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Hi everyone. I just found out over the weekend that I am pregnant with my second child. It's way early. I'm just at 4 weeks and I'm going to be 39 in a week, so I am cautiously optimistic - okay, I'm freakishly elated actually. But, I'm trying to relax and not be a complete Nervous Nellie about this pregnancy.<br><br>
So, I call my OB office this afternoon to make an appointment, telling the woman who answers the phone that I had just tested positive. She asks how far away from my expected period I had tested, and I say something to the effect of "a few days past when my period was due."<br><br>
So she says (and I quote), "Oh, well, you know that could have been a false positive. Sometimes when women test that early they get false positives." To which, I reply, "Well, that's news to me. I've done a bit of reading into it and my understanding is that false positives are extremely rare."<br><br>
"Well," she snuffs. (Yes, <i>snuffs</i>.) "I can go ahead and make you an appointment, but you should test in another week or two. The test will <i>probably</i> be more accurate then."<br><br>
So, I've spent the last hour reading more on the pregnancy tests, and I would think that having three positives in as many days would be pretty reliable. But, of course, she's got me freaking again.<br><br>
Just wanted to vent. Thanks for reading this far. I'm just not sure that I want to visit that office if they are going to promote that type of attitude. I <i>know</i> it's early. I <i>know</i> a lot can happen in the first few weeks. But, gee, a 'Congratulations' would have been nice. We haven't told anyone IRL yet, so I guess I was hoping for a slightly different reaction. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I would like to be the first to congratulate you!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Don't listen to that mean woman!!! I think that false negatives are far more common than false positives! If it says positive, then you are pregnant!!!<br><br>
Don't worry, have a great pregnancy!!
 

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:ballons Congrats!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"><br><br>
They must not feed receptionists anymore. Always seem like they have low blood sugar. Maybe when you go in, you should take her some pure can sugar so she can remember what sweetness is like?!?!?!<br><br>
Don't worry, be happy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky">
 

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Feh on her. I have never heard of anyone having a false positive.<br><br>
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!<br><br>
Amy
 

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I have heard of false positive, even got one with an Equate brand test. But I only got one false positive, the rest of the tests I took were neg. Anyhow, don't let that lady get you down and don't worry too much. Congrats on your pregnancy!!!!!!!!!
 

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!<br><br>
When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I called my regular doctor to get a referral to an OB (had to because of insurance). I also wasn't sure if I trusted the test, not knowing a thing about them. I was very excited on the phone and said I thought I was pregnant, and should I make an appointment with them or my OB? I met with dead silence. After about 20 seconds worth I felt compelled to say, "This is a good thing!" It was only then that she told me what to do. Ugh!<br><br>
I'm sorry you didn't get the response you should have. I hope you have a fabulous and uneventful pregnancy!<br><br><br>
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CONGRATS! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
and that woman is a sour puss. just ignore her. what a grouch. i'd be tweaked too. i've also heard that false positives are very rare...and here she is talking about them like they happen all the time! at my clinic, they don't usually do a follow up urine or blood test unless you ask for one, only because the home tests are so accurate!
 

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Well, congratulations!!! It sounds like you are so excited to be pregnant. You know, when I had my positive home test, it was a very faint line because I tested so soon after ovulating. But when I called my OB office to quiz them on the accuracy of the generic brand tests, the receptionist assured me I was pregnant, and to come in for my blood tests. (I was trying to avoid a miscarriage.) I have never heard anyone say to wait and test again on a positive home test. Shame on her!!
 

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Thanks everyone. Your congratulations mean a lot to me. I remember with DS, it seemed that everyone was taking my word for it until about 10 - 12 weeks when we finally heard the heartbeat. (My OB didn't retest me either). Part of me just wants some validation, kwim? I'm getting queasier by the day, though, so I'm pretty sure it's real!<br><br>
My DH wants me to call the doctor and complain. I just want to get through the first trimester! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Oh, and in my "tweakness" I must have inadvertently posted this thread twice, so my apologies for that.
 

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Congrats!!!<br><br>
I gotta say, I tested (ok, and retested with a more sensitive test) at 10 days past ovulation, which was about 2 days before any period was missed. (BFP.)<br><br>
Once you've missed your period, you should have plenty of those hormones going...<br><br>
I would actually mention this to your ob - if his staff is misinformed, that is a problem. If they are RUDE to people, that is a bigger problem.
 

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My Dr. won't even see anyone until you are 10 weeks pg... they tell you on the phone when you call about the positive pg test... ok, congratulations, we'll see you at week 10! Here's a prescrip for prenatal vitamins... call us if there is a prob before then!<br><br>
they never "test again" actually i've never had a pg test in the ob's office... they do a dating ultrasound... ask when last period was, etc...
 

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One nice thing about my OBGYN office (which I later left because I didn't have much faith in the wet-behind-the-ears OBs there, the medicalized approach and also simply because I wanted to birth at home) was that EVERY single employee there told me "Congratulations" when they first met me and/or found out I was pregnant!<br><br>
They sounded sincere and very enthusiastic, and this was really sweet for newly pregnant (first-timer) me. Comparing with your experience, this kind of thoughfulness (and shared excitement - hey, even if it is "policy," which maybe it was at my OB's) really doesn't seem like much to ask!<br><br>
Congratulations on your pregnancy!!<br><br>
(P.S. The chance of false positives aside, it seems ludicrous to assume that *multiple* tests would be wrong!)
 

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Congratulations!!!<br>
I have 2 May babies myself.<br>
This time around I got a positive when I was 2 days late and the hcg levels in my blood test convinced my ob/np my test was wrong......<br>
Shame on them (almost 27 weeks later) I knew I wasn't wrong.
 

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<span><span style="font-size:large;">CONGRATULATIONS!!!</span></span><br><br>
Poop on the evil receptionist! :ignore<br><br>
When I took 2 HPT's that had very faint positives, I called and the recep. seemed just as excited as me! I think cuz she pulled my chart before she called me back, (I left a msg on an appt line voicemail cuz their lines were tied up when i called), and she must have seen that they had told me 6 months before that I prolly couldn't have babies ( <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> ) Or she remembered me from that visit, (I was a wreck afterward, and she took my payment).<br><br>
Why can't more ppl be happy for us all like that?<br><br>
Well, I'm happy for you! good luck!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
ps~~I would definately complain to the OB/MW!!!
 
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