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I Had a Good Feeling: Taking an Early Pregnancy Test

By Nichole |

Today, I am 11 days past ovulation.

Just 11 days.

This was the first cycle that I’ve ovulated in months.

I tried to stay calm, but I had a really good feeling.

I let my enthusiasm get the best of me and I convinced my husband that we should take a pregnancy test.


I chose a test that says it can detect pregnancy 6 days before a missed period.

I’m due for my period on Friday, so I have only 3 days left to wait.

I asked my husband what he thought and he was still reluctantly nodding “yes” as I was running for the bathroom before he could change his mind. (We always read our results together.)


I must like to torture myself.

I must.

Because now, it’s nearly 10pm and my heart is hurting.

And I can’t undo taking the test.

If I hadn’t tested, I’d still have hope.

False hope, but hope nonetheless.

This shouldn’t be this difficult.

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Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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26 thoughts on “I Had a Good Feeling: Taking an Early Pregnancy Test

  1. Sara says:

    Do not give up hope. sending you (((hugs)))

  2. tracy@sellabitmum says:

    Hugs to you tonight. Remain hopeful dear friend. xo

  3. Mama Wants This says:

    Oh hon, I’m so sorry. Don’t give up, it will happen. It will.

  4. Kristine says:

    Don’t give up! I took an EPT 3 days early and it came back negative, now one year and 3 months later I have a wonderful little boy… Sometimes your hormones take a bit longer to increase to a readable level.
    Big hug! It will happen!!!

  5. 2bkate says:


  6. Rosstwinmom says:

    My heart just aches for you. All the pain of this situation is still so easy to remember even as I sit here getting breakfast for my 3 year old twins.

  7. Stacia says:

    I second/third/quad the don’t give up= and re-test if you’re late!! My hormones were supersuper low (at almost 7 weeks) they thought I wasn’t preg!!! It’ll happen! Sending baby dust and hugs and prayers!

  8. Katie says:

    they can give false negatives! You could still be pregnant!!! Keep the faith!

  9. Elizabeth Flora Ross says:

    My dear friend, you are bringing back so many memories. You could be writing about me (except for the husband being there when you take the test part). Hold on to that hope! Do not dismay!

  10. angela says:

    There is still hope for this cycle, and if it isn’t this cycle, it will still happen for you and Craig. Lots of hugs to you.

  11. KateTietje says:

    It is early yet. Wait. :) I just BARELY got positive at 10 DPO in one pregnancy and suspect I wouldn’t have this time at all (it wasn’t that dark/sure even at 16 DPO). Don’t worry yet. I know it is hard. And if nothing else…you are ovulating now and that is big!!

  12. Truthful Mommy says:

    Mama, I won’t say hugs and sorry because I know you’ve heard that enough already. I will instead say that I am praying for you and your husband, that you will soon be blessed with the baby that you so authentically deserve and want.

  13. Laura (Mommy Miracles) says:

    Nichole! This doesn’t mean you aren’t pregnant! I tested the day I expected my period in December and it was negative. A week later I tested and was positive! (that was my first miscarriage, but regardless, I was pregnant even though I had an early negative result).

    Thinking and praying for you, friend!

  14. SarahB says:

    Those early tests are designed to prey on the emotions of hopeful women, I swear. I went through too many when we were TTC (and always with first pee of the day, so my husband was around for each one).

    I hope your test was wrong.

  15. MamaRobinJ says:

    Oh, Nichole. I want to give you a hug. I’m sorry. I know the feeling of wanting to undo something you can’t. Lots of love.

  16. Jaime says:

    Hugs to you Nicole. This part of the process is sheer agony! I feel for you and remember those 5 horrid months of trying to conceive my son well. Still sending lots of fertile thoughts your way.

  17. Sara says:

    I’m so sorry. I got the faintest possible positive at 14 DPO with this pregnancy, so at 11, don’t give up!

  18. Sherri says:

    Keep your spirits up, my friend…it could be too early, you never know!

    I probably would have done the same thing. I have the patience of a 2 year-old when it comes to stuff like this!

    A big hug coming your way..

  19. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation says:

    Don’t give up hope my dear friend!!!! Xoxo

  20. JoAnn says:

    I think it’s cool that each egg and sperm combo is a completely different person, so if it doesn’t happen this month, it might next, and that will be the person you are meant to hold and cuddle. Keep the faith! IT WILL HAPPEN!

  21. KLZ says:

    Honestly, those tests are just mean to claim 6 days early. Just mean. They shouldn’t claim to be reliable so early with all the false negatives. Fingers crossed for this month still.

  22. Brenda Simpler says:

    I can only say that I know how you feel. In fact less than two weeks ago I had a very similar string of events at my house. I’ve struggled – for various reasons to get and stay pregnant. We’ve been trying for almost a year and had two miscarriages. Each month that I don’t get pregnant I feel…well anyone who’s been there knows how I feel. I send you my thoughts and prayers. Don’t give up hope – and know you’re not alone!

  23. PLI says:

    I’m in the same boat as you, Nichole, except we’ve been trying for our first since the start of the year. I’m now on 9dpo and quite sure that I’m out for this month. But I’ve come to accept that – and for me, anyway, it’s better to assume I’m not pregnant than to hold on to false hope that I am. I was feeling pretty down earlier this week but comforted by friends (who just told me their expecting her second child) who revealed that it took them around 9 months to conceive their first, including completely unhelpful visits to the doctor. The way I see it, the whole ttc experience is a huge lesson in patience, and accepting and living with uncertainty. I did some fertility yoga yesterday and it seemed to really help me feel better about my body rather than seeing it as failing me.
    Hang in there, it will happen! And don’t obsess and take HPTs before you’ve missed your period – it will only make you feel worse!

  24. Sharon O says:

    In the older days before pregnancy tests they had you do a lab test, and 33 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter I had a ‘negative’ reading for months, finally I said “look doctor I have a bulging tummy that is moving and I have been nauseous and want to sleep all the time, if this is not a baby I have a serious problem”. He felt it move and decided to believe me, the ‘test’ didn’t become positive till late in my 5th month. So… just to let you know …
    tests aren’t always accurate. take care, God will bless you with a baby in His time.

  25. C.Mom says:

    Sending you hugs! Hang in there…

  26. Jen Has A Pen says:

    This blows. This blows every.single.month.

    Naturally ovulating was good, though. I hope that means things will happen that way again this month. I know there are really no words that help when the sting of the BFN is so fresh in your mind, but I’m here. Cheering for you.

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