Preserving Your Positive Pregnancy Tests For Life! (Video Included.)
We are 18 months and 3 weeks old.
Have you ever tried saving a pregnancy test as a memory before? Or did you not even think about that and threw it straight away thinking, ‘pee pee gross?’ Well yes, it is gross when not properly prepared and stored, but you CAN keep the memory of your nostalgic 2nd line just by following a couple of very simple steps.
I have a pregnancy test stemming back from 1994 that is still non-faded, non smelly, and not yellowed. (The no name, who remembers what brand test with the light purple cap on it, is from 17+ years ago. WOW!)
With each pregnancy, if you are someone who likes to hoard all of the memories that you can from your kids, you can certainly do it. I have saved at least one test stick from each of my children.
You will notice that if you do nothing, though some take longer then others to yellow in the test window, your beautiful positive result can turn icky looking even overnight. Other brands may take a bit longer, but if you don’t do anything it is destined to happen to every pee stick. What can you do?
Watch the video and/or read below for precise pee stick preserving instructions.
1) Crack open the outer shell of the pregnancy test.
Some may be harder then others, but they all do open up into two halves.
2) Be sure to remove the entire urine strip from the test by peeling it off or popping it out with your fingers.
It may look different on different types of tests, and some may pop out.. some peel off, but all of them have one. Make sure it’s 100% gone.
3) Replace the top of the casing over the test strip and snap it closed completely.
Make sure to throw out the urine strip and wash hands thoroughly.
4) Wrap in plastic saran wrap and/or a zip lock bag either permanently, or at least for awhile.
The second line should stay good as new for as long as you live, as per my experiment. Not a one has faded over the years. Check out the video to see my pee sticks, how exactly to do this, and get a better view if needed.
5) Do NOT attempt to preserve a digital test.
These are the ones that have the word ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’ on them. After 24 hours the word(s) always gets erased, sadly. The best thing to do in this case, is to take a photgraph while it’s still glowing, as are you. You’ll always have a photograph of that magical moment in time to look back on.
An example of a grotesque, unpreserved pregnancy test vs. one that is properly preserved.
See the difference?
Thanks for watching. I figured I can’t be the only nut out there who likes to save every memory from pregnancy that they can. My husband would disagree and say that I am, but what does he know about nostalgia..he’s a man!