When you have decided that it’s the right time for you to have children, you don’t want anything standing in your way.
Your mind is set and it’s focused on that one thing only.
You may become so obsessed with the notion of having a baby, that you may make it a ritual to check your cycles, chart ovulation days, and monitor with pregnancy tests.
You may see one, two or quite a few negatives. Then bam! One day, there it is …clear as day. A positive pregnancy test!
You shout to the heavens because all your baby prayers have been answered. You have never been so happy to see two lines in your life!
You test, and re-test again….you know, just to be sure.
At first all seems well.
Then you notice that the second line on the pregnancy test is a bit faint and maybe not as bright as when you tested the first time.
The line gets progressively lighter and lighter. Worry sets in. Am I pregnant? I have to be. The test was positive right?
This story is very common for many women. But what exactly does a faint positive mean, and what are your next steps when you receive one?
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What could a faint positive mean
When you have conceived your body starts to produce the HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormone, which is what most home pregnancy tests are able to detect in order to give you a positive test result.
This hormone is produced after the egg has been fertilized and has implanted in the uterus.
A faint positive test could absolutely lead to the outcome of an actual pregnancy. In such cases, the HCG hormone levels continue to rise and actually double.
When a test has a faint positive line, you could also be dealing with an evaporation line, which can occur when test results are checked outside of the specified time frame.
A faint positive could be the result of an expired test as well.
The last explanation could be that you may be having a Chemical Pregnancy.
You may never have even heard of the term before, and that’s okay.
Chemical Pregnancies occur very early on in the pregnancy, way prior to 12 weeks, and sometimes result in bleeding right around the time that a period is due.
When it happens, you may not even realize that you were pregnant.
Allow me to be the first to admit that sometimes we can actually work against ourselves, when we constantly check pregnancy tests too early or prior to a missed period.
Therefore, realizing that you have indeed had a chemical pregnancy, well….it can leave you feeling a bit sad.
You question yourself as to what you could have done to prevent it.
What did you do wrong? What could you have done differently? Basically you torture yourself.
However, you have to understand that when all the factors needed to sustain a pregnancy are not present, there is nothing that you can do.
What should I do?
What you can do, is take proactive next steps to healing yourself. Allow yourself time and space to deal with the realization and internally process what has occurred, but do not beat yourself up over it.
Grieve for a specific period of time, and make a committment to move on, at or by a specific date.
Cry if you have to, talk it out with a close friend or partner, and express how you feel about what has happened.
In the mean time, find ways to relax and replenish your body while promising yourself that you will move on.
Last my friend, never give up. Do not allow the sadness of the event to overpower you to the extent that you don’t want to try again.
Having a baby does not happen in a vacuum. A host of factors have to be right for your body to create new life.
Keep trying and make a personal commitment not to stress over it.
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