| | Is my body simulating pregnancy?
Hi, it's almost 1:30 am and I can't sleep because tomorrow morning I'm going to take pregnancy test #4. I took three today. The first one was Equate (Wal-mart brand) and it immediately came out positive. I used first morning's urine, so I was fairly confident that I did the test correctly, but I read that there have been a lot of people coming up with false positives using Equate. So around lunchtime I bought a box of two Fact Plus tests (clear line if you're not pregnant ~ plus sign if you are) and the first one was really difficult to read. I got one very clear line intersected by one very faint line. The rest of the circle was a bluish tint as well, so I wasn't too sure what to make of the faint line. The faint line faded away after a few hours. Finally, I couldn't stand it anymore and I took the third test a little while later and that came up negative.
I have never been pregnant before, but I am 2 weeks late, and normally that alone wouldn't alarm me, but I have been so incredibly tired. I have such a hard time waking up, and as soon as I come home from work I fall right into bed for a nap and when I wake up I feel like I can barely move. Also, I usually skip dinner because nothing seems appealing to me, and I feel a little sick (not really nausea, more like a pit in the stomach) after eating. The past couple of days my breasts have been abnormally sore and they look bigger, although the rest of me is not. Additionally, for a few weeks now I have this strange pain in my lower abdomen (where pubic hair would begin) that usually begins with a few sharp twinges that dull down to what feels like light menstrual cramps. I keep waiting for my period to start at any moment, but it hasn't.
The really strange thing is, I got treatment at Planned Parenthood for a urinary tract infection a month ago, and they did a pregnancy test as a courtesy, and it was negative, which was not a surprise as I had just had my period two weeks before. However, my boyfriend and I are very sexually active, and we don't use protection. He has good self control (or so it seemed) so we've been using withdrawal. However, he does always have a lot of pre-ejaculate, so I suppose if I am pregnant that must be it.
I have been wondering if maybe my body is tricking me. The past few months have been horrible, and I have been really stressed out lately. I've been contemplating breaking up with my boyfriend because he is rude, lazy, and immature, but I don't want to deal with the emotional fallout of that right now, because I'm in the process of looking for a new job. I had a mini-meltdown last fall and dropped out of grad school, now I'm stuck in a job I despise. And I don't have health insurance yet. So there are a lot of stress factors right now, plus, while I had the urinary tract infection I also had food poisoning, so when my period was first late I thought being sick may have thrown my cycle off kilter, but now with these other symptoms and the positive test(s) I am not so sure. Could my body be simulating pregnancy because I'm so stressed out about it?
Thanks for your help.
Last edited by gr8nowhat; 03-08-2005 at 03:59 PM.