Post # 1
Ok, so I have been testing about once a week since I have got my first BFP. Last week I checked and the line was of course really dark. I had my first doctors appointment yesterday and I tested at home yesterday with my FMU. Well it appeared really fast but it doesn’t look quite as dark as last weeks. So of course this was on my mind all day yesterday and I was hoping it was just a faulty test so I tried again this morning and the line appeared just as fast but it’s about the same darkness as yesterdays.
Should I be concerned? Is it normal for the tests to become a little fainter as pregnancy progresses? By The Way I am 6 weeks 6 days. I am aware of how HCG levels are supposed to increase. Maybe i’m becoming a little too test obsessed?!
Post # 3
I tested several times after my BFP but only for like a week or so. My advice to you (although I don’t know a whole lot about testing) would be to stop. Lol even if something is going to happen it takes a little while for the HCG to clear your system so in the end its really not a good indicator I don’t think. It’s just going to make you stress more than you should be. So just enjoy your pregnancy! =) & keep that stress level down =D!!!
Post # 4
@Lindsay05: Put the tests down, and walk AWAY. 🙂 I’ve tested twice, and then wouldn’t let myself again because I knew I would become WAY too obsessed. If you’re really worried, tell your doctor that having an early u/s would make you feel more comfortable. You might have to shell out that extra cash if your insurance doesn’t cover it, but I think it should probably be worth the stress you would put yourself through otherwise. 🙂
ETA: I, like you, am a worry wart. My dr knows this, so without me even asking she set up an u/s for me on Tuesday which will be just one day shy of my 7 week mark. I can’t friggin wait! 🙂
Post # 5
Hi, I’m Ree and I am a POAS addict. I completely get it! I got my BFP on Thursday (it’s Sunday here now) and I have POAS every single morning just to make sure the line is getting darker. There’s not a marked difference every day but lining them all up together, I can see a small progression. I told DH I am going to continue POAS every morning until we get our first doctor’s appt or a blood test confirming that that HCG levels are where they are supposed to be.
Like PP though, I’m going to advise you to step away from the test – you can make yourself crazy analysing whether or not a line is getting darker. Is it the internet cheapies you’re using? I have very little faith in those things. I have some that are 10 IU/ml, so are supposed to be super sensitive, but when I tested on Tuesday, one came up negative and the other one only showed an incredibly faint line long after the testing window had closed, so I assumed it was an evap line. I took a digital on Thursday and it said I was 2 – 3 weeks past ovulation. I would think the super sensitive ICs would have had a somewhat darker line if the digital came up so quickly confirming I am 4 – 5 weeks along! And even know, the ICs I POAS with every morning are still coming up rather faintly.
My advice – don’t stress about it. You had your first doctor’s appt yesterday and I think it’s time to put the tests away… the doctor’s office will be able to monitor everything from here. 🙂
Post # 6
You poor thing!
But I went through the same thing. It is my first pregnancy and I am such a worrier. I tested three times within the first week to make sure (plus the dr’s appt). Then I test around 10 weeks and again at like 16 weeks. I knew it was silly, especially when I had a bump by 13wks and had all the “signs” but I was always freaking out about it and worrying about every little symptom. Every cramp made my heart skip a beat with worry.
I would try to stop testing as often as you are right now. It’s definitely not emotionally healthy for you at this stage! But I totally understand it!!
oh and congrats 😉
Post # 7
Thanks all! Yes I realized that testing TOO much is a problem, and I gladly will admit it! I have read from DR. GOOGLE (since it’s so reliable and how could anything ever be wrong on google?) that as your hCG levels increase the fainter your pregnancy test gets. By the time you are about 12 weeks you could get a negative result. HAD I BEEN FORWARNED, I probably would never have tested LOL.
Post # 8
I tested every couple days at first, even though I know they say it isn’t reliable but I loved watching the line get darker. Once the line was just dark I stopped testing so I don’t know if it got fainter or not but I stopped before 7 weeks, I probably only did until 5-1/2 weeks. I’m sure you’re good though and hopefully soon you’ll get to see the heartbeat on the ultrasound.
Post # 9
I took a digital again today just because I had it. Still said pregnant 🙂 not like I thought it wouldn’t.