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When can I test?

Posted by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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My daughter was born almost 6 months ago and due to BF I dont have a period. My husband and I have been using condoms to prevent pregnancy, but the other day we did not have any and risked it. How long should I wait to test for pregnancy? Since I dont have a period or "missed period" to go by. Thanks :)

by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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Cruz-s-mommy
by Amanda on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I would say app. 2 weeks, however Id think its very unlikely esp. if you EBF and more if you don't use pacifiers.
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Megadot
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

 Thanks:) I know its unlikely but I dont want to be pregnant and not know it since I dont have a period I would not know right away lol. I only use a pacifier at night so I dont know if that makes a difference. Thanks again :)

Quoting Cruz-s-mommy:

I would say app. 2 weeks, however Id say its very unlikely esp. if you EBF and more if you don't use pacifiers.


 

bohomomma
by Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Just out of curiosity what does a pacifier have to do with anything?
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CatFishMom
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It's a myth that nursing will stop pregnancy, just FYI. That said, just go by the standard numbers on the pregnancy test box-three weeks? I dont recall, honestly, but I know it's a little less than the full month. I tested for my last baby almost a week before my period was due(it was a joke, I didnt expect it to come out positive) and it registered but super faintly. With my boys, I was a week or so late with each and there was no mistaking the bright pink line. It just depends on the test-the more sensitive the test, the earlier it will detect it but if you do it too early, you could get a false negative, so dont do it before the test you choose recommends. Good luck!

Megadot
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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 Yeah thats why we are using condoms just in case, (but it does not really work if you risk it lol). Thanks I will be sure to wait at least 3 weeks just to be sure I dont get a false reading. :) 


Quoting CatFishMom:

It's a myth that nursing will stop pregnancy, just FYI. That said, just go by the standard numbers on the pregnancy test box-three weeks? I dont recall, honestly, but I know it's a little less than the full month. I tested for my last baby almost a week before my period was due(it was a joke, I didnt expect it to come out positive) and it registered but super faintly. With my boys, I was a week or so late with each and there was no mistaking the bright pink line. It just depends on the test-the more sensitive the test, the earlier it will detect it but if you do it too early, you could get a false negative, so dont do it before the test you choose recommends. Good luck!


 

Cruz-s-mommy
by Amanda on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I understand, I'd be the same way. :-) I don't think paci makes that much of a difference, just as long as hunger cues are met at the breast.


Quoting Megadot:

 Thanks:) I know its unlikely but I dont want to be pregnant and not know it since I dont have a period I would not know right away lol. I only use a pacifier at night so I dont know if that makes a difference. Thanks again :)


Quoting Cruz-s-mommy:

I would say app. 2 weeks, however Id say its very unlikely esp. if you EBF and more if you don't use pacifiers.



 


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mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Mar. 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM
True ecological breastfeeding is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy for those first 6 months. BUT you have to nurse completely on demand and through the night, and NO bottles and NO pacifiers. Once baby has a paci, any solids, or starts sleeping more than 5 hours, the protective benefits decrease and the body thinks that resources to produce and sustain a new baby are returning.

You should get a pos hpt 2 weeks after a successful fertilization. I tested every 3 weeks while I had no period because I didn't want to end up on "I didn't Even Know I was Pregnant". I got my first af here after my 4th when she was 26 months old. I practice NFP.
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aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Mar. 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Do you know your signs of ovulation? If you know when you're ovulating, it will be easier to know when you could end up pregnant, even without a period. I knew when my first period was coming because I ovulated.
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lillybug222
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM
2 weeks.
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Megadot
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

 I have no idea when I ovulate lol, hubby and I had a hard time getting pregnant the first time because I have a very werid cycle.


Quoting aehanrahan:

Do you know your signs of ovulation? If you know when you're ovulating, it will be easier to know when you could end up pregnant, even without a period. I knew when my first period was coming because I ovulated.


 

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