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Mumsnet is not a virtual pregnancy test.

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GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:00:20

'Am I pregnant?' threads.


Surely by the time people have created a thread which lists all their symptoms, they could have peed on a bloody stick? confused

Killairno Wed 02-Dec-15 19:03:06

I do see your point but I remember when I was wondering if I was pregnant and was stuck at work and googling symptoms and estimating due dates and all that stuff and I really just wanted someone to talk about the possibility with in the absence of being able to get a firm answer.

They are just reaching out to share their concern/excitement etc and I don't think they really expect a confirmation or otherwise of an actual pregnancy.

Talkmeoutofthis222 Wed 02-Dec-15 19:04:59

Well were you killairno? grin

Oakmaiden Wed 02-Dec-15 19:05:22

Just sharing their excitement/ concern. I quite like poas threads.

I have a very unexciting life.

GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:05:50

killairno Totally get that, and I've seen threads (sometimes live ones grin ) where I can understand why the question has been asked.

But sometimes I do actually think the OP is expecting MN to offer a ClearBlue-style PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT grin

Chattymummyhere Wed 02-Dec-15 19:06:06

I find them pointless... We all go take a test many hours later op comes back saying she tested and it was pos or neg. nothing we said would change the outcome.

Narp Wed 02-Dec-15 19:06:11


I think people who post those threads realise that. They aren't stupid.
As Killairno said, maybe they can't get out to buy a test, or they are scared to, or they just want to share with someone.

You don't have to click on those threads

GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:07:54

I understand the sharing thing. But why? What does it achieve? It doesn't take the OP any closer to a conclusion.

AuntieStella Wed 02-Dec-15 19:08:48

I did once see someone post on one of these that the OP should pee on her keyboard so we could tell her...

If someone is excited but unable to test and just wants to witter on about a delicious maybe, that's fine. But I think it helps if the poster actually says that, rather than just asking if they are/are not.

GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:10:59

If someone is excited but unable to test and just wants to witter on about a delicious maybe, that's fine.

Yes, I completely agree. I think those are the threads I meant when I said I'd seen and understood why they asked. The hand-holding type ones.

jamhot Wed 02-Dec-15 19:11:30

I got a false negative 3 days after my totm was due. It took til 6 days past til I got a faint positive.

A stick can't share that anecdote.

SauvignonBlanche Wed 02-Dec-15 19:13:10

I did once see someone post on one of these that the OP should pee on her keyboard so we could tell her...

I think I'd have pissed myself if I'd seen that. grin

Cnmorgan13 Wed 02-Dec-15 19:14:38

When I did my pregnancy test, I just couldn't register the result. I read the instructions over and over and clearly had 'the line' but just couldn't comprehend it lol! The lovely ladies at mumsnet confirmed it for megrin

Killairno Wed 02-Dec-15 19:17:59

Talkmeoutofthis I was once and I was not the other time.
I was sitting at work and it was ALL I could think about- even resorted to googling "Am I pregnant" and "online pregnancy test" knowing full well it was absolutely not going to be able to give me a proper answer!

Yes, perhaps making it clear that they want support and anecdotes rather than answers would be a better approach to such threads, though.

GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:18:23

Ahh but morgan that's had at least pissed on something before asking the question grin

Floggingmolly Wed 02-Dec-15 19:29:46

It's not just not being able to go out and buy a test; you get full technicolor photos with "Can you see a line"???? If you can't see it in person, it sure as hell won't look any clearer in a photograph...

Sparklingbrook Wed 02-Dec-15 19:32:59

When the test gets posted and everyone can see a line more often than not I am squinting away and can't see it. confused

There should be a rule that you can't start an 'Am I pregnant' thread until you have the test in your hand. grin

It's not fun when the Op says 'I can't go out to get a test til a week on Friday 'because all my leg bones have fallen out/no car/no shop/nobody to ask to pick one up' etc.....

MTWTFSS Wed 02-Dec-15 19:33:27

There needs to be a separate area of the site... "Am I pregnant psychic?!?"

Senpai Wed 02-Dec-15 19:33:40

It's also not therapy or couple's counseling, yet people gripe here all the time.

Ignore the threads you don't like.

HesterShaw Wed 02-Dec-15 19:35:12

Someone once (unkindly but I did smirk) "why don't you piss on the keyboard and the computer will tell you?"

HesterShaw Wed 02-Dec-15 19:36:17

Oh I see someone beat me to that anecdote smile

Sparklingbrook Wed 02-Dec-15 19:36:37

An 'Am I pregnant' topic?

I wasn't on MN when I had my two DC but if I was I may well have started a POAS thread, who knows. It is exciting to think you could be if you are trying and really want to be.

MerdeAlor Wed 02-Dec-15 19:36:55

Well said OP. I've started stating the bleedin obvious on those threads. We're not mind readers.

laundryeverywhere Wed 02-Dec-15 19:39:51

You are very irritable OP, could be a sign, you better POAS.

GoApeShit Wed 02-Dec-15 19:40:23

It's also not therapy or couple's counseling, yet people gripe here all the time.

That's not a valid comparison. There are many, many people on here who have needed help, reached out for it and got some invaluable support. And quite rightly so. In those instances, MN actually helps. But when it comes to wondering if you're pregnant, there's only one way to get to the answer and it ain't posting on the internet.

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