There are countless things I wish I knew about pregnancy and postpartum life. So I’ve decided to start a series where I talk about these things. I am basing these posts around my personal experiences and I am not a medical professional. This particular post is Things I wish someone told me: Pre-pregnancy.
I don’t regret my little one coming into the world. I don’t regret it one bit. I love my son and I am so happy I get to wake up to his cute, chubby face each morning. But there are a few things I wish I had known right before I found out I was pregnant.
The best kind of test
The best kind of pregnancy test is an accurate one. Other than that I spent countless hours researching tests and accuracy. Whether I’d received a false negative, a false positive, a true positive, etc. I discovered through many online forums that pink dye tests tend to be the most reliable, as they will not give you false results. I used First Response on a Monday (because truthfully I wasn’t sure when I ovulated that month) and received a negative. I tested a week later and received the faintest line because the test was so sensitive. I also purchased the 88 cent ones from Walmart, and received positives from those, but they took a little longer. Which leads me to…
A faint line is still a positive
When I received the first positive, the line was so faint I almost threw the test away in the trash. I spent the whole morning pacing, wondering if I was actually pregnant. I kept reading that any line is a line, but still, I wished I had known when I should be expecting my period to know if I had tested to early. The next day when I tested, it was a firm positive.
When do you actually ovulate
To be fair, I was a bit careless on this one. I always knew the saying that stress can throw off a period, but I wished I had known that it actually throws off your ovulation. I was incredibly stressed out the month I became pregnant, so I was unsure when I was ovulated and thus why I was so thrown off as to when to test/ when to know I was late.
Listen to your body
I had countless doctors casually throw the word “infertility” around to me. Ladies, unless you have been tested and have received confirmation, do not listen to a careless doctor’s opinion. I was told, almost in passing, that through some simple blood work I might have issues conceiving. This was clearly not the case for me so do not let that scare you. Conversely, if you do not want to become pregnant, do not use this as a way to prevent pregnancy.
Enjoy the last few moments with yourself
Like I said, I am so happy to have my son; had I known I was about to become a mom, however, I would have done some last minute adventures and maybe enjoyed one last glass of wine. I would have really enjoyed my last night of decent sleep. I have some friends tell me they would like to start a family in a few months/years and I always say, enjoy little things now. I’ve already started getting okay sleep again, but since I’m breastfeeding I seldom drink. Just know it’s not forever but it might feel like it, so enjoy everything now.
I hope this helps any woman thinking of motherhood in her future. Be sure to follow all my social media (links on side and/or top of browser).
Happy days and see y’all soon!