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My Minor Freak-Out Over Pregnancy Tests

As stated numerous times in my main blog, our first 2 months of TTC (trying to conceive) after my miscarriage were unsuccessful. It was only by using online resources such as Fertility Friend and the wonderful community at BabyCenter that I was able to become more in-tune with my body and become informed on practically everything there is to know about the wonderful world of TTC.

(And if you recall, I received several comments about my needing to chill out and just letting it happen. To those people, I am tempted to NA-NA-NA-NA-NAAA in their faces. It was only through charting that I discovered I was ovulating late. And it was only through research that I was able to optimize our chances of conception. SO THERE.)

One of the things I learned in my research was that while there exists a plethora of pregnancy tests on the market, some are preferred over others, as illustrated in Top 3 Home Pregnancy Test Tips posted on my main blog.

And as stated in Tip #2, there is a big difference between First Response Early Result (FRER) and First Response Rapid Result.

I got my BFP (big fat positive) yesterday using a FRER. I made a call to the OB right away, but they said that all they can do at this point is to confirm the pregnancy; I may want to wait a few more weeks until my first appointment.

So in the meantime, I decided to test myself on the FRER every few days (since hCG levels double every 2-3 days and more hCG = darker line). I bought a pack through Amazon, and lord and behold — it arrived today! (Thank you Amazon Prime!)

Then I noticed something on the box.

It said First Response Rapid Result.

I didn’t even know there was a difference!

I quickly looked up its sensitivity level on the web, and sure enough it wasn’t very sensitive.

50-100mIU, to be exact.


Do I wait longer to take my first test? When I take it Saturday (as I had originally planned on doing), will the line be lighter than it was yesterday, prompting me to worry that my hCG levels are dropping and thus will lead to a miscarriage?

I decided to heck with it and peed on the damn test today.

You can’t really tell from this picture, today’s test shows a darker positive line than yesterday’s. In addition, today’s test wasn’t a FMU (first morning urine) which usually contains the most amount of hCG!

Do you know what that means?

I am definitely pregnant, and my hCG levels are rising nicely!

***end crazy pregnany lady’s freak-out***