The DL on pregnancy tests.

I have taken many, many pregnancy tests throughout the years. Mainly because I am paranoid about getting pregnant again. Or maybe because I want another one, and it would be fascinating to see that second line turn pink. I have two daughter and one miscarriage, and so I have seen that second line come through. I would keep taking the tests when I found out I was pregnant. It’s fascinating to me.

So here is what I have learned. I recommend pink dye for pregnancy tests always. Blue dye gives false positives, however with my second daughter I used a blue dye test,  with the cross that shows up if it’s positive and it that is how I found out I was having her.

With my second daughter, my husband and I were trying to conceive. I used an ovulation calendar app. with her, and I got pregnant. I was feel very fatigued, emotional, and certain smells grossed me out. At three weeks pregnant I took a first response  and it came back positive. It took five minuets to come back positive. First response is my #1 go to, and I highly recommend first response. It can detect HCG 6 weeks before your expected period.

If you are on a budget, you can use a test from the dollar tree, as long as it has blue dye, when your period is expected, and that will work just as well. Make sure you follow the directions precisely, do not add too much or too little pee, so that you do not get a false positive.

I do not like the digital ones because even in early pregnancy the line will show up very faintly. If there is a visible line in the pregnancy window with ink, you are pregnancy, congratulations! But always check again in case it is a vapor line, (which is a line with no color), or it is just too early to tell. I don’t know how well the digis  detect the pregnancy hormone early into pregnancy, because I always want to know right away. I’m very impatient.


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Dealing with pregnancy nausea…

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When I got pregnant with my first born daughter, morning sickness, struck me at about 6 weeks into the pregnancy. Not just in the morning, but more like 24/7. I was sick all the time.
I remember going to bed after working night shift, I went to bed, then I woke up vomiting. I didn’t stop until she was born. I had hyperemesis gravidarum throughout my entire pregnancy. Hyperemesis is extreme nausea and vomiting throughout your pregnancy, where I lost 15 pounds and I was in the ER getting an IV due to dehydration. I went to the ER at least once a week until I was about 16 weeks pregnant.  I took Zofran the whole pregnancy, which is now not allowed by doctors, because it can cause heart defects. My daughter is doing well, she’s vibrant, intelligent, and very healthy.
I had to quit my job, it was like having the flu the whole time! I got through it, it ended in 9 months with a beautiful baby girl, that blessed my life, and I couldn’t image a better blessing.
With my second born, I only got sick once. I took Zofran throughout the whole pregnancy, which once again isn’t allowed anymore.
So, how did I get through it? Hyperemesis is rare, so I am one of the lucky ones…
If you are dealing with pregnancy nausea and vomiting, try your best to keep a little something in your stomach every two hours throughout the day so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop. Crackers, or just anything that you are craving. I had crackers and 7-up or ginger ale which worked better, by my bed the whole pregnancy. Try Popsicle’s and jello. Try to stay away from fried foods, that makes it worse. Try sipping ginger, and peppermint tea. I also used peppermint essential oil. There is also motion sickness bracelets that you can buy, I tried that I was desperate. You can also get acupuncture. Try to eat 6-8 small meals a day, to keep your blood sugar up, so that you don’t get a dip in your blood sugar and get sicker. Try chew-able kids vitamins instead of prenatals but talk to your doctor for recommendations. Vitamin B-6 is supposed to help as well. I also took liquid calcium and magnesium, which was recommended by my midwife, for leg cramps and constipation, and it worked.
This post isn’t intended to replace a doctors advice, it is what I did under the supervision of my mid wife. Always confirm a supplement with your midwife or doctor. Hope this helps, I’ve been there done that.
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