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The 9 Emotional Stages That Follow A Positive Pregnancy Test

Finding out you’re pregnant is one of life’s most unforgettable moments. Here are the 9 emotional stages that follow the discovery of the big news.

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1. Denial

That moment when those two lines appear on the pregnancy test and you repeat the test another five times because you still can’t believe it.
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That moment when those two lines appear on the pregnancy test and you repeat the test another five times because you still can’t believe it.

2. Shock

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Even if you’ve been trying, there’s nothing like the shock you feel when the reality that you’re actually pregnant sets in.

3. Panic

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As the realization kicks in that a baby is in your very near future, the anxiety flies into overdrive and you start panicking about how unprepared you are.

4. Excitement

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Transitioning through the emotions quickly, you’re relieved once the waves of excitement hit. There’s a tiny heartbeat developing inside you and you’re having a baby!

5. Anxiety

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Now that you’re super excited, you become anxious about how to break the news to your partner and family without making them go through all the shock and panic you did.

6. Amazement

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There’s a tiny little human in your body and you’re already in love.

7. Self-Assurance

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You know you’ve got this and have nine months to figure things out. You have your mom and your mom friends as mentors and you can do this.

8. Anxiety (again)

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What will happen to my body? How will I survive labor? So many unknowns and nerves to conquer over the next nine months.

9. Gratitude

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After this roller coaster of emotions, you settle into the realization of how lucky you are to be pregnant and to have the chance to be a mom.

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