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Here are 10 things you can do during your two week wait (TWW) while you wait to take a home pregnancy test.

The two week wait is the time after ovulation when you are anxiously waiting to see if your next period arrives, or you test to see if you might be pregnant. You may be noticing some signs of early pregnancy now.

The two week wait can seem to last much longer while you’re nervous about whether you might be pregnant or not, so we thought we’d put together 10 useful tips to help you pass the time.

The waiting is agony!

For many women, this waiting can feel like an eternity. There are some things that you can do to make the two-week wait a little more bearable.

Reduce your stress

The two-week wait can be a very stressful time, but the first thing you need to do is important to stay positive and reduce your stress as much as possible.

Keep reminding yourself that you are doing everything you can to get pregnant and that stress will not help the situation.

Stress can actually reduce your chances of getting pregnant, or if you are pregnant of sustaining the pregnancy, so try to relax as much as possible. It's so important now to spot early pregnancy symptoms also. Read on to find out how you can help your chances.

How can you relieve the two-week wait stress?

 Some methods include:

– Taking a relaxing bath

– Going for a walk

– Listening to calming music

-  Fertility yoga – if you haven’t tried it already this can be a great time to start

– Spending time with friends and family

– Drinking chamomile tea

– Drinking lavender tea

– Drinking passionflower tea

Here are ten things that you can do during your two-week wait:

1) Stay positive!

It is important to remain positive and hopeful during your two-week wait. Negative thoughts can actually reduce your chances of getting pregnant or in keeping a baby if you are already pregnant.

2) Stay hydrated!

Staying hydrated is important for many reasons, and trying to conceive is one of them. Drinking plenty of water will help to flush out toxins from your body and will also help to keep your cervical mucus healthy.

3) Exercise!

Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and boost your fertility. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise during the two-week wait. Moderation is key! Go for regular walks, and get some fresh air.

4) Eat healthily!

Eating healthy foods is important for both your health and your fertility. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.

5) Avoid caffeine!

Caffeine can be harmful to your fertility and can also delay ovulation. Try to avoid caffeine during the two-week wait.

6) Avoid alcohol!

Alcohol can also be harmful to your fertility and can affect your ability to conceive. It is best to avoid alcohol altogether during the two-week wait.

7) Take a prenatal vitamin!

Prenatal vitamins are important for both pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive. They contain essential nutrients that can help to support your fertility.

8) Avoid stress!

Stress can be harmful to your fertility and can delay ovulation. Try to relax and de-stress during the two-week wait. Try some of our stress-busting tips at the start of this article.

9) Rest up!

Resting and looking after yourself will help to reduce overall stress and increase your chances. Get as much sleep as you can. Give yourself a break now and put yourself first during this time.

10) Stop smoking!

Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. We know it's an obvious one but stopping smoking and avoiding nicotine and vaping will really help your chances and improve your baby's health.

Monitoring during your two-week wait:

Although it’s not recommended to take a pregnancy test until you’ve missed an expected period, there is some monitoring that you can keep doing during your two week wait. 

If you already use OvuSense, then keep on monitoring your continuous Core Body Temperature. If your cCBT stays high after ovulation then this is a good sign indicating that your progesterone is staying high too, but don’t worry too much if it drops a little.

If your cCBT temperature increases after ovulation, and particularly if it keeps increasing then this is also a good sign because it indicates that implantation make have taken place. Don’t get your hopes up too much, and again, don’t worry if you don’t see this – not all pregnancies result in this ‘secondary rise’.

If you haven’t used OvuSense before, then we’d recommend you take a look at our skin-worn monitoring system called OvuFirst. This can help you look for those changes in temperature after ovulation in a really easy fashion – click here to learn more about OvuFirst.

If you’ve waited the two weeks, and you think you’ve missed your period, you’re now ready to take a pregnancy test so read on. You may be experiencing signs of early pregnancy, or they could be just PMS. Read on to find out more how the home pregnancy test works.

How does a home pregnancy test work?

A pregnancy test works by detecting the presence of a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. hCG is produced by the body after implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.

Early pregnancy hormones

The two-week wait is a time of high pregnancy hormone levels. The hormones that are most important during this time are estrogen and progesterone. These hormones help the whole process of getting pregnant and support the implantation of the embryo.

It is important to be aware of how your body is reacting to these hormones during the two-week wait. Learn more about the pregnancy symptoms you might be having by reading our blog here. https://www.ovusense.com/blog/possible-early-signs-of-pregnancy-and-pregnancy-symptoms-to-watch-out-for/

How accurate are they?

Answer: home-based pregnancy tests are accurate as long as they are used correctly. It's vital to follow the instructions.

A pregnancy test will be able to detect hCG levels as low as 25 mIU/ml. Some tests may be able to detect lower levels of hCG, but these tests are not commonly available over the counter.

What is a false positive pregnancy test?

A false positive pregnancy test occurs when a woman tests positive for pregnancy but she is not actually pregnant. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as medications or hormone disorders.

What is a false negative pregnancy test?

A false negative pregnancy test occurs when a pregnancy test gives a negative result, but you are actually pregnant. This can be due to incorrect use of the test, or you may get a negative result if you test too early – technically that’s not a false negative but just be aware you can still be pregnant but get a negative test result.  

If in doubt get a second opinion by carrying out a test with your doctor and ask for a blood test. Your doctor or health care provider can discuss your fertility treatment options if you need them.