By Brandi Jeter
Brandi works in partnership with First Response to share her pregnancy stories. This story was originally featured on her blog, Mama Knows It All
Some of the most anxiety inducing moments in my life have been when I was taking a pregnancy test. Both when I had been trying to conceive, and that time that it turned out ot be a surprise. Waiting for those two little lines to appear, for me, was always both stressful and exciting.
When I became pregnant with my son, I had a feeling that I was expecting.
My period was a day late and that wasn’t normal for me. I knew that taking a pregnancy test so soon after my missed period might give me an incorrect result, but I didn’t let that stop me. I went to the drug store, and looked for a test that promised to let me know as soon as possible.
The very first time I was pregnant, I didn’t know right away. I took a test that didn’t seem clear, and I had to wait to get an appointment with my doctor to confirm. I didn’t want to take that chance this go round. Since I was already two days late, I was looking for accuracy and I needed to know if I was pregnant RIGHT NOW. When I saw the FIRST RESPONSE™ Early Result Pregnancy Test, the shelf in the drugstore with that big “6 days sooner than your missed period” on it, I couldn’t snatch it up quick enough.
I had taken a lot of pregnancy tests, so I knew that I was supposed to use the first urine of the morning. Every book I had read prior said that the first morning urine was the best for detecting pregnancy hormones. However, when I opened the test and pulled out the instructions, I noticed it said I didn’t have to wait. It was like all my prayers were answered! I remember being so happy to read that because I was beyond anxious! After all of that time, had it finally happened? My heart was beating so fast as I pulled one of the two test sticks out of the box. Was I really pregnant?
I didn’t have to wait long to find out. I knew that the test window would show one line if I wasn’t pregnant and two if I was. I took the test and prepared to wait, praying that I’d see double.
The lines came out immediately, and I nearly dropped it on the floor because I was so excited! After all of those months of trying, all those months of waiting and hoping, in just a few seconds, the wait was over! I took the other test just to be sure, and once again, the results were clear within seconds. In that one moment, I knew that my life and my family would be changed forever and I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
Of course, then a new wait began, but nine months later it was totally worth it.