Friday, September 3, 2010

Buying Pregnancy Tests...Justified Phobia or Just Paranoid?

You would think the pregnancy test walk of shame would only happen to teenage girls or single 20somethings. But for some reason, buying a pregnancy test has always made me more self-conscious than a 12 year old at their first dance.

I have never felt comfortable buying a pregnancy test. Ever. Even as a married woman who was actively trying to have a baby, I felt so secretive carrying my pregnancy test up to the counter. I would usually pick up some other things on the way up the counter to conceal what I was really there to buy. So not only was I spending a fortune on a pregnancy test, I was also racking up the bill with a bunch of crap that I didn't need--like extra kitchen sponges and a bag of Reese’s. Then I would go crazy thinking to myself why I picked up random items like sponges and chocolate...was I nesting?! Was I having cravings?!

Perhaps the reason I always felt so awkward buying pregnancy tests, was because I had always associated pregnancy tests with people taking them in hopes of NOT being pregnant! I always felt like the other customers in the store or the check-out person were looking at me thinking, "Ohhh, she was careless and now she might be pregnant. Shame on her!" And this is the reason why I relate my pregnancy test phobia to a 12 year old at their first dance. It's one of those situations where you swear everyone is looking at you and making judgments, when in reality they weren't even looking at you in the first place!

Thankfully, my mom is a nurse and has informed to never waste money on a pregnancy test again because she has them at work. Hallelujah!

Disclaimer: The content of this post was solely written based on previous experiences occurring prior to April 2009. The author of this post is not currently purchasing pregnancy tests nor trying to have a baby.

"Don't you lie to me, I know I saw you slip a pregnancy test in that cart!"


  1. I hate buying pregnancy tests...especially because I live in a small town, so I'm paranoid someone will see me carrying one around the store and then start rumors. Even though I'm a married woman it's still embarrassing for some reason!

  2. Good point! I completely forgot about the fear of running into someone I know and rumors spreading. Add that to the list of reasons why I hate buying pregnancy tests!

  3. Very good point - when you said that buying the test usually meant finding out we weren't pregnant!

    I love your blog and am new to blogging this week. I just became a follower of yours and would love if you could visit me and join as a follower, too.


  4. So glad I came across your blog! And I'm so with you on this. When my daughter was almost 3 months old I had take her with me to the store to do the pregnancy test check-out of shame and the lady actually said to me "Already?!" I was embarrassed enough. I didn't need to be scolded in the middle of the store.

  5. I always hated buying pregnancy tests! when I was trying to get pregnant with Josh & Jake the Ob gave me the little dip-stick ones they use in the office and ovulation ones just like it! I will miss that waiting as the lines appears or the word "pregnant" on the digital test. After I got pregnant with Jake it was one of the first things I said..."well, that's the last pregnancy test I'll ever take:("