The Agony of Waiting for My Pregnancy Test Results


I had my blood drawn for my pregnancy test at 8:45 a.m. this morning, and the nurse told me that I will get a call with the results by 1 p.m.  I already know I’m pregnant because (1) I didn’t get my period on Saturday, as I should have, if this in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle didn’t work; (2) I didn’t get my period yesterday either—or yet today; (3) starting Thursday night I noticed the bright-blue veins splayed across my chest and breasts (and, while I’ve been ignoring my breast swelling and tenderness because both could be due to my three-times-daily Endometrin® progesterone suppositories, the prominent veins are not a side effect of progesterone); (4) I am exhausted; and (5) I am a hormonal mess who just got into an argument with my mother-in-law, who responded that I’m being “sensitive and thin-skinned.”  And, I probably am.

It’s now 12:11 p.m., and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait another up to 49 minutes to get the call.  And, it’s because knowing that I’m pregnant means little to me, because I’ve lost so many babies due to implantation problems.  So, I am desperate to know my level of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), the pregnancy hormone, so I will have an idea if this pregnancy seems viable.

The Best Buy Geek Squad technician just showed up, and walking him through our computer problems just killed 16 minutes, so now it’s 12:27 p.m.

I asked the nurse this morning if the IVF coordinator, the one who will call me, will be able to tell if I’m carrying just one baby boy or twins.  She said that, depending on my HCG level, they may “suspect” that two embryos are growing inside of me, but it won’t be until my ultrasound next week that they can know definitively—after they’ve seen one or two gestational sacs.

I’ll post again after I know my pregnancy test results—and have the opportunity to share them with my sweet husband, who said that he can’t wait for them until he gets home from work, that I have to call him to tell him by phone.

12:37 p.m.  Torture, torture, torture…

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