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How I Knew I Was Pregnant And How You’ll Know Too!

You’d be surprised by how many times I’ve been asked, “How did you know you were pregnant?”.  It may seem obvious, you take the over the counter pregnancy test and it comes back with a positive, and there you have it, you’re pregnant!  Not so fast, let’s take a step back for a moment, shall we?  If you’re freaking out and want to know how to know if you’re pregnant, freak no more, I’m going to share with you what really goes down and how you’ll know for sure when you are pregnant. Whether you’re at the stage in your life where you’re ready to get pregnant or you’re trying to get pregnant and want to know if perhaps you are, my story will definitely help you. Read on!

What you may not know, and I sure didn’t at the time, is that an over the counter pregnancy test is 99% accurate only after you miss your expected period. Ridic, I know. So, what this means is that if you conceived on September 22nd and your expected period isn’t until October 6th, you have to wait at least 15 days to find out if it’s a yes! Crazy ain’t it?

How To Know If You’re Pregnant

In my case, I had a feeling that i was pregnant, like immediately. I mean, they teach us in middle school that if a man and a woman get together and have S-E-X the woman gets pregnant.  Not only that, within a few days of having … you know (you know what I’m talking about) … I noticed that my lady parts (boobs, how else do I say it?) were extra extra plump and super sensitive, plus found myself running to the restroom quite often. Need a maternity bra guide? After a few days of having this “feeling”, I decided to take a go at my first pregnancy test ever. Exciting!  Actually, it was really nerve-wrecking and stressful. I read the directions like 10 times. By the way, it’s really easy, you literally urinate (I know, gross word) onto the end of the test stick and wait for the results. Here’s a how to use a pregnancy test guide if you’re still worried.

What Happens When You Take A Pregnancy Test Before Your Missed Period?

So, what happened?! After a few minutes of waiting and anticipating the obvious positive outcome, I received a shocking answer from my digital test! It didn’t show me 2 pink lines indicating pregnant, it showed me just 1 pink line. I waited longer to see if perhaps the line was just faint, but who was I kidding. The test clearly showed 1 pink line indicating “not pregnant”. I was so baffled and really disheartened too. How is it possible that I am not pregnant!? My husband and I had had … well, you know…! After freaking out for a bit, I decided to start googling and figuring out what’s really involved with this getting pregnant thing…which is when I discovered a thing called the “fertile window” and ovulation. Seriously, had no idea how these lady things worked and that there is only a small window of time that a woman can actually get pregnant, like only 5 or 6 days during a woman’s cycle! Insane!!! Once I dug deeper and realized that I had done … well, you know … on the most fertile day of my cycle, I started questioning both my pregnancy test, but also my ability to get pregnant.

In the First Response Pregnancy Test box that I used, they provided me with 2 tests.  After countless nights of reading on my iPad that the First Response Test is 99% accurate only after your missed period, I decided I would give my 2nd test another go if I actually did miss my period. First Response advertises on the front of the box that you can tell 6 days before your missed period, but, clearly not! Just to make sure, I would wait a week after missing my monthly to take the test again. When it came down to it, on day 6 of my missed period — that’s 20 days of waiting by the way — my heart was racing while I sat there waiting for the 2nd test to show its results. The test was so fast this time, it came back with a “yes+”.  I was so dumbfounded, but, I knew it! I knew my body felt different almost immediately upon conception and 1 little positive “yes+” test was all I needed to confirm it. No running to the drugstore for 5 more prego test boxes in every brand!

How To Really Actually Know If You’re Preggers

Moral of the story? If you think you’re preggers, be sure to wait to take a pregnancy test until you actually miss your period!  My positive “yes+” came 6 days after my missed period, yours may come sooner, but I can’t guarantee you that you will get a “yes+” if you take the test before your missed period…although First Response will probably disagree.

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About The Author

Gretchen is a plant-based, laid-back, spontaneous gal who loves discovering new cool things. Her mission is helping her fellow readers to improve their lifestyle through fashion, beauty, and health. Gretchen is the Editor In Chief and always loves to hear your thoughts. Follow her on Twitter: @nubry and Instagram: @nubry.

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