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How and when did you find out about your pregnancy?

What were your first emotions? How did you tell your husband/boyfriend?

Feel free to link up to a story on your blog – I love reading those!

My one and only experience with pregnancy tests happened just this month.

In the beginning of the month, right after my ovulation, we figured we’d finally ditch the condoms since my April ovulation has passed, so next time it comes around we’re good to go. No need for birth control anymore.
It was scary and exciting at the same time, because I’ve been on the pill for 8 years and then used barrier methods for the last three months as we were getting ready. For 8 years every time we had sex, I’d always have this fear of pregnancy. My mind would always rush to “Did i take the pill?”

Now we have decided that it is ok but my mind hasn’t been exactly clued in.  Both hubby and I had this nervous laugh as we were going at it 🙂 lol

But you know, we both knew that I can’t get pregnant since it was past my ovulation. Everything was fine, until about 7 days later I got some spotting ( implantation spotting, anyone?), so I went back to look at my BBT chart and realized that possibly we might have done it closer to the big O than we thought. I shrugged that off and we spent the next few days having fun in Orlando. Until this one evening when i got a really strong wave of nausea that wouldn’t go away for a day ( I don’t normally get nauseous for no reason)

Hubby insisted that we go into Walgreens and buy a pregnancy test ( MY VERY FIRST ONE IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE), because if I were in fact pregnant, he’d drive me straight home rather than spend the night at his mom’s house and then go to Disney the next day. {The reason for that is that we feel very strongly about the fact that during the first 2 trimesters the baby is very vulnerable to all sorts of germs and infections and disruptions and that we’d rather shield it from anything and everything possible since we are able to do that, while the brain and the neural tube develops along with other organs, because any little mess up could result in things like dyslexia, ADD, personality disorders, learning disorders and etc. So my first two trimesters will be a super quiet, calm time without exposure to germs or toxins.}

I really loved that he took it so seriously that he wanted to drive me home if we got the BFP ( big fat positive). I was ready to say: “I’m not pregnant, let’s just wait until I get my period” and continue having fun. But he was really serious about it, which I love ( considering I am the one who is usually all about making everything perfect).

The funny part was that it mattered to me WHERE I’d take the test. I didn’t want it to be a hotel room, or someone else’s house. I wanted it to be in something that’s ours. I was ready to pee on a stick in our car 🙂 But then figured I wasn’t really pregnant, so there was no need be picky about a place to get a big fat negative.

So that was my one and only experience with pregnancy tests, but I absolutely LOVED how protective of me and the baby my husband got.

Update: Sorry if I didn’t make it clear, but I was NOT pregnant. We definitely missed the ovulation date and all is good. Now starts the real deal- the TTCing.

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  • Reply
    Ashley Sisk
    April 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    So, I take it you’re not pregnant then. I’ve been told that the best time to take a preg test is first thing in the morning. I’ve taken a few in the past year because my BC basically eliminated any bleeding – TMI, right? It freaked me out at first but my doctor said it’s normal. Now because of the insurance, I had to switch again. I’m sure my entire system is screaming at me right now.

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 26, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      I could have been. We ditched the condoms after my ovulation. Now this coming up time it’ll be for real. Real posible pregnancy test.

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I’ll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. I had really sore breasts for about a few days. After a year and a half of trying to conceive and having the doctor tell us that we would need to get on Clomid to have a baby, I was in denial and sure that we were NOT pregnant. After some urging from a co-worker, I went to Walgreens on my break to pick up a test.

    Just so you’ll know…you don’t need to buy an expensive test. The cheap ones work and they work well. I bought the cheapest one they had because I was sure I wasn’t going to get the BFP. I had a plus sign in seconds.

    The rest of the story (my emotions and such) is here:


    I can’t wait to hear your story. Soon:)

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Hahahah I just read your story 🙂 *never ever take a pregnancy test at work* lol
      That’s so sweet that your hubby cried 🙂
      And yeah, I really don’t see the point in getting an electronic pregnancy test or anything fancy. First, I can read the faint second pink line, and secondly, it’s just cooler to have a ttraditional one, so romantic 🙂

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I knew very quickly when I was pregnant. I charted for both pregnancies and took a test at 10 days post ovulation (DPO). Well, I’m sort of a test-aholic so I have tested as early as 8 DPO, but never on a cycle where I was actually pregnant. ; ) I second the testing first thing in the morning.

    P.S. That was so sweet of your hubby to be so concerned! Aww! He’s going to be a good daddy!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Yeah I know about testing first thing in the morning, especially when testing erarly in the cycle, since the hormone level is higher in the morning. I’ll probably be testing 8 DPO 🙂 lol especially if i have some symptoms 🙂 which at that point I probably won’t. Will see.

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        April 26, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        I’ve heard the blue dye tests are more likely to give a false positive too. FYI. With this pregnancy I had symptoms very early. Not super obvious ones, but craved cheese ALL THE TIME, a little bit of back pain, a little bit of heartburn (which I almost never have unless I’m pregnant), headache, maybe I was just looking for them though! ; )

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          Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
          April 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

          Yeah I doubt back pain and cravings really kick in that early. Heartburn possibly…
          I think sore boobs and possibly some cramping is smth that might show up early enough, due to implantation and hormone level. But those are also PMS symptoms, which is kind of funny 🙂

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    Flower Photography
    April 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    My first was in a shopping center toilet. I knew we had tried and I can’t remember if I was late – but think i must have been – would have only been a few days late if that. I remember screaming out in delight that it was positive and skipping out with the biggest grin. The rest were at home and I would do it and then leave the test placed for hubby to see when he walked in.
    I think you hubby’s reaction was just precious!

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    April 27, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    With Nate, we were like you… in the month before we were going to start trying. We were avoiding ovulation that month. Clearly I screwed up! My period was late and I took an old test I found in my drawer and read it to be negative. A few days later I almost passed out while shopping, had to go home immediately and nap. I decided to take another test, this time a new one with directions and it was positive. And tI realized hat the other one had been positive too and I read it wrong. So lesson learned, read the directions! We were kinda shocked and not that excited since it wasn’t in the plan but that went away after a few weeks.

    With Mia, I knew almost immediately that I was pregnant because I was charting cervical position (TMI sorry) and I was waking up to pee at night and I never do that. That happened with Nate too. It must be a hormonal reaction cause clearly a spec of baby wasn’t pushing on my bladder! Anyway, I waited until 9 days past O and started testing. I think it was 11 days past O that I started to see a faint line on the test. It got darker each day then I did a digital that says the word pregnant. Those are so fun, I highly recommend getting one just to see that word come up!. 🙂

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      hahahaha! I love this “clearly I screwed up!”. That’s really funny!
      I can’t imagine how to even start charting my CP, i read about it, but am too intimidated. My ovulation is like clock work every months, so I figured charting BBT should be enough.

      Thanks for the tip on the E-tests.

      • Reply
        May 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        i used the digi tests to and LOVED to see that pregnant come up. so much easier than worrying about lines and what not. they are more expensive but worth it i think!

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    Elena C. :)
    April 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Awwww, love Andrew’s reaction 🙂
    Big protective daddy in a cave 🙂

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      ahahahaha yeah! That was a first. It was nice. I love how he doesn’t think I am crazy for wanting to be ont he safe side the first two trimesters, at least, and actually wants the same thing.

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    April 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I’m a little confused, are you or are you not expecting? I saw the tag that said BFN, but wasn’t sure when you concluded with “I absolutely LOVED how protective of me and the baby my husband got.” If you are than CONGRATS and may your pregnancy go smooth without complication!

    I think you’ve already read my experience, but man… it was most certainly the most emotional moment I’ve ever experienced. We’ve been blessed to not have any MAJOR complications, I had an amnio done at 15 weeks due to an enlarged nuchal fold at the 11 week anatomy scan. Everything turned out to be just fine and li’l man is growing just fine. I’m still being monitored frequently and after next week I will be receiving weekly sonograms, and bi monthly OB visits. I love that they’re cautious and want to err on the safe side, otherwise I haven’t had any problems with my pregnancy. No spotting, no abnormal cramping, not a thing. I’ve got 7 weeks and 6 days till I meet my LO and I am beyond excited to do so.

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    For us, it took 3 months to get pregnant, and the months prior I had taken too many pregnancy tests because I was impatient, so I made myself promise that I wouldn’t take another test at least until I had missed my period. Mostly because in NZ, pregnancy tests are unbelievably expensive. 🙂 Anyway, I was determined not to take the test, but my period was due any day, and then I don’t know why I decided to since I didn’t have any symptoms, and especially because it was the middle of the day and I know it’s best to do it in the morning, but I just couldn’t wait. So, I peed on a stick at like 1pm, totally expecting it to be negative, AND IT WAS POSITIVE! I honestly could not believe it so I took another test and it was obviously still positive.

    I didn’t just want to call my husband at work, so when I picked him up at the train station that evening I brought this little baby outfit that said “daddy’s sidekick” and put it on the passenger seat so he’d see it when he got in. We were absolutely thrilled and sooo excited!

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    April 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    We didn’t try or prevent. Whatever happened, happened. It was dec 16, 2009. I got up to go to work, but felt so sick. I had to go back to sleep. I didn’t think I was pregnant though. Later that night, Jon brought home pregnancy tests. i took 2. There was one very prominant verticle line { made the +} and a faint horizontal or negative line. I figured because I saw one line ( vertical) that it was negative. Anyway, jon read the instructions more and that’s the hcg line. I was shocked. Didn’t think it would happen so fast. I think I almost cried and Jon was excited. He called his parents like right away lol. When I found out, I was 8 weeks along. My first dr appt they made at 11 weeks. I was surprised they didn’t want me in sooner, but apparently, that’s pretty typical. Have fun trying!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      April 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      I think it’s so sweet when men react really well to pregnancies! So sweet your hubby called his parents immidiately!

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    April 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    To add it was 3 months after I stopped the pill.

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    it’s been SO long since i caught up with all of the blogs (my own included)… so i’ve been catching up on yours and i want to say GOOD LUCK! i’ll share my story too…

    i was getting super stressed out at work in Sept of 2009 and as i’ve said before in other TTC question posts we had basically just decided in August we’d ditch the condoms and see what happened. due to my work frustration and some serious homesickness my husband bought me a ticket home to see my mom for her birthday. about a day into the little trip i started feeling pretty weird. i was STARVING all of the time but as soon as i’d get the meal in front of me i’d get so nauseous from the look and smell of it (especially the eggs at my favorite home diner which was very sad for me at the time, lol). anyway so i was starting to get suspicious but didn’t want to let on with my parents so i just kept brushing it off and saying that i must be coming down with something. the day i was supposed to fly out i just knew something was up so on the way to airport i asked my mom to stop at a drug store so i could get some lozenges so suck on during the flight (i get bad pressure build ups in my ears) and while in i also picked up the preggo test. i was so nervous and excited but i got through security and had a lot of time at my gate so i rushed into the closest bathroom and took one of the tests…. it was SO POSITIVE! i took a mobile photo and sent it to my husband because i just couldn’t wait. when i finally got home that night he made me take the other one so he could see it change himself and we got another positive! june 2010 we had miss abby!

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    May 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Hi there, I’m new to your blog! I know I am a bit late to this party (question), but I figured I’d add my little story!

    Here is a link to my blog post explaining my story. http://ourblissfullifetogether.blogspot.com/2010/10/baby-girl-potter.html

    Let me also say that I had a few symptoms before taking the test. My boobs felt way sore and I was having to run to the bathroom every 20 min! haha That morning, I tested!

    Please excuse my amateur blog. It’s definitely not as awesome as yours and others! 🙂

    • Reply
      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      May 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Oh don’t be silly! Your blog looks great! And your story is just precious! I love how your husband couldn’t believe you were pregnant 🙂

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    June 11, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Here is our (most recent) baby story.

    Let this be a lesson to you! LOL.



  • Reply
    February 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m just SO HAPPY i found your blog…we just started trying (i still find the whole TTC thing weird…i mean as an abbreviation)….PLUS where i live, TTC is actually the subway…anyways…
    i’m scheduled to go see my doc soon so i can get all my facts right about the right kind of vitamins that we’ll need etc…your posts are so real and very informative…
    thanks so much 🙂

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