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I'm Pregnant For The First Time, Now What?

Updated: Feb 29

One year ago to the week of me writing this, we conceived our twin boys. July 16-19, 2018. If you know me, you aren't surprised that I know the exact date. I am the type of person that always has a plan, and when I don't have a plan, I figure it out... I'm an INTJ! (If you don't know what an INTJ is, don't worry, I'll get you up to speed later.) I always wanted to be a mom, I never pictured a life without children. My husband, Brian, was the same way. So there was never a question of if we wanted children, but rather when and how many. We needed to figure out what to do now, and fast.

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To give a little context, Brian and I were married in June of 2017. We bought our house in May 2018 and I completed my Masters of Science in October 2018. My goal was always to wait until we were settled in our house and I was done or nearly done with school before having a baby. With a little luck and magic, that thankfully happened. I had been tracking my periods using an app called Glow (I highly recommend, it's free) upon the advice of my doctor because I was irregular the prior year. Going off birth control (the pill) was an intentional decision but by no means did I think I would actually get pregnant at the time that I did. I still had 3 months left of grad school so I figured by the time I actually got pregnant I would be finished. I was wrong. Conceiving the boys was not an accident, but also not on purpose.

Pregnant For The First Time

We found out we were pregnant one week later. I had been extremely sick and didn't feel like myself but did not immediately think I was pregnant. I took an early test that came back with the faintest blue line, so faint that I did not even believe it was positive. I decided to wait a few more days and then use a regular test. There was no way I was actually pregnant, based on the Glow app, I would have only been four weeks pregnant, three weeks when I took the first test. I hadn't missed a period yet. How could a test detect pregnancy that quickly?

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Pregnant For The First Time ... With Twins?!

At the time this was all happening we thought we were expecting one baby. When you get

pregnant, especially pregnant for the first time, you think you'll have have A baby. It wasn't until 11 weeks that I found out I was expecting TWO! The high levels of HGC in twin pregnancy explains why the test was able to pick it up so quickly. More on that later...

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