hi, hoping someone can help. I am 19 dpo, AF is 5 days late. I tested positive at 10dpo 2 days before AF was due and got a faint positive. Tested again a few days later and the line was darker and got 1-2 weeks on cb digital. Tested again today expecting line to be as dark as control line at least but no joy. It is a definite BFP, not faint, not a squinter, but it is about half the darkness of the control line. It looks about the same as the test I did 2 days ago. so I did a CB digital expecting it to be 2-3 weeks by now (as CB test on day of missed AF said 1-2 weeks and I definitely ovulated on May 4, confirmed with temps). But it is still 1-2 weeks. I am really worried I will miscarry. can anyone help. and yes my wee was dilute. I don't use fmu as I wee a lot in the night so my afternoon wee is better.
I understand why you're worried but my pregnancy tests (for dd and ds) both took ages to darken- they were squinters for a couple of weeks. I think my hormone levels must be at the lower end of the scale.
Hopefully you'll be the same way! If it helps i found the most reliable tests to be tesco cheapy ones. Fingers crossed for you
Step away from the tests! I say that having done at least 12 in the 2 or 3 weeks after my BFP. No good will come from comparing line strength or weeks on CBD. Line strength can differ for loads of reasons - amount of dye available, concentration of your wee etc. If the line is there, and the words say pregnant, you are!
I even had the digi go back the way from 2-3 weeks to 1-2 and convinced myself it was all over. I'm now 28 weeks. It's sooo hard, but try not to obsess about tests. Don't do any more.
iamadaftcoo - you are not being silly and that comment was not meant to hurt you but i understand that if feeling anxious you are more vulnerable and sensitive.
how about trying to focus on what you do want rather than "ifs" if just for the next hour.
think about your baby inside and relax your body from head to toe. you are pregnant and at the beginning of a wonderful journey.
go onto you tube and search for pregnancy relaxations, listen and relax to one. book an app with your gp and explain your anxieties and they can do another test to confirm. dont do any more yourself if you can.
Oh Christ, how I wish those stupid tests had never been invented!
lama, congratulations! FR tests are 'semi-quantitative' which allows them to make their vague predictions ('1-2 weeks pregnant' etc), they are NOT quantitative which means the line will NOT get darker day to day.
My advice to you? Particularly if you've had anxiety issues before? Stop testing. Today you are pregnant, enjoy that knowledge. The rest is in the laps of the gods or luck or whatever - stop feeding the anxiety by testing and retesting. It may be hard for you, but repeated testing will just make you feel worse.
Op, you are expecting the lines to get darker because at this stage of pg, hcg levels significantly increase (up to double, but not necessarily that much) every 2-3 days right?
What you need to bare in mind is that at 17 dpo, the levels may well be increasing, but they are increasing from really really low levels, to ever so slightly bigger, but still really low levels And that is perfectly normal!
In these early days while the levels are still naturally quite low, the timing, hydration levels and other natural fluctuations, plus the inherent variations in the test sticks, mean it can be nearly impossible to see a clear darkening yet. If you take tests daily for the next three or four weeks (take it from a poas-addict - I'm not recommending this as a course of action - just an example!), you would see a general trend of darkening lines, but even then, there would be variation (yes, I am speaking from experience, God bless my bank balance ).
Early pg is such an anxious time, but your test lines at this stage mean nothing other than you are pregnant! Congratulations!
thank you for your nice responses everyone, and sorry for getting stroppy. I don't have anyone who really understands how anxious I get and I get told to just get on with it a lot, so I am over defensive and I'm sorry to take it out on you!!
I think I am going to try hard to step away from the tests now, I have one FRER and one CB digi left that I will ask my DP to hide from me.
I have booked myself an early scan so I can hear the heartbeat, that will help break the 12 weeks up a bit!