I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Being as submerged as my family is in new technology and given that we have had three children stretched out over eight years, we have seen the huge advancements in pregnancy and ovulation testing since we started our family 15 years ago! The first pregnancy test I took was a generic drugstore test in 2000, the handle was short, the tip was small and while we didn’t have to wait long to get the response, we did have to refer back to the box to make sure we were reading the results right!
Years later, when we were trying to get pregnant with our second child, the biggest frustration was waiting for a missed period in order to test. Those two weeks between ovulation and testing were so stressful, it always felt like the longest 14 days ever. Now, with First Response’s FDA approved test, you can find out 6 days before you miss your period!
We had talked about having 4 or 5 kids when we first got married, but we were not in a rush to have them as close as possible, so we were not really worried about charting or specifically trying to get pregnant. We had our son right away and didn’t stress about when he’d become a big brother – that is until he turned 3. I had just assumed that we would have had our second baby by then and that’s when the charting and fretting began. With the old tests I was using, I had to test first thing in the morning, but with First Response you can test any time of day!
Waiting two weeks to test every month was not fun and I’m sure it made me a bigger ball of stress than I would have been if I could have tested in almost half that time. After about a year of this, we backed off a bit and I started to think it might not ever happen again. I was thankful for the sweet little family we had and while I was still very much aware of my cycle and thought about it during those 14 days, I didn’t dare get my hopes up even when I was a day or two late.
Then one month in the spring of 2005, I was feeling really off after ovulation, really achey and my stomach was bothering me – two things that would have sent me into a flurry of anticipation just a year before! My symptoms progressed over the next 14 days and my husband wanted me to test as soon as I could, so I tested on the day I missed my period and surprise, surprise, I was pregnant!
By then, I had learned to relax a whole lot more about it, and let things happen as they were going to happen and what do you know? As soon as I calmed down about it, we got pregnant a third time within three years of having our second child.
First Response (http://www.firstresponse.com/index) can now detect pregnancy 6 days before a missed period, because it is designed to detect all relevant forms of urinary hCG (the pregnancy hormone). The results are 99% accurate from the first day of your missed period and retails between $8.99 and $15.99 at all major drug, mass and grocery stores. On more than one occasion since our last child was born in 2009, I have wanted to test early because I was either so sure I was pregnant again, or so worried I was, that I just needed to know! Having the option to test before a missed period can help avoid a week of uncertainty. I love that we can do it now, and it would have been so nice to always be able to do this! The First Response test is so much nicer and easier to use than the ones I used years ago. It even fits in my hand better, making it easier to aim. This test has a much longer handle, the tip is 50% wider and the result is super easy to read, one line you’re not pregnant, two lines you are. I am not if you were wondering, but here are the results of my three positive tests over the years!