Don't Skip Ahead and Say Congrats.

Husband and I had an "accident". An "accident" that seems to happen about once a year with this passive aggressive, should we/shouldn't we, baby waffling couple. But this time I was pretty late. So I figured I might be with child. Went to Target and bought myself an early home pregnancy test.

Looks like a faint positive, eh?

I peed on the stick right before husband and I had a date night. So while I looked longingly at his 20 ounce mug of frosted beer at the restaurant, we talked about how we would manage a third child. We decided it would be hard timing financially and tight in our wee little house. But that our two kids were so awesome, a third surely would be too. Maybe this is what our indecisive selves needed - a kick in the pregnancy pants.

Then like I always do with my pregnancies, I purchased another couple of tests to pee on for prosperity and assurance. But lo and behold, they were all negative! Was the Target test super powered? Super sensitive to my hormonal pee pee?

Nope. Turns out after two weeks of lateness I wasn't pregnant - The Target test just had a false positive. We sort of guessed I was getting hit with some belated, and therefore doubly unfun, PMS on Monday night. The tip off was when I tore husband a new arsehole for something irrelevant like forgetting to buy cheese. Then Tuesday morning we knew for sure - no kid on the way.

But it turns out Target has a rep for bad results with it's early home pregnancy tests.
"I have had so many false positives with this brand. It absolutely broke my heart to learn that 6 tests from 2 different 3 packs were all wrong. I had already told my family and my husband and I were very excited. We were devastated when my blood test came out negative." - Review On Target.com

I also twittered back and forth with FIDGET - who had the same experience with Target's test. Target? Dude? This wasn't a major crisis for us, but I can only imagine the heartbreak this is causing for people trying hard to have a baby, or those that would be really disturbed by a positive result. Maybe time to pull these tests off the shelves till you get this sorted out. Eh?

14 comments:

C Lo said...

Aw, I was watching your tweets and secretly hoping for a positive for you.

Yeah, I have had such GOOD luck with the EPT test brand, I never use any other one. I know they are supposed to be the same, but they just aren't. Stupid pee sticks.

sam {temptingmama} said...

I was secretly (okay, not so secretly) hoping for a positive result.

That target review broke my heart! That's so sad! They should definitely be removing those things from teh shelves!

Miss Jess said...

I always, ALWAYS buy the tests that say "Pregnant, Not Pregnant." That way it's pretty clear. I wish there was some way a woman would know that she was pregnant without having to buy a stupid test. LIke our pee would change colors or something? Ugh... everything has to cost something. Nothing is EVER free.

Erika Jurney said...

Wow, false positives are rare -- sorry to hear you got a crap brand.

And I'm also sorry because it sounds like you started to want this. xoxoxo.

Lotta said...

We are lucky in that we haven't had to deal with infertility issues. So I'm bummed. But at the same time - don't feel that all is lost. I have hope that if we decide to go for it, it'll likely happen. Just got to get some money in the bank and a bigger house!

Amy Kate said...

Must be the time of year...I just took a couple tests last week! HA! Always the ones in the tiny houses, with two great kids, who end up on the fence and on pins and needles...However, I have had swell luck with Target brand (my cheapness wins out on everything) and the 11 tests I took after we were dating a few months and I only had one period in that timeframe all came out BLAZING POSITIVE right off the bat. However, that poor poor couple.
We also have nada in the bank and will have to start sleeping them in drawers, so for me it was very much a PHEW and, in fact, I have to go pick up a urologist referral for the hubs this week, but part of me keeps thinking that sleeping in a drawer would not be SO damaging, right? (Note, I also did a bunch of baby shower shopping the past few weeks)
So phew to you, and an Aww, man, too. I know the feeling(s).

Lotta said...

Amy Kate - Yes. Yes. And Yes.

Miss Yvonne said...

Wow, that sucks whether you want a baby or don't...up yours Target brand!

Lulu said...

dear god, I leave you all for a week and there's pregnancy tests and broken bones and apparently, a lot of farting and fainting (I'm combining stuff from all of the blog posts that I've been speed reading.

What up????

Mama said...

wow- I've never heard of false positives on pregnancy tests being so common. That sucks for folks.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Wow. Just wow.

Betts said...

The worst part for me would be missing the date night drink, but that's horrible for anyone that wants to be pregnant. I struggled with infertility for 3 years.

mom2nji said...

I had the same freaking thing happen to me this month! I got 2 positives with Target tests and spent $50 on more damn test only to get negative after negative. I am still late but pretty sure I am not pregnant. I am CRUSHED we have been TTC for 3 years. We need to complain. There are terrible reviews all over the interwebz about these suckers. By Fidget is also the one who told me about the False positives.
JUST PLAIN SUCKS.

Lotta said...

Mom2nj - Oh now that pisses me off even more. I'm sending an email to Target. This really is ridiculous!!