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Why do they call it a BFP?


I would consider this to be a BFP but they never really look like this, do they?

For those of you who don’t know BFP stands for BIG FAT POSITIVE or in other words a positive pregnancy test. Now when I hear the words big fat positive I almost imagine the pregnancy test literally lighting up as sirens go off (like the red ones they have that go off when a hockey team scores) and streamers and balloons cascade down on your head. But in reality it is never like that.

I suppose you could argue that if you wait long enough to take a pregnancy test you will get a dark, clearly defined positive. However, I am sure that if you have been trying hard enough for a baby that you know the TTC lingo well enough to be versed in the term BFP you are not waiting until your period is late to test. Nope. You are trying at 12 days past ovulation, even ten days past ovulation with a First Response or Wondfo test.

In this case when you do get a positive do you know what it looks like? A whisper, a shadow, a mirage. A line that is barely visible to the naked eye to which only the true optimist would declare pregnancy. And yet, we call it a BFP none the less. I suppose it does feel like a party when you see that hint of a line, but for e it was always more of a hmmm moment. “Do I let myself get my hopes up that I am really pregnant or is this an evaporation line or a leftover trigger or could it be a chemical pregnancy?”

Now there are digital pregnancy tests out there these days that will actually say the words “PREGNANT” mind you, tests confirm none of these are as sensitive as some of the line versions. So I suppose we could consider that a BFP but odds are you wouldn’t see it until a little later in your cycle (plus they are really expensive so a lot of women like to do them as a final confirmation or to have that picture to save of the test that announces there is a bump ahead).

Maybe we should call it a LSM, little skinny maybe?

Today is 9DPO and I got a LSM. Dying to test again tomorrow to see if it gets darker.

I have seen way to many BFPs in my life, sadly most of them false. When you use a trigger shot it contains HCG which caused a positive pregnancy test even when you are not pregnant. I remember when I got my first BFP with the twins, I didn’t believe it was real. It was 9dpo and I tested in the am just to test out the trigger. I groggily pulled myself into the bathroom, PAOS and glanced at the light line. “What I wouldn’t give for it to actually be real” I though as I threw it in the cupboard and went back to bed. It wasn’t until around 4pm that afternoon that I realized I hadn’t peed in a while (TMI: I pee a lot which makes testing a bitch) so I thought “what the heck, I just got six new FRERS let’s test again.” When I saw that the line was darker I almost fell off the counter! I of course waited until the following day to confirm with FMU but it was real. A real BFP.

Anyone else out there find it hard to call a photoshopped, squinted at picture a BFP or is it just me? Feel free to share your stories or funny musings.


About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


5 thoughts on “Why do they call it a BFP?

  1. I definitely know the feeling all too well. I was on CD 32 when I got my BFN with the twins. I KNEW I was pregnant from symptoms. Talk about baffling. I refused to test again until CD 40 when that line was very clearly a BFP. With Orange, we played the guessing game a lot though.

    Posted by Princess Mommy | January 26, 2015, 8:02 am
    • My dream is to get a surprise bfp someday but well, its just a dream. At least it helps to laugh about it right? I was on cd 38 when I got my bfp with my son so i know what you mean 😉

      Posted by Shannon | January 26, 2015, 8:09 am
      • Oh the BFP wasn’t the surprise. We were most definitely TTC. The BFN was the surprising part. Lol. Oh and the second baby… But that was a few months later. 🙂

        Posted by Princess Mommy | January 26, 2015, 4:40 pm
  2. With Luke I had a super dark line right away. With this little, I spent hours trying to convince my hubby to “look at the test in the light”, so he too could see the line that very well could have just been where the line should be on a test. Hours later, I tried again using a first response digital, and when it said yes I ran out of the bathroom screaming, “see I told you,” and “do you believe me now?” We got confirmation of the pregnancy on April fools, which seems a cruel joke.

    Posted by Eventual Momma | May 14, 2016, 3:26 pm

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