Pregnancy: Getting Tested

Being TTC (trying to conceive) for so many years the photo above actually explains more then just this pregnancy as I was testing on a regular basis. Many times I couldn’t move on to a new cycle until I tested. However, when one of my tests actually gave me a BFP (big fat positive) I almost fell on the floor. I immediately thought “Well, this test HAS to be defective” and grabbed another test.

I grabbed my camera and took the above photo and immediately emailed a friend. I wanted to have someone else look at it so I knew I wasn’t seeing things. Since I already had a stock of tests on hand I proceeded to test again the next morning, lunch, and dinner. When all those came back positive I was still in denial. I tested again the next morning and called my OB. I was irritated as the my specialist was on vacation and the receptionist who clearly didn’t know the years of heartbreak I had gone through giggled at me clearly thinking I was nuts. She drilled me with 9000 questions and I continued to tell her I just needed an HCG blood test. Still giggling she tries telling me that if a handful of tests gave me a positive result I’m pregnant and a blood test isn’t necessary. At this point my hormones are on overdrive and I’m still trying to not let my kids hear any of this conversation. I basically tell her this has never been a problem and I’m not waiting a week for my fertility specialist to return. She reluctantly gave in.

Of course the blood work came back positive too.

So, I’m curious. I know when you guys saw my pic of the three tests I got a lot of comments on how many I took. Little did anyone know that was day #2’s tests. Some felt better knowing they weren’t the only crazy people taking test after test. One girl even told me she tested up until her first U/S (which I have to honestly admit I’ve toyed with the idea). Others said they took one test and that’s all they needed.

So, how many tests did you take to confirm a positive result? Did you still need a blood test after to make it official?


  1. 8 testsโ€ฆthen a positive test at the OB’s office. I still asked them for the blood test, I just DIDN’T believe it. Even after my blood work came back positive, I was still in such disbelief that my OB gave me an early ultrasound so I could see the heartbeat – since it was too early to detect with the doppler.

    • Jennifer says

      Ugh, I have to wait until I’m 10 weeks for my US and it’s KILLING me!

  2. Corrie says

    Ok…I knew I was pregnant but my tests kept saying negative. I was almost 3 weeks late before I got a positive. I took 2 tests and then called my primary care to get a referral for the bloodwork. Congrats again!!

    • Jennifer says

      I was so scared something like that was going to happen with my TTC testing. I had to take meds to start my cycle and I was scared I’d be killing a baby and not knowing it. *disclosure* I believe its a baby from day 1.

  3. Shawn Ann @ Shawn Ann's World says

    With our first, we went through fertility treatments and we found out from a blood test (you know, the ones you get from the fertility doctor before starting your next round) and a few days later I still took a home test so I would have one for the baby book. With our second baby, it was a complete surprise so when I got a positive I waited a few days and took another but only because I had an extra one LOL

    • Jennifer says

      Funny how we keep them on stock, huh? Congrats on your newest addition ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Sabreena says

    Well, I was in denial since we weren’t trying to get pregnant with #2. Well atleast I wasn’t trying. Apparently my hubby wanted another baby (as well as I, but I wanted to wait until after my 21st Birthday) and had been trying to get me pregnant for 3 months! I was getting sick and throwing up with no warning, and one day while he was at work I tested and it actually came back negative, so I didn’t say anything. The next day I went about my day, still throwing up, and extremely tired. Hubby knew i was like this for a few days at that point. He came home from work the next night with a pregnancy test. (I was shocked my husband even went into that asile!) this one came back positive, and that’s when he told me that he’d been trying for 3 months to get me pregnant. I called my OB and we had an ultrasound 3 days later which confirmed I was 9 weeks. I took 1 more test before the ultrasound just to make sure, so we took 3 tests total plus an ultrasound before I believe it

  5. Karen says

    Congratulations! My kids are all in their late 30’s now. Back then, we didn’t have home pregnancy tests. I always knew though, that I was pregnant. The doctor’s blood test only confirmed it.

  6. I’ve never done a blood test to confirm but I’ll admit, I’ve never taken less than 5 tests at home. When I found out with Kaydee I went back to Walgreens like 4 times in one day to buy tests, they must have thought I was insane. I just couldn’t believe I had gotten pregnant on the 2nd try, I was really expecting heart ache that month.

  7. Jenny says

    I did 2 tests and then had the blood work done that next week. My first US was at 6 weeks.

  8. I never got a positive home pregnancy test with ANY pregnancy… all mine were confirmed through HCG testing at the dr office! I just wanted one to get that line but they never worked for me not sure why!?

  9. Shauna Brackeen says

    I did two tests at home. One in the morning then I told my husband who was totally shocked. We had tried for 2 years and were not really trying at that point. That evening I got a digital test so my husband could actually see the word PREGNANT for himself. Then me OB did an ultrasound at 6 weeks.

  10. Jenna says

    Congratulations!! I have always taken a couple of tests each day for a few days in a row…just to make sure I wasn’t getting a false reading or something. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to confirm that all the tests were accurate, I also had a blood test at around 5 weeks.

  11. Alex Fisher says

    With my daughter I had taken a bunch of tests then gave up. Finally a friend convinced me weeks later to take a test. I had a digital left over so I thought what the heck I want it out of the house anyways. Yeah, it came up PREGNANT within seconds. That was the only test I needed.

    Now we’ve been ttc for a year. Peeing on pregnancy tests has become a horrible addiction. I would pee on them KNOWING it was too early and KNOWING I’d get a negative. I’ve gone through hundreds of them…I’m sure when I finally get a positive I won’t believe it until I take a digi that says the word lol.

  12. Kimberly H. says

    Congrats again! Yes.. i took a few tests as well… we just get so nervous.. and sometimes those lines aren’t so bold and dark.. and need to be held up right to the light to see it.. and it’s still faint. lots of luck to you for a healthy and happy pregnancy!

  13. TiffanyW says

    I took 7 with this pregnancy. I needed to know for sure and I liked watching my tests get darker, makes me feel like everything is going well. With my first pregnancy I took at least 6-7, we had been trying for 3.5 years so I had been waiting a long time to see a BFP. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Beth W says

    Well we just took a test on Sunday night and got an immediate positive- those tests are so dang expensive- but we got a two pack. Then on Tuesday I started bleeding a tiny bit and tested again that afternoon – still positive with a darker line, then I went into the lab and had blood drawn to check to be sure- my midwives actually wanted blood tests done to check for ectopic pregnancy since there was bleeding but not as much as a miscarriage- so now I’m awaiting results (probably tomorrow morning) of those blood tests. However you’re not crazy sometimes before I would test very early and keep testing but they are just so expensive unless you order them in bulk online and then you have to wait for them. I’m not sure I trust the ones at the dollar store, LOL.

    Congrats on your positive test!!

    • Jennifer says

      I was just recently told about the $1 tests from the dollar store. No joke. The tests in the pic are the $1 tests. Congrats on your pregnancy. Together we can make it to the finish line ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Beth W says

        Thanks Jennifer!! Hmmm I wonder if the $1 tests work for early detection or just if you’ve already missed your cycle. Good luck to you too!! Do you know your due date yet? Mine is April 11th.

        • Jennifer says

          On the box they said you could. Mine changed immediately and were easy to read (as you can see above). I’m due March 29. They said they’ll give me a “confirmed due date” after my US at 10 weeks. So we’re close!

  15. Mandi says

    I just took one test and I knew. My husband and I weren’t planning on getting pregnant. He just returned to Iraq again and after a few weeks, I wasn’t getting my period. I’m pretty regular, so I knew something was up. When the test said I was pregnant, I cried because I was so scared. My husband didn’t return home until I was 7 months pregnant. Now I’m happy God surprised me! ๐Ÿ™‚ I couldn’t imagine life without her.

  16. Nikki @ Mommy Factor says

    First, congrats ๐Ÿ™‚ As for me I knew way before taking the home preggo test from the crazy nausea. There was no way being that sick would be anything but being pregnant. Then I took a home test and then went into the doctors office for a blood test to cover all bases ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Katie Stewart says

    The first test I ever took was a positive one! It was the digital kind, so I didn’t question whether I was reading it correctly. I didn’t even take the other one that came in the box! I don’t know why! It didn’t cross my mind to take another. BUT, this time around it’s taking a LOT longer to conceive and I’m sure if I got a positive I’d take more tests just to make sure! Now I’ve had so many negatives that I’d definitely feel like I needed to see more than one positive to believe it!

  18. I have only bought six pregnancy test my whole life–each one was positive. I have six wonderful children. For the first two or three test, it was those old test tube ones that you look for the circle in the bottom. They were cool to watch the circle form, but it is so much more easier with those little wands.

  19. I took 2 with my first pregnancy, and 1 with my second… with my second I didn’t even get a blood test… just a pee test at 12 weeks. =)

    • Jennifer says

      I can’t imagine finding out 12 weeks in. You must have been showing and everything by then!

  20. I took 2 with Mica. The line was so light. I think I had just gotten pregnant. I was sure he was a girl. NOPE! I had all sisters, and my mom had all sisters; I didn’t know what to do with a boy! LOL

    Then with Isaak I swore I was prego a month earlier then I was. I had sore breasts, skipped a period and just felt, well pregnant! I took a test and it came up negative. I had no clue what to think! To this day I don’t know what to think of that. I just knew I was pregnant, and it came up negative! Then a month later I was pregnant, and didn’t feel like I was as much as the first time! So odd!

  21. Chelle says

    I took at least 6 with all of my girls…I think even more w/Bella bc I had a miscarriage and for 2 years we tried and tried…with no luck. Then I got a positive (my sweet Bella!) and bam. Cleaned the store out! Ha!

    We then have to go to base where they’ll order a urine or blood test.

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one…haha!

    xo & SO happy for you!!

  22. Amanda @MommyMandy says

    ummm do you want to see how many I took? I think I tested until I was 20dpo, so basically 5 weeks pregnant. I too was in denial. actually still have a bag full of tests both FRER and ICs. I also have ovulation tests still.

  23. Amanda @MommyMandy says

    oh and I did not do a blood test, I waited to se my midwife and I knew she would do the tests she needed. After my m/c I didn”t want to go through beta h*ll.

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