Saving Your Positive Home-Pregnancy Test: Sentimental or Just Plain Gross?

I have to admit, I saved my positive pregnancy test -- and it turns out I'm not alone. A study commissioned by the makers of e.p.t. found that at-home pregnancy tests are among the top three pregnancy keepsakes women hold on to (ultrasounds and mementos from the birth, like hospital bracelets and footprints, are #1 and #2). Twenty-five percent of women who are already moms and thirty percent of to-be-moms still have those little pee-sticks as mementos. (Halle Berry kept 35 of them when she was trying to get pregnant.)

Since the company has found pee-stick-saving so popular, it has created a purple zippered case (with a card to log your memories) that you can get for free if you use an e.p.t. test. (You mail in your proof-of-purchase and a certificate you find in the box.) At least it sounds a little more sanitary.

I know it might sound gross to save something that you peed on, but I'll tell you why I did it. My second time around, I wasn't trying to get pregnant. I was hoping to soon, but my hubby and I had decided to wait a bit. Then my best friend found out she was expecting, and I realized I was insanely jealous. I wanted to be gleefully expecting my second child, too, so we could go through pregnancy together. I'd been having headaches, nausea, and gas -- and I chalked up the symptoms to "sympathy pains." I told my friend they were borne from jealousy and compassion, but nonetheless, she insisted I take a test to be sure. So I did.

When I saw that plus sign, I cried happy tears! I kept the test stick because it was a tangible reminder of that moment in time -- a joyful moment I was certain wouldn't happen, but did. Now, more than five years later, it still sits in a drawer in my bathroom. I see it every day when I reach for a brush, and though the plus sign has faded, it still brings me back to that amazing day.

So what do you think? Did you save it? Would you save it? Gross or just sentimental? Chime in below!

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