on a Stick

My boobs had been hurting for a few days but I just attributed that to my period being eminent. Thinking back, I don’t know why as I’ve never had tender breasts prior to my period. I was also constantly tired. I’d wake up in the morning and instead of feeling refreshed, I would be tired. I’d be at work and just constantly tired. I’d come home and yep, you’ve guessed it, I was tired! I started napping in the evenings after dinner and falling asleep at 10pm. That was odd for me as my bedtime is normally midnight or later. 

I was in Tesco and browsing the aisles for feminine sanitary products when it occurred to me that I was almost 4 weeks late! So I went on a mission to find a pregnancy test. Lots of people must have had the same thought that day as there were hardly any tests on the shelf. I then debated whether to buy Tesco’s own brand or go for the popular Clearblue brand. I opted for Clearblue EASY Pregnancy Test as it was the only Clearblue on the shelf and it was on special offer. 

I came home, had a nap, made dinner but didn’t say anything to my husband of the recent purchase. Half way through our meal I felt a bit queasy but didn’t make anything of it. Instead, I put the leftovers in a box feeling smug as tomorrow’s lunch was sorted. 

Whilst we were having our post-dinner couch/TV time, I nipped to the loo and peed on a stick! The instructions state that it’s best to carry out the test first thing in the morning but I wasn’t patient enough to wait! I had to find out. They were also very specific about how long to pee and how long to wait and it felt all a bit to scientific. I remember feeling really paranoid that I hadn’t done something right, that I had peed too much on the stick or perhaps not enough. That minute I needed to wait for my pee to travel up to the indicator window and the results to show is quite possibly the longest minute of my life! Slowly a cross appeared. But then it didn’t look like anything on the pictures within the instructions! The vertical line was dark but the horizontal line was just about visible (picture below for reference)! The next few minutes entailed a frantic Google search looking for pictures of positive pregnancy tests.  Through this all, my husband was oblivious to my shenanigans in the toilet. I decided to go show him the stick as he, after all, is a doctor so must know what a positive result must look like. 

Out I went to our living room where he was sat nonchalant. ‘What does this mean?’ I asked as I handed over the pee stick. He was befuddled! I had been gone a while so he was most probably expecting me to say that I had an upset stomach… Not news that the two of us might become the three of us.

Needless to say he was ecstatic! And although he was sure it was positive, we still trundled off to Tesco at midnight to get another test to double, triple and even quadruple check! This time we got the Clearblue DIGITAL Pregnancy Test with Weeks Inficator to make sure that all element of doubt was eliminated! And sure enough we were pregnant! The digital message on the stick stated clearly that I was 3+ weeks pregnant. One of the most happiest nights of my life. 

Whilst in Tesco, we also got Pregnacare Max tablets and I’m really glad we did. They contain a really comprehensive set of vitamins andminerals as well as omega-3, which will really help develop baby in the first 12 weeks of life. My midwife also gave me the Healthy Start vitamins but these contain the basic folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin D combination recommended by the NHS (Pregnacare Max contain these too). 

How did you discover you were expecting? How did you break the news to your other half? I’m curious to find out. 

Useful Links 

  1. NHS – Signs your pregnant 
  2. Bounty – Early Signs of Pregnancy 
  3. BabyCentre – Pregnancy Signs at 2 Weeks

  

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