If you have ever seriously tried to have a baby you have probably endured the two week wait. It is the two weeks after ovulation before you can take a test to see if this is the month your were successful in getting pregnant. I didn't endure the two week wait until we tried to become pregnant with my second. I decided to try to control the situation with baby #2 and was tracking ovulation through fertility apps and taking my basal body temperature each morning. So since I knew the exact day I ovulated I was fully aware of when my two week wait began.
It is by far the longest and most painful two weeks you can endure. Everything is a symptom...every headache, soreness, nausea, every little feeling you have means you could possibly be pregnant. You obsess over being pregnant and how early you can test what day to test and pour over online statistics of people with a positive 8 days after ovulation or people with false negatives who were then pregnant two days later. You google, and google, and google trying to find solace in one success story that could be you.
Once you decide to test then the real fun begins…the amount of pregnancy tests you buy and take are staggering. You try in the morning with first urine, if that doesn't produce a positive, you try at night. I could usually hold out for about 8 or 9 days past ovulation then I just couldn't see the harm in testing just once. But I couldn't stop there, it had to be too early for a positive right? I needed to keep testing. The worst was when I would will myself to see the second line...but unfortunately I was the only one that could see it. So I would buy a digital test and the "not pregnant" would stare at me right in the face, maybe it's too early, I'll try and test tomorrow...
The two week wait is a delusional state of life...you live alone in your own little world during those 14 days with few people to confide in. You are dying to yell to anyone that might listen "I might be pregnant!" but you know way better than that. Thank goodness for fertility apps and their community forums where you can cheer on and bond with other women going through the two week wait, the only people who understand you for one half of each month.
During the two weeks you are calculating possible due dates, first ultrasounds, and considering baby names. All while convincing yourself that you must have morning sickness because you woke up not feeling too great...quickly forgetting about the margaritas you downed the night before in an effort to speed up the days or even hours until you could test again.
I hope that all women can end their two week wait with a positive. When it finally happens it is an amazing feeling filled with joy, fear, love, and even sadness...it is like running a marathon that may never end...and when it finally ends, the real wait begins.
written by VHS contributor// Megan Vanderslice