How does the home pregnancy test work?

Test day!! I woke up all excited at 4.30am (I wish I had this much energy every morning!). The hospital had given us 2 very basic pregnancy tests so I grabbed one of them and made my way to the loo (very glamours)! 

If you don't know, the pregnancy test picks up a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is only secreted when the placenta placenta starts to form and increases as the days goes on. You must have sufficient quantities of HCG in your urine for the home pregnancy test to pick up. Some are more sensitive then others. Each stick has a test line to indicate that the test is working properly and a second line that comes up only if you are pregnant. If the test line doesn't come up, the test failed and you must repeat it on a new stick!

My Home Pregnancy Test

Just my luck, the test line didn't come up. Disappointing or what? I must have stared at it for about 5 minutes before accepting the test was not going to work! Now I had nothing left in my bladder to do a second test so back to bed I went waiting for my body to produce some more of the golden liquid. 

It's better to do the test on the first urine of the day as it carries the most amount of hormones, but that was already gone. An hour later I was ready for another toilet visit! The test line came up straight away, but not the pregnancy line 😕. You are supposed to wait about 10 to 15 min so I left the stick on the side and went to the kitchen to make breakfast. I was trying out this new pancake recipe for pancake day but turned out to be inedible! Not a good day so far! 

About 40 min later I remembered the test! Damn it! You're not suppose to leave it that long! Even then I could only see a faint pregnancy line. Is it a positive? Is it not? Did I leave it too long? Or maybe it is right and I just have less hormones in my urine right now?! Ergh! All those thoughts and google didn’t make it any easier! James being the rational one, suggested we went for a walk to get some fresh air and buy some better quality tests. 

We bought 2 'Clear Blue' tests, the ones with a digital display so there would be no doubt about the result. I thought I'd get 2 just in case, so I could do one the morning after if needed. I think I had convinced myself it would be a negative! 

Going back home I suddenly felt exhausted and even a little sick... nerves I think. 

I got home and straight to the loo again and within 2 minutes the result was in: PREGNANT!! What a relief!

Yes!!! I wasn't going crazy! I knew I have been feeling different, but part of me wouldn't allow myself to believe it as to avoid disappointment. Now it is real! And the reality comes at a size of a poppy seed!

❤️ Early days but we are hopeful ❤️
A little life growing inside of me… it gives a whole new meaning to bodybuilding!