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2 minutes with a pregnancy test

 
Would the little plastic stick gives us happy news after our months of trying?
2 minutes with a pregnancy test
By Suki Lock

Pic: Shutterstock

Article originally in Parent24
If Jack Bauer thinks 24 hours are hard, he should try these 2 minutes.

While trying to conceive people have different approaches: marking the calendar, taking your temperature, having sex every x days or – for the less calculated of us – just going at it like bunnies.

Yet, the closer ‘that time of the month’ draws, one thought dominates the minds of every woman trying to make a baby: did it work this time?

Enter the home pregnancy test.

As this is my second time round, I asked hubbie to pick up a test (instead of spending many hours in multiple stores reading the boxes of every brand of home test kit available to mankind). This, however, is where my level-headed approach ended.

A time to read

The instructions were studied in-depth. All of the tiny words and the 3 pictures. In-depth.

As this was a Sunday, around noon, I soon realised there was no way I could wait until the next morning (the best time for the test), so I avoided the loo for 4 hours (second best).

A time to test

I made sure I had all the ingredients: the stick, flat surface, timer, cup and most importantly, a full bladder. Then I filled the cup (yes, with that), dunked the stick, placed it carefully on the flat surface and started the two minute countdown timer. 

2:00

I wait.

1:54

Realise in a panic I forgot to put the cap back on the test. I slam the cap on and check it’s still lying flat.

1:52

Convince myself it is fine.

1:45

A walk around the bathroom.

1:30

Pick up a magazine.

1:23

Put the magazine back down; mind can’t focus (or is too focused).

1:14

Brief glance at the test – control line is bright pink. No other lines.

1:06

Get up. Sit down.

0:58

Try to convince myself I’m not ready for morning sickness.

0:54

Sheepishly retract the morning sickness thought.

0:50

Breathe in.

0:45

Breathe out.

0:41

Another glance.

0:38

Stare at the floor.

0:25

Try to figure out which is my leading eye by squinting at my thumb.

0:19

I think it’s my left.

0:18

Stare at the ceiling.

0:05

I try to convince myself I don’t even want more kids, the world’s a bad place, we can’t afford it…

0:01

I shut my eyes.

0:00

Still shut.

-0:03

Still. Shut.

-0:07

I open my eyes. I slowly turn my head to the test. A bright pink control line and – next to it – a not so bright pink second line.

I’m pregnant.

Calm.

I got up from where I was perched on the side of the bath and picked up the test. I walked to hubbie where he was lying in front of the TV.

‘I did the test. There’s a faint second line. I should probably get a blood test.’

His eyes flickered with hope and then said with the same cool tone as me: ‘Yeah, a blood test would be best.’

It was positive.

Have you done home pregnancy tests?

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