Finding Out That I Was Pregnant

2 years ago today we found out I was pregnant with Oliver. It was an evening full of excitement and worry. I’m not ashamed to say that it was somewhat of a surprise pregnancy. We weren’t exactly ‘trying’ for a baby, but we weren’t going to be upset if I did fall pregnant. To cut to the chase, we had one time of not using protection, so we knew the possibility would be there. We just never really thought about it much.

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The Day Before

The day before we found out I was pregnant I remember feeling very dizzy and lethargic. I didn’t think much of it. 2 nights before we hosted a Halloween party and I drank, a lot. I assumed I was tired from the late night and still getting over the hang over. Later on in the day it suddenly dawned on me I hadn’t started my period yet and I was 4 days late. To be honest I didn’t think much of it as I’ve been late before. Whilst at work the next day after having time to think about it, and talking to my husband, Nathan, I decided I should probably take a pregnancy test to be safe. I’ve taken tests in the past so I wasn’t nervous – I’ve seen that negative sign a few times before!

From what I remember I was excited. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and knowing this time there is a real big chance I could be, was crazy! The more I thought about it, the more the signs pointed to me being pregnant. I was tired and dizzy, I had heightened smell and I was 4 days late. In the past I’ve always been sure I was pregnant but then it turned out I wasn’t, so I wasn’t trying to get my hopes up! I bought a test on my way home from work and decided to take it when Nathan got home from work.

That Big Fat Positive

Nathan sat quietly downstairs. When he get’s nervous he goes very quiet and needs space. I was upstairs in our bathroom and did the test. I put it on the floor upside down so I couldn’t see what the result was. In the past I’ve always remembered tests would take so much longer than the couple of minutes it says on the packaging. Once I’ve sorted myself out, and calmed my nerves, I turned the test over. There they were – 2 big fat lines. There was no doubt. The second line was so strong, it couldn’t be wrong. I was shaking – I was definitely pregnant! I sat at the top of our stairs for a minute or so before calling for Nathan as I needed to calm down. I was excited, scared and confused – Surely I can’t really be pregnant?!

Telling My Husband

I calmly called for Nathan to come upstairs. He could see on my face that it was positive before even looking at the test. I know Nathan was excited, but I could tell he was nervous as well. It’s a hell of a lot of responsibility getting put on you all of a sudden! After about 10 minutes of looking at the test to make sure I really was pregnant we decided to go out for a meal to celebrate. By the time we reached the restaurant I had already looked up what foods I could and couldn’t eat! I wanted to do everything I could to make sure nothing happened to him from the very beginning. That’s when it clicked in my head that 3 days before I got very drunk – To cut a long story short here, the doctor said that early on should be absolutely fine, and after looking at Oliver in my tummy he was okay.

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Taking a 2nd Test

As long as I could remember I always thought that I’d never have children. I’ve always wanted them, but my anxiety made me think something would stop it from happening. We decided after our meal we’d pop to a supermarket to buy another test. This time we got a digital one which would clearly spell out ‘PREGNANT’ if I was. I took the test and within a minute it popped up saying ‘Pregnant 2-3 weeks+’ At this point, it really sunk in that I was indeed pregnant.

Going To The Doctor And The First Scan

We went to the doctors the next day. For some reason she didn’t do her own tests like I thought she would to see if I was pregnant – she just took my word for it! My NHS scan was dated late in December (13 weeks) and I couldn’t wait that long to check everything was okay. I booked to have a private scan at 9 weeks pregnant. We heard his strong heartbeat and saw his little body wriggle around. I was much less anxious after this magical date.

 

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we found out I was pregnant. It was the most surreal day we’ve ever experienced! As you might know, Oliver was born in July 2016, and he’s now 15 months old. We were full of mixed emotions when we found out, and it’s okay to be scared – it’s a huge deal! Although Oliver wasn’t ‘planned’ as such, we love him so much and he was extremely wanted. He’s the best thing that has ever happened to us.

Sarah

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  • I remember being really surprised that the doctors didn’t do a test! The first time there was any confirmation was my scan – I was like “uhm…don’t you want to make sure?!”
    We were very similar to you in how things happened, though I was about 6 weeks when we found out, my sense of taste was all off and I just knew something was different!
    Hels 💜

  • Thanks for sharing your memory. 🙂 Home pregnancy tests are very accurate these days so the doctor will generally accept your assertion with some confidence. Plus… I can’t be the only one who did multiple tests just for the thrill of seeing the lines appear! lol