I have baby fever! There, I said it, and now it's out there for the whole world to google, find and see. It's scary having baby fever, because as a woman with high anxiety levels I tend to worry. Actually I tend to worry a lot. So naturally I'm worried about fertility, fertility issues and things of that nature. Sure, I'm only newly 26 years old, I'm relatively young, I'm relatively healthy and I have had two wonderful pregnancies which have resulted in two relatively easy 3 hour or less labors which included pushing for a combined time of 45 minutes (20 minutes of pushing with my first, 25 minutes of pushing with my second) and then out came my two healthy, happy, beautiful baby boys. So why should I be worried about fertility? Easy, peasie, one, two, threesie, right?
Well that's not necessarily the case for anyone. You see, I have baby fever in the midst of my close friends battle with pregnancy loss, fertility issues and her fight to have a second child. She lost a son to still birth just over two years ago,and she's had at least one miscarriage and a dozen false positives since then. So I'm naturally concerned, not only about her but about myself. Although, I must admit, I'm mostly worried with her. Watching my friend walk down this road has given me a new pair of eyes. I don't take anything for granted any longer. I don't naturally assume that just because I want to have another baby with every fiber of my being that God will see fit to bless me a third time. So I'm nervous, I'm anxious...I'm worried. What if I never get to be pregnant and bring a baby home from the hospital again? What if I never get to have my baby girl that I'm so desperate to have? What if there's something wrong and my fertility has dwindled.
That's where the First Response Fertility Test comes in. It has the potential to calm the fears and quiet the nagging questions of the mind for so many women. I recently had the opportunity to try out one of the new Fertility Tests, and I'll be honest, I wasn't so convinced before I tried it out. How can I pee on a stick and get the answers that I'm seeking out of it? It's by no means the end all be all of fertility, but it's a nice little at home reassurance. And if it shows up that that your FSH (follicle stimulating hormones) are out of wack, well then, it could lead you to the doctor where you can get more in depth testing, and some help that you may have not even known that you needed.
I had intended to take this test earlier than I did, but apparently my 'special monthly visitor' (yes, fellas, I'm talkin' about my Aunt Flo...ya know, my period!) had other ideas, which actually led me to pee on a more traditional stick before I even got the chance to pee on this newer stick technology. I was late, reaaaaaaly late...but I'm not pregnant, so I finally got the chance to use my First Response Fertility Test! Which I was really excited about trying, by the way. The wait was enough to drive me mad.
I finally got the chance to take my test though, and get my results. You do have to wait a little longer with the Fertility Test than you do for a Pregnancy Test, but the sticks, and the form the results take, are quite similar. All you do is POAS (pee on a stick) and wait, after thirty minutes you can read your results. It's as easy as that.
So if you've got questions, or even if you're just thinking about starting to try to conceive, pick up a test and give it a go. It can ease your mind or it can point you in the direction of your OB/GYN...and either way, it's good to know, or at least have some indication of what you're in store for on your road to having a baby!
Thank you to Clever Girls Collective for allowing me to be a part of #CleverTTC #Spon & for giving me the opportunity to team up with First Response & review their new Fertility Test!
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