Buying a pregnancy test can be a daunting process, whether you are hoping to be pregnant or not. Once you or a loved one has made this purchase, you’re one step closer to the clarity of finding out your result. You may feel that you’ve overcome one hurdle purchasing the test and now you face an even bigger one – because you face the unknown. This is only natural, but there are measures you can take to try and make yourself feel more at ease when you take a test.
A comfortable environment
When taking a test, you are more likely to feel relaxed if you are in a location where you are comfortable, such as your home. The build up to taking the test may have you feeling nervous, which is understandable. The last thing you need to be thinking about is paranoia and being unsettled so it is best to avoid performing a test in a public location or a workplace, if you can avoid it.
Support from loved ones
Have you confided in anyone about thinking you are pregnant? If you think having somebody such as a partner, a friend or a family member, close by when you take the test will help you feel more at ease then ask for their support. Whether you are shocked, scared or happy, having someone there with you for your moment of clarity can be of comfort to you. Ideally, your confidant will remain impartial and be there for you to talk to about how you feel.
Knowing your options
Beyond taking your pregnancy test, find comfort in the fact that help is always on hand. Whether you are planning for a baby, or not, and your test is positive – the next steps are up to you. If you are planning for a baby and your test is negative, there are options available to you and advice to take. You are not alone and remembering this before and after performing your test will help balance your mentality.