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01/08/2014 at 23:04
01/08/2014 at 23:21
Hi there, just board hopping so at least you get an answer. I sympathise totally since I had all this worry in the early stages especially after my loss last year.
First of all, there are 2 good reasons for a fainter test. First of all, especially with the cheaper tests, there isn't always the same concentration of dye in each test, which can result in different strengths of bfp. Hence the saying, a line is a line! Secondly, it's night time, and your wee will be more dilute than when you test in the morning, again, giving a fainter test.
If you are really worried, tomorrow you can look into getting bloods done privately (beta HCG repeated after 48 hers to check progression) and a private early scan at 6ish weeks. I arranged both of these as soon as I got my bfp since I needed constant reassurance. I think 2 blood tests and the scan came to about £200 all in, but for me it was worth it. However, for tonight you are pregnant.
Hope that's a little reassurance for you, and that you get some sleep xx
02/08/2014 at 07:16
My symptoms were very hit and miss in the early days so please don't worry based on that. As Barefoot said, you don't always get the same concentration of dye in some tests so it's also not a reliable indicator that anything is wrong.
I had an early scan at 5+6 due to bleeding but it didn't really show much, it's a bit too soon but at 7 weeks I could see a heartbeat so if you are able to arrange a private scan in a week's time it should provide you with some reassurance.
Please try not to worry too much, early pregnancy is a testing time! I hope you managed to get some sleep x
02/08/2014 at 07:28
Thanks ladies, managed to get a bit of sleep. I have an early scan booked privately but the place I'm going to don't do it until 8 weeks so that's 3 weeks away. The nurse I spoke to said Bupa do them earlier but I can't find any mention of them on their website. She did say if I'm still worried to see my GP and he can refer me to them for a scan I just can't self refer with th symptoms I have so I might see about doing that on Monday.
02/08/2014 at 10:12
I've managed to find somewhere that does scans from 6 weeks privately, so I have an appointment for next Saturday, only one week to wait! Please tell me the worrying gets less?!
02/08/2014 at 10:19
Glad you got some sleep, I hope the next week passes quickly for you.
Tbh, the worry doesn't really get less, you just find different things to worry about! I had scans at 5+6, 7+3 and then at 12 weeks. They were all fine but I was still bricking it when I went for my 20 week scan. I think I relaxed a little more after then. That probably feels like such a long way away for you now though so don't think about it too much, just concentrate on small milestones, 6 weeks, scan, 7 weeks, 8 weeks...take each day as it comes x
02/08/2014 at 11:16
Thanks Popcorn. I'm trying to feel a bit more positive. Can I ask at your first scan, what were you able to see? When I booked my appointment they said as it's early what you can see could be limited, to be honest I'm only bothered about a heartbeat at this stage!
Maybe this is just nature's way of getting us used to worrying for the rest of our lives about our children!
02/08/2014 at 11:41
It's still quite early days for you to have constant symptoms and I don't think I did at that stage. It was really around 9 weeks my symptoms were pretty constant. I had a scan at 7 weeks and 10 weeks and still worry! Have my next scan on Monday!
02/08/2014 at 13:04
Thanks everyone. I'm starting to feel a bit more positive, the Internet is the best and also the worst place for trying to get answers! My mum was telling me of the simpler times when she had me and there was no such thing, and they just got on with it! Hoping the next week goes quickly!
02/08/2014 at 15:23
My first scan was at 6+2 and I saw a tiny flickering dot on the screen. Sonographer said it was baby, and the flickering was the heartbeat. It was all much clearer 2 weeks later, but that first scan was great to see something alive, not ectopic, and measuring fine.
I also second recommendations to focus on small milestones. Whether that's each week, specific dates or whatever. My utter paranoia lasted until I was about 14 weeks, after which I told myself I couldn't possibly be that stressed for the whole pregnancy, and started to relax a bit. I was picking up baby on my home Doppler by then (with mw's blessing) which also helped.
Just do whatever you need to do for you to feel OK about things, regardless of whether other people think you're paranoid or overreacting. And good luck for next weekend xx
02/08/2014 at 18:11
Thanks Barefoot, it's great advice about the small milestones, for now I'm focussing on next Saturday, if everything goes well then I'm sure that will help me relax a bit! I'm glad to know its not just me that's like this anyway!
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