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29th May 2018

Mum explains why she’s become addicted to home pregnancy tests


If you think that you’re pregnant, there are a couple of things you can do.

One of those things is to go see a doctor and confirm whether you’re pregnant or not. The second, and easier option, is to get a home pregnancy test.

Thousands of women purchase pregnancy tests from chemists every year.

The cost of one of these tests ranges from about €6.00 to €20.00, depending on what kind of test you’re buying and where you’re buying it from.

So not the most expensive product in the world… that is, unless you’re addicted to taking pregnancy tests.

One woman who is addicted is mum of two, Corrine Hounslow.

Corrine has two children and a third on the way, and she says that she’s been addicted to taking home pregnancy tests ever since her first pregnancy.

Writing for Women’s Health, Corrine explains that she got such a rush from taking the tests to make sure she was really expecting and that that feeling never really went away.

She said:

“I became obsessed with checking my fertility with ovulation tests and then taking multiple pregnancy tests, hoping to get a positive result. All day, I’d think about when I could test next, and I’d calculate my cycle over and over again.

“It’s hard to describe the excitement I felt from taking a pregnancy test, but it was like Christmas morning for me—a head-spinning combination of excitement, nerves, adrenaline, and hope.”

Corrine said that she took her very first pregnancy test when she was 19-years-old, and that she was terrified.

Now, however, that terror has turned to excitement.

So much so that Corrine takes pregnancy tests well into her pregnancies, believing that the darkening lines mean that her pregnancy is going well.

The mum-of-two explained that after she experienced two miscarriages, taking pregnancy tests let her know she that all was going according to plan.

“Taking pregnancy tests gave me the reassurance that I was doing everything I could to take care of my baby,” she said.

Corrine, however, does recognise the financial cost of her addiction.

She said: “After 19 months and $500, I got pregnant and gave birth to my second child. I had taken about 400 tests.”

You can follow Corrine’s YouTube channel here.