Re: February TTC
posted at 2/3/2012 2:26 PM EST
As for testing, the marketing groups of First Reponse, et al, have spent billions of dollars convincing you it's worth it to test before your period is due. It's not. If you get a negative before your period is due, it doesn't mean squat. If you are, in fact, pregnant, you MIGHT get a positive up to 6 days before your period, but chances are you'll get a false negative that early, anyway. And, the line will be so faint you'll be on here saying, "I got a really, super, duper faint line. Am I pregnant? Should I run immediately to the doctor?" The answer to those questions are yes and no, respectively. HOWEVER, big caveat to the yes. Many, many, many pregnancies detected that early because of the extreme sensitivity of home pregnancies would have been better never to have known about - they end about the time your period is due, anyway, due to catastrophic genetic combination problems. This is called a "chemical pregnancy." Ignorance is bliss of those; there's nothing you could have done to prevent them, anyway. You'll get what you think is your period and never know you were pregnant for a week, just long enough for a pregnancy test to give a faint positive for a day or so until you lose it what looks and feels very much like a regular period. I know, I had one.
So, please, please, please wait to test until your period is actually late by at least a day. If you can wait until after it's a week late, that's even better. The test will very likely to be definitive then whether it's negative or positive, and as long as you're taking your prenatal vitamins (for the folate, especially, since that prevents birth defects in the fetus before you even know you are pregnant) and doing whatever else you feel you need to do in case you are pregnant that week of not knowing for sure can't hurt your baby.